Detroit, Windsor broadcasters mourn loss of legends

Broadcasting legends Robin Seymour and Johnny Williams died over the weekend. COVID-19 claimed Williams.

Robin Seymour and Johnny Williams died on April 17

Famed broadcasters Robin Seymour, left, and Johnny Williams, right, died over the weekend. (CBC News and Dan Mazur/YouTube)

Two legends in Windsor-Detroit broadcasting have died — one of COVID-19.

Robin Seymour was the host of Swingin' Time on Channel 9 back in the 1960's. His program introduced a number of Motown acts to the world, including The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas.

Seymour also was a DJ at WKNR (Keener 13) in Detroit and the host of another television show called Teen Town.

He died in San Antonio, Texas on April 17 of a heart attack. Seymour was 94.

The Detroit-Windsor area also lost Johnny Williams, 78, an announcer at CKLW Radio — the Big 8 — from 1968 to 1983. 

He died the same day as Seymour, at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, Mich., of COVID-19. 

Seymour's last visit to the Detroit area was at a reunion in September 2019.

Williams, whose real name was Tom DeAngelo, is remembered by members of the band The Phoenix Theory as a gentle and humble soul with a great sense of humour.

Williams' son Billy DeAngelo is a member of the band.

I will be forever indebted to him.- Kevin Shea, Former CKLW Staff Member, on the death of 

A number of Windsorites and others from around the continent also shared condolences on Facebook.

"Rest in Peace Robin Seymour, you were a pioneer, and a major influence in my early appreciation of music in the Windsor-Detroit area in the 1960s. I will always thank you for that," wrote local musician Scotty Hughes.

"I will be forever indebted to him. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of radio and music talent, but more importantly, a great legacy of humility and kindness," wrote former CKLW staffer Kevin Shea, about Williams. 


Dale Molnar

Video Journalist

Dale Molnar is an award-winning video journalist at CBC Windsor. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor and has worked in television, radio and print.


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