Bill Gilmer, veteran broadcaster and News Director of Radio First’s WPHM-AM (Port Huron) has retired. His last day on the job was this past Friday, August 4 and that included a morning on-air retirement party hosted by WPHM Morning Host Paul Miller at Freighters Eatery & Taproom in Port Huron. Gilmer was working right up to the end — he spent part of Thursday covering an event celebrating progress in restoring the St. Clair River.
Gilmer began his radio career in Port Huron in 1979 when he was hired by John Wismer at WHLS. He has been the director of the Blue Water Festival, former board president of Main Street Port Huron, a Port Huron City Council member and vice president of the Michigan Waterways Council of the the Girl Scouts of America.
“I got to go from records and chart machines to all digital equipment. A lot of new knowledge in those years as far as the traditions of doing news and doing broadcasts on the radio,” Gilmer said in an interview with Port Huron’s “The Times-Herald.”
Gilmer said he will stay busy on the 10-acre farm in Wales Township he shares with Dr. Annette Mercatante, a medical health officer for St. Clair County.