LANSING — The Michigan Association of Broadcasters presented Tom Bosscher with the 2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7.
Bosscher is chief engineer of Grand Rapids Christian Radio’s WSCG(FM).
According to MAB’s announcement, Bosscher received his first amateur radio license when he was in grade school and obtained his FCC Radiotelephone 1st class license in high school. He began started his official broadcast career at WION(AM) in Ionia, then worked for WOOD(AM/FM) stations in Grand Rapids at age 18. He later went on to WLAV(AM/FM) in Grand Rapids, where he installed a Pirod 400-foot tower, FM antenna and transmitter for the Class B upgrade.
In 1995, he was hired by WCSG. Among his first projects was the installation of a 25kw Continental transmitter and FM DA antenna and installing Broadcast Electronics AudioVault systems. Bosscher has helped WCSG expand to four on-air stations.
Bosscher is credited for designing the Grand Rapids Area Information Line, a “one phone call” school closing system that served for 12 years. He also developed a mobile remote setup using three receiver sites, three vehicular repeaters, two communication grade repeaters and ran 300–400 remotes a year for Federated Media Grand Rapids stations, WCUZ and WCUZ(FM).
He has served as the SBE West Michigan frequency coordinator for 1 GHz and down and is a member of the MAB's Engineering Board and serves on the LEPC for Ottawa County. Bosscher is also the host for a for Christian Radio Technical forum on crtech.org.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and TV stations.