Bob French is Chief Meteorologist and weeknight weather anchor at KAGS. With over 34 years of experience forecasting and presenting the weather on television, Bob is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the AMS Broadcast Seal of Approval for Television. Many meteorology students who have interned with Bob have gone on to fulfill careers in broadcast meteorology, some of whom are in major markets like Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta today.
Bob grew up on the Gulf Coast in Beaumont, Texas, where he became fascinated with weather, especially hurricanes, having experienced Hurricane Audrey in 1957, Carla in 1961, and Cindy in 1963. His desire to study weather led him to Texas A&M University, which certainly pleased his Aggie family. Before completing his degree, however, Bob left Texas A&M to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter.
As fate would have it, Bob moved back to Beaumont and began working in radio broadcasting, while still entertaining with his music. By 1980, Bob was providing weathercasts on the radio and was offered the opportunity to begin working in TV. Bob went back to school, earning his degree in Mass Communications from Lamar University in Beaumont.
In 1981, he went to work for KFDM-TV in Beaumont where he stayed until moving to Bryan/College Station in 1990. During his time at KFDM, Bob was able to fulfill a life-long dream of flying into the eye of a hurricane aboard an Air Force reconnaissance plane in 1985.
In 1990, Bob became Chief Meteorologist at KBTX-TV in Bryan, where he worked until 2013. Bob is also very active in the community. He has visited almost every school in the Brazos Valley, and his t-shirt collection is second to none. Whether it is visiting schools or civic organizations, talking about weather or entertaining with his music, he’s always smiling unless the weather demands a more serious demeanor.
Bob has also served on advisory boards of numerous local emergency planning and charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Health for All Clinic, SOS Ministries, and The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.
Bob and his lovely wife Beth have two grown children and three grandchildren. Bob still enjoys entertaining and even takes his guitar to visit schools occasionally. While growing up, he also studied piano for nine years and still enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and songwriting.