Traverse City Broadcaster Phill Orth Passes

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Photo courtesy of the Orth Family.


Longtime Traverse City broadcaster Phillip “Phill” Earl Orth passed away March 6 at age 66 in Traverse City.

In a March 8 article in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, it was noted that Phill was “a well-known Traverse City radio disc jockey who was awarded gold records for being an early supporter of songs like ‘Play That Funky Music’ and ‘You Sexy Thing.’ To this day, many people remember him fondly as “Orth of the North.” Later in his career as a sales manager for the MacDonald Broadcasting stations in Petoskey, he enjoyed mentoring his team to help them be successful.

Phill was also involved in Traverse City politics at a young age, serving as both mayor of Traverse City and a Traverse City Commissioner.

Phill is survived by his wife, Linda Weeks; his daughter, Mareesa (Jason Spykerman) Orth; brother, David Orth; and sister, Lois Orth, both of Traverse City; stepchildren, James (Julia) Kreft, of Madison, Wisconsin, and Katie (Ryan) Brang, M.D., of Marquette; two grandchildren, Sonja and Sylvia; and his beloved Samoyed dog, Macy.

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