WMC Chief Meteorologist Retires, Replacement Named

By Kevin Eck 

Dave Brown (picture right) is retiring from Memphis NBC affiliate WMC on August 31.

The station also announced Ron Childers (pictured left) will take his place the day after Brown leaves.

“Three years ago, I met with our management team and told them that I was looking at retirement in the near future,” said Brown. “With their full support, we developed a plan that we hoped would allow a smooth transition. That plan moved into the next phase one year ago when I requested a much-reduced schedule. They agreed and we began the transition in which Ron Childers would take over the main weather responsibilities.”


Brown has worked at WMC for 38 of his 53 years in broadcasting. He’ll be named chief meteorologist emeritus and will host some specials and take part in special events.

Childers started at WMC in 1989. “I am so proud of Ron,” said Brown. “He has not missed a beat in continuing the weather tradition we have built at WMC Action News 5. He has become an outstanding forecaster. He is the best in severe weather coverage. I am confident that he will serve the Mid-South well for years to come. Ron has my full confidence and endorsement.”

Brown also said, “I have worked since I was ten years old, paid into Social Security since age 13. I have been blessed with an incredible 53-year career in radio and television. It is time for me to step away now. I look forward to relaxing, my hobbies, completing projects at home and traveling in the years ahead.”