Denny Frary History


By Kurt Sempf


35 years on TV…
25,000 forecasts…
5,212 personal appearances…
Millions of laughs…


KCRG-TV9 Chief Meteorologist Denny Frary joined the TV9 First Alert Storm Team in November of 1974. Denny was hired as Chief Meteorologist and as host of a daily morning talk show known as "Good Morning Eastern Iowa".

Denny anchored various parades, telethons and special events for KCRG-TV9 during the past three decades. One of his more popular and well known shows was called the "High School Challenge". The High School Challenge pitted teams of high school
students against each other in a quiz show.

One of his favorite projects was a program called the "TV9 Celebrity Interviews". Denny went to Hollywood in 1979 and interviewed many of the decades top television stars including: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Robert Urich, Jaclyn Smith, and Dick Van Patten.

Besides entertaining the television audience, Denny also hosted public events like Rotaries, Lions Club, and Optimist Club meetings. Eastern Iowans who attended these events know Denny’s talent as an entertainer.

Over the years, Denny assisted many charitable organizations with his talent and time. Most recently, Denny served as the Chairperson for the Christmas Campaign of the Salvation Army. He also served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for 25 years.

Denny was born and raised in Prophetstown, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and currently serves on the President’s Council at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Denny was awarded a Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society in March of 1982.

After 35 years in broadcasting, Denny has served thousands of families in Eastern Iowa. He has become an icon to his viewers.

Denny will be missed after he retires on November 17, 2006.




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