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Lakeshore radio personality dies after car crash

Posted at 9:54 AM, Mar 20, 2024

MANITOWOC (NBC 26) — A WOMT Radio personality known as Tom Craig died earlier this week, according to the radio station.

The station was told by Craig's family that he had died from injuries after a car crash on Tuesday.

Jim Medley, the operations manager for Seehafer Broadcasting, said that Tom worked at the station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Medley said that he was texting Tom on Tuesday morning before the crash.

"He told me he was so happy that he was on air," Medley said of the conversation.

WOMT provided the following statement:

WOMT Radio is saddened to share the sudden passing of on-air personality, Tom Craig. Tom was involved in a car crash while driving with his wife on Highway 41/141 in the town of Little Suamico Tuesday morning.

Tom started in broadcasting in 1977, and his sultry voice was heard throughout his career on stations across Mississippi, Ohio, and Wisconsin, including Manitowoc’s WOMT and WCUB Radio. Over his near 50-year career, Tom served as Program Director, Music Director, Public Service Director, Farm Director, Talk Show Host, News Director, Sports Director, Sports Play-by-Play, and OnAir Personality. He did take a break from the mic in the 1990s when he heard the call to enter the education field, but returned to radio in the mid 2010s as he assumed the role of news director for WCUB. Even after retirement, he wanted to stay connected to his passion for radio, eventually transferring into his final mid-afternoon slot on WOMT, where he entertained listeners every Friday.

WOMT legend Damon Ryan called Tom a “wonderful human being. He was one of those people that had a great demeanor. Very humble, very kind.” He also noted that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Tom’s father, a very talented surgeon, performed mission trips throughout his life. Damon also noted that Tom was always very prepared for his shows, and never went on the air without knowing his exact vision for the shift. Tom Craig was 66 at the time of his passing, and leaves behind his wife, who was also injured in the crash, and family.
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