Passing of Charlie VanderMeer
(a.k.a. Uncle Charlie)
Charlie VanderMeer (a.k.a. Uncle Charlie) passed away quietly at his home on Friday, February 22, 2019, following a recent fall.
Charlie was the former host of Keys for Kids, a short feature heard on VOAR.
In 1943, nine-year-old Charlie started taking part in the Children’s Bible Hour radio broadcasts. Charlie’s dad had brought him to one of the live broadcasts in the WLAV studio, which were often filled to capacity. Uncle Mel would occasionally take a roving microphone and interview members of the studio audience. One of those he interviewed was Charlie. Mel liked the way he responded, and Charlie was invited to be a regular—not to sing, but to read Scripture, poems, and object lessons. He eventually got a regular part in the dramatized stories written by Harry Trover.
Charlie left the program to attend college. In 1956, after graduating from Bob Jones University, he took a temporary position and made plans to go to the mission field. But in the end, Children’s Bible Hour became his mission field. He became Uncle Charlie in 1972 after Aunt Bertha’s retirement, becoming the fourth director of the ministry. It was a position he held until March 1999. He continued to serve as the voice of Keys for Kids until December 2015.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Bette, daughters Lori, Linda, and Jenni, son Jeff, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews who listened to him over the years.
“It’s not what you know, it’s Who you know.” – Uncle Charlie
Derrick Drover – Video Testimony
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VOAR is moving to FM!
That’s right! VOAR will be moving from 1210 AM to 96.7 FM.
Mount Pearl, NL, July 6, 2017 – With an historic license that dates back to 1929, VOAR, Canada’s largest Christian Radio Network, based in Mount Pearl, NL, applied to the CRTC on February 4th, 2016 to move from AM to FM. The CRTC required the non-profit station, owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newfoundland and Labrador, to apply for a brand new license. The application went to a CRTC Hearing in Hull, Quebec, in December 2016, and after no interventions against the application were submitted, the CRTC granted final approval on June 27th, 2017. The station will move from 1210AM to 96.7FM.
Honorary Patron for the FM Campaign and long-time VOAR volunteer, MHA Steve Kent said, “The move to the FM dial will see VOAR go from 10,000 watts to 100,000 watts. This will increase their coverage area by a whopping 49%,” said Kent. He said, “VOAR is incredibly important to many people of faith and faith communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. People of all walks and stripes listen in daily, and are not disappointed as they seek spiritual encouragement and teaching. It’s more than just a tower.”
The new stereo signal should reach listeners around Conception Bay, Bay Bulls and along the Southern Shore. Station Manager, Sherry Griffin, said they hope to break ground on the tower foundation in August; however, fund-raising will begin right away. Griffin said, “As excited as we are about this new historic milestone for VOAR, we wish our consultant, Peter Flemming, was here to share in our joy.” Flemming passed away from cancer shortly after the application was submitted. Griffin said, “Flemming had a heart for Christian Radio, and volunteered at a local station in his home town. He was a kindred spirit.”
Moving to the FM band will improve the quality of VOAR’s broadcast signal. As the second oldest Christian station in the country, VOAR is already heard on the FM band across the island in eleven locations, with two sites on the air in Labrador. The Station can also be found across the country on Bell TV channel 950, and available on the Internet with repeater towers in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Iqaluit.
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