Scott Phillips, on Aug. 27, following a sudden illness. Born into the “family” business, Phillips’ father Merv was the Vice-President and General Manager of Monarch Broadcasting. Scott started his career at CFFR Red Deer, later moving to Grand Prairie and then CISN Edmonton. He landed at Country 105 (CKRY-FM) Calgary in 1990, where he would go on to a 29-year career that included many years as midday host, music director, and assistant program director. An 11-time Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award nominee, he was named Music Director of the Year – Major Market in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also helped launch Country 105’s Caring for Kids Radiothon, in support of Alberta Children’s Hospital, which has gone on to raise $35 million. Phillips retired from Corus Radio earlier this year, with his last afternoon drive shift on Feb. 17.
Robert Scussolin, 62, on Aug. 20 after a brief fight with cancer. Scussolin worked at YourTV/Cogeco in Windsor-Essex for 38 years and was the Programming and Community Relations Director at the time of his passing. He was involved in organizing and broadcasting many local events over the years, including the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup, 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, 2014 Ontario Summer Games and 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He also assisted in the design and installation of broadcast components in the WFCU Centre in Windsor, which opened in 2007.
Lyndon Grove, 88, on Aug. 21. Grove started his radio career as a disc jockey at CHAB Moose Jaw in 1949 at the tender age of 15. In 1956, he moved on to Vancouver, working as a copywriter and writer on weekend comedy show “Just for Fun” at CKNW. A gag writing gig with CKLG Vancouver followed and then a five-year stint with CHAN-TV. Grove went on to work with CHQM Vancouver, served as an editor at Vancouver Life, The Westender and the Vancouver Courier, and wrote and did voice work for “The Dilettante” and “Show Me the Good Parts” on CFMI-FM Vancouver. He also taught copywriting at BCIT and Langara College in the 1960s and early 1970s. In addition to working in advertising and communications with Palmer Jarvis and Torresan Communications, Grove was an avid writer, authoring several books including “Pacific Pilgrims,” a history of the New Westminster Anglican diocese.