Buddy Vision

Terry Morrow’s name turns up dozens of times in the archives of my blog, going back to its earliest days. He has been a friend just about as long as I’ve lived in Knoxville. Terry died today at age 52, ten days shy of his birthday.

Terry was the television critic for the Knoxville News Sentinel. He and I shared a love for TV and entertainment in general. I invited him to appear on each of the three stations where I’ve worked. I’ll always owe him a debt of gratitude. He nominated me for a News Sentinel makeover in 2007.

Terry Morrow, Abby Ham and Frank Murphy on November 9, 2007 Frank Murphy, Terry Morrow and Mary Constantine at the 1st Annual Star 102.1's Dancing with the Knoxville Stars on April 23, 2009 Terry Morrow, Billy Gardell and Frank Murphy at Side Splitters on June 9, 2010

Terry was involved in planning the very first Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars in 2009. He was one of the celebrity dancers that year too. A couple of months later, he got the devastating news that he had pancreatic cancer. I still remember my phone conversation with Terry as he told me about it and we prayed together. I was at an Independence Day parade in upstate New York and I had to find a quieter place.

Terry made frequent trips to Johns Hopkins and other hospitals for treatment. There were times when we all thought he might be able to beat the cancer, but he never took it for granted. When he was available to go to lunch or to a movie, I’d often drop what I was doing and spend time with him.

Terry used to have a pass that would let him bring a guest to Regal Cinemas. Around that same time, I sometimes had gift certificates for Five Guys Burgers and Fries. My wife and I saw several movies with Terry after eating at Five Guys.

Terry stopped by the radio station one day in 2010 while Marc & Kim were on Christmas vacation. He and I recorded a podcast that day, just for fun. You can listen to it by using the button below.

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  1. kathi dougherty says:

    Thanks Frank~ I can’t think of Terry without thinking of all the funny segments on the M&K&F show on Star102.1fm. I am so glad I got to chat him up at Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2 years ago and had my “picture made” with him. All of Knoxville will miss him.

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