The late Dan Miller, a media personality from Augusta, will be honored Sunday in Nashville, Tenn., with a plaque on the Music City Walk of Fame.
Also being honored in the noon ceremony in Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues South will be electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul, country singers Alan Jackson and Kix Brooks, and gospel singers Bobby Jones and Dottie Rambo. The ceremony is free.
The Music City Walk of Fame is a project of Music City Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, produced with the support of Gibson Guitar, the Great American Country network, Durango, the city of Nashville and Metro Parks.
Miller, born and raised in Augusta, died April 8, 2009, at age 67 of a heart attack during his visit back home for the Masters Tournament.
His first job in television had been as a weatherman at television station WRDW.
He joined WSM television station in Nashville and spent 16 years as primary news anchorman and seven years as host of the Miller & Company talk show. He left Nashville in 1986 to become the principal anchorman at television station KCBS in Los Angeles and later as the sidekick of former Nashville weatherman Pat Sajak on the CBS network’s The Pat Sajak Show. Miller returned to Nashville in 1992 and resumed working for WSM.
He won many awards during his broadcasting career, including several Emmys..
On the WSM Web site, he wrote a blog called Dan Miller’s Notebook and frequently wrote about his early years in Augusta and his return visits.
One such occasion was his return in 2007 as host for the anniversary celebration of the world premiere 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 Miller’s great-uncle Frank Miller.
After the screening, 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.”