Sign Offs

George Gallagher

George Gallagher, 92, on Oct. 30. Gallagher began his career in broadcasting at CJGX Yorkton, SK as a teenager. After a few years as morning announcer, he was given the opportunity to help launch new radio station, CKDM Dauphin, MB. Following a stint at CJOB Winnipeg, he returned to CJGX in 1957 as Commercial Manager and by 1960 had been promoted to Station Manager. In 1966, Gallagher and two other senior staff members bought the station. He became President of Buffalo Broadcasting Co. in 1969 with the purchase of CKRM Regina, which he owned for a little more than a decade before selling to Harvard Broadcasting in 1981. He became sole owner of CJGX in 1989. He also briefly owned CFQC Saskatoon in the early 1990s. Throughout his life, Gallagher was involved in organizations dedicated to creating strong communities. He served a term on Yorkton City Council, in addition to involvement in the Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB), the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), and was President of the Senior Yorkton Terrier Hockey Club. In the early 2000s, he contributed to the creation of the Gallagher Centre, Yorkton’s sports and entertainment hub. 

Garnet Anthony

Garnet Anthony, 87, on Oct. 27. Born in Dartmouth, NS, Anthony started his working life as a commercial pilot. He moved to Edmonton in 1957 where he briefly worked as a crop duster before pursuing a less hazardous career in broadcasting. He began working at CHCA-TV Red Deer in 1958, with a stop at CFRN-TV Edmonton to follow, before going on to a 26-year career with CBC. Working across radio and television, Anthony worked on shows including This Land, Country Canada, and Points West. He retired as co-host of Alberta Today on CBC Radio One in July 1991. His passion for reporting on wildlife, earned him induction into the Alberta Government’s Wildlife Hall of Fame, known as The Order of the Big Horn, with the Garnet Anthony Award of Excellence later founded in his name. 

Jack Farr

Jack Farr, 81, Oct. 17, in Windsor, ON. Born in Winnipeg, “Captain” Jack Farr earned a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, before following friend and fellow lawyer Danny Finkleman to the CBC. Farr appeared on Finkleman’s Saturday Morning Show and This Country in the Morning with Peter Gzowski, before going on to host national Saturday afternoon program, The Radio Show, produced out of CBC Winnipeg from 1983 to 1992. Initially a summer replacement for CBC Radio’s Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, by the program’s third season it was airing year-round. Known for his surreal, off-beat sense of humour, The Radio Show would take on topics from champion pumpkin growing to ongoing news spoofs. Contributors that got their start on Farr’s show included Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen, who were later given their own program, Double Exposure, in addition to comedy troupe, The Arrogant Worms.