Grief Counsellors Dispatched to Humboldt Radio Station

CP     Organizers prepare the Elgar Petersen Arena for a vigil tonight in Humboldt, Sask. A charter bus carrying the town’s Broncos hockey team was involved in a collision with a semi-truck Friday, killing 15 people and seriously injuring more than a dozen others.

Altona-based Golden West Broadcasting is moving extra staff and grief counsellors to its CHBO radio station in Humboldt after two employees were killed in the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos Friday.

“You just pull out all the stops you can to help. There’s no handbook on this,” said CEO Elmer Hildebrand.

 Tyler Bieber, 24, play-by-play man for Bronco broadcasts, and aspiring radio assistant, Brody Hinz, 18, who acted as statistician and colour commentator, died in the crash.

“At this point, our aim is to support our employees through this process. We’ve not had this kind of tragedy in our company before,” said Hildebrand.

GOLDEN WEST MEDIA Tyler Bieber, who was the team’s play-by-play announcer, died in Friday’s crash. He worked for Manitoba-based Golden West Broadcasting.

Golden West, which began with a single radio station in Altona in 1957, has 44 radio stations and more than 400 employees across the Prairies today. Golden West also owns the classical music station, 107.1 FM.

Hildebrand said it has at least 10 teams of announcers that follow junior hockey teams in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, broadcasting home and away games.


Published on April 8, 2018 at 5:52 pm by boredop


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