Community Media Center bids a sad farewell to our friend Chuck Peterson who passed away following a battle with cancer. Chuck was a long-time employee, serving as station manager of GRTV and acting director of the CMC following Dirk Koning’s death in 2005. Chuck had a deep commitment to ensuring the public’s access to media tools and training as a means of strengthening our community and furthering our democracy. His life and service to our community epitomize the CMC’s mission. He will be missed.
Below is one of our favorite memories of Chuck, giving an impromptu tour of GRTV back when we were in the basement of the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library. Chuck’s free and fun-loving spirit comes through so clearly in this video, it perfectly encapsulates the early vibe of CMC.
This video was found in his attic and posted to Facebook by Chuck in 2013, shot by David Suwal.