Robert A. Millisor, the baritoned television host of San Diego’s “Sunup San Diego,” died Oct. 15 at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego. He was 69.
Millisor, who was known professionally as Bob Mills, had suffered a series of heart attacks in the months prior to his death.
Arriving in San Diego in 1960 from Tulsa, Okla., Millisor brought a TV show called “Sunup” with him. For the next nine years, he hosted the morning program, later known as “Sunup San Diego,” on Channel 8.
His last regular assignment on San Diego TV was at Channel 10, where he reported the weather and originated the award-winning “California Outdoors” travelogue before retiring in the late 1980s.
Gov. Pete Wilson, a former San Diego mayor, said Millisor’s career “was a shining testament to the popularity and support Bob enjoyed in his adopted hometown.” Wilson said Millisor “piped a little bit of sunshine into our homes every morning, and he will be missed.”
Millisor was born in St. Mary’s, Ohio, and began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey on a radio station in Defiance, Ohio. From there, he went to Paintsville, Ky., which he once described as “so far back in the boonies that they say they have to pipe in the sunshine.”
Millisor attended San Bernardino Valley College before serving from 1950-52 in the Army during the Korean War, family members said.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by two daughters, a sister, a brother and two granddaughters.