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Engineering Spotlight: Tom Bosscher, WCSG-FM Grand Rapids

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

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.

Engineering Spotlight: Eric Send, Midwestern Broadcasting Company

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

Eric SendEric Send
Engineering & IT for Midwestern Broadcasting Company for the past sixteen years.

Brief Engineering Resume:
Intern Interlochen Public Radio 1992

WLDR Radio, Traverse City, MI 1996-2000 / Part-time on-air talent

WLJN Radio Good News Media 1999-present / Volunteer engineering & weekend on-air talent 2005-2010

Northwestern Michigan College AAS, Electronics Technology 2002

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Eric: My grandfather got me interested in HAM radio. I got my HAM license (N8STO) when I was 12. A good friend and Chief Engineer for Good News Media, Don Parker, mentored me into the profession.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Eric: I enjoy watching British and Canadian TV. Doc Martin and Murdoch Mysteries are personal favorites.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Eric: Make sure to point out your accomplishments to management and station ownership. Broadcast engineers often work odd hours and away from the studio. They fail to communicate what they are doing and can be perceived as slacking off, when in fact, they are contributing to the success of the station.

Engineering Spotlight: Geary S. Morrill, Digity Great Lakes Region

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

Geary MorrillGeary S. Morrill, CPBE-CBNT
Technical Manager at Digity Great Lakes Region for the past three years.

Brief Engineering Resume:
WLCC (Closed Circuit) Station Manager – LCC ’72-73 / Communication Electronics R.E.T.S. Flint, MI ‘77

Broadcast Engineering at local and or corporate level since ’77 / Pres & GM WIXC-FM Essexville, MI 92-98

Charter member – former Chair/Vice Chair SBE Chapter 91 / MAB and IBA Engineering Committee member

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?

Geary: Since my days at LCC, when we were making technical upgrades, I would be involved. I was mentored by Steve Church while at WHNN-FM AM Drive. Bob Liggett picked up tuition for my R.E.T.S. schooling, which was at night some 50 miles from Bay City. Upon graduation, I took over as Chief Engineer and, shortly after, built the 3 tower DA and power upgrade for co-owned WBCM-AM.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…

Geary: I’m one of few broadcast engineers who is a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (CRMC), and has experience in station ownership, sales, programming, and engineering, which allows me to evaluate situations from multiple perspectives.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Geary: “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right.” – Henry Ford