Dave Murray introduced meteorology on a nightly basis to local TV news in St. Louis in 1976. Hired at the age of 22 by KSDK-TV right out of graduate school, he was the first scientist to deliver nightly weathercasts with moving graphics, original forecasts, and explaining reasons why.
His accuracy was high, and his personality affable, for a curious weather oriented Midwestern market, both metropolitan and agricultural.
With a major in coastal forecasting from the University of Rhode Island and studying for his Master’s in thunderstorm forecasting at the University of Wyoming, Dave’s scientific knowledge and serious commitment countered the existing 1950’s-1970’s trend of weathercasting on television being the lighter part of the broadcast. His audition tape, made in college, had taken several weeks to produce to show program directors, many for the first time, how weather systems could actually move across a wooden map, while Dave explained on camera in his only sport coat and a pair of plaid pants.
During the early years, Dave also developed a revolutionary visual 24 hour warning system in St. Louis. When TV stations still went off the air around 1am, Dave realized people needed protection during the night. So he developed the first visual 24 hour warning system in St. Louis. It worked like this. Dave would call the Master Control Room at the station and tell them to “punch up” the weather radar graphics.
By age 29, in 1983, the ABC Television Network noticed Dave, and tapped him to be their new Chief Meteorologist/Weathercaster for both “Good Morning America” with David Hartman and Joan Lunden, and “World News This Morning” with Steve Bell.
But ultimately, Dave missed the thrill of severe weather forecasting which started him on his career and is inherently local in nature. So when KTVI-TV Ch.2, a Times Mirror station at the time, offered him the chance to return home as Chief Meteorologist for all evening newscasts and any severe weather, Dave jumped at the chance and has faithfully served St. Louis television viewers since September, 1989, for 29 years. St. Louis was his adopted hometown. He’d started his career there. He’d gotten married there. His son was born there. And quite frankly, the weather was exciting. That’s Dave.
In the Midwest region, Dave holds 12 Emmy Awards for “Best Weathercaster” and has distinguished himself with “Dave Murray’s Long Range Weather Specials”, half hour programs. Four times yearly for each season they regularly win the top ratings spot during their time period, and coincidentally have made his white Labrador retrievers – currently Rain and Snowflake, formerly Sky, Sunshine and Starz – a bit famous on Facebook and Instagram appearing on the shows.