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Madison sports broadcaster Marshall Shapiro dies


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A long-time Madison sports broadcaster and restaurant owner died Wednesday.

A relative said 74-year-old Marshall Shapiro died at a hospice center in Madison.

Shapiro was a life-long Madison resident. He owned the Nitty Gritty restaurant-and-bar from 1968-through-2009.

He starred in a children’s TV show called “Marshall the Marshal” in the mid-to-late-1960’s. Shapiro later became a sports reporter-and-anchor for WKOW-TV and WISM Radio – and he was a radio broadcaster for Wisconsin Badger sports.

Shapiro also served on the city’s Alcohol License Review committee.

At his bar, he helped a half-million people celebrate their birthdays.

His daughter Ragen said Shapiro was treated two years ago for a brain cancer – and he was so proud of Madison that he gave to the community in so many ways.

Mayor Paul Soglin wrote on Facebook that Shapiro was quote, “a wonderful father, husband, friend, citizen, sports fan, and human being.” Funeral services are set for Friday morning.