G I L  W H I T N E Y

Gil Whitney worked as a reporter, anchor and later the weatherman for WHIO-TV, in Dayton, Ohio. He also hosted, from the mid to late 70's, a summer late-night show on Friday nights called Summertime. The show guest starred local talent and other TV, movie and radio personalities. In 1980, the show was renamed The Gil Whitney Show. I had the privilege of working with Gil Whitney on his summertime variety show a couple of times. Gil was a wonderful host who made you feel totally comfortable.

Gil also worked as a weathercaster at WHIO in Dayton.

"WHIO was one of the first television stations in the United States to have its own doppler radar. During the 1974 tornado in Xenia, Ohio, Gil Whitney, legendary weather caster who died in 1982 (and even had a summertime variety show that ran several years), was the first to alert the public. Using the radar, Whitney spotted a "hook echo", indicating a tornado. Although there were thirty-four fatalities on that fateful day, without Whitney's warning there likely could have been hundreds more."


Dayton, Ohio Broadcasters Hall Of Fame