by Mike Clark
Even as a
toddler, Scott Shuster seemed destined to be an anchorman. Appearing with neighbor children in a vintage photograph,
six-year-old Scott Shuster (center) seems to be hosting a game show.
"I liked radio and TV very, very much," admits the former
Channel 13 anchorman. "In the picture I was already acting somewhat like a
of two brothers, Shuster grew up around the Milwaukee area in the early 1950's.
Television programs like 'Howdy Doody' were an entertaining diversion for
young Scott, but life in the Midwest during the Fifties didn't offer many
creative outlets for a precocious kid. As
he grew older, Shuster yearned to learn more about the outside world, and did so
by radio. "I had a shortwave set and would listen to far-away
radio stations like the BBC," he recalls.
"I once heard an interview from Zambia, and thought 'that person's
just like me…off in some remote place. Someday,
maybe I'll go to Zambia.' I considered myself to be very isolated out there in
Scott with his parents Bernie and Jennie and older brother Lynn
also an important part of Shuster family life.
They visited all 48 states by car and ventured into Mexico during one
vacation. But it was the glow of
his family's television that transported Scott to other parts of the world and
fueled his desire to be part of the burgeoning medium.
"I watched the local news on WTMJ and the network news with John
Cameron Swayze. I very much wanted
to be on television…to climb inside the box and be part of it."