Wendell C. MacKenzie
Born: May 11, 1925 (Prince Edward Island)
Died: April 7, 2014 (Palm Coast, Florida)
University of New Hampshire Sports Hall of Fame (1997)
New Hampshire Legends of Hockey (2003)
Born on Prince Edward Island, Jock MacKenzie enlisted in the U.S. army in 1943 two months after turning 18. He served in the Pacific theatre, where he was wounded, receiving the Purple Heart, and earned a Bronze Star for Valour.
After the war, he lived in Berlin, N.H., where he launched a radio career that made him a legend in the state. He broadcast games of the Berlin Maroons senior amateur team for radio station WMOU. He later moved to Dover, where he joined station WTSN. He also formed the University Sports Network, becoming the voice of Wildcats hockey and football from the University of New Hampshire. In time, he would donate the station to the university.
MacKenzie spent more than four decades on the air, during which he was twice voted one of the top 50 radio sports broadcasters in America. He was known for a tagline in which he said, “Next to religion, sports contributes more to the American way of life.”
He was involved in a campaign to build an arena in Dover, which earned him recognition as “citizen of the year.” He was later twice awarded the keys to the city.
He retired in 1992 after becoming a part owner of WTSN,. Five years later, he moved to Florida, where he wrote golf columns for the local Palm Coast Observer newspaper. He maintained a blog about golfing and his career until a month before his death, at age 88. He was predeceased by his wife, Genevieve, and by a brother. He leaves two sons, two daughters, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters.