“There is,” the voice said, the precursor to a sentence I replay in my head on a daily basis, “never a good time for bad news.”Those words, in between spot-on split-second pauses and emphasis on just the right syllable, came from a master of a storyteller, Stuart Maclean of CBC … CBC radio.News last week of the passing of Jack Hagerman was something family, friends and CKUA Radio listeners — countless listeners — didn’t want to hear.After 92 years, Hagerman’s legacy will strongly be carried on. Because he was such a great man.After riding the overnight train on May of 1949 from Saskatchewan, the microphone clicked on for the first break of a 70-year love affair with Edmonton.A piece on ckua.com says within mere hours of his arrival, Hagerman found a job at CKUA Radio.Like most people, he thought his tenure at CKUA would be, frankly, brief until something better came along.That very thing was CKUA. There was nothing better.Hagerman was a talented radio voice with deep tones wrapped in friendliness and compassion. Slowly, he made his way from the microphone and turntables, to an office with budgets, on-air schedules and audition tapes from young up-and-comers looking for their big break to work in this wonderful magical industry called radio.I’m not sure if Hagerman ever owned a pair of pom-poms, because he was the ultimate cheerleader — not just for young broadcasters working to mould their craft, but to everyone he met.I saw that, personally, in the mid-1980s. Hagerman worked for United Way during the fall when United Way has its annual fundraising drive.Hagerman always looked like a million dollars. Pressed black pants. Starched white shirt. Colourful, yet dignified tie, so precisely positioned under his buttoned up collar.But, perhaps even more noticeable than his appearance was his genuine desire — and I was so fortunate to not only see it, but feel it — to connect people. He spoke to countless employee groups sharing the mission of United Way to help fellow Edmontonians, going through a challenging time.Not as a charity.Nor pity.But a community responsibility we all share to increase the caring for others.I will never forget Hagerman’s words: “You don’t give to United Way. You give through United Way for your best community decision.”Profound. So very profound.Hagerman’s deep love was music. He was affectionately known as The Old Disc Jockey and hosted a weekend show on CKUA, featuring music from the big band era.Tune in, Sunday, at 2 p.m. on CKUA as David Ward pays tribute to my friend, Jack.Now: back to Stuart Maclean’s line.There’s never a good time for bad news.Indeed.But … Hagerman’s passing came days before the Edmonton Folk Fest. Music, being together. Sharing one another.Somehow, I see Hagerman tapping his foot, with a huge smile.