Arch Deal

Arch Deal (October 5, 1931 – March 13, 2020) was an American newscaster with WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He was also the father of Tampa musician Karen Deal.[1]

An avid skydiver, Deal had made more than 5,000 jumps by 2002. In 1975, his chute malfunctioned and he hit the ground at 120 mph. The injuries he suffered were a broken pelvis, broken neck and cracked ribs. In three months time he had returned to work at his WFLA-Ch. 8 job. He later worked at radio station WRBQ-FM 104.7 as a sky traffic reporter. He left there in 1992.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1991, he became a father again, fathering a daughter.[3] In 2010, his 57-year-old daughter Karen died, after she choked on food and was in a coma for a month.[4]

Deal died on March 13, 2020, also after choking on food. He is survived by daughters, Diane and Michelle Deal and his son Doug Deal.[5]

Published workEdit

  • Corporate Fall Guy ISBN 0578086468, 9780578086460 (2011) [6]


  1. ^ The Tampa Tribune November 19, 2010 Local musician Karen Deal dead at 57 - Curtis Ross
  2. ^ St. Petersburg Times August 11, 2002 Ex-anchor survives skydiving accident By John Balz
  3. ^ Big Cat Rescue Arch Deal
  4. ^ Tampa Bay Times Saturday, November 20, 2010 Local musician Karen Deal, wife of Jefferson Airplane singer, dies By Kim Wilmath, Times Staff Writer
  5. ^ "Arch Deal, longtime WFLA news anchor who survived parachute fall, dead at 88". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ Corporate Fall Guy: The Ups and Downs of a TV Anchor/skydiver Corporate Fall Guy: The Ups and Downs of a TV Anchor/skydiver