William ‘Bill’ Turner

Wisdom Media Group founder

Wisdom Media Group founder William “Bill” Turner, who was influential in both the cable industry and satellite marketing business, died of cancer Monday March 4 at his Bluefield, W.Va., home. He was 76.

Turner built one of the country’s first cable systems in the early 1950s in Welch, W.Va., and went on to helm the West Virginia Cable Assn. and serve on the National Cable Television Assn. Board of Directors.

While still involved with cable, he began marketing satellite television programming to C-band customers in 1986. His company, Turner Vision Inc., expanded nationally and became a leader in the C-band industry. Its joint venture partnership with Superstar/Netlink in 1998 created the largest C-band programming marketing service in the satellite industry.

Since Turner formed Wisdom Media Group in 1997, its television, radio and Internet divisions have focused on information, entertainment, communication and transaction services all relating to the life-improvement industries (health, spirituality, personal growth and various global issues).