George Henry, pioneering Indigenous broadcaster and 'force of change,' has died

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Joanne Henry clearly remembers the first day CHON-FM hit the airwaves in Yukon in the mid-1980s.

Her brother George Henry, who died last week at 64, was the general manager and had been instrumental in getting the fledgling station off the ground. He gave a pep talk to his newly-trained broadcast staff that first day — Joanne among them —  and urged them to be “very respectful [on air], because the elders were listening.”

The staff took that message to heart, sort of, by choosing to sign on with Kris Kristofferson’s blunt-spoken homage to country music, If You Don’t Like Hank Williams.

It turned out to be a fitting intro for the upstart station — energetic, playful, and yet deadly

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