IW Director Mr. Anthony - Pioneered South Asian broadcast media in Los Angeles over four decades ago.
He believed in open forum with interactive media platform on live radio programs. It was his vision and guidance, India Waves Network was founded in 1994 - first & only of its kind unique blend of Bollywood, Hollywood, Youth & Community program. From being one of the original International promoters, to mentoring youth creating community role models, Mr. Anthony leaves behind, a vast legacy!
We thank one and all for your heartfelt condolences.
It’s Heart-Wrenching to Announce Passing of a Precious Soul, My Mentor, My Best Friend
Left for heavenly abode on June 24, 2017
You celebrated life, happily accepted challenges, kept upbeat spirit, were determined, enduring, inspirational, motivating and so much more!
You pioneered South Asian broadcast media in Los Angeles over four decades ago paving way for people like me, providing open forum with interactive media platform on live radio programs plus bringing first & only of its kind unique blend of Bollywood, Hollywood, Youth & Community television program. From promoting superstars to making stars by encouraging local talents, you gave your all without holding back - starting youth program and creating role models...giving a lot to the community without expectation.
I had most beautiful and uplifting life experiences with you. You are among the most influential people in my life - my guide & mentor who never hesitated to open your heart, mind and soul. We met live on radio in San Francisco…you became my mentor, guided me in broadcast media on radio and television… giving me opportunity to start an unbelievable chapter in my life. I will cherish your gift and will do my best to continue living your dream through India Waves Broadcast Network.
I attribute my success to you for I wouldn’t have accomplished if you did not hold my hand and guide me. You continued to give while quietly taking back seat… that’s how admirable you were. Despite your access, knowledge and experience, you were so realistic and even taught me to reach for stars but keep my feet on the ground...and I followed! You told me to count blessings and I was sure blessed with such a beautiful soul (you) in this life! I meant every time I told you that YOU were my lifetime achievement award!
You were full of life, energy and force yet so humble, calm and pragmatic...sharing your life like an open book, hoping for others to learn from them and you sure made a difference in many lives. You always stood up for what was right! You always said, “The harder you hit me, the higher I bounce!” You were hit hard...really hard and every time, you took it in stride rising above all.
You were too good to be true! You believed in sharing, caring and loving - shared all you had, cared for whoever you came across and loved without holding back. I simply loved your transparency in communication and reasoning to convince or get convinced. Your honesty, compassion, integrity & ethics reflected admirable traits of your personality.
Sometimes I am at loss for words and at other times, words are not enough. For what I have known you for over two decades, cannot be expressed enough as I am still absorbing. Your endurance was commendable, despite struggle with your health complications especially in past couple of agonizing months in hospital, you shared nothing but smiles with whoever you came across.
Legacy you leave behind cannot be summed up in words but reflects in your favorite song by Frank Sinatra "My Way”
"And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain. My friend, I'll say it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain. I’ve lived a life that's full. I traveled each and every highway..and more, much more than this, I did it my way. Regrets, I've had a few but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption...
...The record shows I took the blows, and did it my way. Yes, it was my way!”
My dear friend Anthony, I cannot thank you enough for your role in my life is exemplary. I’ve lost my best friend. To me you were an angel and now you are among them. MISS YOU... A LOT! ~R.I.P.~
He celebrated life, happily accepted challenges, kept upbeat spirit, were determined, enduring, inspirational, motivating and so much more!
He was full of life, energy and force yet so humble, calm and pragmatic...sharing life like an open book, hoping for others to learn from them and sure made a difference in many lives. He always said, “The harder you hit me, the higher I bounce!” His endurance was commendable, he shared nothing but smiles with whoever you came across. He believed in sharing, caring and loving - shared all he had, cared for whoever you came across and loved without holding back. Mr Anthony was honest, compassionate with integrity & ethics.
Legacy you leave behind cannot be summed up in words but reflects in his favorite song by Frank Sinatra "My Way”
"And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain. My friend, I'll say it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain. I’ve lived a life that's full. I traveled each and every highway..and more, much more than this, I did it my way. Regrets, I've had a few but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption...The record shows I took the blows, and did it my way. Yes, it was my way!”
My dear friend Anthony, I cannot thank you enough for your exemplary role in my life. I’ve lost my best friend. To me you were an angel and now you are among them. MISS YOU... A LOT! ~R.I.P.~
Forever gratefully yours,
Tribute to Mr. Anthony, S
Salman Khan's always acknowledged Mr Anthony was his First Promoter!
