In memory of

Vasil William Evanov

September 18, 1942 -  February 28, 2020

Evanov Communications Inc. is deeply saddened to announce that Vasil William (Bill) Evanov, the company’s founder and President, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 28th, 2020.

Preceded in death by his father Vlado Evanoff, mother Nada Elieff and beloved brother Roy James Piszel, he is survived by his two children Paul Evanov and Kristina Evanov; his partner Mudite Reinholds; his brothers Ron Evanoff, Ivan Evanoff and Robert Piszel; beloved Uncle and Aunt James and Lesley Elieff; Cousins Todd, Derek and Tamara; nephews and niece Matthew, Michael, Jeffrey, Sean, Ryan, Kurt and Sara; and, many more friends and relatives. Bill Evanov was a loving, caring and devoted father to his two children. He loved being with his family and bringing people together and will be deeply and affectionately missed and remembered. Bill cared and cherished his large radio family and group of lifelong friends. All were devoted to him and held him in high respect for his leadership and passion.

Born in 1942, in Toronto, Bill was the son of Bulgarian immigrant parents. From incredibly humble beginnings, to his tenure with CHIN Radio working with the legendary Johnny Lombardi, Bill learned radio from the ground up. In 1984, he began his own radio ownership career. Thirty-six years later, the company is a model success story that operates 19 Stations across the country. Evanov Communications is one of the very few independent broadcasters that has persevered and prospered among multi-media, multi-platform competitors. It employs several hundred persons who will miss Bill’s sense of humour, dedication to his craft and example of discipline and passion for radio. His children Paul and Kristina, will continue to grow the company in his tradition.

Bill’s accomplishments were numerous and impactful. He created several unique radio formats including Energy 108 and Z103.5, the flagship station which broadcasts from the company’s headquarters in Etobicoke. Among the company’s other current formats are: multilingual ethnic radio stations that broadcast in over 40 languages; The Jewel, which offers light adult contemporary music over eight stations across the country; Toronto-based PROUD FM, the world’s first LGBTQ radio station; a Christian station; a French-language station; and country music stations.

Bill won many prestigious awards throughout his career, a testament to the respect he received from his peers and the industry as a whole. This includes his induction into the Canadian Music and Broadcasting Industry Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bill’s life will be celebrated in a service at Sts. Cyril and Methody Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, 237 Sackville St, Toronto on Monday March 9th, 2020 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.
Visitation is at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Cremation & Funeral Centres: 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Thursday March 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm and Friday March 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Vasil William Evanov
19 septembre 1942 – 28 février 2020

Communiqué de presse

Toronto, le 1er mars 2020. - Evanov Communications Inc. est profondément attristé d’annoncer que Vasil William (Bill) Evanov, le fondateur et président de l’entreprise, nous a quitté paisiblement dans son sommeil le 28 février 2020.

Né en 1942, Bill était le fils de parents immigrants bulgares. De ses débuts incroyablement humbles à son mandat avec CHIN Radio en collaboration avec le légendaire Johnny Lombardi, Bill a appris la radio de fond en comble. En 1984, il a débuté sa propre carrière comme propriétaire de station de radio. Trente-six ans plus tard, l’entreprise est un modèle de réussite qui exploite 19 stations à travers le pays. Evanov Communications est l’un des rares diffuseurs indépendants à avoir persévéré et prospéré parmi ses concurrents multimédias et multiplateformes. L’entreprise emploie plusieurs centaines de personnes à qui leur manqueront le sens de l’humour de Bill, le dévouement à son métier et son exemple de discipline et de passion pour la radio. Il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants Paul et Kristina, qui continueront à développer l’entreprise dans sa tradition.

Les réalisations de Bill ont été nombreuses et significatives. Il a créé plusieurs formats de radio uniques, dont Energy 108 et Z103.5, la station phare de l’entreprise, qui diffuse depuis le siège social à Etobicoke. Parmi les autres formats actuels de l’entreprise figurent: des stations ethniques multilingues qui diffusent dans plus de 40 langues; The Jewel, qui propose de la musique contemporaine adulte légère sur huit stations à travers le pays; PROUD FM, basée à Toronto, la première station de radio LGBTQ au monde; une station chrétienne; des stations de musique country; et une station francophone.

Bill a remporté de nombreux prix prestigieux tout au long de sa carrière, témoignant du respect qu’il a reçu de ses pairs et de l’industrie dans son ensemble. Cela comprend son intronisation au Temple de la renommée de l’industrie canadienne de la musique en 2011.

La vie de Bill sera célébrée lors d’un service à l’église Sts. Cyril and Methody Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, 237 Sackville St, Toronto, le lundi 9 mars 2020 à 11h. Les visites ont lieu au centre de crémation et de funérailles du cimetière Mount Pleasant : 375, chemin Mount Pleasant, Toronto, le jeudi 5 mars à partir de 17h à 21h et vendredi 6 mars, à partir de 16h à 20h.

Media inquiries:
Maureen Bulley,
The Office of the President, at or 416 213 1035.


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Warren Parket (Co worker)

Entered February 29, 2020 from St. Catharines

I was a co worker with Bill in the early 70s at
CHIN Radio

Edward Torres (Friend)

Entered February 29, 2020 from Trenton

Bill has a legendary place in Canadian Broadcast History. He is a self made man who achieved the dream of all that come to this great country hope to achieve. He was a great role model and supporter of entrepreneurs. He is responsible for the launch of countless broadcasting careers, He was charming, gracious and generous and passionate about radio. My deepest sympathies go out to Paul and Kristina and the Evanov family.

Kris Leblanc (Employer)

Entered February 29, 2020 from Montreal

Bill was a visionary, build a radio company from the ground up. He also loved throwing one of the best & biggest radio, and possibly out of any company, Christmas parties. He made an effort greet everyone at the party, was always smiling. Through him he made it feel that you weren't just working for a company, you were part of a family. RIP Bill. From my family to the entire Evanov family, my condolences.

David Marsden (Friend)

Entered March 1, 2020 from Toronto

A man who pushed the envelope. A man who tried new and exciting stuff. A man who left us all too soon. A man of controversy and respect. A man who made it to the big time with fresh and challenging ideas.

Good night Bill. God's speed. dm

Mark Panopoulos (Employee, Technical Producer of FM108 & Energy 108)

Entered March 1, 2020 from Hamilton

Sad to hear of this sudden passing, we were to meet for a coffee, unfortunately it hadn't occurred. Bill was always good to me. I'm so proud to be a part of FM108 & Energy 108 Dance Music Station. Thoughts of a Radio Mogul & Manager. My condolences to Evanov Family & employees of all stations under Evanov Group.


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