TV weather personality Dr. Frank Field has passed away; he was 100 years old. For more than five decades, Field reported on the weather and other science and health topics in the New York City television market. Originally a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Field now resides in Boca Raton, Florida. He had celebrated his 100th birthday on March 30. His death, which occurred on Saturday, was announced by WNBC-TV in New York today, a station Field has a past with.
During World War II, Field was a first lieutenant and meteorologist with the 8th Air Force in Europe. While he never earned a meteorological degree, he did earn a B.A. in Geology from Brooklyn College, a B.S. in Optometry from Columbia University, and an O.D. degree from the Massachusetts College of Optometry. While we was a doctor of eye science, the American Meteorological Society did award Field with their Seal of Approval.
Field began his television career on WRCA-TV in 1958. Two years later, the television station was re-branded as WNBC-TV, where Field remained for more than 20 years. In the 1980s, Field moved to rival WCBS-TV, where he worked for an additional 11 years. He briefly worked at WNYW-TV, the New York City Fox affiliate, before ending his television weather broadcasting career at WWOR-TV, known in the market at the time simply as “Channel 9.”
Field’s children, Elliot David “Storm” and Allison, were also television meteorologists. Storm Field first joined WABC-TV in 1976 where he remained until 1991. In 1992, Storm teamed up with his father on WCBS-TV where he eventually took over his father’s role. Storm Field left the CBS affiliate in 1997 to become chief meteorologist at WWOR-TV, where he worked with his father once again. Meanwhile, Allison also worked briefly at WCBS-TV.