Meteorologist-Reporter Fred Hunter To Retire From WBRC

Fred Hunter

WBRC Birmingham, Ala. meteorologist-reporter Fred Hunter is stepping away from the studio after 27 years of forecasting and delivering Absolutely Alabama to viewers throughout the state.

Hunter has been with those viewers on Gray’s Fox affiliate through it all — from 1997, to the deadly tornadoes of April 27, 2011, to Snowmageddon of 2014 and dozens of tropical systems from New Orleans to Palm Beach. He’s traveled the state to deliver stories that are Absolutely Alabama. His stories have covered famous places and people across the state as well as everyday Alabamians applying their talents and going about their everyday lives.

For years, viewers have spent Christmas mornings with Hunter as he traveled the state highlighting some of the best stories of the previous year. His Absolutely Alabama Christmas series is an Alabama tradition.

Hunter’s career began at a small radio station, WZOV, in his hometown of Ft. Payne in 1971. He has worked in television since 1976 in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, and Austin. He eventually joined WBRC’s First Alert Weather team in 1997.

“I am filled with gratitude and love for the viewers who have welcomed me into their homes over three decades,” Hunter says. “It has been an honor to share your stories.”


Hunter has been recognized with numerous awards including recognition from The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Jefferson County Historical Commission, Daughters of the American Revolution, Alabama Broadcasters Association, and Alabama Department of Tourism.

As he steps away from forecasting and reporting, Hunter plans to spend time with his grandchildren and pursue outside interests.

“I look forward to having quality time with my family, to rejoin my church family, and the freedom to do something new,” he added.

Hunter will end his time at WBRC in April of 2024.

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