Howard Emich

emichHoward Emich’s 48-year broadcast career began in 1932 when he read his high school’s weekly news on WHBY-AM, Green Bay. He studied journalism at UW-Madison and joined the university’s radio station, WHA-AM after high school. He moved to WMAM-AM, Marinette in 1940 as news editor and announcer and then on to news editing and announcing stints with United Press International, WBBM-AM, Chicago, and WJR-AM, Detroit, in the early 1940’s. In 1944, he returned to WMAM as commercial manager and news anchor. During his career at WMAM, he served as program director, commercial manager, general manager, was a co-owner and helped put WLUK-TV on the air in Marinette in 1954. He retired in 1980 as “Marinette’s Newsman”, having delivered over 10,000 news broadcasts.

Howard Emich passed away on September 29, 2000.


  1. Does anyone know whatever happened to Howard’s son, Mark?
    I worked with Mark for several years at WMAM before we went our separate ways; Mark to several “big-city” stations, including Green Bay, Tampa, Cincinnati, and. I think, even New York!

    It’s been many decades, but the late ’60’s – early ’70’s were, in many ways, truly “The Good Old Days”!!

  2. John Liegeois

    Howard Emich managed WMAM, Marinette, WI for many years. A well known key broadcaster, program director and sports announcer at WMAM was Bill Liégeois. Spanning over 30 years, Liégeois career in radio and TV included fledgling WMBV and WLUK when TV was new to the area. From 1948 – 1978 Bill was/is well known in NE WI for his activism especially quality professional local sports announcing including football, basketball & baseball. A WWII vet, after spending his entire career in WI, Bill died in 1982. 2 local HSs still recognize their outstanding sports person with the Bill Liégeois Sportsmanship Award. Bill Liégeois should be considered for inclusion in the WI Broadcasting HoF.

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