I first broke earlier this evening that Tim Melton was no longer listed as a channel 13 employee on its website. Now David Barron has contacted the longtime KTRK weekend sports anchor about this development.
“I can do a lot of things, but not everything the job requires,” Melton told the Houston Chronicle. “I still hope to get back on the air. That’s always been my plan. The problem is that you never know how things are going to play out, and while the recovery process has been good, it has taken longer than I would have imagined.”
Rumors about his possible departure have been circulating for months. When I heard today he was no longer on the station's site, I saved a screen capture of it without Melton (his bio page is still online as is his station Facebook page).
Melton broke his silence about the reason for his absence in March 2012 saying:
"Sorry for being out of touch for so long, but I suffered a stroke last October and spent two months at TIRR undergoing rehab. I thank all of you who have expressed your concern as to what caused my absence, but I wanted to wait until I had a good sense of what the future holds before saying anything." READ THE REST
Other than this, Melton has remained fairly quiet. There was some video of him speaking to a group of people at TIRR that did air on the station last July.
Former KVUE sports director Hugh Lewis filled in for Melton a few months followed by 1560 KGOW/Yahoo! Sports Radio's David Nuno who was eventually hired by the ABC owned station full time.
According to his bio, Melton was hired at KTRK in August 1981 for weekend sports. Before that he had been at WCP Cincinnati and WHP in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has a degree in psychology from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and a Masters Degree in Radio/Television from Memphis State.