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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Maine Broadcaster and Humorist Dead at 74

Sad to see that Bruce McGorrill—formerly of WCSH—passed away last night in Portland. He was CEO of the Maine Broadcasting System until his retirement in 1996, after which he "traveled to eastern Europe for the state department as a broadcast consultant for newly democratic countries."

McGorrill was also a Maine humorist, and appeared on a great 1992 Maine Public Television show called "Pokin' Fun" with Kendall Morse, Joe Perham, and others.
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At 7:28 AM, March 30, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

We're witnessing a passing of a generation. Throwbacks like McGorrill were part of "the greatest generation," as Tom Brokaw characterized them. As these men die off, a part of our past goes with them. They seemed to represent a certain "goodness" about America, that is disappearing with them.

I enjoyed watching the video feed about McGorrill on the WCSH site. I didn't know about his connection with the Portland Sea Hawks semi-pro football team. In my research for my book, When Towns Had Teams, I came across quite a bit of information about them.

At 4:56 PM, March 30, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

We're certainly losing the greatest generation of Maine broadcasters.

The WCSH tribute to McGorrill last night was really well done. I love seeing old clips from locally produced shows—not as slick as recent productions, but far more entertaining.


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