Sunday, April 06, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Gib Shanley Dies

One of the true legends in Cleveland sports media has passed away.

Gib Shanley, who was the long-time sports director at Scripps ABC affiliate WEWS/5, has died at the age of 76.

"NewsChannel 5" reports that Shanley died of "complications from pneumonia". The Plain Dealer's now-former veteran sportswriter, Bob Dolgan, has a very extensive look at Gib Shanley's life and career here.

In addition to his work on Channel 5, and his role as the first sports anchor on WUAB/43's then-new 10 PM news program "The 10 O'Clock News", Gib is also remembered by many as long-time radio voice of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, from 1961 to 1984. He called the last major pro sports championship in Cleveland, with the Browns in 1964.

He's also remembered even nationwide for an on-air incident where he burned an Iranian flag on the air during the heated Iranian hostage crisis in 1979.

That, and many other memories, are also detailed in a Cleveland Seniors website profile of Shanley, done a couple or three years ago. The image above is linked from their profile.

In addition to coming back to WEWS for a stint doing weekend sports anchor work some years ago, Mr. Shanley also has been seen recently doing commentaries on the station's weekend sportscasts...


Tim Lones said...

While Gib was indeed paired with Nev Chandler on Browns Broadcasts..Just as notably, Gib was with Jim Graner of Channel 3 doing Browns radio broadcasts from 1961-74..

Here is my own tribute to Gib..and ther class act that he was..

yekimi said...

Never really cared for him, just came across as arrogant and a smart aleck to me.

WERC alum said...

I worked with Gib when he was at 43/19.

He truly was genuine, the same off the air as on. Yes, his manner appeared arrogant, but he treated everyone as an equal. He wasn't impressed with the fact that he was air talent or famous.

He also understood that no one is perfect, and that we all had to work together to put something on the air.

It was very easy working with Gib, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to get to know him a bit.