Discuss Detroit Archives - Beginning January 2006 Passing of Sabrina Black Previous Next
Top of pageBottom of page

Vic_doucette
Member
Username: Vic_doucette

Post Number: 253
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.196.220.198
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 1:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroit radio broadcaster Sabrina Black passed away yesterday. She'd fought cancer for six years. I'll post information on memorial arrangements when I get it.
Top of pageBottom of page

1honey
Member
Username: 1honey

Post Number: 105
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 208.39.170.90
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 1:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What station was Sabrina Black on? Any additional information about her?
Top of pageBottom of page

Vic_doucette
Member
Username: Vic_doucette

Post Number: 254
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.196.220.198
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 1:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Most recently she had been with WDFN. She was the wife of WRIF's Steve Black.
Sabby and I had worked together at three different places over the years. She was the toughest five-foot-nothing, 96-pound person I ever met.
Top of pageBottom of page

Smogboy
Member
Username: Smogboy

Post Number: 2031
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 207.74.195.249
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 1:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She was by-far one of the most courageous folks to battle this horrific disease. I remember first hearing her on WDFN ages ago (I believe it was with Van Earl Wright) and was extremely saddened when she was diagnosed with the cancer. I even wrote her after the passing of a loved one to encourage her to continue the fight. She wrote some amazingly touching words back in response and I was touched that a person who was in the throes of her own battle took the time to write back.

Her voice was always wonderfully sexy and from what I've heard on the air, she was always a touch of class and professionalism.
Top of pageBottom of page

Toolbox
Member
Username: Toolbox

Post Number: 852
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 66.184.29.148
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 1:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A Detroit News article from July 2005.

In Sabrina's world, a moment is even too precious to waste
Top of pageBottom of page

Smogboy
Member
Username: Smogboy

Post Number: 2036
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 207.74.195.249
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 4:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stoney & Wojo are waxing poetic about her now on their show. They're really doing a nice re-capping about some of the other touching things she's done for their station and people in her life.

She is truly amazing and will be missed.
Top of pageBottom of page

1honey
Member
Username: 1honey

Post Number: 106
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 208.39.170.90
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 4:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, thanks for the information. I never heard of her before.
Top of pageBottom of page

Smogboy
Member
Username: Smogboy

Post Number: 2037
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 207.74.195.249
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 4:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There were so many times she was at death's door throughout all of this and now God's finally called her back home. During all of this, she worked tirelessly to raise money to help others. The disease might have taken her body but her spirit lives on.
Top of pageBottom of page

The_aram
Member
Username: The_aram

Post Number: 4731
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 141.213.175.233
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 4:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember her from years ago when I listened to WDFN 24/7. It's a shame...

Which shows did she work on when she was there? I remember her on Stoney and Wojo, Van Earl, maybe even on the Megaman's show...

Speaking of the Megaman, what happened to him? He was great. I thought I heard that he had some trouble with the law...
Top of pageBottom of page

Atl_runner
Member
Username: Atl_runner

Post Number: 1865
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 24.98.116.13
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 4:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sad and unexpected. Shows how long I have been away as I did not know she was even sick. I remember her early days at Wdfn. She had this beautiful voice in the sea of testosterone that is Detroit sports. If I remember correctly, she actually was with a traffic reporting center prior to joining WDFN as an actual employee.
Top of pageBottom of page

Vic_doucette
Member
Username: Vic_doucette

Post Number: 255
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 69.212.43.146
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 8:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's right -- she did the traffic stuff for both AAA and what used to be called Metro Traffic Control. One of the nicest, kindest people I ever worked with.
Top of pageBottom of page

Smogboy
Member
Username: Smogboy

Post Number: 2038
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 69.47.100.44
Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 8:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

She had a phenomenal voice! I still remember a phone sex drop that she did on Van Earl's show where she was making all sorts of noises. Oh those moans & groans had my mind racing and then some!
Top of pageBottom of page

Vic_doucette
Member
Username: Vic_doucette

Post Number: 256
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.196.220.198
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 10:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

From the WRIF Web site (Steve, Sabrina's husband, works there):

Sabrina Black memorial information:

Saturday, March 25 12n-6pm
Memorial Service from 5p-6p
Gramer Funeral Home
705 N. Main Street, Clawson
(248) 435-9010

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to The Sabrina Black Fund. These donations can be mailed to WRIF Radio, One Radio Plaza, Detroit MI 48220-2140

(Message edited by Vic Doucette on March 22, 2006)

(Message edited by Vic Doucette on March 22, 2006)
Top of pageBottom of page

Cafe
Member
Username: Cafe

Post Number: 1217
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 84.162.20.244
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 11:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stories like Sabrina's should remind us how wonderful life can be, and how our problems shouldn't rule our everyday life. Thank you for sharing this story.
Top of pageBottom of page

Vic_doucette
Member
Username: Vic_doucette

Post Number: 257
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 65.196.220.198
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 12:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Neal Rubin has written often about Sabby's battle. Here is his column-length obituary from today's Detroit News:

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.d ll/article?AID=/20060322/OPINI ON03/603220426/1005/LIFESTYLE
Top of pageBottom of page

Smogboy
Member
Username: Smogboy

Post Number: 2040
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 207.74.195.249
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 3:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The most important thing about Sabrina's death should be how we should learn to live our lives. It's a harsh contrast but Sabrina Black's courage gave us all a bright beacon to follow.

Add Your Message Here
Posting is currently disabled in this topic. Contact your discussion moderator for more information.