Longtime WLAV owner John Shepard dies

Longtime WLAV owner John Shepard dies

There are 33 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jul 8, 2008, titled Longtime WLAV owner John Shepard dies. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Former WLAV owner John Shepard died Monday. He was 81. Shepard, who owned WLAV AM-FM during their rise to becoming a ratings powerhouse beginning in the 1970s, owned many other stations around the country ...

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BUGMOM53

Battle Creek, MI

#22 Jul 9, 2008
Isn't this post for comments on the death of Mr Shepard? I don't think it was intended to bring stupid comments about how somepeople are discusted in LAV or some of their employees. Come on people....A PERSON DIED!!!! GIVE IT UP!!
keep unnecessary comments to yourselves and pay a little respect!!
Memories

Sterling Heights, MI

#23 Jul 9, 2008
Thank you Mr. Shephard for the fond memories you gave me, listening to LAV!

It was fun while it lasted, and this city needed a radio station like LAV.

Wish it was the same as it use to be, but like all things in life, changes happen, and sometimes not for the good.

Rest In Peace!
FrankSinatra

Greenville, MI

#24 Jul 9, 2008
I am 29 years old and have listened to WLAV my entire life. WLAV is one of the last old school stations out there. Their on air personalities where there back in the day and drank that, smoked that, and played great music. There are no traditionalist left out there, everyone wants the freakin' wheel reinvented every other year. Long live WLAV and great classic rock, those who don't like it, change the station, WLAV will be just fine without your pathetic azz.
dad

Grand Rapids, MI

#25 Jul 9, 2008
Mi Girl wrote:
<quoted text>Oh Your'e just jealous, he's a classic, just like LAV!
That sums it up....like Edsal, Oldsmobile & AMC Gremlins....time to go away
dad

Grand Rapids, MI

#26 Jul 9, 2008
FrankSinatra wrote:
I am 29 years old and have listened to WLAV my entire life. WLAV is one of the last old school stations out there. Their on air personalities where there back in the day and drank that, smoked that, and played great music. There are no traditionalist left out there, everyone wants the freakin' wheel reinvented every other year. Long live WLAV and great classic rock, those who don't like it, change the station, WLAV will be just fine without your pathetic azz.
Frank...Do you know there are more than 5 songs in ZZ Top,Stones,Doors,VanHalen...et c lists. Cut/paste & pop this and check back often....constant rotation. They bite big hard Moose w@ng

http://www.mediabase.com/whatsong/whatsong.as...
Jeff in GR

Waukesha, WI

#27 Jul 9, 2008
I can't even begin to describe the chill (in a GOOD WAY) that came over me when reading Ogie's post. Those names brought back some great memories. Dung was absolutely nuts. Tony and Laurie in the morning were great. Aris, Tim Steele and who could forget one of the first female voices on the air, Patty Hayes. The names are legendary in Grand Rapids Radio History. Big Corporate Radio and their "consultants" killed what was once a great medium

Rest in peace Mr. Shepard
tom

Fowlerville, MI

#28 Jul 9, 2008
i find it nice to be able to turn WLAV on and still hear the good old rock n roll and yes i still find tony gates cool to
KEEP IT UP LAV
kyl

Lexington, KY

#29 Jul 10, 2008
Viva LAV FM! We will miss John, our prayers go out to his family.
Tom Rush

Grand Rapids, MI

#30 Sep 16, 2010
Ogie wrote:
My Sympathy to the Shepard family. I worked with and for John for 5 years and even though we didn't see eye to eye on some issues, he was always fair, honest and up front with me at all times. Thanks to his ability to listen, he let a rag tag group of radio freaks put their sounds on the air waves in the early seventies and nurtured their ideals to become what has been call "THE LEGEND" WLAV-FM!
He helped bring us M. Dung, Tony Gates, Kevin Matthews, Tim Steele, Doc Donovan (Rest in Peace), Allison Harte, Dave Logan, Michael Siriani, and I can humbly add myself to that list, along with the greatest bunch of sales people on the planet.
Thank you John and bless you for all you've done for Grand Rapids!
Holy Cow, Ogie Dryer! I hope I got the spelling of your name right. I sure remember you, and Laurie DeYoung, Aris and a much beloved Doc Donovan.(RIP) that was the saddest day in local rock history to be sure! I hope you are doing well. I was researching the old LAV Grand River Raft Race and came across this link and lo and behold there was a name from the past!!!
Howard

Leesburg, VA

#31 Mar 4, 2012
Doc Donovan was my younger brother.
I would love to know a bit more about his life and times in Grand Rapids.
Tom Rush wrote:
<quoted text> Holy Cow, Ogie Dryer! I hope I got the spelling of your name right. I sure remember you, and Laurie DeYoung, Aris and a much beloved Doc Donovan.(RIP) that was the saddest day in local rock history to be sure! I hope you are doing well. I was researching the old LAV Grand River Raft Race and came across this link and lo and behold there was a name from the past!!!
Jeff

Whitmore Lake, MI

#32 Sep 27, 2012
Howard wrote:
Doc Donovan was my younger brother.
I would love to know a bit more about his life and times in Grand Rapids.
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Howard, I know this is several months later but try getting in touch with Aris Hampers here in Grand Rapids. He is radio royalty in this town and worked with him.
Who

Wyoming, MI

#33 Sep 27, 2012
Rememberwhen wrote:
Remember when LAV was the hottest and best station in town....Mr. Shepard made sure it
was that way, and he was brillant with
creating it.
Sure he wouldn't have allowed the station
to get to the boring state that it has
become!
Sorry but listening to Detroit Tigers is
for old people and shouldn't be on a
Rock and Roll station.
Haven't listened to it since that happened!
Rest in Peace Mr. Shepard....you were great!
AMEN! I thought LAV was a MUSIC station, everytime I turn them on all I hear is damn sports, so I turn them right back OFF!

Does everything have to revolve around a useless GAME?

If I want to listen to sports crap on the radio I'll tune in to the HUGE FAG sports report, if I'm listening to LAV - I WANNA ROCK!
Jim Francis

Des Moines, IA

#34 Aug 16, 2014
I worked as a program director at wgrd and finally at wlav. I liked lav best, cuz of royalty like john Shepard. The last of non corporate media owners. A fair and just boss8

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