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YorkU Fall 2013

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campus! It was crazy." "We had a go-get-it attitude," says Crookston. "It was an amazing synergy and a lot of us ended up in the entertainment industry." Crookston was a radio announcer for 23 years. Lichtman went into sales with Boot Records, Stompin' Tom Connors' record label, then worked for K-Tel Records and bands like Rush and Kim Mitchell. Steve Harris (BA '77), the second station manager, is now a television advertising strategist in Colorado. Handelman became a production coordinator and script supervisor for film and television. Larry Anklewicz (BA '69, LLB '72), the first programming director and Radio York archivist, is a retired lawyer who freelances as a film critic. Mark Lewis (BA '73), Radio York's technician who studied politics, became an entertainment lawyer. Mike Fletcher, who was the station's first news director and fundraiser, is now an Ottawa accountant. John Burke (BA '72), the second news director, rose up the ranks at Global TV and is currently a media strategist. "They were magical people from a magical time," says Lichtman, who won't miss the 45th reunion in February with this "family" of friends. "We worked so hard for a dream and created something out of nothing with our hands and our hearts. That experience has bonded us forever. It was the best time of my life." Today, Radio York airs from York's Student Centre as CHRY 105.5FM. Send your memories of Radio York to us at Y Inspiring, Outstanding York alumni and faculty win Harry Jerome Awards Award winners (left to right): Douglas, James, Walker and Williams Several York alumni and professors received Harry Jerome Awards this year. Named in memory of the legendary Canadian sprinter, the awards are presented annually by the Black Business and Professional Association, and the Royal Bank of Canada, to inspiring and outstanding black Canadians. Of the16 Harry Jerome Awards presented in 2013, York alumni and faculty members received four. Andrea Douglas (MFA '94) received the Aon Hewitt Excellence in the Arts Award. Douglas is an arts-in-education advocate and the founding artistic director of Children & Youth Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance academy based in Downsview's Driftwood Community Centre. Carl James (BA '78, MA '80, PhD '86) received the Nursing and Homemakers Inc. Professional Excellence Award. The York education professor is director of the York Centre for Education and Community and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Tanya Walker (LLB '05) received the Intellipharmaceutics Young Entrepreneur Award. After working for commercial litigation law firms, Walker started her own firm in downtown Toronto. Ray Williams, a part-time music instructor at York, received the Cadillac Excellence in Technology & Innovation Award. Williams is an innovator in digital audio pitch correction software and president of Scarborough-based Music Marketing Inc., a leading distributor of music software and hardware in North America. Y YorkU Fall 2013 37

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