Longtime Philadelphia Weathercaster Set to Retire

By Andrew Gauthier 


On Wednesday, Dave Roberts told his television family that he’s ready to watch TV, rather than be on it. After 56 years in the business, and 31 memorable years at WPVI, the legendary broadcaster will retire in December. Roberts will co-host his final 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1 week, and his final Action News AccuWeather forecast on December 11th.

“This is a bittersweet day for the Channel 6 family, and the Delaware Valley,” remarked Bernie Prazenica, President and General Manager of 6abc. “Dave has touched so many lives during his broadcast career. He is truly one of the most genuine, authentic people to ever work in the business. Without Dave, Channel 6 would not be what it is today.”


Roberts’ radio and television career puts him in a very select category. He is one of the most trusted and beloved personalities in local television history. But even with all of his popularity and career accomplishments, 6abc employees usually choose to discuss “Dave the person,” the co-worker who always remembers to ask about the family, or to leave a note of encouragement on a colleague’s desk. More…