Don Westbrook, the pioneering broadcaster whose distinctive voice delivered both WWL-TV weather forecasts and commercials for the station and various clients during a 39-year career, died Monday. He was 79.

His daughter, Laura Westbrook, said her father died after a brief illness. Although he and his wife Jean left New Orleans after he retired from WWL-TV in 1999, their daughter said they had returned here in recent years to be closer to family.

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