Brad McNally, Nov. 6, after a five-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer. Born in Canada, but also raised in Australia and the UK, McNally started his on-air career at 4SB in Australia in 1972, in spite of his Canadian accent. He returned to Toronto in the late 1970s and worked around Ontario, including CFOR Orillia, before hearing CFNY and knowing that’s where he wanted to be. He joined the station, then located in Brampton, ON, in 1979. Eventually McNally left Canada, becoming group program director at SBS Broadcasters in Stockholm, Sweden in 1998. Other stops included JAZZ FM London, UK, 96FM Perth, and Sea FM and Hot Tomato 102.9 on Australia’s Gold Coast, in addition to stints at Rock 104 Dublin, Ireland and Helsinki, Finland. Following his brain tumour diagnosis in 2016, McNally returned to Perth to focus on his health. Over the past few years, he’d also been part of the weekly schedule on David Marsden and Igor Loukine’s Toronto-based alt online station NYTheSpirit.com. Read more here.
Cam Gardiner, 71, on Oct. 19, after a long battle with diabetes and kidney disease. Often referred to as “Mr. Windsor,” Gardiner started his radio career in Windsor, establishing himself as the voice of mornings for Windsor-Essex residents from 1987 to 2003, as co-host of “The Cam and Lisa Show,” alongside Lisa Williams for 16 years – first on AM580 CKWW and then AM800 CKLW. Gardiner was celebrated by family, close friends and former co-workers at an Oct. 1 ceremony where he was awarded the Key to the City by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.