one of our long-time Modesto members, Cal Purviance, on January
23rd at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson at age 90.
Cal had been ill for several months and had recently undergone
surgery for prostate cancer.
Cal had a
remarkable 31-year career at the same radio station, KTRB, where
he mixed music, weather, news, and human interest stories as host
of the morning show. Cal's wife, Betty, recalls constantly hearing
people say that they were "out milking the cows and listening
of Exeter (Tulare County), Cal was a World War II vet, leaving
the Navy in 1947 as a radio man first class.
As a hardworking
community volunteer, he was named "Mr. Modesto" by the
City Council in 1970. He chaired the city's Fourth of July celebration
for 20 years, produced/emceed the "Miss Modesto" pageant.
He was Kiwanis Club president,
on the Modesto Planning Commission, and
a Methodist lay leader.
from broadcasting in 1990 after serving as operations manager
for KTRB/KHOP. Cal and Betty traveled extensively, visiting 39
states and five Canadian provinces during a three-month trip in
a Nissan Pathfinder.
member Bob Lang says, "Cal gave me my first job in radio
in 1969. He and Betty have been good friends to me and I'll miss
him very much."
Cal is survived
by his wife, sons Gregg Purviance, Brad Zais and Craig Zais, and
daughters Vann Nichelini and Laurie Henson.
VBL thanks Cal's
family, Kevin Valine of the Modesto
Bee, and Bob Lang for their contributions to this tribute.