It's hard to put into words the sadness that I am feeling right now. Anthony was like a father to me and has been such a guiding light in my life for so many years. Anthony gave me the confidence to pursue so many dreams and I will forever be grateful for all of the opportunities he created for me.... how deeply we love and respect him. He is the type of person who could light up any room. His infectious laugh and smile will always be in my heart. I want to continue to chase all my passions because I know that is what Anthony always wanted. He was an inspiration to all and though he isn't with us anymore his spirit can never be replaced. ... Gone but never forgotten. - Namrata S, Youth Wing President
My deepest condolensces - as a member of the past youth wing this is truly devastating news. Anthony was not only an incredible mentor, but a wonderful role model and friend. When I think back to our meetings, I can't help but think of his warm greetings and smiles through the lunches. He has blessed me with so much guidance and affection that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. - Anushka V
This is indeed shocking news. We are all very sad to learn of Anthony’s passing on. I pray for his soul to rest in peace and may god give you and all around you the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. He will definitely be missed. Please accept heartfelt condolences from the entire Eros family. Anthony will always remain in our thoughts and prayers. - Niyati
His joy will endure with us. His spirit lives with you. All of us who have known him, we have been privileged. God's speed, Anthony. Well done! - Wade
I've been trying to put together my thoughts for the past 24 hours and I still have no words. The world has lost an amazing man. He will be truly missed. - Hibah M
so saddened to hear this news. Anthony meant so much to all of us and we will miss him dearly. - Sarah L
I have had no words to describe my sympathies. I cannot even begin to think about what you must be going through. I have never lost a best friend...I hope that you are getting through this and staying strong...some way, somehow.I will always remember Mr. Anthony and his words of wisdom he would always share with all of us. I know that you will continue to live on his dream of keeping India Waves alive and thriving. The media world has lost an icon. - AngelinaB
I am so so sorry to hear about Anthony and am in total shock and do not want to believe it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Dipika P
I am left with no words to describe how I am feeling, as I didn't expect Mr. Anthony to take leave so suddenly. Mr. Anthony had been such a central part of my personal growth through India Waves Youth Wing, and we will all dearly miss him very, very much. He has been a backbone to all of us at India Wave events and I cannot imagine all these events without him. His legacy will continue in our hearts, and we will always remember his kind, helpful, inspiring personality. I have no words to describe my feelings right now; I will always remember the myriad advice he would give all of us.
"Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love." We will all miss you, Mr. Anthony. We will grieve for your absence; then, we will more importantly celebrate all that you have done in your lifetime. You have helped so many teenagers blossom and find themselves through Youth Wing. It has instilled in them a deep sense of confidence and faith in their own potential; I know it definitely did, for me. You have positively influenced so many people in your lifetime, and you will live on in our hearts. I hope you know that I will always be there for India Waves and IWYW. I wish I could tell you that while I will be at University of Minnesota Twin Cities this fall, I will always, always, come back to IWYW. It has really been a central part of my teenage years. Thank you so much for all that you have been and done for everyone around you. You will be celebrated, and you will be missed. You have truly left a legacy for all of us to remember in our hearts. - RenukaB
It is so heartbreaking to know about this. Mr. Anthony was such a crucial part of IWYW and (our daughter's) growth through IWYW. We will all miss him dearly. He would even motivate us as parents and we always enjoyed the conversations we had with him. - Swati B
So sorry to hear about the loss of dear Anthony. He survived and endured his pain for many years. I can only imagine the void his passing away means to you. Do accept our heartfelt sympathies. He and you have been good to the youth and our dear (daughter) bloomed with the experiences she got while with IWYW and will always be grateful for this. Sujata K
Our hearts are saddened by your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm so shocked. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. - Greeshma S
I have no words but to feel deeply saddened to have hear this news of Anthony's passing. He was the most amazing inspirational and motivational person who always pushed us to do above and beyond our potential... all that he has given to me and this community. You both were always such a huge part of my life and always remembered you guys with such fond memories and always cherish every moment we spent. Love you always and Anthony being the amazing person he was I know he will rest in peace. - Dipali P
I remember Anthony well and your tribute is very appropriate. May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you.- Sukhdeep G
I was deeply saddened to hear about Mr. Anthony. Please accept our heart felt condolences. Mr. Anthony always had very helpful advice and always motivated us to be better role models. He taught me a lot about being professional, confident and aiming for the best. ... I always remember his words and advice. The impact Mr. Anthony made on South Asian television gave confidence and courage for all of us. We have a place to connect our South Asian values with the American culture and lifestyle. - Devaki
I am so very saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of my good friend Anthony. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you must be feeling right now. Deepest condolences from my entire family. I have no words that can console you. He was such a great and truly amazing guy and you describe him perfectly in your message. - Atty Mukesh
