Engineering Spotlight: Tom Bosscher, WCSG-FM Grand Rapids

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
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Tom BosscherMy name is Tom Bosscher. I am the chief engineer for WCSG-FM, Grand Rapids, and I have been employed here for 20 years. They haven’t caught on yet.

My cousin Rick Bosscher and I taught each other electronics when we were ten years old. We received our amateur radio licenses when we were 13. In high school, Rick challenged me to go for the FCC 1st class Radio Telephone License, just for the fun of it. So we both did. The summer out of high school, WION in Ionia was looking for a licensed person to take meter readings for their directional AM. So, you could say I started my career at a 5,000 watt daytimer! A few months later, I was working full time at WOOD-AM-FM. I also was employed at WLAV and spent 13 great years working for Dave Gale at WCUZ. Dave and I started to work at WCSG as contract engineers in 1985, and ten years later it became a full time situation. Oh, my cousin Rick has been the RF supervisor for KFMB, San Diego for some 35 years.

Something most people don’t know? I have six sisters, three older, three younger. As a child, I was not allowed to talk. I’m still working on that social skill. On the bright side, at the age of 63, I have nine of the best grandchildren a guy could have. I also teach amateur radio courses for all three levels of licensing.

Best advice? Ask. Always ask. Ask those who use the equipment. And second? Inform. Always inform. Inform those who own the station. And third best? Learn how to fake sincerity.