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Bob Murray Scholarship Announced

Bob Murray Scholarship Announced

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Bob Murray’s family has established a scholarship fund for the next generation of broadcasters.

Bob was a fixture on the radio and TV for more than 40 years in central Illinois and his family thought it to be appropriate to establish scholarships so those studying to becomer journalists or otherwise, work in the broadcasting field may have some of their tuition costs funded.

As a long-time member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Bob’s family decided this would be the perfect fit.

To contribute, click on the link here http://inba.net/node/425 Details about the Celebration of his Life may be found here http://wtax.com/news/101101-service-announced-for-bob-murray/

Bob served his community well during the course of his distinguished career.  With a genuine love of the craft and the communities, he will be remembered as a giant in the field.

Beginning in 1981, Bob made an indelible mark.  In 1981, the “Murray in the Morning”  show debuted on WCVS-Springfield.  “Crazy Bob” Murray was the one to count on for the hits.  While at WCVS, Bob also provided sports fans with local high school football and basketball play-by-play.

Bob then shifted to television, joining WICS Channel 20 in 1987 where he was a fixture as the weatherman you could rely on middays and on Saturday evenings.  With an opportunity to assume a full-time position, Bob then moved to WAND-TV Decatur in 1990 and was the long-time trusted authority to provide the information viewers needed to cope with our often mercurial weather in the central Illinois.

In 2001, Bob returned to his first love – radio, where he hosted a morning talk show on WMAY.  His talent was long-sought and WTAX was fortunate to finally land him on the 1240 frequency in 2003.  The Morning Newswatch quickly gained a reputation for the source of news and information that listeners relied on to plan their days.

Radio is a personal medium and broadcasters and listeners forge a personal bond, even though they may never meet.  Not so with Bob; he tirelessly gave of his time and immeasurable talents to many charitable organizations throughout central Illinois.  Bob will always be remembered for his kindness to everyone he met.  His love of family was clear; always talking about them to any one who would listen…which was everyone.

A gentle and kind man will be missed and the world will never be the same.

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