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“Big Sister of the Nation”: FM4 mourns Gerlind Lang

The famous presenter and editor passed away on December 28 after a long illness.

It was the first sound “that I associated with FM4, the sound that kept me in FM4 as a young listener, the sound that shaped and defined FM4 as an alternative radio station for a long time,” her colleague Stefan Elsbacher wrote. Like him must have gone for many. Now Gerlind Lang died on December 28 at the age of 43 after a long and serious illness.

With so many personal memories, many of her colleagues said goodbye to the longtime moderator and editor on FM4’s homepage on Wednesday. Of their “joy of language, zeal, and joy of crafting,” as well as their love of fashion, preferably in the form of “leopard skin jackets and brightly colored ankle boots.” Her colleague Danielle Grabner wrote: “I somehow got to know Gerlind before I came to FM4.” “To me and perhaps many other listeners, she was like the nation’s older sister.”

Lang had already started on FM4 when she was twenty, the station that would accompany her and help shape her life. “A new, unused sound that proved itself very quickly on air – and impressively sounded as if it was new to the finish, albeit of course more professional,” said Monica Eggensberger, Director of ORF Radio and Head of FM4.

“Fashion, music, games, art and more – she brought all her passion to FM4 and approached it with great curiosity and infectious enthusiasm,” the station says. She presented on the air “Connected” and “Homebase” as well as “FM4 Charts”. “Their happiness, hurtful comments, and genuine interest in the content they provided made their own magic in moderation.” In a convenient and competent manner.

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“Often Gerlind Lang was more interested in different niches in one day than some other people in a lifetime,” her colleague Pia Reiser recalls. When it turned out she was sick and had to find a way to deal with it, she showed “great courage,” as she praised Elizabeth Charang. Monika Eigensperger: “I am so sad that we can no longer hear that voice. Our thoughts are with her family.”

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