In a career that spanned more than 30 years in radio and television - and the law - Mr. Herndon was best known for the nightly weather appearances on WBAL-TV that were sponsored by the Atlantic Refining Co. For the broadcasts, he dressed in a tan- colored Atlantic service station attendant's uniform, bow tie and black-visored cap.
He was the first weatherman in Baltimore to have a sponsor, said veteran broadcaster Vince Bagli, who first worked with Mr. Herndon - who was known on the air as Al Herndon - when the two worked at radio station WNAV in the late 1940s.
He studied at Washington & Lee University but left after one semester to join the Army. He served in Europe as an interpreter and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in 1946. Mr. Herndon earned his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College in 1949. He worked at radio station WAAM in Baltimore before joining WBAL-TV in 1952. Meanwhile, he studied law during the day at the University of Maryland School of Law, earning his degree in 1959.