Cleveland media personality Obed "Obie" Shelton entertained retirees at the February general meeting of 279-R. He told about how he got a toy violin from his father at age seven, but was soon learning to play a real violin. He is a proud graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, and credits his teachers for the excellent academic and musical education he received in CPS.
While attending Ohio University, Obie Shelton helped organize a Gospel Choir. And at their first concert, he arranged a solo violin interpretation of “Amazing Grace”, which became his signature song.
Obie Shelton earned a degree in Broadcast Communications at OU, and began a career as a news reporter in Northeast Ohio. Besides his reporting, he is also known for his music: performing, writing and producing songs and recordings. He has worked with many other artists, and soloed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
After more than 30 years of news reporting, several journalism awards, regular appearances at schools, banquets and community events, Obie Shelton left the news media in 2008, and began serving in 2009 as Public Information Officer for Cleveland Clerk of Courts Earle B. Turner. He performed for 279-R retirees as part of February's Black History month theme.