Pennsylvania Native Left His Mark on Canadian Community Radio

James Carroll transformed Hunters Bay Radio into a Muskoka, Ontario powerhouse.

HuntersBayRadioThe region of Muskoka in Ontario, Canada is a thing of beauty during spring, summer and fall. So too is the obituary for area resident James Carroll, written for the National Post by Jake Edmiston.

Carroll moved from the U.S. to Toronto after working in theater production and found his greatest success as a CBC-TV series actor. More recently, he had moved to Huntsville, Ontario to be near his daughter. From Edmiston’s piece:

Carroll fell in with the town’s fledgling community radio station.

In 2010, he signed on just to do the afternoon show, but soon became a driving force — taking on other shows and helping Hunters Bay Radio grow from an online operation in the basement of a house into a 60-person FM radio station covering much of Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country.

Carroll, who battled cancer, was listening to Hunters Bay Radio during his final moments at a local hospice. The sequence of on-air events that sent him off is both sad and perfect. There’s a nice video tribute in the Post piece, as well. Carroll was 60. RIP.

H/T: Rick Wharton