It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Antonio (Tony) Francesco Biamonte. Predeceased by his parents Joe and Annina, his brother Don, and his loving wife Dorothy, Tony leaves to mourn his three daughters, Nancy (Murray) Sather, Lori-Merle (Bruce) Mohacsy, and Gina (Fred) Albert, and his three grandchildren, Derek Albert, Erin Albert, and Daniel Albert.
Tony made an indelible mark in the Radio and Television industry, first as a radio announcer for CKUA and later for CFRN, where he worked for over 20 years. He hosted the first television show to air across the country – the “Cross-Canada Barndance”. After retiring from broadcasting, Tony spent 15 years teaching for the Radio and Television Arts program at NAIT, a second career that he truly loved. But his greatest joy and passion was his family. Tony adored his wife, three girls, and his grandchildren, a feeling that was joyfully reciprocated.
We wish to thank our second family, the care and administrative teams at Citadel Mews West in St. Albert. Words cannot express our gratitude.
A service to celebrate Tony’s life will be held at Laurier Heights Baptist Church, 8505-142 Street, Edmonton, on Thursday, December 28 at 11 a.m.
You fought the good fight, you finished the race, you kept the faith. Arrivederci, Daddy. Ti amo.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the World Vision Clean Water campaign. donate.worldvision.ca/clean-water
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Dec. 27, 2017
During his wide and varied broadcasting career, Tony served as announcer, radio and T.V. host, showman and teacher.
He began at CKUA, Edmonton as announcer, newsman and M.C. of remotes, 1949-51, proceeding to CKXL, Calgary, then to Edmonton’s CFRN radio and television stations until 1973.
Tony’s career highlights included the weekly television show Cross Canada Barn Dance with Gaby Haas, wherein he acted as host and sometime vocalist.
He enjoyed live broadcasts and produced and announced a weekly amateur program from the Edmonton Recreation Centre. For six years at CFRN radio he was M.C. for the A.C.T./CFRN Search for Talent show.
Tony left broadcasting in 1973 to teach Radio and Television arts at NAIT until he retired in 1990. Like many broadcasters who spent long years at CFRN, he feels his closest attachment to ‘RN Radio & T.V.