Darel Vanderhoof is the TV Maintenance Supervisor for WCMU Public Media, at Central Michigan University. He started work there in 1981 as a Broadcast Engineer, after having graduated from the BET program at Ferris State, and after having worked a year and a half at the WPBN-TV transmitter plant in Harrietta, MI. Early years growing up were in Taylor, MI; when the family moved north, he attended Pine River Junior Senior High near Tustin and the Wexford-Missaukee vocational center where he studied electronics. A frequent substitute teacher there was Lowell Shore, the Chief Engineer for WWTV, who said “if you learn nothing else, learn how to use an oscilloscope.”
Career highlights include being involved in the original analog build of WCMV-TV 27 in Cadillac, WCMW-TV 21 in Ludington, and TV translators 46 in Traverse City and 69 in Suttons Bay. Prior to this, all these areas had been unserved by public television. When the transition to digital arrived, he was heavily involved in conversion to ATSC and in the building and maintaining of new TV Master Control systems. In the space of a week, the WCMU network went HD multichannel, started 24 hour operation, and added channel 28 in Flint. He also was involved in satellite uplinking the Michigan SOS address a number of years for all the Michigan TV stations. Most recently he was responsible for implementing the new WARN systems at WCMU, and was heavily involved in getting the Michigan Learning Channel operational there on time.