After more than 38 years interviewing sports celebrities and covering every major sporting event from the Super Bowl to the NBA finals, 7 Action News Sports Director Don Shane retired from WXYZ in March of 2012.
"The viewers have been wonderful to me from the moment I arrived in this city. I've been really blessed. The things I've been able to see and do have far exceeded my expectations," said Shane upon his retirement.
When he was growing up, Don Shane would run outside and grab the newspaper before anyone else. He wanted to be the first to see the sports section each morning.
"Sports broadcasting has taken me places I never thought I'd be," Don says. Playing golf with Tiger Woods, he says, was "probably the best moment in my athletic life."
Don's enthusiasm and energetic style has earned him several broadcasting awards. He has been honored with 23 Emmys, including best sports anchor. He has also earned the Silver Circle Award for his contributions to television and the community, as well as several Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards and a variety of Associated Press Awards.
Before joining WXYZ in 1989, Don worked at WBZ-TV in Boston and at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. After making it to Michigan, he was a weekday sports anchor for five years at WDIV-TV in Detroit, and the television play-by-play announcer for selected Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Detroit Pistons basketball games.
Since then, Don has seen - and covered - three Pistons Championships and four Red Wings Stanley Cup Championships.
"WXYZ has been incredibly blessed to have someone of Don's stature and talents representing Channel 7 for all these years," said Ed Fernandez, VP and General Manager of WXYZ. "In the best sports town in the country, his unique, easy-going style and the joyful enthusiasm he brought to the job everyday will be missed."
Don Shane is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado.
He lives in Oakland County with his wife, Mona. They have two children, Justin and Lindsay. In his spare time, he loves to golf and is also involved in many local charities.