Late radio owner John Wismer honored

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The Port Huron, MI Times Herald reports that a plaque was unveiled downtown Wednesday honoring the late John Wismer, who had owned WHLS-AM & WSAQ-FM.


The Port Huron City Council approved the plaque in December and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County accepted donations to fund the memorial. Abut 50 people showed up Wednesday for the unveiling.

John Wismer, known to his friends as “The Bear,” didn’t pass away recently. He died 10 years ago. In fact, he died 10 years ago on September 30th, the day that Mayor Brian Moeller declared “John Wismer Day” and the plaque was unveiled on the wall of Heritage Park.

Wismer is only the third person to be so honored by the city.

“Most knew Dad as someone who got things done. He did what he thought was right for Port Huron,” daughter Sue Wismer-Hill told the newspaper.

“Mr. Wismer was a broadcasting pioneer in the region for many years and generously used his success to give back to numerous causes. Through his estate plans, he and his late wife established two of the Community Foundation’s largest endowment funds,” says the website of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. The broadcaster also endowed the John F. Wismer Health Center at Port Huron Hospital.

RBR-TVBR observation: We can’t claim to have known Mr. Wismer, but he certainly made an impression on folks in Port Huron. How many radio station owners today can expect to have anyone putting up a plaque recalling their contributions to the community a decade after they’ve met their maker?

What, then, should you be doing differently to leave that sort of legacy?