Radio pioneer Specs Howard was born Jerry Liebman on April 8, 1926, in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.
In 1948, he received a bachelor’s degree in history/political science and radio speech and dramatics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. That same year, he opened his own radio station in his home state.
Later, Howard moved to Cleveland and continued his broadcast career there. In 1962, he joined forces with Harry Martin, launching The Martin and Howard Show, which remained on the air in Cleveland until the duo moved to Detroit in January 1967. The show aired for another year in Detroit.
In 1970, Specs Howard began the Specs Howad School of Broadcast Arts which has since trained thousands of people for successful media careers.
In 2009, Specs received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
Specs still shows up for work most every day at the school he founded over 40 years ago. If you spot him in the hall, be sure to say “hi!”
Oh, and the name? He chose “Specs” as his professional moniker because of the trademark horn rimmed glasses he wore. “Howard,” however, was chosen randomly out of a phone book!