Grapevine: WJR meteorologist John McMurray is retiring

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

WJR meteorologist John McMurray is retiring

After 30 years of reporting the morning weather forecast on news radio WJR, meteorologist John McMurray is retiring this week. He made the announcement Wednesday morning to Frank Beckmann on-air just before reporting on the area’s snowy conditions. “He’s going to ride off into the sunset,” Beckmann said. “It’s a well-deserved trip. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss you my friend. It will not be the same around here without you.” McMurray, a New York native, said he started his Michigan career in Flint at WJRT in 1969. Before that he was a flight meteorologist for the U.S. Air Force. McMurray told Beckmann he’s looking forward to getting up at 8 a.m. instead of 1:30 a.m. He also says his wife has a honey-do list “as long as my arm,” and he’ll continue to teach meteorology at Saginaw Valley State University.

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