Stephen Halinda, 84, on Oct. 19. Halinda started his four decade broadcasting career as a news anchor at CHOW-AM Welland, ON in the early 1960s. He went on to marry colleague Connie Chicorli. From CHOW, Halinda moved on to CKPR Radio and TV in Thunder Bay; then CJOB Winnipeg; and later CBWT-TV Winnipeg, where he served as both an anchor and news director. During his time in Winnipeg, he played a large part in getting cameras and mics into the Manitoba Legislature and served as president of the Winnipeg Press Club. From 1985 and through 2000, Halinda was news director at CFRN-TV Edmonton. He retired to Langley, BC in 2001.
Bob Kingsley, 80, on Oct. 17. Kingsley had a national radio syndication presence for more than four decades as host of American Country Countdown (1978-2006) and Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-19). At its peak, Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 was syndicated to nearly 50 Canadian radio stations and about 320 across North America. A 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee and 1998 inductee of the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Kingsley got his start in broadcasting in the late 1950s as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He was named the Country Music Association (CMA) National Broadcast Personality of the Year in 2001 and 2003, and won the 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National. Those awards book-ended his inaugural wins in 1966 and ‘67 for ACM Radio Personality of the Year, during his time on-air at KGBS Los Angeles. Kingsley was also the first recipient of the Grand Ole Opry’s Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, which has been presented every year since 2014 and benefits the Opry Trust Fund.
Mary Wong, 60, On Oct. 10, following a battle with cancer. Wong was an accomplished editor and sound recordist. She initially joined CBC Vancouver as a film editor in 1978, and went on to work with CBC Toronto, covering world events like the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Noriega Invasion, and First Gulf War. Among the long list of programs Wong worked on were The Fifth Estate, The Nature of Things and Marketplace, in addition to 2015 docuseries Keeping Canada Alive and China Rises (2006).
Ken Lundgren, 78, on Oct. 9. Lundgren’s broadcast career started at CKWX-AM Vancouver where he served as copy chief in the late 1970s. He went on to become the Director of Spoken Word Content at CJAZ-FM Vancouver. Over the years he also worked overseas, as a commercial producer at London, England news/talk station LBC, and as a morning show host at Commercial Radio Hong Kong, and voiceover artist at TVB (Television Broadcasts Limited) in Hong Kong. From 1999 – 2010, Lundgren taught writing, advertising, and marketing at Langara College in Vancouver.
Carol Burgoyne, 76, on Oct. 3. Based in BC’s Lower Mainland, Burgoyne had a long career in film distribution that started in the late 1960s, up until her retirement in 2003. Over the years, Burgoyne worked for Paramount Pictures, Astral/Bellevue, and Criterion. She was a member of the Canadian Picture Pioneers and was recognized with their Silver Spotlight Award for both her industry and charitable contributions in 2014.
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