The MAB is sad to share the news that Dr. Charles Ganzert, a professor in Northern Michigan University’s (NMU) Communication and Performance Studies department, passed away early Thursday morning, March 31, with his spouse by his side. Dr. Ganzert was 63 years old.
Dr. Ganzert was past Chairman and Honorary Board Member of the MAB Foundation. At NMU, he served students and the university for 23 years. He received numerous awards during his tenure for his outstanding performance, and was even slated to formally receive NMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award on April 25, 2016.
Dr. Ganzert received both his master’s degree and doctoral degree from Ohio University. His experience in media began when he worked with the student radio station at Virginia Tech. In 1980, Dr. Ganzert took a job with WYSO, a public radio station in Dayton, Ohio where he worked in programming, public affairs and production. While at WYSO, he produced a series titled: “Tis Sweet To Be Remembered” and was awarded the Ohio Educational Broadcasters Program of the Year Award in 1986. Dr. Ganzert won two MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards through WNMU-FM (Marquette) and completed a book project with other faculty from Ohio University, Kent State University, and Kenyon College called “Oral History Done Right.”
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WBUP-TV (Marquette) reporter Caleb M. Scanlon spoke with James Cantrill, Department Head and Professor, Communication Studies at NMU about “The Legacy of an Educator,” Dr. Charles Ganzert: