Dec 22, 2016

Written by CFCR Nightwaves and Hot Buttered Soul host Ron Spizziri, with additional information from the StarPhoenix obituary.

It is with sincere sadness that we announce that Rick Bjorndahl, long-time CFCR on-air host, passed away on Monday, December 12th, 2016, at the age of 60. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Rick had a 40-year career working for the City. He was an avid music lover (especially of all forms of rock’n’roll), amassing an incredible record collection over the years. In 1995, Rick put his sizable music collection to excellent use by becoming an on-air host on CFCR. He replaced Carver Farrell, teaming up with Paul Volkmer and Ron Spizziri on Nightwaves, one of the specialty music programs which had been airing since the inception of the radio station. After 20 years of co-hosting the show, Rick was forced to step down due to severe health issues, and although he has since been ably replaced by Aaron Scholz, Rick’s absence on the air has been felt by longtime Nightwaves listeners.

Rick is survived by his mother Ethel, sister Dorothi "Dodie", aunts and uncles Bonnie and Don Sawatsky, Gloria and Gary Bjorndahl, and aunt Jane Mirka. He was predeceased by his father Ken Bjorndahl in 1997.

On the Tuesday, January 3rd edition of Nighwaves, founding co-host, Ron Spizziri, and guest Brant Palko (both of whom had longtime friendships with Rick) will be spinning tracks by some of Rick’s fave rock’n’roll acts in his memory. CFCR invites its listeners to tune in to Nightwaves that evening from 9-11pm.

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