From owner and general manager Adam Griffin:
Chances are if you have lived in the Cincinnati area for any length of time, there’s a name you’ve known, heard and it belongs to a guy you’ve welcomed into your home for over 28 years. That name…Tim Hedrick.
Tim has been the Chief Meteorologist at WKRC-TV, our affiliate, Local 12 since 1988 and, without question, was the most popular meteorologist in the region. Tim, who has battled prostate cancer for the last 8 years, passed away at the age of 55 on Saturday morning.
I literally spent all but two years of my life watching and trust Tim, as hundreds of thousands did all across the Tri-State. I remember sitting in our little hallway as we watched Tim tell us that a tornado warning had been issued for our area, and seeing how passionate he was about keeping his viewers safe.
Tim wasn’t your run of the mill weather guy. He was a brilliant scientific mind, who made the complexities of weather, simple, for the average Joes who just needed to know whether to wear a jacket, grab and umbrella or take the day off because of how beautiful it would be.
His iconic smile and contagious laughter and bubbly personality were unmatched, and most of all, real. Tim loved his community, loved his family, loved his viewers. It wasn’t a job for him, it was his way of life. Few faces have lasted in Cincinnati television for the tenure that Tim lasted. You think of Local 12, you think of the guys like Rob Braun, Jon Lomax…and Tim Hedrick. Those are the names and faces you trust. And, while few of us knew Tim personally, he was a welcomed friend you never thought twice about inviting in your home every day.
I was privileged to meet Tim numerous times. I first met him at a Grillin’ with Tim that was held at Camp Shore in Rising Sun. I expressed my interest in weather, and Tim, for nearly 20 minutes, stood and talked to me, a middle school kid, in great detail of what it took to be a meteorologist and encouraged me to “hunker down and do the work” if that’s what I really wanted.
No doubt, you join the rest of the Tri-State in being shocked of the news because of how private a person Tim was, but the fact is, in the big scheme of things, Tim was a friend to everyone who’d have him in their homes. Events like the 1992, 1999 and 2012 tornado outbreaks, the flood of 1997, and the countless “frog strangling rains” and “crippler snowstorms” proved Tim cared more about us than anyone can imagine.
Tim challenged young meteorologists to pursue greatness and devoted himself to a great team in the precision Doppler 12 weather center. Meteorologists like Mike Buresh, Layne Mason, Angelique Frame, Michelle Boutelliette, Jude Redfield and the current staff of Erica Coulerra, Scott Dimmich, Brandon Orr, and John Gumm, all in some way contribute who they are to the privilege of working with Tim.
To Cindy, his wife and to his kids, as a whole region, we say thank you. Thank you for sharing your husband and dad with us. He was an amazing man, with an amazing passion and we are forever grateful. We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Hedrick family and to his friends and co-workers at Local 12.
Tim…thank you my friend…until we meet again. We will pass along any memorial services that may be conducted should arrangements be made.