Richard Sher : Weston resident who created ‘Says You!’ program dies

Richard Sher : Weston resident who created 'Says You!' program dies

Richard Sher, creator, executive producer, and host of the public radio quiz show Says You!, died on Feb. 9 after a battle with cancer. Sher was 66.

“‘Says You!’ has been a staple of the public radio weekend schedule in many markets for nearly two decades and is currently carried by more than 100 public radio stations,” said Michael Raia, director of media relations and marketing for WGBH.

Sher was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and moved to the Boston area to attend Boston University for graduate school. Prior to his work with “Says You!,” he worked as a freelance producer and writer for WBZ’s “Evening Magazine” and WCVB’s “Chronicle.”

“Richard’s creativity and humor was matched by his intelligence, energy and generosity of spirit,” according to a message sent out by WGBH. “He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, and by the audiences he delighted for nearly two decades.”

Sher shaped “Says You!” with his talent for language and puzzles.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Price Sher, and his son, Benjamin Payne Sher, 13.

“Richard was many things – a loyal friend, a helpful neighbor, a creative thinker, and a passionate defender of principles he believed in,” said Nancy Benotti of Weston. “Richard was full of contradictions, equally capable of persuasive argument and flights of fantasy sustained only by his unique imagination. The loss of this special man leaves a hole in our lives that will never be filled.”

Laura, program producer for “Says You!” is planning to continue the program through the season remaining through October 2015, and in the coming weeks will announce how the show will move forward in future seasons.

Donations in Sher’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Deborah Schrag, MD, Department of Medical Oncology, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston MA 02215-5450. A memorial service will be held in the spring.