Sherman Novoson, radio political reporter and cellist, dies at age 70

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sherman Novoson, a former concert cellist and longtime radio reporter specializing in sports and politics in Tennessee, has died. He was 70.

Colleagues remembered Novoson appearing at the Capitol in a tuxedo to cover legislative floor sessions before heading off to play in the Nashville Symphony. Health issues later caused Novoson to give up playing music professionally.

The St. Louis native freelanced for several outlets, including CBS Radio. His cubicle at the Legislative Plaza press suite was covered with photos of celebrities he had interviewed over the years, including George Burns, Bob Hope, Danny Thomas and Ernest Borgnine.

“Sherman was a constant presence in my years on Capitol Hill, and I always enjoyed interviewing with him,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville.

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