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Published: Tuesday, 5/1/2012

Lawyer a DJ at WIOT-FM over 25 years

Mohamed Shousher, 1954-2012

BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Mohamed Shousher, a Toledo lawyer for more than three decades who was a disc jockey on WIOT-FM 104.7 for more than 25 years, died Monday in Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania. He was 57.

His brother, Hussien, said Mr. Shousher died of complications from colon cancer.

A lawyer since 1980, Mr. Shousher maintained a practice in Toledo until January, when he was diagnosed with cancer.

For many years, he balanced a legal career with FM radio as a rock and roll disc jockey, a vocation that began shortly after he graduated from Clay High School. Mr. Shousher used only the first name "Moe" on the air.

Mr. Shousher started at WIOT in 1972 when the station went on the air and he was an undergraduate student at the University of Toledo. He later took night classes at UT's law school and spun records on weekends and as a fill-in disk jockey.

Terry Teagarden, who began his radio career in 1977, said Mr. Shousher had a loyal audience, in part because of his low-key style and slumbering voice.

"He was just a classic fellow and a totally great guy," he said. "He was almost like the voice of WIOT. There were a lot of people who had been around for years and years and others who came and went, but Moe stayed. He was like our credibility and our link to the past."

"It's always been a big family. I always felt comfortable there," Mr. Shousher said for a story published in 1991 in The Blade about his career at the station.

He said Santana, the Temptations, Jimi Hendrix, and John Lee Hooker were among his favorites to play when he became an on-air personality, when "you would get a stack of records, and if something struck your fancy, you could play it."

He said in the interview he enjoyed heavy metal but relaxed to reggae, jazz, and the blues when he listened to music at home. Mr. Shousher also reminisced in the article about interviews with Eddy Money (who told lawyer jokes) and a Humble Pie member.

During the 1980s and into the 1990s, Mr. Shousher was the host of the weekly Classic Rock Saturday Night from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Lyn Casye, program director at the radio station from 1985 to 1997, said Mr. Shousher became somewhat of a mentor to her because of his rock and roll knowledge and her youth.

"Moe, in terms of music, can be called a Toledo classic. I think that fits Moe to a T because a Toledo classic is one that is timeless, a favorite, and loved and as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans," she said.

Hussien Shousher said his older brother easily made friends and "treated everyone as his friend. This was due to his generous heart and compassion for others."

He said his brother said the work he did at the station was "therapeutic for him and a nice diversion" from practicing law during the week.

Mr. Shousher grew up in Oregon and graduated in 1972 from Clay High School. His brother said he studied political science as an undergraduate at UT.

Mr. Shousher's fiancee, Diane Scribner, said that as a lawyer he was able to put himself at ease with clients because of his ability to relate to their situations and empathize.

"He always represented the underdog," she said. "Even though he had the title of lawyer, they felt comfortable with him. They felt he was a friend."

Toledo lawyer Jon Richardson said: "One of the most telling things about Moe was his essential warmth whether it was in the practice or his interpersonal relationships. He generally liked people."

Chuck Sallah was among the lawyers who shared office space with Mr. Shousher.

"He never spoke unkindly about anybody," Mr. Sallah said. "It is easy to speak nice about your friends, but he spoke well of everyone, even people who were not in his circle of people who may not have been nice to him."

Mr. Sallah, also a UT law school graduate, said Mr. Shousher represented clients on misdemeanor and felony crimes in municipal and common pleas courts as well as civil issues ranging from lawsuits to liquor license transfers.

"He was able to handle things in sort of a way that put clients at ease," he said. "People could be screaming on both sides and he knew how to analyze the situation and bring a calming influence."

In 2007, Mr. Shousher was disciplined by the Ohio Supreme Court for taking money from clients without performing work he was paid to do. His license to practice law was suspended for six months.

The suspension stemmed from a 2005 criminal case in which Mr. Shousher was allowed to enter a three-year diversion program in lieu of conviction, and charges of forgery and identity fraud were dismissed.

Surviving are his daughter, Natalie; son, John; parents, Yehia and Emney Shousher; sisters, Lila Shousher-Elwardany, Mona Awada-Shousher, and Mariam Aossey, and brother, Hussien.

Funeral services are to be at noon today in the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd., Perrysburg Township. The family requests tributes to the Mohamed Y. Shousher scholarship fund for future UT law students or the Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania.

Contact Mark Reiter at: markreiter@theblade.com or 419-724-6099.



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