A memorial service will be held next week at Wayne State University for longtime broadcaster Sonny Eliot.
The former WJBK-TV and WWJ radio personality died Nov. 16 at the age of 91. Wayne State announced Thursday it will honor Eliot with an event called "Always Sonny!" at the Community Arts Auditorium on Dec. 6.
During the celebration, friends and colleagues of Sonny Eliot will share their memories. Scheduled participants include:
Jayne Bower: WWJ-950 afternoon anchor
Jim Brandstatter (emcee): Radio broadcast voice of the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan Wolverines
Rob Davidek: WWJ-950 news and program director
Joe Donovan: WWJ-950 morning anchor
John Finley: Sonny Eliot's close friend and former doctor for the Detroit Red Wings
Chuck Gaidica: WDIV-TV weathercaster
Jerry Hodak: Former weathercaster, health and science reporter, anchor, WJBK-TV, WXYZ-TV (1965-2010)
Rich Homberg: President and general manager of Detroit Public Television
Ron Kagan: Detroit Zoo executive director and CEO
Tim Kiska: Longtime Detroit journalist and University of Michigan professor
Ray Lane: Former WJBK-TV sports director; broadcaster for the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, Lions and Pistons
Jack Lessenberry: Veteran journalist and Wayne State University interim director of journalism.
In addition, a video retrospective of Sonny's career produced by CBS Radio Detroit will be featured.
RSVPs may be submitted online at http://specialevents.wayne.edu/sonnyeliot.
For more on Sonny's life and career see also: Hall of fame broadcaster Sonny Eliott dies at 91
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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