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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #702
                    Tuesday, August 23, 2005
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                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                      <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
    Copyright 2005, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  BOB KANNER PASSES AWAY
  Thought you should know that Bob Kanner, former Chief
Engineer of WMCA New York, KFRC AM&FM San Francisco, and KHJ/
K-EARTH 101 Los Angeles passed on August 20 after about a six
year battle with Lung Cancer.  He was the Chief in LA from 1977
until his retirement due to his health in Nov. 2000.  His cancer
was the type that is associated with exposure to asbestos.
  Bob felt that he had been exposed when he was in charge
of a major studio renovation project at WMCA.  At that time,
(circa 1970), asbestos dangers were not well known and the
asbestos-based sound-deadening materials from the old facility
were removed with virtually no protective measures.  Bob was
also an amateur operator but I don't know his call.
  Ken Miller, Cottonwood, AZ, mailto:kmlr2u@yahoo.com
  [According to QRZ, Bob Kanner was W6OXE and lived in Diamond
Bar.  He was 65 years old at the time of his death.  -RG]
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  MORE ON BOB'S PASSING
  Bob passed away at Cedars/Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on
Saturday morning, August 20.  Although he was a non-smoker
(excepting the occasional cigar!), he contracted lung cancer
about 7 years ago, and obviously has been living with it for a
very long time.  He always thought it might have got him because
of all the asbestos he came in contact with rewiring old buildings
in Harlem and Brooklyn as a summer job when he was a kid, as well
as building radio stations when he worked for Strauss
Communications in New York.  In addition to stations in upstate
NY, as we all know he built WMCA in NYC.  He mentioned more than
once that no one thought anything of asbestos back then, there
wasn't any knowledge of the danger.
  Anyway.... here is the info on Bob's services, and I would be
ever so grateful if you could pass it along to CGC Communicator
so they can get the word out.  Also, Bob's final resting place at
Mt. Sinai has a view of Mt. Wilson!  (A fitting resting place
for a legendary Chief Engineer.)
  Services [were] held Tuesday, August 23, at 10 AM.
  Location:  Mt. Sinai Memorial Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
             5950 Forest Lawn Drive
             Los Angeles 90068
             (323)469-6000
             (800)600-0076
  [Forwarded e-mail from a very close friend of Bob's]
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  THANKS FOR THE MESSAGES
  Several people have contacted CGC with word on Bob's passing.
Unfortunately, there was not enough time to publish a newsletter
in advance of his formal services.
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