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Longtime Upstate TV personality to retire after 39-year career

Jason Thomas //May 3, 2024//

Longtime 7News TV personality Jack Roper announced he will retire effective May 31. (Photo/7News)

Longtime 7News TV personality Jack Roper announced he will retire effective May 31. (Photo/7News)

Longtime 7News TV personality Jack Roper announced he will retire effective May 31. (Photo/7News)

Longtime 7News TV personality Jack Roper announced he will retire effective May 31. (Photo/7News)

Longtime Upstate TV personality to retire after 39-year career

Jason Thomas //May 3, 2024//

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Longtime 7News TV personality Jack Roper announced he will retire effective May 31.

Roper made the announcement on “Your Carolina,” the talk show he has co-hosted for the past 17 years.

“I’ve dreaded retirement because it would mean I would leave the place I’ve called home for over half my life,” Roper said in a news release.

To be exact, it’s been 39 years since Jack Roper joined 7News as a meteorologist in 1986 and came home to his family in Union, the release stated. He had been a finalist in a national weatherman search on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

As Roper forecasted the weather for 22 years, he earned his meteorology degree from Mississippi State University, won an Emmy award in 2002, and embedded himself in the community through personal appearances at fundraising and charitable events, the release stated.

Roper was the recipient of the South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s TV Personality of the Year award in 1988, 1989, 2004 and the Star Award in 2010.

A natural with children, Roper became host of “Kidsizzle” and received a Best Children’s Program award from South Carolina Broadcasters Association in 1993, according to the release.

“I cherished each opportunity to excite the kids with animals, magic and music,” he said.

The Greenville News readers honored Roper as Upstate’s Favorite TV Personality in 1994  and 1995.

“We’re thrilled to have had Jack’s humor and dedication for as long as we did,” said WSPA General Manager Kenny Lawrence in the release. “It’s an honor to know him and his family. We look forward to the days Jack comes back in to visit his ‘Your Carolina’ friends and delight viewers with his Magic Mondays.”

In 2017, Roper began hosting the locally produced show, “Your Carolina.” His co-hosts speak highly of him, including Megan Heidlberg.

“I was so nervous when I got the job to produce and write for ‘the’ Jack Roper,” she said in the release. “Yet we hit it off from day one. I eventually became Jack’s co-host where daily laughs on set were a given. Jack is definitely one of a kind.”

Co-host and Managing Editor Jamarcus Gaston added, “Not only does Jack’s spontaneity make the show fun, I see him give selflessly of his time day in and day out as a pillar of our community.”

A self-taught magician and a talented drummer, Jack adored entertaining the masses with an appearance on the “Hee Haw” variety show, played banjo on stage with the Smothers Brothers, played drums in concert with the Greenville Symphony, and was the drummer in his own The Weatherman Band, the release stated.

This year, Jack won first place in the Upstate Stand Up Comedy competition.

“When God made Jack Roper, he started with his funny bone! I spent decades laughing at Jack’s jokes during his weather forecasts. There is no one like him,” said 7News anchor Amy Wood in the release.

Roper remains humble.

“I will always have deep respect for the Your Carolina community and our many advertisers who showed me incredible kindness these past 40 years. I’m grateful for the exceptional individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with … and for the many opportunities provided to me throughout my years at WSPA[1]TV.”

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