Radio presenter Lee Chi-chun dies at 74

2017/04/23 21:03:27
(File photo)

(File photo)

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Lee Chi-chun (李季準), a former radio presenter who was described as a "model radio host," died at his home in Kaohsiung on Saturday night. Lee, 74, was survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

Lee had suffered from dementia since 2013 and had been admitted to a local hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) four times due to pneumonia since the Year of the Rooster started on January 28, so his family was somewhat prepared for his death, Lee's eldest daughter Lee Fang-yi (李芳宜) said on Sunday.

Born in Keelung in 1943, Lee worked as a reporter and then a radio presenter after graduating from senior high school in his hometown.

After finishing his two years of compulsory military service, Lee beat out 1,000 applicants to get a job as a show host with the Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC, 中廣) in 1968, starting him on his decades-long radio career.

Lee's low and deep voice was a constant companion to many radio listeners in the 1970s and 1980s, especially his programs "Time of Sensibility" and "Time of Intellect."

Lee, who also worked at China Television Co. (中視) in the 1980s, won three radio and two TV Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan's equivalent of the U.S. Emmy Awards.

He won the special contribution award at the 50th Golden Bell Awards for radio in 2015, and daughter Lee Fang-yi said on the occasion that "broadcasting is my father's life."

"Even though he has forgotten much" (after suffering from dementia), "for him the most important thing is that his listeners still remember him," Lee Fang-yi said.

Family and public memorial services will be held at Kaohsiung Mortuary Services on May 7.

(By Chen Ja-fo, Sabine Cheng and Kuo Chung-han)
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