Augusta native, TV anchor dies

Nashville, Tenn., broadcaster Dan Miller, 67, one of the nation's best known media personalities to come from Augusta , died Wednesday night in his hometown.

 

Mr. Miller, anchor of WSM-TV in Nashville, Tenn., was walking back from the Partridge Inn to where he was staying on Heard Avenue when he apparently suffered a heart attack, according to his childhood friend, Bob Smith, meteorologist at WRDW-TV in North Augusta.

Mr. Miller was in Augusta this week to attend the Masters Tournament .

He returned frequently to the town he loved. He served in 2007 as host for the anniversary celebration of the world premiere in Augusta of the movie The Three Faces of Eve. The observances benefited the Miller Theater, where the movie had premiered in 1957. The theater was built by Mr. Miller's great uncle Frank Miller .

Mr. Miller had worked at WSM since 1969, and was a friend of many Grand Ole Opry stars. He was a pallbearer for the funeral of Eddy Arnold last May .

For several years, he served as host for the talk show Miller & Company on The Nashville Network, and also worked a stint as a news anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles

He also wrote a popular blog on the WSM-TV Web site, Dan Miller's Notebook, and frequently wrote about his early years in Augusta and his return visits.

After the screening of The Three Faces of Eve in 2007, he wrote a friend in Augusta, "I simply cannot express how much I enjoyed being included in the festivities there in Augusta. Getting reconnected with so many people, and meeting other Augustans who I never knew before, was something that will be on the 'highlight reel' of my life ."

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Karen, four children and three grandchildren.

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