JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – The Tri-Cities area continues to mourn the loss of local broadcast legend Tim Cable. His passing had a big impact on our News Channel 11 team, of which Tim was a part for over two decades.
Several long-time members of the WJHL team who worked with him every day at the station wanted to share some of their favorite memories.
“Every time you think of Tim Cable or ask questions about Tim Cable it makes you smile. He made everyone around him smile,” said Paula Jackson, General Manager and Vice President of the WJHL.
Cable was known for his unique, local stories showcasing his favorite people and places through a popular once-on WJHL series titled “Cable Country”.
“Tim wanted to live in a world where you loved your neighbor, you respected everyone who came, no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like. Every person was important to him, ”said presenter Josh Smith.
“Tim never treated anyone he interviewed as a subject. They were a person,” said presenter Sara Diamond. “When I saw him do that, I started doing it too. I was interviewing and wondering, how would Tim handle this? “
Tim Cable, known throughout the region for his humor and genuine personality, was the same person when the cameras were off according to his friends, who call him “authentic.”
“The thing I’ll always remember about Tim is his smirk. He had the best smirk in the world, you always knew something was going on in his head. We were always laughing, ”said WJHL photographer Doug Counts.
Many people may not know that Cable often went out on his own to film his stories.
“Today, it’s the norm for everyone to shoot their own story, write their own story, edit their own story. But he had been doing this for decades. He’s been a role model for the new people who came into this business to learn how to do this stuff, ”said WJHL producer David McAvoy.
Cable met his wife Christinia at WJHL, he also forged lasting friendships here.
“Every day when he walked in, my favorite part to watch with him was his interaction with everyone. He has become lifelong friends with a lot of people here at the station. But also, his love for Bob Lewis. They were very close friends, always smiling, always cutting, ”said chief meteorologist Mark Reynolds, thinking back to Lewis, another former WJHL presenter who has passed away.
Although Tim Cable loved news, he also had many other passions, such as football and baseball.
“He loved his sport. He knew his sport, ”said WJHL athletic director Kenny Hawkins. At one point, Cable worked on the sports team alongside Hawkins.
“The one thing he was probably more excited about than sports was Mayberry. The Andy Griffith Show. This guy could tell you any episode, everything that happened in that show, he could tell you about it, just like that, ”Hawkins said.
Cable died of complications from COVID-19. His legacy is forever cemented at WJHL.
“He was born for this job. He was born to tell stories, ”Smith said.
“It came to life on camera. Everyone knew that, ”Jackson said.
“Tim was a community. Tim brought the community to News Channel 11, ”Hawkins said.