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Bob Shields has passed away at age 59


News19 is saddened to let you know that Bob Shields, our longtime sports director who covered high school and college sports across the Midlands for three decades, has passed away.

Shields had been battling cancer for about a year and a half.

A University of South Carolina graduate, Bob joined News19 back in 1981 while he was still in college. Two years later, he was promoted to Sports Director, where he would go on to lead the station’s sports coverage in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.


Bob left WLTX in May of 2010 to pursue a career outside the TV news industry. But he still continued to talk sports, however, as part of the morning crew at 107.5 The Game’s radio broadcast.

Ultimately, he became the funeral director at Caughman-Harmon Funeral Home. Bob said in an interview with the Free-Times in 2014 that he found his new profession rewarding and loved being able to help people.

Bob is survived by his wife and the couple’s two children. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. News19 offers our condolences to the Shields’s family, and our appreciation for his amazing work as a mentor and tireless professional as a part of our team.

Too young. frick you, cancer.
This post was edited on 12/28 at 5:12 pm

South Carolina Fan
Conway, South Carolina
Member since Aug 2013
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re: Bob Shields has passed away at age 59
Fitting tribute to a Columbia legend and proud Gamecock.

WLTX Tribute

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South Carolina Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Mar 2009
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re: Bob Shields has passed away at age 59
Funny Bob Shields story, and I’ll post pictures as soon as I can dig back into Facebook to find them, but I met him in Starkville, MS in 2006. We played Miss State on Thursday night, and one of my best friends was attending meteorology school down there.

Anyways, after the game, my buddy said he had some visitors coming by his apartment. He had done an internship with WLTX while in undergrad and in broadcast journalism school at USC. In walks Bob Shields, Matt Barrie, and Scott Eisberg (now on Charleston news). Shields was hilarious. He and Matt Barrie ended up taking about 5 shots of tequila with us, posed for pictures, and were just an all around good time. I had no clue who any of them were, and at the time, I didn’t really care. Looking back, it was a good memory.

CSB, but had to share. Have to find the pics to post.

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