.. the saddest email I've seen in a while. I'm so sorry to hear this. May his soul Rest In Peace. And guide us always - Ruhee W
So sorry to know about Anthony's passing. May God give you strength to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences - Dr R Safaya
My deepest condolences for a great loss and always shall Anthony remain special and live in our memories forever. - Prashant S
Anthony was such a heartwarming person, only had goodness in his heart. Whenever I think of him I only see his smiling face. My heartfelt condolences. - Sumit
I was utterly shocked and saddened to hear this today! Thank you for sharing your heartfelt words. My deepest condolences! He was a great man .. Especially enjoyed the box office numbers in the newsletters! What he accomplished in life was unique and great! - Gitesh P
so……..sorry to hear this news. He was very dear to us as well and feel so sorry that we lost touch in last few years. You both always have a special place in our hear and cannot forget the good times we had together. Beautifully said below and it sums up for all of us - Suman & Anil L
So sorry to hear about Anthony. So many good memories of him. Always cheerful, laughing and a good human being to be around with..My condolences to all concerned. - Lokesh D
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Anthony. He was a great mentor and really helped me grow as a speaker. He brought so much joy to all the meetings, despite his health problems. I will miss him. - Tanvee
I’m so sorry to hear of Anthony’s passing. :( - Vinitha
We are so sorry to hear the news about Anthony. Our condolences. He was a great human being and brought a smile on everyone's face. He will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.- Khan Family
I am so shocked and sadden by this news. Anthony Sir was such a great mentor and role model and taught me so much about broadcasting and media. We will all miss him dearly. - Saneea F
My family and I are deeply saddened by this news. Anthony was always very sweet and caring and it is disheartening to see such a good man depart from this earth. We send the India waves cast, Anthony's friends and family our deepest condolences. - Sarah D
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences. - Bikramjeet S
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to entire India Waves family. I remember him from India Waves Radio to India Waves TV. I have honor to meet him personally. I will miss him and talk. Please accept my condolences and I am with all of India Waves family in this moment of sadness.- Inderjit S
i met him only once, that day was my first time in India waves i still remember he helped me going out of the way, because of him my group was able to participate in the India Waves Dance Muqabla i am very thank full to him he was a great guys he will be always remember by many of us. Really great guy . May His Soul Rest In Peace Anthony Sir - Nilesh N
My sincere condolences, Anthony was a great mentor. May he Rest In Peace. He will truly be missed - Anisha A
So sorry to hear about the sad demise of dear Anthony. He was indeed an assets to Indian Community. He will be greatly missed, please accept our condolences. - Rakesh & Neela B
His smiles brought more smiles, his experience gave us insight, he shared so we could learn from him and guided youth to become better in future. Anthony you were a good man. May You Rest In Peace. - Khushwant
Sorry to hear about Him. Accept our Condolences. He was a great honest man for community.I am sure he is in Heaven. - Jerry A
So sorry for your loss, Anthony was a great man. - Prafulla P
Anthony was a great human being. He will be missed for his great personality and his smile he would always have on his face. God had something better planned for him and he is happy in Heaven watching over us. I'll never forget Anthony. - Shamaila K
.. our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. We are saddened by this tragic loss. Anthony was such a wonderful person. He helped so many young people by offering guidance and advice. He was instrumental in providing exciting career opportunities for young students. We will certainly miss him. - Lalanis
Our sincere and deepest condolences! May his soul Rest In Peace and may god provide you with strength to bear this loss. We were fortunate to know such a beautiful soul like him and thankful for the opportunity my daughter had to learn from him. We wish you all the very best to carry on his legacy and be a mentor for all the talents out there like yourself. - Aparna & Anil V
Very shocking! Sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept our condolences for your loss! Anthony certainly made any company brighter and cheerer. We enjoyed our interactions with you and Anthony when our daughter was volunteering with India Waves. I wish you and your program all the best for further work in the area. - Ashok S
Please accept our deepest, heartfelt condolences on the passing of Anthony. Indeed he was an exceptional man, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our youth and many are good examples of that. Without his and your encouragement and faith in them – they wouldn’t be where they are now. This is a great loss for Indiawaves. May God rest his soul in peace. He may no longer be with us but he has definitely left his legacy in your capable hands to carry forward his dream. Our prayers are with Anthony and we wish you all the best to move forward and continue the amazing work Indiawave does for the community and its youth. - Ezmina M
Please accept our deepest condolences from all of us. It is truly a sad loss for us all and the community. - Daniel S
God bless anthony its realy sad news. - Prince Bedi
My deepest condolences to you. My heart broke hearing this news. Tears filled my eyes ...Anthony was an important person in my life and I will never forget all that he did for all of us Youth Wing. I am so thankful that I had been a part of India Waves Youth Wing and to have had Anthony as a mentor. All that I have learned about journalism, TV reporting, Hollywood/Bollywood, has been through you and Anthony. It has helped shape me into the person that I am today. India Waves is an important part of my life that I will forever be grateful for.
