Bob Mills, the veteran Power 104 (CKLZ-FM) Kelowna morning man who retired this past May, is the B.C. Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcaster of the Year.
BCAB handed out its annual awards, recognizing excellence in radio and television broadcasting in British Columbia, Thursday evening in Victoria.
Mills anchored the Power 104 morning show for the last 12 years, up until earlier this year when he capped a 48-year radio career that started at CBC Vancouver in 1972. Mill’s radio journey took him to CKGF Grand Forks and CKOO Oliver/Osoyoos, before he made the leap into management at CKSP Summerland. He went on to help launch Magic FM (CJMG-FM) Penticton in 1985 and two years later Z99 (CIZZ-FM) Red Deer, while serving as PD of sister station CKGY-FM. He also served as PD at CJAY 92 Calgary and CFOX Vancouver, before landing at CKLZ/CKOV in 2002.
In accepting his award, Mills choked up as he dedicated the honour to former colleague Kerry Marshall, whom he called “the consummate broadcaster.” Marshall passed away in August after a brief battle with brain cancer.
Lynda Steele, host of the Lynda Steele Show on CKNW News Talk 980 Vancouver is this year’s Broadcast Performer of the Year.
The 2019 Humanitarian Award was accepted by Allan De Genova, on behalf of the Honour House Society, which offers “a home away from home” for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, emergency services personnel, and their families, free of charge, while they are receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area.
Broadcast Dialogue publisher Shawn Smith was awarded the Friend of the Industry Award.
BCAB Awards of Excellence were also awarded in the following categories, with Global earning five awards:
Best Commercial Creative – Radio – Small/Medium Market: (tie)
Power 104, 103.1 Beach Radio, 107.5 Beach Radio – Holy Crap Portapotty – Crap Song
The Zone 91.3 – Big Wheel Burger – Crime Scene
Best Commercial Creative – TV – Large Market
Global BC – Destination BC: Explore our BC
Best Commercial Creative – TV – Small/Medium Market
CTV2 Vancouver Island – A Trip to the Past
Best Station Imaging – Radio – Small/Medium Market
99.3 The Drive/101.3 The River – Canada Day
Best Station Imaging – TV – Large Market
Global BC – Navigate the Now
Best Station Imaging – TV – Small/Medium Market
CTV News Vancouver Island – Together
Community Service Award – Radio – Large Market
News 1130 – Hair Raising Experience
Community Service Award – Radio – Small/Medium
99.3 The Drive/101.3 The River – Miracle on Third
Community Service Award – TV – Large Market
Global BC – Pink Shirt Day
Community Service Award – TV – Small/Medium Market
CFTK-TV – Social Media Cyber Bullying campaign
Excellence in News Reporting – Radio
Janet Brown, Global News Radio 980 CKNW, Whalley Strip Transformation
Excellence in News Reporting – TV
Global Okanagan – Floods of 2018
BCAB Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow
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