After 56 years on the job, WNMU-TV (Marquette) Station Manager Bruce Turner has retired. A retirement party was held June 28 in Marquette. Among those attending were MAB CEO/President Karole White and State Senator Ed McBroom (R-38), who presented Turner with a legislative tribute for his good work in the Upper Peninsula.
During his time at WNMU, Turner witnessed the station’s conversion from closed circuit to broadcast, black and white to color, mono to stereo and analog to digital HD. Turner is a familiar fixture to regional television audiences, appearing regularly on camera to solicit viewer support during station fundraisers. His presence also is detected behind the scenes, with recorded audio breaks that feature his unmistakable deep, velvety voice and polished delivery.
His career started in his youth in his towntown of Sturgis, Michigan. Turner interned at a jewelry store that advertised on local station WSTR. The station owner spoke with a Southern drawl and used to record the commercials himself. But Turner’s boss, impressed with his young charge’s voice, said, “Bruce could do better.” He did, and a broadcaster was born.
Also at the party, WNMU celebrated the retirement of other staff: Melinda Stamp, WNMU-TV/FM Graphic Artist, retired after 32 years on the job; and Max Graves, Audio Visual Services Specialist, retired after 21 years.