Oklahoma weather pioneer, Harry Volkman dies

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Former WKY meteorologist Harry Volkman, 89, who had been ill, has passed away.

Volkman is credited with being the first person to broadcast a public tornado alert on in 1952.

Although it was against the rules of the government, Volkman issued the first official televised tornado warning right here at NewsChannel 4 when it was known as WKY-TV.

He stayed in Oklahoma City for a decade before he moved to Chicago where he dominated television ratings for years and worked for several stations include WGN.

Volkman was known for his kind manner.

In July, his son Eddie posted this message on Facebook when his father became ill and had be hospitalized in Chicago.

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