Visitation today for former TV5 anchor Dick Fabian - WNEM TV 5

Visitation today for former TV5 anchor Dick Fabian

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Dick Fabian anchors TV5's coverage of the 1987 St. Patrick's Day parade in Bay City. (Source: WNEM) Dick Fabian anchors TV5's coverage of the 1987 St. Patrick's Day parade in Bay City. (Source: WNEM)
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Friends and family can pay their respects to former TV5 news broadcaster Dick Fabian today. He passed away at the age of 81.

Fabian’s Mid-Michigan career began back in 1962 as a disc jockey for WKNX in Saginaw. He came there looking for a station that was completely committed to a rock and roll format. While working at WKNX, Fabian brought new ideas to the station including a weekly battle of the bands segment. This along with the decision to focus on the British invasion music that was sweeping the country, lead to WKNX to be the No. 1 station in Mid-Michigan in the 1960s.

After a few stops at other stations, Fabian made his way to WNEM TV5 in the 1970s. He would spend the next 20 years of his life as a fixture in the homes across Mid-Michigan. He started out on a program called PM Magazine, which ran for seven years. Fabian late became the host of Take Five, a program that combined local news with a talk show format that became a huge success.

He also served as a special reporter for the 6 and 11 o’clock news. Fabian was beloved by his coworkers, many of whom say he was quite the practical jokester. He retired from TV5 in 1998.

Fabian’s family says his health had been deteriorating for months. He died of natural causes on March 26.

He is survived by his wife Gail, his brother Joseph, his sister Jane, and his children and grandchildren. 

Visitation is scheduled for March 29 from 1-8 p.m. and March 30 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Ss. Francis and Clare Catholic Parish. There is a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. on March 30 at the church.

A private burial is set for a later date.

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