JIM Gillies YOUNT

We are sad to announce that Jim Yount passed away on December 1, 2014. Jim lived in Kaslo for the past seven years. He was raised in Arrowhead for the first eight years of his life and then he and his family moved to Vernon. He started a career in Radio when he was only 12 years old, putting away records at the then CJIB Radio Station and at 13 was on the air. One of many online tributes referred to him as a “booming voice from a body that was five foot nothing.”

He had a long career in journalism, and worked at stations in Kelowna, Calgary, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, and Vancouver as an announcer and newsman. He was also a member of Vernon City Council in the 70’s. He moved overseas and worked for the English service of Radio Netherlands. Jim became an instructor and later program head of broadcast journalism at BCIT in the mid 1980’s.

Jim is survived by his sister Penny, his daughter Mary, her husband Alex and their daughter Winnie. Friends and family are meeting from 3-6 pm at the Kaslo Legion on Saturday, June 20th to reminisce and celebrate his life.


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