It is with great sadness that we remember the volunteers at CFISFM who have passed away. These individuals were an integral part of our station and their contributions to our community will always be remembered.
The volunteers at CFISFM were passionate about sharing their love of music and community with others. They gave generously of their time and talents, and their dedication to our station was unwavering. They brought joy and laughter to the airwaves, and their presence will be sorely missed.
We recognize their commitment to CFISFM and the impact they had on our station and community. Their passion and dedication continue to inspire us to strive for excellence and to give back to our community in meaningful ways.
We also want to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of these volunteers. We know that their loss is immeasurable, and we hope that the memories of their loved ones’ contributions and impact will bring comfort during this difficult time.
To all of the volunteers at CFISFM who have passed away, we say thank you. Thank you for your service, your dedication, and your love of music and community. Your legacy will live on through the impact you made on our station and our community, and we are forever grateful for your contributions.
Judy (AJ) Feyer
Judy was the heart and soul of CFISFM and gave her time selflessly. While volunteering for any number of jobs around the station Judy also found time to host her show Fiddlefest and co-host senior moments.
Long standing member of the Board of Directors, Jo was instrumental in developing our constitution and various policies for the Prince George Community Radio Society.
Graber wrote an environmental column for the Prince George Citizen and was a founding member of People’s Action Committee for Healthy Air (PACHA).
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He was born in Cologne, Germany in 1944 and emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1953. They settled in Ottawa and Graber went on to study architecture at the University of Toronto.
Graber came to Prince George in 1973 with his first wife and children to work for Prince George architect Desmond Parker at Central Interior Planning Consultants.
His firm was responsible for the design of most of the city’s subdivisions west of Central Street as well as the design of the College of New Caledonia.
“He was one of those people that was curious about so many things,” said his daughter, Petra Graber, of his extensive community involvement.
Throughout his life in Prince George, Graber was involved with numerous community organizations, civic boards and committees.
In 1992 Graber was one of seven founding directors of the McGregor Model Forest which was one of twelve funded by Canada to examine and test scientific and technological principals of sustainable forest management.
He then continued to sit on a forest management public advisory group providing input into sustainable forest management planning of various past and current licensees operating in the Prince George Timber Supply Area.
Graber also represented environmental matters on the City of Prince George Healthy Community Committee in the mid 1990s. This was meant to build capacity through empowerment of individuals, organizations and communities and looked at a holistic approach to health.
He then became chair of PACHA, an advocacy and watchdog organization concerned about air pollution in the Prince George airshed with a seat on the PG Air Improvement Roundtable Board.
She came to Prince George in 1998,” through marriage to Graber, a prominent local environmentalist and community activist, “and used her American connections while working at the Prince George Film Commission,” the Prince George Citizen continued.
“Shortly after her arrival, she began writing about animals in a weekly column in The Citizen,” the obituary acknowledged, also mentioning that Travers served for more than 20 years in volunteer capacities with the Prince George branch of the British Columbia SPCA, including as a longtime board member, and hosted a weekly morning talk show on the community radio station, CFIS 93.1 FM.
That was just a quick surface summary of Travers’ more-than-50-year career in animal work.
Bob was the co-host of the Senior Moments talk show on 93.1 cfisfm. He was an avid photographer and even tried his hand at horse back riding.
Peter Clemente (AKA Rod Crandall)
Rodd Crandall , known professionally as Peter Clemente, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Joanne and three children Dara, Emma and Pietr, his parents, Sterling and Helen Crandall and his siblings, Dean, Bruce, Stephen and Leslie and their respective families. Rodd worked as news director at CKPG in the late 70s and spent 25 years as a reporter at CKVU in Vancouver. After returning to Prince George he lent his voice to CFIS on their weekly talk show and for a classical music program. Rodd became chronically ill in 2003 and throughout his health battle maintained a positive spirit and unwavering faith. He will be remembered for his sense of humour and powerful storytelling skills. He will leave a void that won’t be easily filled. A Celebration of Life will be held a College Heights Baptist Church at 2pm on Sunday February 16, 2014. All are welcome. Instead of flowers please make charitable donations to the Rotary Hospice House of Prince George BC.
Ben Meisner (June 3, 1938 – April 2, 2015) was a Canadian radio broadcaster.
Meisner was born in Maryfield, Saskatchewan in 1938, the youngest of the four children of William Meisner and Anna Wolowska. In the early 1950s he moved to Winnipeg, where he worked as an office boy for the United Grain Growers. He began his career in broadcasting at radio station CKDM in the 1950s in Dauphin, Manitoba. Eventually, he settled in Prince George, British Columbia, and became known as the “Voice of the North”.
Meisner hosted the Meisner Program on radio station CKPG for more than twenty years. He was known for his sign-off “and that’s one man’s opinion”.
After leaving radio in the fall of 2004, he launched an independent online news site, www.250News.com.
In the 1990s, Meisner became a prominent opponent of the Kemano Completion Project, which he argued would damage salmon stocks in the Nechako River. In 2003, he was one of the principal organizers of a huge rally in Prince George for improvement of health care in northern British Columbia which led to the creation of the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Meisner’s honours included a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio and TV News Directors’ Association of Canada, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2010, the Province of British Columbia appointed him as a non-lawyer Bencher to the Law Society of British Columbia, to represent the public’s interest on the BC Law Society’s Board of Governors. The Law Society of British Columbia honoured him with the distinction of the title of Lifetime Bencher status in late March 2015.
While on an ice fishing trip to Manitoba in the spring of 2015, Meisner fell ill and was transferred to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which claimed his life in the early morning of April 2, 2015