I got news today that one of the best teachers I ever had has passed away. We knew him as Dan Fisher, he was Daniel Fish in the non broadcasting world. (try saying Dan Fish with the news, and the 'with' can come out funny, that why he changed it for radio) The Waterloo Record has his memorial write up. As much as death happens, you're never quite ready for it. I sort of regret not talking to him more the last time I saw him at a get together of a bunch of my class mates a few years ago. He will be missed by a lot of people
I had Dan Fisher as an instructor at Conestoga College. He was the teacher of the radio lab, training of all the on air elements of a radio station. He was a good teacher, both an encourager, but also not one to soften his evaluation. In a way I'm glad I didn't have to work for him in radio, because I still remember some of my classmates who got so upset about the review he gave of their on-air abilities. Some would say he had favourites, I think he had an ear for talent or at least potential, and knowing what the broadcast world was going to be like, pushed us and didn't coddle. I think he thought that if someone was going to quit because they were harshly evaluated it was better to see them quit in their first year of school, before the tried to get jobs in the industry. I wonder what it would have been like to have him as a PD or GM.... when money and rating were on the line.
If I was ever any good at announcing, I think I own some of it to him. He encouraged me and helped me to be good at what I do (did). He was a fun guy and actually cared about his students. I'm sure there will be a lot of Conestoga BRT students that will miss him like I do. He was a good man.
Being Easter weekend, I have to pause in thinking about how good he was, and wonder did he know Jesus? He was involved in church, but I don't know what his deep faith thoughts were. It make me sad to not know. I hope that Dan Fish loved Jesus and someday I will see him again. To hear his laugh and see his smile would make me happy. I pray that I do again.