In Memoriam: Christian Radio and TV Pioneer Vic Eliason

Vic EliasonAfter a 15-year battle with cancer, Rev. Victor “Vic” Carl Eliason went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 5. He was 79. 

Eliason and his wife, Freda, moved to Milwaukee in September 1959 for the purpose of leading a Bible club ministry with Milwaukee Youth for Christ. In 1961, Eliason and three teenagers from the club prepared a sample radio program to air on a local station. Through a series of events, God opened the door for a daily radio broadcast to begin on May 15, 1961. 

As broadcasting time expanded, this led to the eventual purchase of the station. Since then, additional radio outlets were established throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest under Eliason’s leadership, including NRB member WVCF 90.5 FM, a 24/7 Christian radio station serving the Eau Claire, WI, area.

Aside from his leadership roles, Eliason was also co-host of a program reaching out to 100 radio outlets daily and host of an overnight music program.

Beyond broadcast communications, Eliason helped establish a camp facility reaching young people with the Gospel in the summer months. 

“He was a tremendous mentor,” remarked Jim Schneider, Eliason’s successor at WVCF and his colleague of more than 30 years.

“Vic demonstrated a true commitment to an uncompromised Gospel message,” he added. “He was not about entertainment, but broadcasting in sincerity.”

A “Memorial Singspiration” will be held to honor Eliason’s life and ministry on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at the Waukesha Expo. 

“Vic loved to sing and lead singspirations,” recalled Schneider. “This will truly honor a man who poured himself into the lives of many.”

Eliason is survived by his wife, brother, three children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

By NRB Staff

Published: December 17, 2015

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