Dick Fabian, Longtime Flint-Saginaw Radio/TV Personality, Passes at 81

DICK_FABIAN_300Former WNEM-TV (Saginaw) news broadcaster and WKNX-AM (Saginaw) disc jockey Dick Fabian passed away Saturday, March 26.  He was 81 years old.

In a website news post, WNEM-TV notes that Fabian’s Mid-Michigan career began back in 1962 as a disc-jockey for WKNX Radio.  He came there looking for a station that was completely committed to a rock and roll format.  While working at WKNX, Fabian brought new ideas to the station including a weekly battle of the bands segment.  This, combined with the decision to focus on the British invasion music that was sweeping the country, lead to WKNX being the number one station in Mid-Michigan in the 1960s.

Fabian joined WEYI-TV in 1974 as News Director and Anchor.  In 1980, Fabian moved to WNEM-TV and spent 20 years at the station.  He originally started out on a program called PM Magazine, which ran for seven years and later became the host of Take Five, a very successful program that combined local news with a talk show format.

He is survived by his wife Gail, a brother and sister, and his children and grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for March 29 from 1 to 8 p.m. and March 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at SS Francis and Clare Parish in Birch Run.  A private burial is set for a later date.

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