Lyndon Friesen retires as President of Golden West Broadcasting

Lyndon Friesen is officially retiring as President of Golden West Broadcasting after 45 years with the company. He’ll stay on as an advisor to his son, Carter Friesen, who will step into the role of President & COO.

Lyndon Friesen started working with Golden West in the sales department at CHSM Steinbach in 1977 and by 1978 was manager of the station. After stints managing new Golden West stations in Ajax and Hamilton, ON, as well as serving as General Manager of CHRB/CFXL Calgary and CHRB High River in the early 1990s, he returned to Manitoba where he became Executive Vice-President in 2003 and added Chief Operating Officer to his title in 2006. He was named President in 2008.

Over the course of his career, Friesen has served as Vice-Chair, Radio, on the board of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) and is a past president of the Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB). He was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Carter Friesen

His successor, Carter Friesen, started working in sales and business development with Golden West in 2013, while still studying Business Administration at the Ivey Business School at Western University. Following graduation, he was tasked with managing the company’s operations in Kenora, Dryden, Vermillion Bay and Sioux Lookout. He was named VP, Corporate Development in 2017, before taking on the role of COO in late 2019. Friesen is a past director of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB).

Golden West currently owns 44 radio stations and 23 digital outlets in markets across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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