Dick is a true Buckeye, born in Akron and a graduate of Green High School in Summit County. Dick Goddard received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Kent State University in 1960 after having served four years with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. During his military career, he was initially assigned to the Severe Storm Forecast Center at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He then moved to the 6th Weather Squadron’s mobile unit. This led to an assignment with the Atomic Energy Commission for the first full-yield hydrogen bomb test (Operation Castle) in the Pacific Islands.
After being discharged from the military, Dick entered Kent State University, while at the same time working for the National Weather Service (then known as the Weather Bureau) at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport. It was after doing radio weather broadcasts that he decided to audition for an available position as on-air meteorologist at Cleveland’s KYW-TV in 1961. Dick passed up an immediate opportunity to interview at Walt Disney Studios in California to take the job.
While at KYW, Dick shared in meteorological history when he flew with the United States Navy Hurricane Hunters on the first low-level, nighttime penetration of a hurricane. Her name was Flora and she was one of the deadliest hurricanes on record.
An avid sports fan and athlete, Dick won four letters in football while at Green High and also played freshman football at Kent State. For nearly four decades, he has been the statistician for Cleveland Browns radio broadcasts.
Dick has sung with the Cleveland Pops on many occasions and he has also performed the national anthem at numerous ceremonies.
In September 2008 readers and editors of Cleveland Magazine voted for Dick as “Best Weatherperson” in the magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue.
The January 2001 edition of Ohio Magazine named him “Ohio’s Best Meteorologist.” In the late-1980s, a national survey of newscaster popularity conducted by Herb Altman Communications Research rated Dick as the most popular weathercaster in America.
Dick is also known throughout northeast Ohio for his annual “Woollybear Festival” — Ohio’s largest single-day festival (drawing more than 100,000 people each year) — and his concern for animals. Dick has presented dog- and cat-adoption programs for over 25 years.
Born in Akron on Feb. 24, Dick currently resides in Medina.