Nashville, TN – One of Tennessee’s most popular news anchors, Dan Miller, is being honored posthumously, November 6th, with a star on the Country Music Walk of Fame. Miller was co-anchor of the WSMV Channel 4 News with Demetria Kalodimos when he died of a heart attack while attending the Masters Golf Tournament in 2009.
Miller first came to Channel 4 in 1969. After spending 16 years as primary news anchor and seven years hosting the popular “Miller & Company” talk show, Dan left in 1986 to be principal anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles. Dan worked with Tom Snyder and his friend and former Nashville weatherman, Pat Sajak before returning to Nashville in 1992.
Miller, along with Demitria Kalodimos became a staple for viewers at 6:00pm and 10:00pm. When asked about her first meeting with Dan Miller, Kalodimos said, “I came to Nashville for an interview, and Dan and the news director took me to lunch.” “They recommended what I should order from the menu, and of course, I ordered just the opposite.” “We struck it up from the beginning.” Kalodimos recalls her years with Miller as “the best of my career. He taught me everything.”
One of the highlights of Miller’s journalistic career was landing an exclusive interview with the parents of JonBenet Ramsey in 1999. That interview led to appearances on NBC’s Dateline, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and Larry King Live.
“Dan and Demetria” were the most popular news duo in middle Tennessee for years and news of his death was devastating to the Channel 4 family. “Like everyone, I was devastated at the news, and I don’t think you ever get over such a loss, but we had a job to do and it was important that we at Channel 4 pull ourselves together that day and do the best job we could”, said Kaledimos.
The ceremony honoring Miller will include stars for Alan Jackson, Kix Brooks, Les Paul, Dr. Bobby Jones, designer “Manuel”, and Dottie Rambo and will be Sunday, November 6th, 12:00pm at Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The public is invited.