Dan Soden - In Loving Memory
Last week Radio Western lost one of their own, Dan Soden was an award winning host of Mustang Nation and Studio Coordinator for our Sports Department, passed away at 8:54pm on Thursday January 4th, 2018. Dan helped broadcast well over 400 live sports games, along with endless interviews and interactions with coaching staff and varsity athletes of all kinds over the years. His impact on the Radio Western community is immeasurable and everyone here will truly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and the rest of his loved ones.
Through Dan’s hard work, he was able to make every live sports broadcast sound the utmost professional. Whether the crew involved, ‘veteran volunteers’, or it was someone’s first experience on the air, he always made sure to make everyone sound their best. Over the course of 14+ years at the station he was able to be a part of some pretty memorable games; the 50th University Cup in 2012 for men’s hockey, the first OUA and CIS Championships in the history of Western Mustangs women’s hockey in 2015 and most recently the 53rd Vanier Cup back in November. Without Dan’s professionalism and dedication, many of these opportunities would be lost by the station and it’s countless volunteers over the years. However, it didn’t matter if it was a National Championship or just a regular season broadcast. Dan always had attention to detail and the proper organizational approach that should be envied in the industry.
For many years Dan hosted the show ‘Mustang Nation’, a weekly show that showcased varsity athletics, not only recapping the games, but performing in-depth interviews with Coaches/Players. He had an amazing ability to make any interviewee laugh or break character, something that only added to his show over the years. The number of people he not only interacted with, but maintained contact with, through Mustangs athletics is astonishing. It is highly doubtful that anyone else on the campus of Western University interacted with as many people in athletics as he did.
Despite Dan working solely within the Sports Department, he truly had an impact on everyone at the station. Always taking time to work with and thank hosts whose shows were interrupted by sports coverage. He always took the time to learn your name and even though he always responded to ‘how are you doing today?’ with a simple ‘oh, I don’t know’, Dan cared about each volunteer that he worked with. Radio Western didn’t just lose a tremendous employee, but a wonderful man and friend.