Lo­cal ra­dio leg­end Cal Ge­orge dies

Penticton Herald - - OPINION -

Dear Editor: I was sur­prised to find out re­cently that Pen­tic­ton ra­dio leg­end Cal Ge­orge passed away this sum­mer. That made me sad.

I didn’t see a big splashy obit­u­ary or fea­ture story anywhere in the lo­cal me­dia. That made me sad­der. So I thought I’d do one my­self — a per­sonal trib­ute.

I was lucky enough to work with Cal through most of the 1980s. His wis­dom and ad­vice left a big im­print on me. But let’s step back.

In Pen­tic­ton in the 60s and 70s we all re­mem­ber hear­ing Cal’s big bari­tone voice on good old CKOK Ra­dio 8. The first time I met “The Sil­ver Fox”, as I called him later in life, was while I was work­ing on a Grade 7 school project at the ra­dio sta­tion. He had to be just about the tallest man this 11-year-old had ever seen!

Be­fore com­ing here in 1967, he was a big deal in Van­cou­ver on CJOR and CKWX in the 40s and 50s. He and his won­der­ful wife Bernie were the toast of West Coast so­ci­ety. He made his mark mostly as a game show host and em­cee. Jim Rob­son, fa­mous CKNW sports­caster, ad­mit­ted he lifted his sig­na­ture “Hello to all the shut-ins” line from Cal back in the day.

Mau­rice Fin­nerty con­vinced Cal to re­tire in Pen­tic­ton and even­tu­ally he be­came the morn­ing man on CKOK, a post he would go on to hold for more than 10 years, in­clud­ing all of the 70s. Cal held the record for hav­ing the corni­est jokes on the planet and re­mind­ing us “The Lau­rie Bower Singers are wait­ing in the hall to come in and do their next song”.

His morn­ing show in­cluded “The March Around The Break­fast Ta­ble” and the “Have A Hap-haphappy birth­day. May you live to be… a hun­dred and three!” theme for the birth­day show. Cal fell seven years short of that mark. He was 96. He was a great guy. A real gen­tle­man. He will be missed.

Find out more about Cal Ge­orge’s ex­traor­di­nary life from th­ese links: http://re­drobin­son.com/cal-ge­orge-signs-off/ https://www.puget­soundra­dio.com/2017/09/06/ gi­ant-van­cou­vers-40-50s-ra­dio-cal-ge­orge-died/ Kyle An­der­son

Pen­tic­ton

Cal Ge­orge

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