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In Memoriam: Osman Mujcic
Written by Steve Bowell
Osman Mujcic, producer and host for more than 15 years of the Yugoslav Radio Program (also known as South Slavs, 6:30-8:30am Sundays), passed away May 15 at the age of 80. Mujcic, a Bosnian, believed firmly in the unity of all Yugoslav peoples -- Slovenians, Croatians, Dalmatians, Serbians, Bosnians, Macedonians and Herzegovinans -- which was reflected in the variety of the music he played on his program. He said, 'There is no room for us disliking each other; we are all Yugoslavs,'" said Mujcic's friend and sometime research assistant Hannah Govorchin.
South Slavs was one of the only pan-Yugoslav radio programs produced in B.C., and stayed on the air almost entirely through Mujcic's own efforts. In spite of bad weather, opposition from the more nationalistic element among Yugoslav ethnic groups, and, toward the end, declining health, Mujcic drove in from the suburbs in the early hours of every Sunday morning to produce his program.
He was rewarded by positive responses from listeners in Vancouver region, the B.C. interior and as far east as Detroit, Ms. Govochin said.
"He was 80 but very independent: driving, living on his own, and of course, hosting his beloved radio program," said Mujcic's daughter Jasmine, now living in Kamloops. "Dad's life was his family and Co-op Radio. I'm sure he's already hosting a radio show in heaven."
In his later years, Mujcic developed diabetes, and eventually died from complications resulting from that and bronchitis after a time in hospital. He is buried in a Muslim cemetery near his brother Omar. Because he came to the station in the early morning, few of us knew Osman Mujcic well when he was here, but we know that Co-op Radio's ethnic diversity of programming has been diminished by his passing.
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