Midwestern broadcasting legend Specs Howard dies

Midwestern radio legend Specs Howard, who founded the famous Detroit-area broadcasting school that bears his name, has died. He was 96.

The sad news was confirmed by his daughter, The Detroit News reported.

Radio man Specs Howard dies

Alisa Zee said that her father died peacefully Saturday with his wife of 68 years, Celia, at his side.

In a statement, Zee said she was “heartbroken to let you know that in the early hours this morning, Saturday, September 3, 2022, my father Specs Howard completed his journey here on Earth.

“He was always grateful to the entire media community. He felt your embrace every step of his professional journey, knowing that his mission to help change lives for the better was supported and guided by all,” the statement added.

Specs Howard was born Julian Liebman in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.

He established himself in 1954 at KYW which later became WKYC 1100 in Cleveland, Ohio. After some years on the Martin and Howard Show, he moved to the Detroit area in 1967.

Influential broadcaster

Howard, who had adopted his radio moniker for the glasses he wore, founded the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Southfield, Michigan in 1970.

The school closed last year and became part of Lawrence Technological University.

Zee thanked her father’s fans, friends, and students for their support over the years.

“To everyone who ever listened to him on the air, graduated from the Specs Howard School, hired the people he trained or even just said nice things to or about Dad, the entire Specs Howard Family says, “Thank You,'” Zee said.