Craig Wallebeck, 66, on Jan. 14. After graduating from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Calgary, Wallebeck started his radio career at CKRD Red Deer in 1976. Subsequent positions followed at CKYL Peace River, CKPG Prince George, CHRB High River, CKBI Prince Albert and CKPR Thunder Bay. In 1997, Wallebeck moved to CKRM Regina where he eventually became News Director and hosted a daily call-in show. Around that time, he also served as RTDNA Prairie Director of Radio for three years. In 2013, he moved on to Yorkton and GX94 (CJGX-AM) as morning News Anchor and Senior Reporter. Wallebeck was one of the most recognizable news voices in Saskatchewan, mentoring many young reporters over the years who were just starting their careers. In 2021, he was named runner-up in the Best News Anchor (Small Market) category in the Broadcast Dialogue Canadian Radio Awards. In 2022, he was recognized with the RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award. Wallebeck had announced a pending retirement date of March 31, as a result of health concerns. His final newscast was delivered at noon the day before his sudden passing.
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