Murray Blakely

The year was 1954. The station, CKCK Radio. The city, Regina, Saskatchewan. The newcomer — Murray Blakely.

It was as an announcer that Murray got his start in broadcasting, but it would be the news desk that would dominate most of his career.

Murray moved to Edmonton as a newscaster at CFRN Radio/TV, and from there went to CJCA where he not only was a newsman, but was to become News Director during his fourteen year stay.

Murray then switched to CHQT, where he was in charge of Public Relations, and he spent a further fourteen years at that station.

Murray was not only an ON air personality, but he was IN the air, too, doing traffic reports while flying over Edmonton to monitor the streets, highways and byways. He served as a flying reporter for 26 years and enjoyed that aspect of his broadcasting career very much. Murray also took pleasure in meeting and interviewing many celebrities during his years behind the microphone, including a number of interesting politicians and entertainers. Murray continued to be active and busy after retirement from broadcasting’s ever-changing world.

filed 2006

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Murray 2012 RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, includes video

for Edmonton Broadcasters past and present