John W Hill, 69, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 after a battle with cancer. He started his radio career in 1964 in Gaylord and spent the last 37 years at Port Huron's WPHM AM 1380. In addition to his work behind the microphone, Hill was a teacher at St. Clair County Community College since 1984, instructing and advising many students over the years. Hill often commented on how fortunate he was not only to have a single job he loved, but two jobs.
Paul Miller, current WPHM Program Director and Morning Host, commented, "I grew up listening to John on WPHM and never in a million years did I imagine one day I would be doing his job, hosting the Morning Show on WPHM."
"As the world changed throughout the decades, John Hill remained the constant for Port Huron area listeners. He truly was the voice of the community. And in an era of electronic media in which being an on-air personality has meant having a strong opinion and shouting it from the rooftop, John managed to be a trusted voice who would ask tough questions of community leaders when needed, but never with any disdain. He truly loved the Port Huron area, and his love for the place showed in many ways."
"John ended his broadcasting career ten years ago but remained a presence in the Port Huron area, producing promotional videos and being involved in a number of community initiatives. He was truly a kind and gentle man, and will be missed."
Hill had quietly endured (and ignored) cancer, refusing to let it invade his life as he continued enjoying everything he wanted and loved to do: ski trips with family, half marathons and triathlons , a 28 mile mountain bike epic in the Upper Peninsula with his sons, biking, kayaking, boating, golfing, piano, U. of M football, Red Wings and grandchildrens' hockey, Tiger baseball, and, of course, whistling. Born in Grosse Pointe to the late Dorothy and William Hill, he attended Grosse Pointe schools and graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. He had been vitally active in the Port Huron community, serving on many boards and committees, including the St Clair County Community Foundation and SC4 Alumni Association.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the SC4 Foundation, International Symphony Orchestra, or charity of the donor's choice . To send condolences and view funeral arrangments, please visit smithfamilyfuneralhome.com.
He was known by many in the Blue Water area as a wonderful man and amazing talent.