Atlanta Chief Meteorologist Back On-Air After Heart Surgery

By Kevin Eck 

Glenn Burns is back on-air at Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.

Burns, who was off air for six weeks after heart surgery, re-debuted on the 4 p.m. newscast Monday. He thanked viewers for their well wishes and said he’d be doing the 4 and 6 p.m. newscast for awhile.

TVSpy reported on Burns returning home from the hospital after surgery in March.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Burns was “constantly been sought out by colleagues who swept him into heartfelt embraces.”

“I’m hoping I remember how to do everything,” said Burns, who’s been at WSB for 35 years. “This is a whole new experience I’m going into.”

His doctors had wanted him to wait until next week to come back to work, but Burns, who’ll appear on the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts initially, had pushed for Monday. The 2 p.m. news meeting had erupted into spontaneous applause when he turned up, clean-shaven and accompanied by his weather colleagues Nitz, Karen Minton and Brian Monahan. A celebratory cooler of popsicles was rolled out, Burns exchanged some jokes and heartfelt good wishes with everyone assembled in the newsroom, and then, he uttered the words that made it clear he was back on the job.

“Let’s go do some promos!”