Radio pioneer, founder of Specs Howard School of Media Arts dies at 96


Radio pioneer and founder of Howard School of Media Arts died Saturday morning at the age of 96.

The announcement for Specs Howard, born as Julian Liebman, was made by his daughter. Below is a statement from Alisa Zee.

Liebman was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Allegheny College. According to blog of the school of press professions, the founder got his start at a small station in Sharon, Pennsylvania. In 1954, Liebman was offered a job in Cleveland. From there, he established the name “Specs Howard.” According Lawrence University of Technology, Liebman adopted the name Specs Howard for his trademark eyewear when he was a disc jockey in Cleveland. From 1962 to 1967, Liebman was part of “The Martin and Howard Show”.

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The broadcaster was recruited from the Detroit market in 1967. After working in the market for three years, Liebman established the Specs Howard School specializing in radio and television broadcasting. Over the years, the school has evolved and added graphic design and digital media arts to its curriculum. The school of media professions celebrated its 50th anniversary on January 14, 2020.

The Howard School of Media Arts closed its Southfield school in 2021 and merged with Lawrence Tech. Since 1970, more than 15,000 Specs Howard alumni have entered the media field.

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