Richard Alan Diespecker (1907-1973) Dick Diespecker was many things to many people. Son, husband, father, poet, school teacher, radio program producer, veteran, newspaperman and public relations practitioner and even that description may not suffice to describe this man’s life.
As to radio, Diespecker spent almost twenty years at CJOR in a variety of positions in news, current affairs and drama. His broadcast career started in 1937 – the highlight – a hair raising jaunt up a cat walk on the newly constructed Lions Gate Bridge by doing a live broadcast to his radio audience.
He received the following awards for his work: 1947 Beaver award - distinguished service to Canadian radio 1948 University of Ohio “Columbus” award for cultural programs 1949 Canadian radio award for documentaries – ‘Battle of the Fraser’ - coverage of valley flooding of 1948.
Dick was born March 1, 1907 in Adstock, England and received some of his education there, in
He attended both
The Second World War saw a brief radio career put on hold as Dick was off to the army ending that part of his life as a Major seconded to the radio bureau in
Radio and audiences were changing… Rock and Roll was on its way.
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