Long time Corus employee and radio man Les Sortland "LES IS MORE" died last Friday here in Edmonton. Les worked for Power 92 well into his 80's. He was acknowledge as the only Octogenarian in the company. For those who worked with him, Les was known as a pretty special guy, with an amazing sense of humour.
Obituary from today's Edmonton Journal
SORTLAND, Leslie Engwald August 11, 1925-August 17, 2012 It is with deep sadness that the family of Les Sortland announce his peaceful passing. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Rose; his children, Ken (Ruth), Wayne (Marianne), Chris, Diane (Greg), Bernie, Glenn, Kelvin (Noreen), Audrey, Doug, Lynda; his sister Louise (Doug/Bev), as well as 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Les was predeceased by his first wife Eileen, and son Darryl. Service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Strathearn United Church, 8510-95 Avenue, Edmonton, AB. Luncheon and a Celebration of Les's Life to follow at 1540-Lakewood Road W., Edmonton, AB. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one's choice.
Les Sortland was one of Corus Radio's multi talented people. For those of us who had the pleasure of working with him, we would often see Les up on a ladder 20 feet in the air pulling cables. Despite his age, he never backed down from hard work and had a laugh that will be heard in our minds for many years to come.
Les also had a promotional side to him, as Corus recognized his personality and youthfulness in creating the marketing initiative LES is MORE. He was part of the exposure behind the POWER 92 PHRASE THAT PAYS - I LISTEN TO POWER 92. He would show up at events and be the station's icon for the youthfulness of the format no matter what the age. Many of us can still recall Les driving around in an SUV with a flatbed behind carrying the station's latest billboard campaign. Les was always amazed at how many people would honk their horn, wave and smile at him. At station events, so many listeners would want to snap a picture with him.
Les Sortland, you were one of the people who made a difference at Corus. You touched our hearts with your humility, humor, laugh and personality.