Bev Munro

Legendary CFCW morning man Bev Munro dead at 89

Gordon Kent
Edmonton Journal
April 5, 2018

Country musician and longtime CFCW radio announcer Bev Munro has died at age 89.

Munro died Wednesday after going into hospital about 10 days ago suffering from pneumonia, CFCW program director Jackie Rae Greening said Thursday.

He was born in Boissevain, Man., and started his broadcast career in Brandon before being named Mr. DJ USA in 1959 and being hired by CFCW four years later when it became Canada’s first country music station, according to a company news release.

Over the next 30 years, he became known for such features as his Mystery Artist Request Line and Kneeslapper jokes, as well as his deep voice and Stetson hat.

He was also active in the music industry, writing songs and playing local dances and shows with his band.

He signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1968, putting out such hits as Hello Operator.

Although Munro retired from his job as a radio morning man in 1994, a year after being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, he continued hosting events and touring with the Canadian Country Music Legends until his 89th birthday.

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As per Bev’s wishes, there was no funeral, but there may be a Celebration of Life.