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April 8, 2008

Albany -- We lost a member of the WALB family today. William Dennis 'Bill' Shilling died this morning.

Many of you knew him as Don Michaels, the name he used during a long radio career in Albany.

Don was also the voice you heard on many commercials here on WALB, and he operated audio during our newscasts since 1990. We'll miss him here.

His radio career started in Dublin in the early 1970's, and he came to Albany with National Linen Service in the mid-70's. He worked for WQDE, WJAZ, WKAK, and WGPC.

A native of Philadelphia, 'Shilbo' was a very versatile and talented man. In addition to broadcasting, he also managed Banana's Night Club in its heyday, and the International House of Pancakes when it was on Slappey Blvd.

He was a consummate porofessional, who took great pride in his work, and was a genuinely good man.

Don fought a long, tough battle with cancer. He died at his home today at age 62.

Don leaves behind his loving wife Vicki; They were married for 40 years. Visitation is Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 at Kimbrell-Stern. His funeral will be Thursday at 2:00 at Life Christian Church on Stuart Avenue.

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