DETROIT, Mich. – Glenn Haege, America’s Master Handyman® and host of The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege on Detroit radio for 34 years, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. Haege was 70.
Haege, a Detroit radio icon, started his broadcast career on WXYT-AM 1270 in 1983 and for the past 11 years he was heard weekends on NewsTalk 760 WJR-AM. His award-winning radio show was also nationally syndicated on 135 radio stations. It is estimated that he answered more than 85,000 home improvement questions during his time on the air.
For 22 years he was also a Detroit News columnist writing a weekly feature on home improvement. He authored 11 books on the subject.
Haege was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Glenn was a consummate radio professional who really cared a great deal about his audience” said Rob David, the Executive Producer of the Handyman Show. “He had a special way of treating every caller with respect. Each caller was made to feel that their question was the most important one and that Glenn was answering it for the first time.”
A Warren, Michigan native, Haege attended Northern Michigan University and then worked for the Sherwin Williams Paint Company and for ACO Hardware prior to launching his distinguished radio career.
“He loved meeting his listeners and readers. He always had time to speak to them wherever he was…in a restaurant, a hardware store or at various broadcasts that he did in both Metro Detroit and around the country,” David added. “Weekends on the radio won’t be the same without him. He will be greatly missed.”
He is survived by his wife Barbara; their children Eric and Heather; mother, Marion; sister, Sharon; brother, Robert; wife, and six grandchildren.