Jack Pollard, 88, Feb. 18, at Kamloops Seniors Village. Pollard began his broadcasting career at CKCK-AM radio in his hometown of Regina, moving on to CJIB-AM in Vernon, BC before landing in Kamloops in 1961. Pollard started as operations manager of CFCR-TV, later CFJC-TV, as well as CFJC-AM and CIFM-FM. He eventually became a co-owner and managing partner, retiring in 1987. The stations were later sold to Jimmy Pattison. Known for his love of jazz and big band music, Jack hosted “Swing Session” on CFJC radio and in later years revived his radio career at CFBX-FM radio on the Thompson Rivers University campus.
Bill Kelly, 71, Feb. 15, after a long battle with heart disease. The Newfoundland & Labrador journalist hosted CBC’s Land & Sea for eight seasons in the 1980s and 90s and fought to save the show from cancellation in 1990. After spearheading rallies and petitions, Land & Sea was given a reprieve less than two months after its cancellation and made into a national network program. Heart disease forced Kelly into an early retirement from the public broadcaster, but he reinvented himself as an outspoken community activist, often taking on St. John’s councillors and former mayor Andy Wells on various issues. Prior to his years at CBC, Kelly was a reporter for The Evening Telegram.