Detroit, Windsor broadcasters mourn loss of legends
Robin Seymour and Johnny Williams died on April 17
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.