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Robert Lewis Shayon

Robert Lewis Shayon
Born (1912-08-15)August 15, 1912
Died June 28, 2008(2008-06-28) (aged 95)
Frankfort, Kentucky
Cause of death Pneumonia
Spouse(s) Sheila Russell (?-1983)
Nash Cox (m. 1984)

Robert Lewis Shayon (August 15, 1912 – June 28, 2008) was a writer and producer for WOR and for the CBS Radio in New York City. He was also a teacher at the Annenberg School for Communication and the University of Pennsylvania.[1]


He was born in Brooklyn on August 15, 1912. His mother died in 1918 when he was 6, and his father, who was an insurance salesman, later married a woman who had her own children. By the late 1920s, he was homeless and sleeping on park benches. He took odd jobs in theaters and occasionally he read poetry on the radio. There he met the Australian opera singer Leah Frances Russell (1891–1983), who became his mentor and benefactor. She introduced him to her daughter, Sheila Russell, whom he later married. They were married for 47 years, until her death in 1983. Shayon died on June 28, 2008 in Frankfort, Kentucky.[2]


  • The Eagle's Brood[3]

Books authored

  • Interaction: television public affairs programming at the community level (1960)
  • Open to criticism (1971)
  • The Crowd-catchers; Introducing Television (1973)


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