Founded in 1998 for retired and long-time Edmonton radio and television broadcasters, the Edmonton Broadcasters Club hosts events for anyone interested in Broadcasting.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of CKRA-FM, best remembered as 96K-Lite, the station’s original Program Director, Len Thuesen, will be our 2019 Fall Luncheon Speaker. Catered by the Sawmill, the event will be held at the Leefield Community League Banquet Room, 7910 – 36 Avenue NW, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 16th. Click here for more details, including Tickets.
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For a list of Edmonton broadcasters who have passed away, please visit our Colleagues Remembered page where you will find a chronological list from the past year, and an alphabetical list covering the years since the Edmonton Broadcasters Club was formed in 1998. Each name is followed by links to more information on the broadcaster’s life.
In August 2019, Byron Christopher signed an agreement with Starfish Media Group, a TV production company run by former CNN host Soledad O’Brien, to produce a series of documentaries on US fugitive Richard Lee McNair, the clever break-in artist turned killer (1987) who was captured in New Brunswick in October 2008, 18 months after his spectacular escape from a federal penitentiary in Pollock, Louisiana. The documentaries are to be based on Byron’s electronic book The Man Who Mailed Himself Out of Jail, “the incredible, true story of the World’s greatest prison escape artist, Richard Lee McNair”.
Journalists often attempt to communicate with high profile prisoners in an effort to get to know them and possibly tell their story. Of all the people who contacted McNair, he chose to reply to only one journalist, and for some reason, he picked Byron. Over the next dozen years he sent Byron over 300 letters detailing his time in prison, his escapes and what he did while on the lam. The electronic book is available on Amazon.ca where there are a number of very positive reviews on the writing in the book and the amazing story.