Merlin (Zeke) Dumbrille retires after 58 years with WTCM
Long time Northern Michigan broadcaster Merlin (Zeke) Dumbrille has retired after 58 years on the air with WTCM after his program on Friday, October 30th.
Dumbrille was the host of WTCM's Farm & Orchard Time, heard weekdays at 11:45 am since 1963. On his show, Merlin talked with MSU Extension Directors from the five county Traverse City area about current problems growers face, and offers solutions to keep them operating at a good profit margin. He also talked with Soil Conservation Officers from the area county conservation districts, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council members in Petoskey and area Foresters, all on a regular weekly basis.
Overall, Merlin had been with WTCM for 58 years, and retired as the Farm Director and Public Affairs Director for the station. He has won numerous local and State honors for his coverage of farm related news and information. He also regularly covered activities for the National Cherry Festival and produced the broadcast of the entire National Cherry Festival Grand Cherry Royale Parade until this past summer when he stepped down from those duties.
Dumbrille is a Life Member of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Traverse Bay, and was previously a President. He is currently the President of the Traverse City Masonic Building Association, and a Corporate Member of Munson Medical Center. He is a relief motion picture projectionist at the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City. For the past thirty-three years, Merlin has been the audio technician for the broadcast of the Central United Methodist Church Sunday Services in downtown Traverse City.
Merlin and his wife of 55 years, June, have lived in Traverse City their entire lives. They've raised three children and have three grandchildren.
Congratulations to Dumbrille on his outstanding career of serving Traverse City area radio listeners!
Traverse City Record-Eagle:
The Michigan airwaves will soon be without the voice and host of one of its longest-running talk shows. Merlin Dumbrille, host of "Farm and Orchard Time," and farm director and public affairs director for WTCM Radio, retires as of today. In 1964, Merlin began hosting the popular "Farm and Orchard Time" program on WTCM radio in Traverse City. For more than 45 years, Merlin kept Michigan farmers and the public up to date on important agricultural issues of the day, featuring farm news and information to keep his listeners better informed. He talked with Michigan State University Extension directors from northwest Michigan's 5-county area about current problems growers face and offered solutions to keep them operating at a good profit margin. Soil conservation officers from the area county conservation districts, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council members in Petoskey and area foresters were also regular guests on his show. This silver-tongued legend provided up-to-date information on farm and food-related programs to members of the agriculture community with insightful questions and commentary... Hats off to Dumbrille (Sat, 10/31)