Fred Nutter was born on September 11, 1933 in Sanford, Maine to Betty and Arthur Nutter. Nutter had aspirations to be in broadcasting, and after serving in the Navy, went to Emerson College. While at Emerson, Nutter would return home to the Sanford area on weekends to help operate WSME Radio. In the early 1960s, Nutter moved to the Portland market, working for WPOR Radio, and by 1965, WCSH Radio as a newsman. WCSH eventually transitioned over to a television station. His reporting career took off with his assignment to Portland City Hall. He then went to Augusta as a state house correspondent, a successor to Jim Brunelle. In 1976, Nutter became News Director at WCSH TV in Portland. At the time of the interview, he was still with WCSH as an Editorial Commentator.
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