Dale Munson

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Dale Munson (from Minnesota[1]) was a former television and radio personality, best remembered as a weatherman for WOWT-TV in Omaha, Nebraska during the 1970s and 1980s. His 46-year broadcasting career also included work in Iowa and Minnesota,[2] before he spent eight years as an announcer and classical music DJ for KVNO radio in Omaha.[3][4]

During his time at WOWT, Munson saw at first hand the devastation caused by the 1975 Omaha tornado, which caused particularly serious damage to his own neighborhood.[5] The following year Munson was the victim of a violent attack in the station's lobby, where a woman who had asked to see him stabbed his cheek and arm with a knife. The injuries required hospital treatment, and the attacker was temporarily institutionalized.[6]

Munson retired in 1991,[7] but he was chosen by NOAA Weather Radio to present a program on the Omaha tornado's 25th anniversary in 2000,[8] and he has continued to appear at Omaha public events.[7][9][10] He received a lifetime achievement award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Department of Communication in 2000,[11] and was named a member of the Nebraska Radio Personalities Hall of Fame in 2004.[2] Munson died of a heart attack on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.


  1. ^ "They're Loons For Minnesota". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). February 5, 2001. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b "The 2004 Personalities". www.nebraskaradio.org. Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ Gerald Wade (December 16, 1999). "Tuning In To Christmas Area musicians, pastors and radio personalities share holiday tunes they listen to". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). p. 45. 
  4. ^ Jim Delmont (March 4, 2001). "A Radio Classic For more than 10 years, Frank Coopersmith's voice has warmed Nebraska airwaves". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). p. 1E. 
  5. ^ "30 years later, tornado still fresh in Omaha's memory". Sioux City Journal. May 6, 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  6. ^ Jim Minge (October 16, 1999). "Court Date Set in Fracas". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). p. 65. 
  7. ^ a b "A Sunday Afternoon with Garrison Keillor". North Central Douglas-Sarpy Chapter of Thrivent Financial Newsletter. Lutherans Online. September 2004. Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  8. ^ Veronica Rosman (March 29, 2000). "La Nina May Bring a Stormier Spring Severe Weather Awareness Events". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). p. 1. 
  9. ^ John Keenan (December 5, 1999). "Dancers to Join Heartland Band". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). p. 26. 
  10. ^ Veronica Stickney (June 17, 2008). "Mac-and-cheese smackdown". Omaha World-Herald (LexisNexis reprint). p. 03B. 
  11. ^ "UNO Will Honor 3 W-H Reporters". Omaha World Herald (LexisNexis reprint). April 11, 2000. p. 14.