Tom Longfellow (2004 photo), KARK's first weatherman, has died at the age of 89. He presented the station's forecast from 1954-1959.
Tom Longfellow was KARK's first weatherman, signing on from 1954 to 1959.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Funeral services (details below) are Saturday in Hot Springs for a former KARK weatherman.
A true broadcaster from the industry's early years, Longfellow started out in radio (KHOZ-AM in Harrison and KARK-AM) before turning his talents to the new medium of television in 1954, providing the nightly forecast on Channel 4 until 1959.
"I'm not a meteorologist," Longfellow said in 2004 in a special KARK 50th Anniversary Special. "I used to drive to the U.S. Weather Bureau at the airport before each weather show and get briefed by the government meteorologist, and then I'd take some notes and put it in my head and then I'd race back to the studio....and I would put it in my own words."
When he left work as an on-air personality, Longfellow stayed with KARK for decades more as a salesman.
Obituary from Gross Funeral Home:
Marion Thomas Longfellow (8/23/24 – 11/25/13)
Veteran radio personality Tom Longfellow was called home to the Lord on November 25th. He is survived by his wife Aileen, two sons; Mark and wife Brenda, and Matthew, one brother; Conrad and wife Leta, one sister; Dorothy L. Andrews and husband Tom, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and hundreds of friends.
A celebration of life for Tom will be held at First Christian Church, 1806 Central Avenue on Saturday, December 7th at 2 pm. The family requests only your attendance and prayers for this celebration. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gideons International, Habitat for Humanity, and First Christian Church in Hot Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Gross Funeral Home.
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