Mike Woodworth, 64, on May 14, following complications from a heart attack. Woodworth had a 39-year media career that started at the age of 15 1972 in Campbellton, NB. By the time he was 20, he had worked his way to the morning news anchor position. He moved on to CFBC in Saint John where he was eventually made news director and in 1982 arrived at CKPG-TV and Radio in Prince George. Woodworth went on to spend 26 years with the station, most of that as news director. Woodworth retired from CKPG-TV and its sister radio stations in July 2008. He was recognized with the RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Nicolas Wry, on May 14, from complications from COVID-19. Wry graduated in 1972 from Ryerson Polytechnic University’s Radio and Television Arts Program and began his career in broadcasting at CityTV, first as master control operator and then technical producer in the station’s first two years. Wry moved on to ITV Edmonton shortly after the station’s launch, holding positions from Supervisor of On-Air Operations to Production Manager for the Tommy Banks Show and Producer on SCTV. One of his career highlights was attending the 1982 Emmy Awards, with SCTV nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Program. Wry eventually moved up to Vice-President of Creative, Business and Industry Affairs and then VP of Business Affairs for Allarcom, with his scope widened with the company’s merger with WIC. Wry went on to produce 2004 comedy “Intern Academy”, shot entirely in Edmonton and written, directed and starring Dave Thomas, along with Dan Ackroyd Maury Chaykin, Dave Foley, Matt Frewer, and others. Wry went on to head creative development for Super Channel and retired in 2008. In addition to working with the Canadian Television Fund, Wry was a vocal industry advocate and served as Chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Canadian Production Committee, a Director of the Banff Television Festival, and as a longtime Board Member and Past President of AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards). He received AMPIA’s Friend of the Industry Award in 2000.
Tony (Antonio) Sorgiovanni, 49, on April 25. Sorgiovanni who was the program director at Edmonton multicultural station World FM. He joined the station in 2007, holding positions over the years from music director to promotions coordinator and Italian programming producer.