Red Shipley, 1937-2007
About Red Shipley, 1937-2007
On October 6, 2007 Red Shipley died of cancer. Red, who retired from hosting his show after his 25th anniversary on September 16, passed away October 6 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is survived by four children and three grandchildren.
A resident of Orange County, Virginia, Red broadcast the gospel sounds of Stained Glass Bluegrass to loyal bluegrass fans every Sunday from 1984-2007.
Red said about Stained Glass Bluegrass, “There’s a large number of people who listen before they go to church, but there are a large number who haven’t seen the inside of a church in a long time and maybe feel they probably should.” But, Shipley adds, listeners need not be familiar with Christianity to enjoy the program. Those from other traditions find it meaningful as well.
“Radio has lost one of its own legends,” said Caryn G. Mathes, WAMU 88.5 General Manager. “I’m deeply saddened by the news of Red’s passing, but grateful that he spent 25 years on the air with us at WAMU, and heartened that he was able to continue doing what he loved for so long.”
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