I remember those times like it was yesterday. Anthony was always cheerful and happy. Offering the best advice to us at group meetings, tell us stories about his early days in Los Angeles and guiding us to make a positive impact on our community. He accomplished so much in his life and touched so many peoples' lives. I am so thankful that I have gotten to know him. Without him and you, Lakshmi Didi, I would not have the confidence and skills in media that I have today. Anthony, you will be missed. Thank you for everything that you have done for us. - Fabiha A
I have grown up watching India Waves and met Anthony at multiple occasions. A pioneer and a nice person. It seems strange to think he won't be around, as listening to his stories/ experiences became a part of our lives. Please accept my condolences. May he rest in peace. He will be missed.
Laxmi, I want you to know that you and Anthony have done a great job over the years to keep our community connected through tv and radio media. Please keep doing what you do, as it is appreciated. - Asma H
We were watching India waves programs when you showed some videos of Anthonyjis radio programs. I remember listening to one of shows it was so much fun and exciting. Anthonyji had a lot of knowledge and did not mind sharing with us. MAY HE REST IN PEACE! -K. Venkat
I loved how Salman Khan talked to Anthony like they were close friends. Anthony was his first show promoter and Salman respected that...so sweet.- Ruchika P
I was saddened to read the email. I remember Anthony's live radio talks and stories. He was so informed & balanced. Loved his programs. May he rest in peace! All the best to India waves. - Sandhya D
India Waves must continue hard work of this pioneer. He will be remembered by all his good work and community youth mentoring. Such a great man. May GOD bless all. -Ranjan J
I am still in shock to learn about ANTHONY passed away. He was full of life-truely and so vibrant. Loved his programs. RIP - Ben T
My family loved on air fun talks. He used to just say it as is - no holding back. That's an honest human being. We will miss him. Go India Waves keep his work alive. - M Chawan and family
I still listen to his voice on your Indiawaves tv shows. We never thought he is not around. Please don't stop his voice...it will be sad. -Aditi T
Great great man for South asian community. We should be thankful the way you worked hard. Laxmiji wrote very beautifully above. We know you will keep his work alive. - Suchitra M
Am so sorry to hear about Mr Anthony .His vision for SA broadcast media brought much joy to all of us and am sure you will take that vision further.. Sincere condolences to the team of India Waves.RIP in peace Mr Anthony. - Shashi N
Community is greatful for such an icon. Anthony Saab RIP - Dhananjay C
Anthony had wonderful way to connect with people. We loved talking to him on radio. I met him at India Waves annual party and he remembered me :) Thank you and we do miss you. May your soul Rest in Peace. - Pravin N
Anthony Sirji, you were Guru of all promotions! You put your heart in everything you talked about. Big Heart Bigger Man!! - Akhilesh S
...reading so many messages shows how much love and respect this great man earned. Anthony you were a great man. Rest in peace - Mohit J
When we moved to bayarea 19 years ago, you guys were the first program we watched which was refreshing and vibrant. I even won prizes on indiawaves programs. Even now you continue giving prizes. Loved your work. - Shipri D
As a South Asian, we are proud of you contribution and YES our community should be thankful to you for the path you showed us. Laxsmi keep his work going. We support you. - Sanjay and Family
So many people especially youth kids have such nice things to write about Anthonyji. This shows the kind of legacy Anthonyji left behind. His contribution in field of media and achievement guiding kids should be remembered. - Niharika K
It is good to know that the legacy of Mr. Anthony carries on with all of you India Waves and IWYW members. Each person can make a difference in the lives of many others. RIP Mr. Anthony - T McDono
Very sad to hear the loss. You will be missed. May your Soul Rest in peace ! -Baskar family
He was undoubtedly a Great Guy, it was an honor to meet him. He’s accomplished so much and done so many wonderful things like the Youth Wing program. - Richard H
Me and my family follow your programs years. We know Mr Anthony was there long before any television radio programmers. His style was so fun and exciting. We loved listening to his personal experiences shared on programs. So much in such a little life. He will live in the memories he shared. May he REST IN PEACE - Kochers
Remember his work & IndiaWAVES keep making waves keeping his vision! Anthonyji RIP- P Jhangiani
God made this great man....I had met his 7 years ago and he was the nicest man. He knew big stars but he was a simple man knew how to treat with respect. Mr Anthony may you rest in peace. - Santhosh J