Sign-Offs

Bill McGregor

Bill McGregor, 96, on Nov. 28. McGregor started his career at CFRB Toronto in 1947 as an operator under the tutelage of Bill Baker. In 1950, he moved down the street to be the chief engineer at CKFH, Foster Hewitt’s new station. He later moved over to CBC-TV. Around that time, he met Jack Fitzgibbons, who with his brother Gene, was preparing to startup CKCO-TV Kitchener. Bill joined CKCO in 1953 as Operations Manager, which went to air Mar. 1, 1954. The licensee company was founded as Central Ontario Television Limited – a partnership of Famous Players, K-W Broadcasting (CKCR-Radio) and Carl Pollock, President of Electrohome Limited. In 1962, the company acquired CKKW-AM, and in 1965 re-established CFCA-FM. In 1980, it became CAP Productions Limited and eight years later a division of Electrohome. McGregor was promoted from Operations Manager to GM, then vice-president and general manager, and eventually president and director. In 1993, he became senior vice-president of Electrohome. Active in broadcasting industry matters, McGregor served as president of the Central Canada Broadcasters Association (CCBA), president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), chairman and director of the CTV Television Network, a director of Electrohome Limited and a director of Rogers Multi-Media Inc. He was named the CAB Broadcaster of the Year in 1971 and received the CCBA Howard Caine Memorial Award in 1977. In 1990, he was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.

Alan Rutherfurd

Alan Rutherfurd, 76, on Nov. 27. Originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Rutherfurd was a mobile maintenance engineer for CFTO-TV Toronto until the late 1970s. He went on to work in engineering at Global Toronto, which he retired from. Rutherfurd also did work with Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the host broadcaster organization for all Olympic Games.


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