Michigan Radio & TV Legend Shelby Newhouse, 1926-2020
I met Shelby Newhouse a number of years ago and we hit it off, thanks to our relatable radio careers.....they made for good conversation.
Shelby was born in Detroit in November 1926 and began his radio career at WJLB while he was still in high school.
He went into the army in 1944 and became an announcer for WVTR, an Armed Forces station.
After leaving the service, he traveled to Los Angeles to see what career in performing waited for him there. Not impressed with the west coast, Shelby came back to Michigan and began announcing almost immediately at WWJ in Detroit. Shelby's voice was heard on WWJ-AM radio as well as WWJ-TV Channel 4.
He left WWJ in 1976 after forming his own production company and began producing documentaries. After 30 years of making these films, Shelby had amassed a number of prestigious awards, including some Emmys.
I looked forward to my talks with Shelby who enjoyed hearing my tales as much as I enjoyed his. He was a kind, creative man who extremely loved his wife Christa.
Shelby passed away July 30, 2020 at the age of 93. I wanted to hear many more of his stories...but I guess I'll have to wait awhile.