Les Biederman & Northern Michigan Broadcasting

The Grand Traverse Look Back

May 15 2023 • 24 mins

In today’s world of our hyper-connected, always online existence…it’s hard to remember that getting up to the minute news and information about your community—or the world at large—was a lot more difficult. And while the newspapers and other print publications could inform folks, too, there was nothing like the immediacy—and intimacy—of radio. We’ll talk today Traverse City’s first radio station, WTCM, and the man who dreamed it into existence: Les Biederman.

We spoke with Les Biederman’s son, Ross Biederman, current President of Midwestern Broadcasting Company, and longtime WTCM personality Steve Cook.