RIP Alf Spence, Longtime CBC Vancouver Audio Tech


Broadcast Dialogue reports that Alf Spence, a 35 year man with the mother Corp, succumbed to cancer June 23 in Vancouver at age 90.

Alf Spence CKMO 1941 - Click for recent CBC photo

The longtime  CBC audio technician began in radio when he was just 16, doing morning DJ and transmitter operator duties at 100-watt CKMO Vancouver (1941-42). He then moved across the street to CKWX Vancouver (1942-46) and, after a three-year absence from radio, joined the technical staff at CBC Radio in Toronto (1949-‘53).

Spence, who joined CBC Radio Vancouver in 1953, retired in 1983.

Although I never met him I recall Alf’s name being mentioned in a fond, positive way at CKWX when I first joined the station in 1951.  I gather he was a good guy.

We’ll pass along word of a service or celebration of life as soon as we get it.

Thanks to Gord Lansdell at Vancouver Broadcasters for the photos.



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