Canada loses broadcasting pioneer


Swift Current, Saskatchewan - A Canadian broadcasting pioneer has died. Julie Forst of Swift Current, Saskatchewan passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday October 3, 2002, after suffering a heart attack.

A respected member of the broadcasting community, Julie, with her husband Bill, founded CJFB-TV in Swift Current. She was an active member of the community and supported numerous charities, organizations and service clubs. She was a past director of the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce.

Before co-founding CJFB-TV, a CBC affiliate, in Swift Current in 1957, Julie worked in radio in Red Deer, Alberta and Dawson Creek, British Columbia. She also lived in Edmonton and Saskatoon. Julie became president of Swift Current Telecasting Co. and was general manager of CJFB-TV until the station's signal was transferred to the CBC in May of 2002.

Julie loved her family, music, nature, and her small dog Sparky. Her vitality, style, sense of humor, and love of life will be profoundly missed.

Julie is survived by Bill Forst and her daughters Deborah Forst and Darlene Forst.

Funeral services took place Tuesday October 8th at the First United Church in Swift Current. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donoršs choice. Warren's Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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