The Modesto Radio Museum has lost a very dear friend. Mel Freedman passed away January 11th. Uncle Mel as he liked us to call him was the engineer when I worked at KFIV. He was known for his cantankerousness which masked a loving and caring soul that subsequently became so evident. We remained friends over the years. I will miss our lunches and our drinks together Uncle Mel. I was privileged to have you as a mentor and such a big part of my life for so many years. Mel was a Board Member and the Secretary for the Modesto Radio Museum since its inception. He also belonged to the Central Valley Broadcasters (CVB). On behalf of the Modesto Radio Museum and the CVB our condolences go out to Mel's friends and family. We share in your sadness.
- Derek Waring-
Modesto Radio Museum Board Member.
June 15th 2017 Mel's family has shared with us that he had suffered a serious stroke in early January of 2017, and passed away on January 11, 2017. Mel requested a simple burial and since he was a veteran of World War II, was laid to rest at the National Cemetery at Santa Nella, California. He requested no Memorial service or notice in the paper.
Longtime KFIV engineer and Museum Board Member,
Melville Freedman Dies at 92
Central Valley radio personalities from the past gathered at Coach's Corner restaurant in Modesto to reminisce in Oct. 2011. Top row: L-R Dave Nelson, John Chappell, Derek Waring, Tim St. Martin, Radio Rick Meyers, Greg Edwards, Wes Page. Bottom row: L-R Bob De Leon, Mel Freedman, John Huey, Ken Tinkle (Kenny Roberts), Bob Lang.