Dave Maurer started working in radio in 1967. He joined WSGW in 1979 and has anchored morning newscasts on Newsradio 790 consistently for the past 39 years. He serves as Program Director for the station which has been a National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award nominee twice. In 2001 Maurer was also named Operations Director for all five stations in Saginaw.
Dave is past president of the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters Association Board of Directors. He served six years on the National Associated Press Broadcasters Board. He also has served on a number of committees for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is a past member of the Radio Television News Directors Association.
Charlie’s radio career began April 12, 1984. It started in Lapeer, included work for a brief time in Bay City, there was a stop at a station in his hometown of Mt. Clemens, and then, since 1990, at WSGW. Charlie knew since high school that he wanted to make radio a career. His parents would tell him he knew much earlier, such as the fourth grade, when his teacher made everyone aware that “Charles talks too much!”
Charlie’s broadcast education and training was at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield. He’s worked every on-air shift there is to work in radio. He’s slept on radio station floors, done the dishes, swept the floors, cleaned the bathrooms, shoveled the snow, and taken out the garbage. Some of that was just last week!
Currently, Charlie co-hosts the WSGW Morning Team Show with Dave Maurer and Art Lewis. His goal is to keep you informed and entertained on a daily basis. But Charlie’s job includes more than what you hear on-air. As assistant program director, he’s responsible for a number of off-air functions. You might be surprised at how much actually happens off-air so that our on-air product can be broadcast daily.
Charlie’s day starts when he arrives at the station around 2:45am. You can usually find him there until two or three in the afternoon (or longer if necessary). Whatever it takes to get the job done. Long days? Yes, but he says he wouldn’t do it if he didn’t love it. Charlie married his lovely wife Mary in 1995. He still hears about his on-stage proposal at the Temple Theatre during a WSGW-sponsored event. He and Mary live in Saginaw Township and enjoy walks through their neighborhood, playing co-ed softball, and spending time at home (there is always a project to work on). They are members of Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw.
Ann grew up in Saginaw and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in French and took a number of journalism courses. She began her career in radio in 1982, coming to work at WSGW for the first time in 1983. She worked as anchor, reporter and assistant news director over the next 17 years, winning many industry awards. Ann left WSGW in 2000, and for the next five years, worked in a local television news department. She returned to WSGW in November 2005, and is happy to be back behind the microphone and covering local news in the field. Ann was promoted to News Director March 1, 2011 succeeding Dave Maurer who passed the baton to Ann after he served as News Director for 32 years.
Ann has two children, and in her spare time enjoys reading, writing, cooking and travel.
Bill Hewitt is a reporter for WSGW. A veteran of radio and newspaper reporting in the Great Lakes Bay Region, Bill has been with WSGW since 1980. While trained as a print journalist and photographer, he chose radio “because of its immediacy when it comes to breaking news”. The police “beat” is Bill’s specialty, picking up scanner traffic and often doing live reports from the scene of breaking news. Bill also has covered the business scene, inlcuding annual stockholders’ meetings of Consumers Energy and Dow Chemical Company. He is a native of Bay City and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (1978) from Central Michigan University and an Associate of Arts degree (1970) from Delta College.
Bill is the winner of several awards from the Associated Press, including top story of the month and individual reporting excellence.
Bill has served as a Bay City Police Reserve Officer for 22 years and as a Bay County Sheriff Marine Patrol deputy for 6 years. He was the first and only reserve officer to win the Bay City Police Department’s highest award, the Life Saving Medal, in 1987. For 40 years Bill was a first aid and CPR instructor for the American Red Cross. He has served on boards and committees for several community groups, like American Red Cross, Crime Stoppers, Jaycees, United Way, and Grace United Methodist Church.
John Hall’s afternoon newscasts have been heard on WSGW for the better part of two decades. In addition, John covers Bay City Commission meetings and does general reporting for the station. John is married with three daughters, and lives in Bay City.
Michael joined the WSGW news team as an intern the summer of 2013. Having graduated from Delta College with an Associates of Arts degree in journalism, he soon became a part time member of the crew, covering stories as needed and working as a Board Op during the overnight show Coast to Coast on Sunday mornings.
In November 2014, Michael became a full time reporter for the station, and took over the reins as the Sunday morning News Anchor during First Day.
Michael lives in Bay City with his wife and daughter Moira, two cats and a dog who are all spoiled rotten. He enjoys a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to, camping, hiking, playing music, reading and traveling to places he’s never been before.