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Friday, September 23, 2022

Frank Billingsley celebrates 40 years on air

Frank Billingsley

 

Frank Billingsley celebrated 40 years on television September 22, 2022!

"First day of Frank, back on September 22, 1982," Billingsley posted.  "That's right, I have now been a TV Weatherman for 40 years! Congrats to me but more than that, THANKS to you! I appreciate your trust and viewership all these years!"

In my opinion, Billingsley is very good at taking a complicated subject and making it easy for us viewers to understand.  He has the ability to make weather segments so conversational that they literally fly by like he was just talking to us in our living rooms.  That is a gift. Young TV meteorologists would benefit from watching and trying to figure out how he does it!



Billingsley joined KPRC 2 in February 1995 as chief meteorologist, but Houston TV viewers already knew him from weekend weather on crosstown rival abc13 KTRK. He came to Houston to work at channel 13 on April 22, 1989.

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"A family in Channelview told me I saved their lives because of my tornado warnings," Billingsley once said in his bio concerning a 1992 weather event.  "Six tornadoes demolished their neighborhood in east Harris County, but they managed to take cover just in time."

Before arriving in Texas, Billingsley worked for WLOX 13 Biloxi, Mississippi starting in 1987.

The Washington and Lee University grad, with a Broadcast Meteorology Certification from Mississippi State University, got his start in television at WDBJ 7 Roanoke, Virginia in 1982.



In his outstanding career, Billingsley has been honored by Texas Associated Press Broadcasters seven times, The Houston Press Club and named the “Ultimate Weatherman” by the Houston Chronicle.

Outside of the KPRC 2 weather center, Billingsley wrote a book in 2017 called "Swabbed & Found" about his DNA journey to find his biological family.

In 2018, he beat prostate cancer after an eight month battle.  

Billingsley married his longtime partner, Kevin Gilliard, in 2012. They have a son named Morgan.

The channel 2 meteorologist was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama.


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