WTVD pioneer dead at 102

November 23, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Robert Glenn Misenheimer, one of the team that established WTVD as a television station in the early 1950's has passed away.Misenheimer was an electrical engineer who helped put up the broadcast tower and get the fledgling station on the air.

Born in Laddonia, Mo. In 1906, Misenheimer had a long career in television and radio. Before the advent of television, he worked for nearly all of the major radio stations in New York City.

Before World War II, he owned and operated a radio repair shop in Durham. After the war he helped build several radio stations in other parts of the country before returning to Durham and helping build WTVD.

He also moonlighted at several area radio stations until the mid 60s. He then began a teaching career that lasted until his retirement.

Misenheimer is survived by sons, Bobby (Rhonda) Misenheimer, Wilmington, and William (Frances) Misenheimer, Carriere, Miss.; and one granddaughter, Evelyn Misenheimer, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), 225 Main Street, Newington, CONN 06111, in Memory of Robert Glenn Misenheimer, W4YKI, or to a charity of your choice is appreciated.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.


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