Groundbreaking broadcaster awarded Medal of Excellence

June 19, 2017

Roger Charest's impact on radio can be felt throughout western Canada


Roger Charest’s career in broadcasting began in his final year of high school when CBC offered a position in Fort Smith NWT. After fifteen years with CBC and private radio stations, Roger established the first radio service in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Roger went on to launch the OK Radio Group with partner Stu Morton. Over the next thirty years he and Morton established over ten successful radio stations throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Of particular note was the launch in 1980 of CKER, Edmonton’s first only multilingual radio station. This reflected the growing local multicultural landscape, and was one of Charest’s most significant contributions to Canadian broadcasting.

Roger's exemplary model of community development and leadership fosters an awareness of the possibilities provided by broadcast media in developing understanding and cooperation between cultural and ethnic groups in Canadian society. Roger is retired, residing with his wife Linda at Buffalo Lake, Alberta. They enjoy their five children and eleven grandchildren, with a great-grandchild on the way.

Roger will be receiving the Medal of Excellence from MacEwan University on June 20, 2017 as part of  the university's Spring Convocation ceremonies. Every year, MacEwan awards Medals of Excellence to recognize outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals from many fields and sectors—academic, social, economic, cultural, artistic and political—at the local, national or international levels.

MacEwan University is proud to celebrate the Class of 2017. Congratulations to this year's graduates, medal recipients and distinguished award honourees.

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