WERU Volunteer Inducted into Maine Country Music Hall of Fame
William “Doc” Morrill, the longtime host of Down Home Country on WERU, was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame on June 11. Morrill has had a long and noteworthy career in country music. About his induction, Doc said, “I’m ecstatic about it. I’ve been playing music since I was 16 years old, so if I can make it through my next birthday in August, I’ll be in the business 70 years. Seven decades. That’s a long time, but I love it.” Morrill got started in country music while working in the shoe manufacturing business. “There was a guy who worked next to me who was an accordion player. They used to play music over the loudspeaker and I’d sing. He said to me, ‘I’ve got a radio show, do you want to come down and sing a song or two?’ So he hired me to do the show every week and I did the show about two months and I got into another band. I got introduced to the steel player Marlo Tee, who had a TV show. When I played on the radio at first, there was no TV in this area. I went down and did a couple of songs on TV! I was a little scared, but I did OK.” Morrill has played with some big names, like Faron Young and Carl Smith at the Bangor Auditorium, played at the NCO club at Dow Field with Bill Monroe, with Johnny Russell at the Maine Mall, and with Lefty Frisell at the Lone Star Ranch in Reeds Ferry, New Hampshire.