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Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield, 83, on Sept. 17, of lymphoma. Born in London, England, Oldfield grew up in North Bay, ON, starting his broadcast career at local TV station CKGN-TV in 1958 as a trainee audio operator, switcher, cameraman, director, producer and program host. He remained with CKGN-TV until 1962 when he moved on to Kitchener to work as a technician at CKCO-TV. Oldfield then joined CFTO-TV Toronto doing sound for many of the musical variety shows and remote broadcasts produced for the CTV Network. He eventually left Toronto for Vancouver and worked sound on several Hollywood movies shot in 1970 – The Grove, later released as A Name for Evil with Robert Culp and Samantha Eggar; The Return of Charlie Chan with Ross Martin, Leslie Neilson, Richard Haydn and Louise Sorrel and McCabe and Mrs. Miller with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. He joined CBC Vancouver in 1971 as a temporary Film Sound Technician and then did a brief stint with BCTV before filling a permanent Film Sound position with CBC. He continued work there in film recording and sound effects until 1991 when the department was shuttered, moving on to oversee audio on the nightly newscasts from Studios 42 and 44. Oldfield retired in 1995.