[A-DX] William (Bill "The Bear") Westenhaver

Daniel Kähler
Mo Nov 23 00:18:08 CET 2015


"I'm sad to report the passing this week of a person well known within 
the radio hobby community, William (Bill) Westehnaver."

Die unten angehängte, traurige Nachricht ging gerade über DXLD.

Wer in den letzten Jahren des KW-Sendebetriebs von Radio Canada 
International eine QSL von dort erhalten hat, hat sie höchstvermutlich 
von Bill Westenhaver bekommen. Meine persönliche Erinnerung: Im "Maple 
Leaf Mailbag" hatte er – weshalb weiß ich gar nicht – den Spitznamen 
"The Bear". Und so war auf einer Karte, die das Team der Mailbag-Sendung 
zeigte, auch nicht ein Foto von ihm, sondern von einem Teddybären zu 
sehen. Auch wenn mein Kontakt zu RCI nur sehr sporadisch war, erinnerte 
er sich häufig an Kommentare oder andere Zuschriften von mir, was mich 
dann immer sehr gefreut hatte, gerade weil das die ersten Jahre waren, 
in denen ich mit dem internationalen Hörfunk in Kontakt kam. Woran sich 
wohl zeigte, dass er mit Herz und Hingabe ein Mitarbeiter des 
kanadischen Auslandsdienstes war.

Daniel


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Betreff: 	[dxld] William (Bill) Westenhaver, R.I.P.
Datum: 	22 Nov 2015 14:35:57 -0800

	

	

	

I'm sad to report the passing this week of a person well known within 
the radio hobby community, William (Bill) Westehnaver.


A native of Angola, Indiana, Bill moved to Montreal in the late 1960s, 
where he spent the rest of his life.  An avid shortwave listener, DXer 
and QSL collector, Bill was an active member of several radio clubs 
including CIDX and Speedx.  He was a participant in numerous ANARC 
conventions and Winter SWL Festivals.

Bill took a job with Radio Canada International, working in the Audience 
Relations department.  One of his principal duties was issuing RCI QSL 
cards for reception reports received from around the world.  Bill went 
on to other duties within the CBC/Radio-Canada headquarters in Montreal.

Bill was an active member of the Coalition to Restore RCI Funding and 
the RCI Action Group, the ad hoc groups that worked tirelessly to 
restore and/or retain the services of Radio Canada International on 
shortwave.

Bill was also the original co-host of The International Radio Report, 
with Sheldon Harvey, on CKUT-FM in Montreal. He also worked on a number 
of other programs on CKUT over the years.

Bill passed away earlier this week here in Montreal. We extend our 
condolences to all of his family and friends. He will be fondly remember 
throughout the radio community.

Sheldon Harvey.