During his many years in broadcasting, Bill worked as an announcer at eight different radio and TV stations. He enjoyed the wide range of experiences this afforded.
Bill’s career, which began in 1950 at CHAB Moose Jaw, also took him to CKRD Red Deer, CFQC Saskatoon, CKDA Victoria, CFRN Radio and Television Edmonton, CHQR Calgary, and to CBC Radio and Television in Edmonton.
Bill claims the highlight of his career was joining CBC as announcer in 1965 at double the pay he had received elsewhere. Reason enough to stay there for twenty-five years!
Of the many stations where his career took him, Bill’s best memory is of CFQC Saskatoon, where he met his wife-to-be who was auditioning as a vocalist for a ‘QC radio show. Says Bill “She didn’t get the job, but she got me!” Bill retired from broadcasting in 1991 and passed away on June 27, 2009.
LONDON, William (Bill) August 6, 1930 – June 28, 2009 After a long struggle with heart disease and many medical issues, Bill passed away peacefully aged 78. Born in Alsask, Saskatchewan, Bill worked in the broadcasting industry in Saskatchewan and Alberta for many years. He later turned his passion for photography into a second career. He will be dearly missed by loving wife of 52 years, Norma, children Cydney (David) Speers, David (Barbara) and Robert; grandchildren Robbie and Cailen Speers; brothers Nick and Richard, sister Katherine; and faithful companion, Charlie. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his family and many friends for his sense of humour, many stories and independent spirit. The family would like to thank Dr. Naiker and all the exceptional health care professionals at the Misericordia Hospital, 7 West. Prayers will be held on Thursday July 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, 9420 – 163 Street, Edmonton followed by Mass of Christian Burial, on Friday, July 3, 2009 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 10985-124 Street, T5M 0H9. To send condolences please visit: www.connelly-mckinley.com Connelly-McKinley Funeral Homes Downtown Chapel (780) 422-2222 Over 100 Years of Service.