Sign Offs

Rich Elwood

Rich Elwood, 67, on Dec. 2. A radio personality, actor, stand-up comedian and comedy club owner, Elwood was a Vancouver comedy scene staple with his Punchlines Comedy Theatre. Among the comedians that headlined at Punchlines were Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Norm Macdonald, and Howie Mandel, in addition to opening the door to many up-and-coming comics. Among Elwood’s acting roles over the years was a part in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore in the mid-1990s. His radio career included stops throughout the 1970s at C-FUN as a disc jockey and CKNW as a talk show host. He would also step in for Red Robinson on CISL-AM.

Malcolm Barrie

Malcolm Barrie, 89, on Nov. 20. While Barrie hailed from Perth, ON and graduated from Ryerson, he began his broadcasting career in radio in Nassau, Bahamas in 1955. Following CHEX-TV’s opening in Peterborough, he joined the station as the producer of interview shows like the Doug Hall Show and Summer Scene. Among other shows he created and produced were Campus Quiz, which saw grade eight students from various schools compete against each other; 80s variety show Silver Basketball, starring Ron Oliver; and the popular Dance Party. Barrie was also responsible for producing the station’s annual Easter Seals Telethon for children.


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