Andrew Krystal, 63, on May 22 in Toronto. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Krystal started in broadcasting creating syndicated entertainment content for Sonic Workshop, and contributing travel content to programs like CNN’s Travel Guide. He went on to host various talk radio timeslots on AM 640 (CFIQ-AM) and Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto. Known for his volatility at times, he gained a reputation as a “radio bad boy.” Krystal was part of the launch team for Rogers’ Halifax all-news station, News 95.7 (CJNI-FM) (now CityNews Halifax), where he hosted “Maritime Morning” for the station’s first five years bringing the show to #2 in the market. He returned to Toronto in 2010 where he went on to work with Sportsnet 590 The Fan (CJCL-AM) and CityNews, where he served as the Toronto City Hall reporter during Mayor Rob Ford’s first few years in office. Krystal had most recently been hosting “Krystal Nation” on SiriusXM Canadian current affairs channel, Canada Talks, and running his own digital content and communications firm, working with clients like Tourism Ontario. Read more here.
Edward ‘Ted’ Eadinger, 81, on May 17. Born in Saskatoon in 1940, an early love of film spurred Eadinger’s decision to pursue broadcasting. By the age of 19, he had landed a job as a DJ in Prince Albert and soon moved into television, trying his hand as a children’s host (Captain Jolly), producer and director before joining management. He served as Vice President and Station Manager at CFQC-TV from 1974 to 1988, overseeing the transition to computer technology. In 1988, he became VP and General Manager of CFPL-TV in London, a position he held until 1997. In 1994, his contributions to the industry were recognized with the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the Central Canada Broadcasters’ Association. In addition to being involved in many charitable and civic endeavours over the years, Eadinger served as President of the Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) in 1983.
Arthur Weinthal, 90, on May 14. Weinthal began working in advertising and radio news following his graduation from McGill University. His first job in broadcasting was in 1953, as the night news editor for CFCF Radio. A year later, he was promoted to Program and Production Manager. In 1960, he was hired by Ronalds-Reynolds, before moving his family to Toronto where he joined CTV in 1962 as Executive Producer of Daytime Programs. He went on to a 36-year career, rising through the ranks to Program Director in 1966, Vice President and Director of Entertainment Programming in 1973, and Vice President of Programming in 1994. In 1997, he was named Group Vice President and Creative Director. Among the shows that fell under his purview were Stars on Ice, Circus, Night Heat, Swiss Family Robinson, E.N.G., Neon Rider, and Due South He went on to serve as a consultant to the industry, notably for Alliance Atlantis. In 1997, the Arthur Weinthal Award was endowed in his name at Ryerson University. In 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Hall of Fame as a pioneer. Other accolades included a special Gemini Award, to recognize his contributions to Canadian television.
William (Bill) Dawkins, 79, on May 11 at Hospice Wellington, after a fight with cancer. Dawkins had a 63-year broadcasting career, best known for his time in Guelph, ON where he served as General Sales Manager, Station Manager, and minority owner of MAGIC 106 (CIMJ-FM) and 1460 CJOY. He retired as Senior Account Manager in Sept. 2021. Dawkins was a consummate salesperson, but more importantly a mentor and coach to upcoming talent and colleagues. He never met a silent auction he didn’t like, or a client golf tournament he wouldn’t play in. His commitment to clients assisted in the growth and development of many local businesses across the region and led to lifelong bonds with clients who would become friends.