Fred Remley, Former WUOM Intern, UM Media Faculty Member, Dies at 90

Fred Remley outside of WUOM studio west.


Frederick M. Remley, age 90, died peacefully at his home in Ann Arbor on October 22, 2019. Fred had enjoyed a lifelong career in radio and television at the University of Michigan.

He was also a leader in international video standardization efforts, and in the production and distribution of educational television programming that helped with the establishment of PBS, the Public TV Broadcasting Service in the U.S.

Fred received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan with a major in physics in 1951. He had aimed for a career in nuclear physics, but while still an undergraduate he had become involved with the then-new university radio station, WUOM-FM. He worked there as a broadcast engineering intern, helping with the Speech Department’s radio and TV classes. These moves led to his lifelong career at the University, as well as to his international work in video standardization.

During a 42-year career at UM, he went on to manage the construction, equipping, and technical operation of numerous media facilities, including the university’s Flint TV station, three FM radio stations, two comprehensive university TV production centers as well as on-campus TV facilities serving labs and classrooms.