Robert Edmondson, a member of the KTXS team for 11 years, died over the weekend. KTXS will dedicate Monday's newscasts to a dear friend, co-worker, and family member ? a man who went by the nickname of "Wookie" and who spent his life in broadcasting in Abilene.
Robert died this weekend. The cause of death is unknown, but he had been battling some health issues. Visitation will be from 5 to 7pm at Hamil Family Funeral Home on Wednesday. Funeral services are set for 11 in the morning on Thursday, also at Hamil Family.
"The entire KTXS family is saddened by the passing of Robert, and we will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers," said Kyle Krebs, KTXS vice president and general manager. "He had a very funny and outgoing personality that made him friends with everyone, and he was extremely knowledgeable and dedicated to his craft. We appreciate his service, and Wookie will never be forgotten by his co-workers here at KTXS."
Robert worked in master control for KTXS since April of 2001. He was the kind of guy that would do whatever it took to make sure meteorologists were able to get on the air when severe weather threatened. He would run a camera, the director's board, or audio to make sure people would know a storm was coming.
Robert actually worked in media in Abilene for decades. He started at the CBS affiliate KTAB back in 1984, working there till 1995. You may also recognize Robert's voice, for he was a disc jockey at KEAN-FM for many years. His voice can still be heard on various advertisements heard on local television and radio stations today.
Robert was born in 1964 in Abilene, Texas. He attended Abilene schools and graduated from Cooper in 1984. Robert was also very involved in college. He attended McMurry University, where he worked both on stage and behind the scenes in the theatre department.
Robert was 47.