LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — He was a fixture on the WHAS Crusade for Children from its beginnings in 1954.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of WHAS-TV and Radio legend, Milton Metz. He died peacefully in Louisville at the age of 95.
Milton became one of this area’s most recognized personalities, first heard on WHAS Radio in 1946. He helped put WHAS-TV on the air. In fact, he was one of the first faces you saw on WHAS-TV in 1950.
Milton just celebrated his 95th birthday in September in rehab. The WHAS Crusade for Children staff brought him a cake. More than 300 viewers mailed get well cards to him after he had fallen and broken his shoulder in the summer and was in recovery last August. He loved every card and letter, and along the way, he always said he was getting wonderful care.
His trailblazing nighttime radio show called “Metz Here” was one of the first nighttime talk shows in the United States. It ran from 1959 to 1993.
He also hosted “Omelet” on WHAS-TV, an interview program that aired before the Noon News on WHAS-TV. He picked Faith Lyles as his co-host.
He retired from 840 WHAS-AM in 1993 but kept doing ads for TV and Radio.
He came to Louisville from Columbus, Ohio and married his beloved wife Mimi whom he met in Louisville. She died last April. He is survived by his son Perry Metz.
Funeral arrangements are pending through the Herman Meyer Funeral Home.
Watch Milton on the 10th annual WHAS Crusade for Children opening in 1963.
Watch Milton’s appearance on the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children in 2016.
Watch a reflection of Milton’s career and life captured by WHAS11 news.
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Click here to hear Milton Metz interview a 20 year-old Muhammad Ali on 840 WHAS when he was still Cassius Clay. It was originally broadcast on WHAS on November 29, 1962.
WHAS11’s Melissa Swan and 840 WHAS radio’s Terry Meiners, Crusade co-hosts, present a cake to (left to right) Ted Throckmorton, Bob Pilkington and Milton Metz during the 60th annual WHAS Crusade for Children in June 2013. At the time, the three men were the only ones who had participated in every Crusade telethon since its beginnings in 1954. With Milton’s passing, only Bob Pilkington survives. Ted Throckmorton died in 2015.
Milton Metz was a fixture and took part in every WHAS Crusade for Children telethon since its beginnings in 1954. Here he poses with Tony Vanetti of 790 WKRD and Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS during the 60th Crusade in June 2013.
Friends and members of the WHAS Crusade for Children staff visited Milton at the Nazareth Home in Louisville on his 95th birthday in September 2016.
Each year on the WHAS Crusade for Children Saturday night broadcast from the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater, Milton enjoyed interviewing longtime Crusader Kelly Knoop and her family. Kelly has raised more than $100,000 for the WHAS Crusade for Children in her lifetime. This photo is from 2012.
Known for his celebrity interviews over the decades, Milton is seen here in 1977 with CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite (called the most trusted man in America at one time).
In an undated photo, Milton is shown interviewing panelists of WHAS-TV and radio’s Moral Side of the News program, (left to right) Dr. William Slider, Rabbi Herbert Waller and Dr. Donald Cockerham.
Faith Lyles and Milton reminisce about their 1970’s – 80’s daytime talk show “Omelet” during an episode of WHAS11’s Great Day Live with Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt.