William “Bill” Terrell, known to many South Carolinians as the host of the SCETV program Job Man Caravan, has died at age 79. He passed away Thursday after a lengthy illness, according to an obituary shared by Pearson’s Funeral Home in Columbia, SC.
Originally from Memphis, TN, Terrell moved to South Carolina in 1967 and joined the staff of radio station WOIC-AM.
In 1968, he began producing and hosting SCETV’s Job Man Caravan, a groundbreaking television show spotlighting career opportunities for the Palmetto State’s underserved Black population. It educated audiences about job interview techniques, traveled to a different town every week with a mobile TV unit, and featured popular musical acts. The show garnered ETV its first Emmy Award a year after its debut.
Terrell also served as executive producer of SCETV’s For The People, originally hosted by Listervelt Middleton, focusing on national and international issues affecting people of African descent. The program continued his efforts to inform, enlighten, and empower South Carolinians.