Honoring William Marcus

Posted by Jeanine Schoessler on

Join Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS in celebrating William's 40 year career at the Broadcast Media Center on June 16! View Event on MTPR

This June, MontanaPBS will celebrate William Marcus, Director of the Broadcast Media Center at the University of Montana, who is retiring after having served the University, and the state of Montana, for nearly 40 years.

It would be difficult to overstate the impact he has had in that time, not only at Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS, but on broadcasting generally in Montana. He has become one of the most instantly recognizable and highly respected voices in our state. 

William’s vision and collaborative nature helped make our MontanaPBS partnership possible, bringing together two sometimes rival institutions, to form a statewide service. Under his management, KUFM-TV has flourished as a place for gifted storytellers to share the history and culture of our state with delighted audiences.  

William’s love for our state and its people is evident every week as the host of Backroads of Montana and yet he has worked behind the scenes on countless other wonderful programs that educate and enrich all our lives.  

His advocacy for meaningful student engagement in MontanaPBS projects has strengthened our ties to both the Film program at MSU and the Journalism School at UM.  

William’s commitment to the highest editorial and journalistic standards and his deep belief in the power and importance of public media leave an enduring imprint within MontanaPBS.  He will be dearly missed by both campuses and by his colleagues across the NPR and PBS universe. 

We thank you William, for your remarkable service and we wish you the very best in retirement! 

The Staff and Friends of MontanaPBS

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