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Tom Teter
1952 - 2014

 

 

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This very sad news for all of us who worked with Tom Teter. I met Tom in March of 1982 at WSTU and WHLG. He was working as an announcer overnight running the board for the Larry King show from midnight to 5am then he hosted an hour as a DJ from 5 until 6am. After listening to his DJ show and looking at his resume I soon realized as the Operations Manager of the stations where Tom's talent was going to shine. He was a Ball State University gradutate with a Political Science Major and the Newsroom was the perfect place for him. Tom embraced the change and quickly showed the management, audience and the competition he was going to be more than just a talent that read the news, he was going to lead in the radio news field. Many will never forget Tom's around the clock coverage of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes that hit the Martin County area during his career. Tom Teter won countless AP and United Press International News awards for WSTU. His love of sports made him a well respected Sports Play By Play commentator locally and in the Florida Sports Association. Many local high school football and basketball players that went on to College and Professional sports will never forget the excitement that Tom's commentary brought to their high school sports efforts. 

In 1997 when I had the opportunity to bring local radio back to Martin County as an owner of WSTU, Tom was my first hire. He and I shared the morning show that we had co-hosted for twenty years at WSTU. Five years later when you and Carol became the new owners of WSTU, you recognized Tom's value to the WSTU brand and kept him on the staff. In 2013 I was thrilled to have the American Advertising Federation Treasure Coast membership present Tom with the Ray Marsh Award for Broadcast Excellence. Tom had worked with my father at WSTU in the 1980's and was extremely honored by the award. As you know, Radio is one of the smallest businesses in the country. There are more McDonald's locations than radio stations, so all of us who work or have worked in the Radio industry are family. Tom Teter was more than my News Director, more than my Sports Director, more than my Radio show side-kick, Tom was part of my family. For me the first portion of Tom Teter's email address says it all "MisterNews" . My deepest sympathy to his family who loved him very much.