For decades, when severe weather struck, Oklahomans have depended on the comforting, steady voice of Gary England to provide the information that led people to safety and saved countless numbers of lives.

On Jan. 14, the internationally renowned weather icon will bring decades of experiences and stories to Ardmore and southern Oklahoma as he takes center stage for the latest installment of Profiles and Perspectives. England will deliver his highly acclaimed presentation "Friday Night in the Big Town."

The Profiles and Perspectives series is sponsored by the Noble Foundation and is free of charge and open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ardmore Convention Center.

During the presentation, England will provide a glimpse into his storied life, from tornadoes to television and entertainment. Throughout his illustrious career, England has grown with and shaped the meteorological industry. England was a trendsetter, and was the first person to implement Enterprise Electronics, the world's first commercial Doppler radar, in weather forecasting.

"Known for his calm demeanor and reporting abilities, England has been recognized internationally as an authority on severe weather," says Mary Kate Wilson, Noble Foundation director of philanthropy, engagement and project management, and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives Committee. "His ultimate goal has never changed — to save as many lives as possible. We look forward to hearing some of the humorous and serious stories from his career."