A former Chattanooga television personality who also excelled in photojournalism and engineering has died.  Neal Kassebaum died Thursday after a six-year battle with cancer, at the age of 71.

The Illinois native was hired by Chattanooga's WDEF-TV in 1971, and switched to WRCB in 1975.  He did weather forecasting and commercial announcing for both stations.  He later concentrated on photojournalism, working for Video Masters in Chattanooga, and freelancing for ESPN and other cable networks.

His work took him all over the world, and he later settled in for a twenty-two year assignment as a satellite uplink engineer, beaming NASCAR races and SEC sports to regional and national audiences for Jefferson Pilot (later Raycom) sports.

A memorial service will be announced later. You can read David Carroll's personal remembrances at: http://chattanoogaradiotv.com/general/neal-kassebaum-brought-us-sunshine/