Glenn Robitaille
Glenn Robitaille

RIP: Broadcaster Glen Robitaille

Glen Robitaille  — believed to be Canada’s oldest surviving radio broadcaster — died Sunday, June 21 in Kamloops. He was 97.

Born in Toronto, he started in broadcasting at CKWX Vancouver in 1934 where he was a staff announcer/operator. Following this, he turned to the engineering side of the business exclusively. In 1942 he joined the RCAF and after the war joined RCA in Montreal as a laboratory assistant. He went on to install transmitter and technical and antenna equipment for 17 broadcasting stations from New Brunswick to Alberta.

In 1968 he was named Director of Engineering for CFPL Broadcasting Limited. He retired with distinction on February 28, 1983, as Vice-President, Engineering, of the London Free Press Holdings Limited – the licensee of its broadcasting stations.

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