With host Robert Samels

Cantabile’s late host and producer Robert Samels was lost in an airplane accident in Bloomington, Indiana on April 20, 2006. His voice, talent, and gentle spirit are greatly missed by the staff of WFIU as well as by his many fans.

His last programs, “Voices of the Past” and “Vocal Music of the Second Viennese School,” never aired. They will, however, be archived online along with all Cantabile episodes.

Robert Samels Memorial Fund

The staff of WFIU would like to ensure that Robert's memory stays with us for years to come. We've started the Robert Samels Memorial Fund and we invite you to join us. View letter.

Voluntary contributions can be made on our secure Website, by mailing in our paper form, or by calling (812) 855-1357.

You may have also known Robert as a student, singer, composer, conductor, and a musicologist. The loss to all of us is immeasurable. His voice will always remain with us, as will the superb Cantabile series he produced for WFIU. Our thoughts go out to those who were most near to him.

Memorial Programs

WFIU mourns the deaths of the five IU Jacobs School of Music students in a recent plane crash. Among them, WFIU announcer Robert Samels. WFIU produced a memorial page where you can read their biographies and hear the programs produced in their memories.

Chris Carducci was also associated with the station, helping produce spots for fund drive.

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