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Commentator Wayne Shannon found dead

 Wayne Shannon

The AP is reporting that hunters in Idaho have found the decomposed body of Wayne Shannon, a commentator and feature reporter on KRON in the 1980s. Investigators say evidence gathered at the scene suggests the 64-year-old Shannon took his own life. He had been missing for several months.

Gerald Wayne Schetzle, who went by the name Wayne Shannon in his TV career, was found on April 28 south of Grangeville. An autopsy found no signs of physical trauma, but the coroner is awaiting results from toxicology testing.

Shannon arrived at KRON in the early 1980s after TV reporting jobs in Philadelphia and Detroit. He was part reporter, part humorist. He delivered a nightly commentary called “Just 4 You” on KRON, back in the days when it was the NBC affiliate.
Blogger Edward Champion of edrants.com put together this bio of Shannon, the most detailed discussion of Shannon’s career. Champion writes:

Shanon on the KRON set in 1982.

Champion’s bio includes a couple of clips and an interview he did with Shannon.
Shannon left KRON in 1988 and later was at CNBC, but then dropped out of television in the early 1990s. (Photo credits: Top, Youtube; Bottom, Steve Ringman, Chronicle.)

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