|Detroit Broadcaster Sonny Eliot Passes|
Longtime Detroit Broadcaster Sonny Eliot passed away this morning (11/16) at his home in his Farmington Hills, following an illness. He was 91.
According the a story published by the Detroit Free Press, Eliot began his career in the late 1940s, when he appeared on the then-infant medium of television. He was Channel 4’s star weathercaster from the 1950s until the late 1970s; a weathercaster on Channel 2 in the late 1970s and early 1980s; and a movie host on Channel 50, also in the 1980s. He rounded out his career at WWJ radio, where he served up two weathercasts each weekday afternoon.
Eliot was a 2002 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductee.
Eliot was born Marvin Schlossberg on December 5, 1920 to Jacob and Jenny Schlossberg. He grew up near downtown Detroit, graduating from Central High School, attended Wayne State University. During World War II, he served as a B-24 bomber pilot and was shot down on a mission over Germany and taken as a prisoner of war. Eliot served 18 months in a POW camp.
He retired from broadcasting in September, 2010.
Read more from The Detroit Free Press here.