PSR is grateful to Red Robinson for posting the sad news on his blog. We quote Red:
Two days ago we held our RPM get together for radio and television professionals at the White Spot on Georgia Street. Today (Oct. 9th) I got confirmation that one of the stalwarts of TV in our town had passed away at the age of 76.
Mike Winlaw was an important part of our community. He spent 13 years with CBC Vancouver as a news anchor and then a regular on the CBC-TV show Hourglass. When he left CBC he said he wanted to try other things and moved to CKVU (now CITY-TV) as one of the three hosts on the experimental Vancouver Show with Pia Shandel and Laurier LaPierre. This was a show that could not possibly succeed due to its length… eventually you run out of material. However, it was a true showcase of Vancouver and the varied talent the city provided then and now.
I worked with Mike on a few occasions and found him to be a true professional and decent human being with a lot of heart. In the late 80s he retired from CKVU, and to most of us disappeared. It was our loss from the television landscape then and our big loss now that he has passed. He will be remembered for his professionalism and million dollar smile. Farewell, Mike!
I worked with Mike for many years. A loss to the Vancouver broadcast community. A pleasure to work with and a very gracious man.
As to the comments, don’t believe for a moment that the Vancouver Show was a failure. It was a bold experiment that was on air for a very long time and I am very proud to have been a part of it and to have shared some of that time with Mike.
Mike was a courteous, friendly, accommodating and professional guy. He will be missed for those and other reasons. RIP, Mike.