Fanny with make up artist Katie
Fanny Kiefer - CJOR 1978-88 (Rafe Mair was first person interviewed on air); hosted last CJOR broadcast Sept. 2, 1988 before change to classic rock CHRX; CKNW 1992-99; CBC-TV; host of Shaw Cable Studio 4 2001-current
Sept. 2/88: CJOR 600signs off after 62 years on the air with a farewell show hosted by Fanny Kiefer. It’s personalities during the last weeks as a talk format included Wayne Cox, Barrie Clarke, Fanny Kiefer, Tom Mark, Al Davidson, Pat Burns Hot Line, Dan Russell’s Sportstalk, Shell Busey’s Mr. Build Show, Michael Levi, Horse Talk with Tommy Wolski, Bernice Gerard and Jamie Hart’s Heart Line. CJOR signed off the air just before noon. At noon CHRX 600 brings “classic rock” back to the Vancouver airwaves with a 90-hour commercial free music marathon. Its first song was Bob Seger’s “Ol’ Time Rock n Roll.”.
Named one of the 25
most influential women in
the host of Studio 4 on Shaw TV. She began her award-winning career in broadcasting in
private radio, public radio and television, and Internet broadcasting, interviewing a diverse range
of guests in the fields of arts, humanities, politics, entertainment and sports.
Flowers are all over the place in Shaw TV's Studio 4 and people keep coming up. "What a girl has to do to get some attention," says the TV host Fanny Kiefer, adding,"a Mercedes would be even better." She's talking about the massive cerebral aneurysm she had about four months ago and from which she's completely recovered without even having to rehabilitate, though half the people who suffer the severity of Kiefer's attack are no longer among us to talk about it. Kiefer is very much her old self, back to work as of last Tuesday and with no mental or physical damage --there isn't even a trace of a scalp incision to betray the titanium plate over her frontal lobe. And she's as talkative and charming as ever. The polite thing to say, and too many well-meaning people tend say it, is "How are you?" (strong emphasis on the "are.") And if you ever hear that "you're 'not a victim,' you're 'a survivor,'" you can be pretty sure that you're a victim of political correctness -- a victimization that's hard to survive in itself. But never mind -- Kiefer is just astounded to learn that she has "so many friends." She was out for dinner with a few of them at her pal Vicki Gabereau's house the night before it happened. Kiefer drove home afterwards, had a good night's sleep and went to work. Then she went to the gym and during a lat-pull heard an explosion in her head that she says sounded like a gun going off. Then she noticed that people seemed smaller and far away. Her trainer made her sit down, gave her an Advil and a soda and finally drove her to a clinic whose resident doctor thought she probably had a headache and advised her to go to emergency should things get worse. They got much worse. That evening Kiefer's good friend Nancy Morrison, the B.C. Supreme Court justice, telephoned for something and learned that Kiefer had an extremely severe
headache, was throwing up and didn't want to talk.
That was was very strange and did not sound like Kiefer at all. Morrison called
back early the next morning and heard a voice that was all but unrecognizable. “