SK Broadcaster Passes

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SK Broadcaster Passes

Postby bigbry » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:02 am

We lost another pretty cool Saskatchewan broadcaster. He helped so many folks get a foot up in the industry. We'll miss you Barrie

Barrie Ward (born January 30, 1949) is a Canadian broadcaster, journalist. writer and educator. As of 2005, he serves as Director of Corporate Research for the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation.

Ward has long been one of the most easily recognized voices on the Saskatchewan radio scene, He started his broadcasting career with CFQC radio in Saskatoon in 1968, where he hosted the Waxworks program at age 19. He was hired the day he finished his final exams at the University of Saskatchewan.

He worked at CFQC radio and television up to 1972, developing social, technical, writing and reporting skills.

Barrie Ward was at CFQC in 1968-72
After a brief stint as the program manager and news director of CFMC-FM Saskatoon in 1972 , he became an announcer and host at CBKST-TV, the CBC Television affiliate in Saskatoon..

In 1973, Ward moved to La Ronge, in northern Saskatchewan, where he hosted and produced Northern News for the Government of Saskatchewan in the early 1970s. During this time, he also wrote a weekly newspaper column for the La Ronge Northerner, and delivered a weekly local cable television newscast.

He took a hiatus from broadcasting and moved back to Saskatoon in 1976 to work for the Saskatchewan Council for Crippled Children and Adults for three years as a rehabilitation counselor and vocational evaluator. He returned to his radio roots in 1979 at the invitation of Roy Currie, then manager of CJWW in Saskatoon, an adult contemporary station. Ward quickly found himself hosting shows around the clock and built a large audience for CJWW as he introduced 'country' music that had hitherto not been played on the station. Ward left CJWW to set up his own communications company and though it had little commercial success he did begin training others in radio skills as an itinerant instructor in all corners of the province.

Ward has been a writer and teacher of radio and television arts for many years. He has helped advance aboriginal radio and in particular MBC Radio over the past several decades. He has been professionally and publicly recognized with four different major awards for his lifetime contributions to Canadian aboriginal broadcasting.
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