John Anderson dead at 83


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) reports the death of John Anderson, founder of WCCW-AM & FM Traverse City. He was 83 when he passed on January 19th.

“John was one of a handful of broadcasters whose 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,” said Karole White, MAB President.

Back in 1950, Anderson was program director of WBAT-AM Marion, IN. he returned to his home state of Michigan as a sports announcer at WWTV-TV Cadillac and by 1954 was station manager of WPBN-TV Traverse City..

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.