Former WTVY Sports Director Al Roberts passed away Thursday night, December 30th at his home. He was 69-years-old.
This is a place for family and friends of Al Roberts to share remembrances.
Funeral Arrangements for Al Roberts
Sunset Memorial Park
Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC
1700 Barrington Road
Albert J. “Al” Roberts, a resident of Dothan passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at a local hospital. He was 69.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am on Monday, January 3, 2011 at St. Columba Catholic Church with Father Patrick Gallagher officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Robert Byrd directing. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Sunday at the funeral home with a Prayer Service at 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Columba Church Capital Campaign, 2700 W. Main St., Dothan, AL, 36303, or to the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 1314 Westgate Pkwy, Dothan, AL, 36303.
Mr. Roberts was born February 6, 1941 in Columbus, OH and lived there the early years of his life. He attended the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio and later joined the U.S. Air Force serving for three and a half years. Following his military service he attended Broadcasting School and worked in Defuniak Springs, FL for WDSP. He moved to Dothan in 1972 and worked at WTVY for 34 years until his retirement in 2006 as the Sports Director. Al was a member and Past President of Dothan Kiwanis Club, a Board Member of Alzheimer’s Association, the Red Cross, and the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame, and for 25 years he was a voter for the Heisman Trophy Award. He was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife Cathy Roberts of Dothan; sons, Greg Roberts of Atlanta, GA and Steven Roberts of Biloxi, MS; sisters, Rosemary Simmons (Ted) of Columbus, OH and Peggy Roberts of Columbus, OH; nieces and nephews, Angela Shamell, Rhonda Houston, Paul Haigh, Michele Ritzman, Jill Howard, and Heather Watson; several great-nieces and nephews.
Robert Byrd of Sunset Funeral Home, (334) 983-6604, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.SunsetMemorialPark.com.
Al Roberts Bio
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Roberts came south to start his broadcasting career in radio in Chipley, Fla., in 1968 and later moved to DeFuniak Springs.
While in DeFuniak Springs, Roberts did the Walton Braves high school tape-delayed broadcasts of their football, basketball and baseball games.
He stayed in DeFuniak Springs until May of 1972 when he was hired by WTVY-TV in Dothan.
His first on-air appearance at WTVY came on the weather, which he did for three months. He was appointed Sports Director in March of 1973.
He was a one-man show for nearly 20 years before Channel 4 hired an assistant. Roberts did the radio broadcasts of Troy State football from 1978 to 1983. In 1984, Roberts and former Troy State head football coach Chan Gailey started the post-game television show on Saturdays. Al wrote, produced and hosted the show.
He is a multiple Alabama Associated Press Award winner for “Best Sportscaster” and “Best Sports Story.”
Statement from WTVY
The WTVY family and the people of the Wiregrass have lost a true local icon tonight.
We are saddened by the news that Al Roberts our friend and longtime sports anchor and reporter at WTVY has passed away.
Al was one of the mainstays here at the station. For almost 35 years we,like our many viewers, were fortunate to have him bring us the sports news of the day.
After retiring in 2006, Al continued to be a contributor to our Friday Night Football coverage.
He told us this fall that he thought it was time for him to hang up his microphone.
We told him we hoped that wasn't the case and that we looked forward to another year of high school gridiron action with him on the sidelines.
While we will miss his one of a kind style, Al will be with us in spirit.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Al's family and we remind them that his life was one well lived and his work made a difference.
We know God will bless the Roberts family during the days ahead.
We miss you already.
-WTVY News 4-