Longtime Boston TV meteorologist Dick Albert dies at 72

NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Longtime Boston TV meteorologist Dick Albert has died of complications from pneumonia.

WCVB-TV, where Albert worked for 31 years until his retirement in 2009, announced Albert’s death on Friday. He was 72.

Albert, known as “Dickie,” joined the station in 1978, and became one of the most recognized personalities on Boston TV. He called his work his vocation and his lifelong avocation, and said upon his retirement that his career had been a gift.

A native of Newton, Albert won multiple regional Emmys and the prestigious Silver Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was voted the second most popular weathercaster in the nation by “Television/Radio Age” in 1987.

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