Tedi Thurman, 89, weather forecaster on NBC radio ‘Monitor’
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NEW YORK — At 5-foot-7, with sea-blue eyes, flowing red hair, chiseled cheeks and a shapely figure, Tedi Thurman was a stunner. But it was her breathy, alluring voice that brought her fame.
The ‘‘weather girl’’ on the long-running NBC radio show ‘‘Monitor’’ in the 1950s and ’60s, Ms. Thurman took over the microphone and in soft, sultry tones virtually drawl, ‘‘Cleveland, 34, snow; Boston, 41, cloudy; Phoenix, 62, fair; New York City, 43, sunny; Paris, 38, cloudy.’’
But she would always lead with Atlanta, ‘‘because Georgia was her home state,’’ said Dennis Hart, author of ‘‘Monitor: The Last Great Radio Show’’ (2002), a history of the program created in 1955. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, it originally stayed on the air till midnight.
Ms. Thurman, who died Monday at 89 in Palm Springs, Calif., after a brief illness, made forecasts ‘‘sound like an irresistible invitation to an unforgettable evening,’’ Jack Gould wrote in The New York Times.
With hosts like Hugh Downs, Gene Rayburn, and Bill Cullen, ‘‘Monitor’’ was a hit, offering news, sports, comedy, variety, music, and live remote pickups from around the world. It lasted 20 years, the first six featuring Ms. Thurman as Miss Monitor, who updated the weather hour after hour.
Ms. Thurman was also a television regular, spoofing herself on Jack Paar’s ‘‘Tonight Show.’’ In sleek dresses and high heels, she saucily delivered lines like: ‘‘I know what you want. You want me to tell you about the weather. In New York it’s 74. And me, I’m 36-26-36.’’