The Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) wrapped up their 86th conference on Thursday evening at the Banff Fairmont Springs with the WAB Gold Medal Awards Gala.
Among this year’s winners was Golden West Broadcasting Saskatchewan Program Manager Barrie Vice, who was inducted into the WAB Hall of Fame.
Vice has been involved in broadcast and media for the last 45 years, holding roles from on-air to programming and overseeing program teams, while helping develop dozens of broadcasters and cementing careers. Vice’s radio journey started at CJDV Drumheller in July 1977, followed by a move to CHAB Moose Jaw where he was promoted consistently to become morning show host in 1986. He was appointed Program Director soon after, while continuing to do mornings. Vice was at the helm when Golden West added Country 100 (CILG-FM), Mix 103 (CJAW-FM) and Discover Moose Jaw. In addition to his commitment to broadcasting, Vice is a relentless volunteer, lending his time to organizations including the Moose Jaw Shrine Club, Ducks Unlimited, Moose Jaw Health Foundation and the local homeless shelter.
Clayton Kroeker, morning show co-host at Harvard Broadcasting’s 96.3 Cruz FM (CFWD-FM) Saskatoon, was the recipient of this year’s Leader of Tomorrow Award, presented to a broadcaster under 30 who has demonstrated leadership and skill in broadcasting.
In the Digital Innovation category, Pattison Media was recognized for its involvement in the HuskieFAN app, which delivers University of Saskatchewan Huskies home and road games for Football, Men’s Hockey and Women’s Hockey.
The Gold Medal Award for Community Service (Population under 150k) was also awarded to Pattison Media for 900 CKBI Prince Albert and paNow’s Faces of the Homeless.
Rawlco Radio was recognized in the Population over 150k category for 650 CKOM Saskatoon’s and 980 CJME Regina’s Day of Caring for Ukraine.
Global Calgary received the television award for its live 2021 Remembrance Day special, “Field of Crosses.”
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