Longtime WXYZ-TV Sportscaster Don Shane Has Died
February 27, 2023
Sad news out of Detroit over the weekend (1/25-26) as WXYZ-TV announced that sportscaster Don Shane has passed away at age 70. Shane spent 23 years at the station.
He joined the station in 1989 after stints at WDIV-TV as well as stations in Chicago and Boston. The station writes that Shane was on hand for so many hugely important events over the years. The many championships along with the heart-breaking defeats, all while showcasing the drama and emotion of the moment for viewers.
The NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup, the Rose Bowl, prize fights from Las Vegas – Shane covered it all during a career that included two stints in Detroit.
He retired on February 29, 2012. He moved to Arizona after retirement, and spent the last few years in California close to his kids. His family welcomed their first grandchild last May.
MAB President/CEO Sam Klemet remarked, "Don Shane was an incredible talent and person and his work captured some of the most memorable moments in the state’s sports history. His work ethic was matched only by his kindness and passion. Don meant so much to the people of Michigan for his story telling and perspective. Our industry is lucky to have had him and his legacy will live on for decades to come."