WWGP-WFJA News Director
Margaret Bagley Murchison is a 1966 graduate of W. B. Wicker School, where, upon gradutation, returned to work as a Teacher’s Assistant. She began working with first graders, but moved on to middle school, working under Pevarice Blue and Almeta Howard. While working in the school system, she began taking classes at Central Carolina Community College, and in 1968, enrolled in the Library Program at Sandhills Community College New Careers Program. She worked a two year internship under Ruby Maxwell, Librarian at Lee Senior High School, and after graduation, was hired full-time.
While employed at Lee Senior, she furthered her education in the Campbell College Transfer Program and St. Andrews Presbyterian College in the General Education Curriculum. She left Lee Senior High School in 1978, and embarked on a career in broadcasting. She has worked as News and Public Affairs Director for WWGP 1050AM and WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies 105.5FM for the past 33 years. She also obtained a degree in Broadcast Journalism through a Distance Learning program.
Her formative years at W. B. Wicker School prepared her for an outstanding future. She holds and has held numerous state and local positions and is a confirmed community activist serving as an advocate both for youth and senior citizens.
Margaret is the daughter of the late Alexander & Sadie Emerson Bagley. She has three sisters, Barbara Hood, Renda Mcrae and Maxine Howe. Her two brothers, both deceased, were Willie Bagley and Alexander, Jr.
She is the only African American, and female to have served as President of the North Carolina Associated Press Broadcasters. She continues to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Radio-Television-Digital News Directors Association of the Carolinas.
Locally, she served two terms on the Lee County Board of Education, and also served on the CCCC Board of Trustees. She completed the unexpired term of her favorite English teacher, Mary Wallace, who died in office, and ran unopposed for a second term. She currently serves on the CCCC President’s Advisory Board, the Radio & Television Advisory Board at the college, the Expo Committee, the Small Business Council, YMCA Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Lee County, Vice President of the Appearance Committee of the City of Sanford, United Way of Lee County, the Pre-K 14 Committee, Director of Jonesboro Day Care, Democratic Women of Lee County and Director of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also President of the Lee County Enrichment Center Board, and serves on the Board of Directors of Brick Capital CDC. She was recently appointed to the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for Lee County Schools.
Margaret is very busy in her church, First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves ad Director of Youth Ministries, Church Historian, Marea Singletary Missionary Circle, Chairman of the Program Committee, Advisory Council, and Chairperson of the Deaconness Ministry.
She is recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the RTNDAC News Director of the Year (the award was later named for her and she was given life-time membership in the organization), Rotary Club International 4 Way Test Award, Outstanding Democrat Award, Small Business Advocate Award, United States Air Force Recruiting Service Award, Outstanding Citizen Award from the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, community fraternal award from IBPOE, March of Dimes Award, NAACP Service Award, Get Smart Outstanding Citizen Award, CCCC Outstanding Broadcast Production Technology Award, Certificate of Appreciation from FEMA for Outstanding Reporting during the April 16th tornadoes, and among others, the 2011 Sanford Herald Lifetime Achievement Award.
When not working or advocating, she does “fun work” like events planning, decorating, reading or shopping.
Margaret is married to Fred Bennett Murchison, Jr., and they are the proud parents of one son, Fred, III of Greensboro.
Take a look at a video segment that WRAL-TV produced about Margaret as she celebrated 30 years in broadcasting.