John Chappell, June 20, 2020

We mourn the passing of the Museum’s President, John Chappell.


John Chappell, President


It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend John Chappell. John died this past week at his home in Modesto, CA. He was the current President of the Modesto Radio Museum.
John attended Thomas Downey High School but transferred and graduated from Modesto High School in 1966. John is also a graduate of Modesto Junior College (MJC) and Ogdens Radio Operational Engineering School, Huntington Beach, CA. His radio career began at KSRT in Tracy, Ca. He worked at KCEY in Turlock, CA and was Program Director at KFIV in Modesto, CA.
The major portion of John’s career (36 years) was spent working in Media Services at MJC. He retired from that position nearly ten years ago and devoted his life to travel and the Modesto Radio Museum. He was also an avid drone pilot and motorcycle enthusiast.
John was instrumental in kick starting a number of local radio personalities careers. He was a caring individual who would do anything he could to help a friend in need, and everyone John met was a friend. Our sincere condolences to John’s friends and family. He will most certainly be missed.