Midwest Communication’s WHTC-AM (Holland) celebrated its 70th year on the air July 31, with a morning full of special programming filled with memories. The event attracted listeners and staff past and present, including Michigan Representative Fred Upton (R-MI 6th District).
General Manager Kevin Oswald presided over a ribbon cutting and building dedication honoring long-time host, Juke Van Oss, who died on March 7, 2016. Oswald, noting that the sign marking Mr. Van Oss’ parking spot had been kept in place until this week. Few, if any visitors parked there, and station employees refused to use the space out of respect for Mr. Van Oss’ memory.
“Yesterday that sign was removed and relaced with a vistor parking sign but it’s also been replaced with a much nicer, permanent sign,” Oswald said, having station employees Patty Vandenberg and Margie Boerman unveil a sign near the front door, welcoming visitors to the Juke Van Oss Building, surprising Van Oss’ family members.
WHTC Talk of the Town host Ed Ver Schure recalled his first appearace on the station, on Miss Jean’s Story Hour, when he was just 5 years old.
“I cried the whole time,” he said, smiling at the recollection. “I got kicked out of the studio.”