HUNTLEY – Michael M. Sullivan, 76, of Huntley passed away on Sept. 20, 2013. Born Mathias Schunk III in Greenport, N.Y., on Oct. 4, 1936, Mr. Sullivan legally changed his surname for professional purposes in 1975.|
He embarked on a radio career in 1958, attended Broadcast Coaching Associates in New York and landed his first radio job in 1959 at WJOC in Jamestown, N.Y., where he was a disc jockey.
Mr. Sullivan held a series of radio jobs before joining the U.S. Army in August 1960.
After his discharge in 1962, he joined the staff at WMPT, South Williamsport, Penn., as a disc jockey. Two years later, he moved to Atlantic City, N.J., where he also was a disc jockey.
In 1965, Mr. Sullivan joined the staff at WGBB, Long Island, N.Y., where he was a disc jockey until 1967, when he was hired by WGRT, Chicago, as a news reporter.
At various times, Mr. Sullivan did news reporting for a number of Chicago stations including WJJD, WJMK and WMAQ in a career spanning 40 years. His most recent broadcasting job was at WRMN in Elgin, where he was news director and host of "People in the News," a talk program. In 1986, he began a shift to print reporting, serving as a correspondent for the Daily Herald and later fulfilled the same role for the Elgin Courier News. Mr. Sullivan was also a former American Legion Post 57 member.
Mr. Sullivan is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Leonore; his daughters, Donna Sullivan and Laura (John) McGinn; grandsons, Jack and Michael McGinn; his siblings, Nora (Edward) Curley, Vera Sterlacci, Alan Philip Schunk and William Henry Schunk; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Myra Colavito.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11008 N. Church St., Huntley. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Arrangements were made by Laird Funeral Home in Elgin. For additional information, call 847-741-8800 or visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Sept. 29, 2013