WCMC 1230-AM may not have the most listeners, but it certainly has very loyal ones. A big reason the 1,000-watt Wildwood station has those listeners is Jim MacMillan, the station’s program director and host of “South Jersey Journal” from 6 to 10 a.m. daily.

After 22 years with the Equity Communications-owned station and more than 50 years in the industry, MacMillan will retire after his Sept. 21 shift, marking an end to the 74-year-old’s radio legacy.

The Rio Grande, Middle Township resident is known for carrying the torch of classic pop standards. His setlist typically features Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Al Alberts and Frank Sinatra.

In fact, except for a short-term gig with a country station in Texas, MacMillan has always played the classics, beginning with his first job as a DJ in 1959 while a member of the U.S. Air Force.

MacMillan’s fans showed their loyalty throughout his career. In 2004, more than 200 listeners exhibited “senior power,” protesting a proposed station format change that would have ended MacMillan’s career.

The longtime DJ said a mild stroke three months ago made him realize he needed to retire.

“I came back from it rather quickly, but I am just not quite as good as I was,” said MacMillan, who will move to Texas, where he has family. “I have a family full of scuba divers. So I hope to do some more of that.”

A free, public retirement party will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Short Stories

Egg Harbor Townships’ Cheryl Roell aced a quiz and won a bundle for it recently. Roell scored 100 percent on a hurricane preparedness quiz administered by the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Preparedness. One of seven top scorers, she was selected to receive an emergency survival kit from the county office. The kit is fully stocked with items, including a first aid kit, poncho and sleeping bag. Quizzes will be available online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org through the summer to raise awareness during hurricane season. Prizes are awarded to the winner of each quiz. A grand prize will be announced in September. … The Ocean City Fine Arts League recently announced the winners of its August art competition, themed “Beach to Bay.” Local winners include Ocean City’s Susan Mardirossian (Best in Category — Watercolor), Mays Landing’s Deb Spinella (Best in Category — Pastel), and Egg Harbor Township’s Lois Adam (Best in Category — Mixed Media) and Marian Amann (Best in Category — Photography). Ocean City’s Rae Jaffe took Best in Show for her oil and acrylic painting. The winners’ entries will be displayed at the Art on Asbury Gallery, 608 Asbury Ave., in Ocean City, until the end of August.

Short Stories compiled by Emily Brill.

 

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