On December 21, WBCT-FM (Grand Rapids) 19-year veteran part-time on-air personality John “The Canuck” Wiechenthal died in an auto accident in Kentwood. He was 39 years old.
“He was the guy you wanted to be around and you knew if you were going to be hanging out with him, you were going to have a great time.” WBCT Program Director Dave Taft told WZZM-TV.
Taft and Wiechenthal have been friends for nearly two decades. Taft remembers when Wiechenthal was hired at B-93.
“He was one of those guys who just kept calling the radio station over and over, ‘I want to work there, I want to work there,’ to the point where he drove us crazy and we hired him just so he would stop calling,” he said.
Wiechenthal, a father of three, worked two jobs: as a full-time dispatcher in Ionia County and as a part-time radio personality with B-93 for the past 19 years.
On B-93, Wiechenthal became known as “The Canuck.”
“He’s from up near the Toronto area so he had a love for his Toronto Blue Jays and definitely the Toronto Mapleleafs,” Taft said. “He would have been here Saturday night, 7 to midnight.”
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, January 4, at Christ Lutheran Church (44th and Byron Center) in Wyoming. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Friday, January 5, at the church.