KVUE chief meteorologist Mark Murray has taken an early retirement package and will leave the station later this month after 26 years. It’s the fourth high-profile departure at KVUE in less than a month.
His final day on the air will be April 21.
“I’ll have plenty of time to think about [later opportunities],” he told the Statesman. “Right now, though, I’m really looking forward to stepping back from broadcasting and donating all my ties to Goodwill and trading in my suits for obnoxious Hawaiian shirts.”
Ever since the buyout packages were announced in February, several KVUE staffers have left the station, but all for different reasons. News director Frank Volpicella took an early retirement package earlier this month, while Tyler Sieswerda, evening news anchor for the past 11 years, is relocating to Dallas and KVUE president and general manager Patti Smith, a 17-year veteran, said recently she is stepping down.
Fans and colleagues of the weatherman reacted to the news on social media after the announcement.
At one point in the day, news of Murray’s departure was in the Top 10 upvoted posts on r/Austin, the Austin subreddit.
One person presumably thought Murray was the Greatest Of All Time, as expressed through a goat emoji: