State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-101)

Longtime Northern Michigan radio personality and freshman State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-101) has joined the list of speakers for the MAB’s 2019 summer Advocacy Conference on August 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

Other summer conference speakers will include Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), the National Association of Broadcaster’s Steven W. Newberry, Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo and a panel of Michigan political journalists moderated by State Capitol Correspondent and “Off the Record” host Tim Skubick . Learn more about the year’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Busuness Meeting and register to attend at 

Following an almost 40-year broadcasting career, Jack announced his retirement from the airwaves early last year. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018 to represent the “Fighting 101st District,” which includes Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties.

He will serve as chair of the Michigan House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session. He will also serve as a member of the Tax Policy Committee, Education Committee, and Energy Committee.

Jack began hosting the morning show on WTCM-FM (Traverse City) in 1984. With his long tenure there, he holds the unofficial record for the longest-running morning show at one station in Michigan history, at 34 years. He also served as the station’s Operations Manager and Program Director and is a graduate of the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media.

Jack has been involved with many local community efforts, active with the area’s veterans, served on the community corrections board and has worked with area law enforcement and fire departments. Along with his community involvement, he has volunteered with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan, Hospice of Michigan and coached high school softball for a dozen years.

Jack and his wife, Robin, have two adult daughters and one teenage son.