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Gord Macdonald named BCAB Broadcaster of the Year

The B.C. Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) has announced its 2022 Awards of Excellence with retired CKNW anchor Gord Macdonald named Broadcaster of the Year.

Macdonald hung up his headphones in September after 33 years with the Vancouver news/talk station and 47 years in radio news. His resume included stops at CKDA Victoria, CJOY Guelph, CKLQ Brandon, and CJAT Trail, BC, before teaching broadcast journalism at BCIT, including two years as Program Head. He began working at CKNW in 1989 and took over as News Director from the legendary Warren Barker in 1991.

Safeeya Pirani

Global National B.C. correspondent Neetu Garcha was named the BCAB Broadcast Performer of the Year, while CKNW reporter/anchor Safeeya Pirani was awarded the Broadcaster of Tomorrow honour.

Andeen Pitt of Wasserman + Partners Advertising in Vancouver was awarded the Friend of the Industry Award.

In the Best Commercial Creative – Radio category (Large Market)Corus Entertainment’s CFOX and CKNW were recognized for “Harbour Air – Back to Business” and “Accent Inns – Give A Duck.” In the Small/Medium Market category, Vista Radio’s 94.3 The Goat (CIRX-FM) and Country 97 FM (CJCH-FM) Prince George won for Total Tops Kitchen and Bath – “Time to Reno.” 

Best Commercial Creative – TV (Small/Medium Market) went to CHEK TV for Country Grocer, Local Matters. CHEK Media also won this year’s Community Service – TV (Small/Medium Market) honour.

CFOX captured Best Station Imaging – Radio (Large Market).

“The BCAB has been awarding excellence in all facets of broadcasting for decades,” said President Rob Germain. “We recognize performers, creatives, industry leaders, and community service for radio and TV in small, medium and large markets in BC.”

“We also highlight young talent with the Broadcast Performer of Tomorrow, which was awarded to Safeeya Pirani of Corus this year. And sometimes the Performer of Tomorrow goes on to win Performer of the Year later on in their career, such as with Neetu Garcha of Global News. Neetu won the Performer of Tomorrow in 2017 and is this year’s Performer of the Year,” he added.

Germain said BCAB is in the midst of planning its 73rd BCAB Conference, a one-day event to be held May 4 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC. The event will be the association’s first in-person gathering since its 2019 conference in Victoria.

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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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