The Georgia Association of Broadcasters is sad to announce the passing of Georiga broadcaster, John Wetherbee. Big John’ was a beloved figure known nationwide for his work as a meteorologist, TV and radio personality, program director, and general manager. John was recently named to the GAB’s Hall of Fame Class for 2024. GAB President, Bob Houghton said,
“I’ve known “Big” John Wetherbee first as a listener when he was a rock and roll disc jockey in Chicago, and then after re-connecting again here in Atlanta. His energy never slowed down. I can tell you that when I called him to tell him he was being inducted into the GAB Hall of Fame, the very first thing he said was, “How can I help you?” And that was so typical of John. There wasn’t a nicer guy in the business.”
In 1997, Big John launched his radio weather service, providing unique forecasts to 161 radio stations nationwide and three networks, in collaboration with the Envision Radio Network. His extensive expertise led him to serve as Chief Meteorologist for CBS TV stations in Atlanta and Savannah, as well as in Nashville and Chattanooga, and on radio stations in numerous markets including Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Indianapolis, Athens, and Atlanta. He also spent three years as Operations Manager for Clear Channel Savannah and on-air talent on 98.7 The River.
John will be officially inducted into the GAB’s Hall of Fame on Friday, March 22nd. In 2014 John was also inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame for his achievements. Throughout his career, John became a prominent figure in the field of meteorology. Wetherbee’s legacy extends beyond forecasting as he leaves an indelible mark on both the scientific community and the world of media.
John leaves a loving family, including his wife, Diana, their three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.
His legacy in meteorology and broadcasting will continue to inspire future generations. John Wetherbee will be deeply missed, but his contributions to the field and impact on many lives will never be forgotten.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday January 6th at 10 am in Savannah.
Location: The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist at 222 E Harris St Savannah GA 31401.
Instead of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made in John’s name to the American Cancer Society or the Children’s Healthcare Network of Atlanta.