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Robert R. "Bob" Michael, 91, (aka "Mr. Music, DJ") passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018, in Enterprise, Alabama.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory in Enterprise with the Rev. Billy Luttrell officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, continuing until service time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Main St., Enterprise, AL 36330.
Bob Michael, son of Charles Howard and Natalie Michael, was born Nov. 20, 1926, in New Castle.
He attended Highland Avenue Elementary, George Washington Junior High School and graduated from New Castle High School, class of June 1944.
Bob began a long career in radio broadcasting while attending high school, at the age of 16, employed at his hometown station WKST as a control room operator and morning announcer.
Other broadcasting experience was at WDAD, in Indiana, Pennsylvania; WNAE in Warren, Pennsylvania, WRTA in Altoona, Pennsylvania and WENY and WELM in Elmira, New York.
At all of these stations, Bob was an "on air" personality and his programs gave him recognition as the communities' "Number 1" DJ.
His management broadcasting experience started at WATS in Sayre, Pennsylvania, and later with WKOP in Binghamton, New York, KCUB in Tucson, Arizona, WJAB in Portland, Maine, WHYN in Springfield, Massachusetts, WKSN in Jamestown, New York, WTBY in Waterbury, Connecticut, WGVA in Geneva, New York, WRGI, WNOG and his final management position was at WSGL in Naples, Florida.
Bob moved his family to Naples in 1974 to take over the management of WRGI-AM/FM. During his life in Naples, he was president of the Marco Island Rotary Club and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest honor given by Rotary International, president of the Collier County Humane Society, and president of the Collier County Mental Health Association.
He created possibly Naples first Mobile DJ Service in 1975, and entertained at wedding receptions along with private events more than 1,000 times before closing it down in 1998.
After a two-year retirement period, Bob became restless and found employment as a security guard at a brand new condominium in Bay Colony, Pelican Bay, The Windsor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Natalie Michael; sisters, Carolyn Beckman of Ventura, California, and Gertrude Jennings of Pittsburgh.
Survivors include his former wife, Virginia; daughter, Becky Michael and husband, Melvin Maxwell; son, Robert Charles and wife, Cindy Michael; daughter, Cheryl Schillawski of Aberdeen, North Carolina; granddaughter, Brooklynn Harley Michael; grandson, Bowden William Michael of Enterprise, Alabama; and grandsons, Robert and Richard Schillawski of North Carolina.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory of Enterprise (334) 347-9598.
To sign a guest register, please visit www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 9, 2018
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