Gary Nickerson, 64. Nickerson joined Yarmouths’s CJLS and later Y95 (CJLS-FM) in 1981. He would go on to report, host and serve as News Director for the station for the next 38 years. Following his retirement in 2019, Nickerson hosted the “Outside My Window” podcast, featuring conversations with local community members, alongside friend Quinn Taggart.
Kim Larsson, 66, on Oct. 27, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Larsson graduated from the Columbia Academy of Radio Television & Recording Arts in 1983, getting his start in broadcasting at CHRX Salmon Arm, before moving on to host at CFJC and CIFM Kamloops. He returned to Vancouver and KISS FM (CKKS-FM) in the early ‘90s, followed by stints with the Satellite Radio Network, and then the Rogers Radio stations in Vancouver, including CKWX, CKLG-FM and CFUN. He remained with CKWX until 2010. More recently, he had been reporting for the Canadian Traffic Network (CTN), heard on CKNW and AM 730 (CKGO-AM) Vancouver.
Elizabeth Gray, 86, on Oct. 25, of lung cancer. Gray grew up in Toronto and got her start in journalism at University of Toronto student newspaper, The Varsity, then edited by Peter Gzowski, where she met her husband, the late journalist John Gray. Gray started freelancing for CBC while living in London, returning to Canada in 1965 where she frequently contributed to and later hosted Cross-Country Checkup from 1976-78. She went on produce for Sunday Morning before taking over As It Happens from co-host Barbara Frum in 1981. After being replaced by Dennis Trudeau in 1985, she went on to produce Sunday Morning and other audio projects, retiring just prior to her 70th birthday. Her work with CBC earned her four ACTRA Awards over the years.