Sonny Elliot To Retire – Detroit Legend Signs Off The Air

Legendary weathercaster and Hall of Fame broadcaster Sonny Elliot has announced his retirement.

“I’m looking forward to whiling away the hours conferring with the flowers and consulting with the rain,” said Eliot. “I hope I’ll be missed.”

You will be Sonny! Metro Detroiter’s have a very special place in their hearts for Sonny’s fast-paced humor, bits of far-out philosophy and one liners.  As part of the CBS Radio Detroit family we will miss seeing Sonny’s smiling face around the office and we wish him a wonderful retirement!

You can hear Sonny Elliot’s  final weathercast on WWJ-AM at 4:20 p.m. ET  – Friday, September 10, 2010.  Also, visit for photos, video and more!

Southfield, MI – WWJ-AM’s legendary weathercaster and Hall of Fame broadcaster Sonny Eliot has announced his retirement from broadcasting. Eliot, who has been making Detroiters smile about the weather for years, debuted on CBS RADIO’s all news radio station WWJ Newsradio 950 in 1950. WWJ will pay tribute to Eliot this Friday, Sept. 10 with special audio clips from his weathercasts and famous one liners throughout the day and air Sonny’s last weathercast on WWJ-AM at 4:20 p.m. A video tribute will also be posted online at

“I’m looking forward to whiling away the hours conferring with the flowers and consulting with the rain,” said Eliot. “I hope I’ll be missed.”

Unlike any other in the country, Eliot’s weathercasts were a mixture of fast-paced humor, bits of far-out philosophy, one liners, improbable analogies and similes, and, not to be overlooked, easy-to-understand weather forecasts.

“Sonny is a true legend in this community and a major part of Detroit’s history,” said Debbie Kenyon, CBS RADIO Detroit Senior Vice President and Market Manager. “His sense of wit and wisdom is a big part of WWJ’s history. We’ve grown up watching Sonny on TV and hearing him on the radio. His sense of humor will be missed.”
Eliot served in World War II where he piloted a B-24 bomber and was shot down over Germany.  He spent the next 18 months as a prisoner of war in Stalagluft I. While in captivity he lifted the morale of the other prisoners by staging original skits and revues. He began his broadcast career at WWJ-TV, now WDIV, after the war. Much like the man who came to dinner, he was called to do a bit part on a local variety show produced by the station, and ended up staying 35 years. While there Eliot hosted a variety of programs including the 17-year series “At the Zoo,” and “Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Early in his career, Eliot appeared on “The Lone Ranger” and “The Green Hornet” radio programs. He also appeared on children’s programs, quiz shows, commercials and a multitude of other program classifications, but earned his greatest reputation as a weathercaster on both Channels 4 and 2 and also hosted the Channel 50 Movies for several years.

Throughout his career, Eliot earned a number of awards and honors including the Sloan Award for his traffic safety tips, citations by the American Legion and American Meteorological Society, The Toastmaster International Award and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Excellence Award for Broadcast Personality in 1998.  He was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005.

Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, WWJ Newsradio 950 is Detroit’s only all-news radio station, celebrating 90 years of innovation and commitment to southeastern Michigan. The station can be heard online at CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States is a division of CBS Corporation. CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. In Detroit, CBS RADIO also owns and operates WOMC-FM, WYCD-FM, WDZH-FM and WXYT AM/FM.

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  • Alan Katovich

    I grew up with your weather casts on channel 4 and on WWJ, you are an icon and will be missed.
    Happy Retirement

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    Most weathercasters tend to overlook their miscalculations, but I will never forget Sonny’s remark many years ago when he apologized to all his listeners “for the 4 inches of fair and partly cloudy you had to shovel off your sidewalks”

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    Wow…..What a legend. I grew up watching Sonny, I remember him when I was just a little kid, and couldn’t wait to see him do the weather the next day. Want to smile? Want to feel better? Need a lift? Take time to listen to sonny and his weather broadcast and you would get all that and more. You just knew the world wasn’t all that bad.

    Sonny Elliott is a legend and his retirement, although well deserved, (60 years behind the mic), can you believe it, means we will have a big void in TV and Radio.

    I met the legend only once when I had to appear on a news cast years ago at WWJ TV, he was on his way to the set, and even off stage this man was the kindest, most humble of men. You thought you were talking to an old friend.

    For those who are fans of Sonny, and grew up with him, myself included, We will miss you sonny. Best wishes, Long life and enjoy your retirement

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