The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has announced the passing of former MAB President (1973) and Board Member John Anderson.
John Anderson, founder of WCCW-AM/FM in Traverse City, passed away January 19 at age 83. Born in Coopersville, Anderson graduated from high school in Cadillac, attended MSU and graduated from the Radio and Television Institute in Chicago. From 1944 to 1948, Anderson served with the United States Army and during that time started his broadcast career as an announcer for Armed Forces Radio Network.
In 1950, he worked in Marion, Indiana at WBAT as their program director. He then moved to Cadillac where he was a sports announcer with WWTV. In 1954, he moved to Traverse City and was the station manager at WPBN. In 1960, Anderson founded WCCW-AM/FM, which he owned and operated until 1984. Throughout his career he served on the board of directors of the Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters (MAB) and was president of the organization in 1973-74. During the 1970s, he was the president of the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters. From 1975 to 1979, Anderson served on the National Association of Broadcasters board of directors, representing Michigan and Indiana.
Karole White, MAB President stated, "John was one of a handful of broadcasters who's leadership molded broadcasting in Michigan. John and other dedicated broadcast volunteers made the MAB one of the top state broadcast associations in the nation. Our condolences to his family and friends."
Those wishing to honor John may do so by making a tax-deductible donation to the MAB Foundation General Scholarship Fund in John's name. Your contribution to the fund and those of others helps MABF to annually award scholarships to seventeen deserving young people seeking careers in broadcasting industry. Click here for more information: www.mabf.org.
To read the full obituary please click here (from the Traverse City Record-Eagle): record-eagle.com/obituaries/x1947786927/John-Anderson.