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Barry Lamb, Tony King join WAB Hall of Fame

The Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) wrapped up their 87th annual conference in Banff on Thursday, June 8 with the WAB Gold Medal Awards Gala.

Two longtime reporter/anchors are this year’s WAB Hall of Fame inductees – Barry Lamb of CJRB Boissevain, MB and Tony King of Calgary’s 770 CHQR.

Lamb was working at a golf course with the intention of studying media arts when his mother heard about a job opening on CJRB radio. He began his four-decade radio career with Golden West Broadcasting in May 1980 as a news, ag and sports reporter. In January 1983, Lamb moved to Brandon to take a farm reporting position with CKX, but returned to Golden West and CJRB by September of the following year. Over the years, he has worn hats from morning show co-host to sometime transmitter maintenance staffer, with the nearest engineering team two and a half hours away.

King’s broadcasting career started in radio and TV in Red Deer before moving to Calgary in 1981 where his first assignment was the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcement that the city had secured the 1988 Winter Games. A reporter/anchor at CHQR for 23 years, in addition to serving as Assistant News Director, King has reported on municipal, provincial and federal politics through four Calgary mayors, seven Alberta premiers and seven Canadian prime ministers, covering events from the Western Separatist movement to the 2013 Alberta Floods.

Tyler Carr, morning show co-host on Evanov Communications’ Energy 106 (CHWE-FM) Winnipeg, is the recipient of the 2023 WAB Leader of Tomorrow Award.

Other Gold Medal Award winners included Harvard Media’s GX94 (CJGX-FM) Yorkton in the Community Service Radio (Under 150,000 market) category. Rawlco Radio’s Z99 (CIZL-FM) Regina was recognized in the 150,000+ category. Global Calgary was this year’s winner of the Community Service Television honour. Golden West won the award for Digital Innovation for its “High Performance Portals” project.

The 88th WAB Conference will be hosted in Banff in June 2024.

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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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