The MAB has learned of the passing of John (Jack) White II, formally President & CEO, and owner of WBRN-AM and WBRN-FM in Big Rapids, Mich. He died at his home in The Villages, Fla., on Dec. 5, at the age of 79.
In 1966, he became manager and then president and CEO of the radio stations, owned under WBRN Inc, and also worked as founder and president of Rapid Cablevision, in Big Rapids, from 1973-86. He sold the stations and retired in 1996, after working in broadcasting for 30 years. White was a past director and treasurer of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
Mr. White is survived by his wife of 52 and a half years, Theresa; their two children, Cathy (Marco) Renedo, of Westport, Connecticut, and John (Brenda) White, of Interlochen; his siblings, Geri (Richard) Hanna, of Big Rapids, James P. (Kathy) White, of Grand Rapids, Gena (Dick) Sheldon, of Grand Ledge, and Thomas J. White, of Big Rapids; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was active in the local community, the St. Mary Catholic Church Parish and the Big Rapids Industrial Development Corporation, past president and treasurer of Big Rapids Lions Club and Mecosta County Fair Board, and past president of Mecosta County Economic Development Corporation. In 1986, he was awarded Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.