John Saunders, 61, in New York. The Toronto-born sportscaster joined ESPN in 1986 and hosted “The Sports Reporters” for the last 15 years. The cause of death has not been released. Saunders started as News Director at CKNS Radio in Espanola, Ontario, in 1978. He worked as sports anchor at CKNY-TV in North Bay and at ATV News in Moncton before he became sports anchor for CITY-TV in Toronto from 1980 to 1982. He jumped to the U.S. in 1982, working as a sports anchor at WMAR-TV in Baltimore until 1986 when he joined ESPN. While at ESPN, he doubled as a play-by-play man for the Raptors.
William Kittelberg, known on-air as Bill Rodgers, 64, of a heart attack in Ottawa. Among his on-air stops were CKSL London, CFRB Toronto, and CFTO-TV Toronto. Later, he became a PC strategist, the Parliamentary bureau chief for Sun Media and, later, worked in a communications role for two federal Conservative ministers, Bill Prentice and Peter Kent…
Errol Bruce Knapp, 73, born in Alexandria, Egypt and brought up in Canada. Knapp got his start in broadcasting at pirate Radio Caroline off the UK coast. Afterwards he returned to Canada and worked at CKFH, CHUM-FM, Q107, CBC and TVOntario in Toronto since the late 60s. Knapp was intrigued by UFOs and had a long-running UFO radio programme, Strange Days…Indeed on CFRB. Upon cancellation, he began producing it in weekly podcast form.
David Cassady, 86, on Sunday August 14. Cassady moved to the Vancouver area from San Francisco in the early ‘70’s and immediately made an impact on CKWX 1130 radio where he read news for many years. Cassady later worked in the newsroom of CFAX Victoria before retiring to the Fraser Valley.