Mather, Dick

Biography

Dick was born in Edmonton and attended Ritchie Elementary and Junior High and Strathcona High School and Bonnie Doon High School. His picture is on the Wall of Fame at Strathcona High.

Dick Mather began broadcasting in at CKNL Ft. St. John in 1962, the same year the station first signed on. He went from there to CKEK in Cranbrook, B.C. in 1963; followed by another stint up North at CKYL in Peace River in 1964.

Dick was offered a position at CJRN in Niagara Falls in 1965 and worked there until 1969 as John Walter (aka Dick Mather) except for a short time when he did news for WKBW in Buffalo. Green card issues sent him back to CJRN. He left Niagara Falls to work in Hamilton for a year.

From there he went to CFRN Edmonton radio and television in 1970. He won many awards for a series of documentaries on his “Eye To Eye” programme. Dick worked with CHQT in morning news and then QCTV until he opened his own radio station, CKST in St. Albert. Dick had a franchise for Texaco and owned Squeaky Clean Pressure Washing.

Dick Mather won an election in 1983 as public school trustee and was Chair of the Edmonton Public School Board for two terms. In 1995 he won election as City Councilor. A public park in Edmonton is named in his honour. Dick died in office on Aug. 13, 1997 at 56.

filed 2011

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