David Brian Smith (aka Brian Scott), 56, on Mar. 12. Scott started his radio career in 1981, working at the original CISS-FM Toronto and Energy 1200 (CFGO-AM) Ottawa. Up until last April, Scott helmed the morning show at 98.3 FLY FM (CFLY-FM) Kingston for the past 13 years, even after and through a 2006 cancer diagnosis. He announced his retirement in November, giving a final interview, revealing the cancer had spread to his brain, affecting his speech and energy levels.
Hellmut Frauscher, 74, on Mar. 4, in Calgary. In addition to his many years at CKXL and CHFM Calgary, Frauscher was chief engineer at CKSO Sudbury in the early 1970s. Frauscher was also an avid ham radio enthusiast and member of the Calgary Amateur Radio Association.
John Mair, 67, on Mar. 4. Mair was a longtime engineer at CKNW-AM Vancouver, starting in 1970 when the station was still based in New Westminster. Mair was one of the last people in the McBride studios when the switch was flipped to the new downtown Vancouver location in 1996. Known for his vast technical knowledge and attention to detail, Mair ensured every board light was working and clock in sync. His time with the Corus Vancouver stations ended in 2005. He was also an active member of the Burnaby Ham Radio Club for many years.
Betty (Phillips) Haworth, 95, on Feb. 22, at Cedarview Lodge in North Vancouver. In her teens, Phillips – a mezzo-soprano – sang leading roles in musicals at Richmond High School, appearing for the first time at Vancouver’s Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) in a 1946 production of Robin Hood and subsequently playing leads in more than 20 TUTS productions. Her radio career began in 1948 with a CBC Vancouver classical series and included regular appearances between 1953 and 1965 on the CBC’s “Leicester Square to Broadway” and “Make Mine Music”; solo, recital and folksong performances, including “Betty Phillips Sings”; and British Columbia school broadcasts. She also did variety work for the BBC. On CBC TV, she sang Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus in 1954, co-starred with Ernie Prentice as “Canada’s favourite folk singers” on folk series “Lolly-too-dum” in 1956-57, and played hostess on “Bazaar” (1965-67). Phillips performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and appeared in Vancouver Opera productions and musical comedy throughout Canada. In 1962, she married actor and writer Peter Haworth, who predeceased her in 2014. In 1976, at age 53, Phillips completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of British Columbia. In more recent years, she did 65 episodes of the New Addams Family in which she played the part of Granny Addams. Phillips was a lifetime member of the ACTRA Performers’ Guild, acting in over 40 films and TV series over the course of her career. She was presented with the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award by the Union of BC Performers and is also an inductee of the B.C. Entertainment Walk of Fame.
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