Sorry to have to pass along the sad news posted at the Southern Ontario/Western New York radio website that veteran broadcaster Clint Nickerson (pictured) has died in Victoria of lung cancer at age 65.
Clint got his start in broadcasting in Victoria in the late 1960’s at CJVI AM900. He went on to work for three decades in Toronto, where he anchored news at CFTR and was the main news producer at City Pulse on Toronto’s CityTV. He was later appointed Director of News and Information Programming in the early years of Victoria’s second TV station, CIVI-TV cable 12. Along the way he also put in some time at CKDA Victoria, CKVN/CFUN Vancouver, and was P.D. for a year at CKCL Toronto.
Clint is being mourned by his many friends and colleagues here in BC & in Ontario. Our sincere condolences to his wife and family. Gone far too soon.
Golf-loving broadcaster helped launch The New VI in Victoria
Clint Nickerson, a veteran journalist and broadcaster who helped launch what is now CTV News Vancouver Island, had two passions in life: news and golf. He pursued both to the fullest until his death on Saturday, following a brief battle with lung cancer.
He was 65.
Nickerson, a Victoria native, spent his professional career in the news departments of radio and television stations across the country, primarily in Ontario.
His proudest achievement was bringing the CHUM network of Toronto to Vancouver Island in 2001, shepherding to air Victoria’s first new television station since 1956, The New VI.
His legacy lives on in the same Broad Street building that houses what is today CTV News Vancouver Island.
Nickerson, as news director, hired many of the station’s first employees, including Heather Kim, who began her career under Nickerson as a news copy writer and is now the station’s news director.
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as I just shared with Tess Van Stratten on her facebook page, with that great shot of Clint on the golf course, this has been hard to wrap my head around. Clint, was such a nice man, with a ready smile on his face as he always greeted one. I first met and worked with Clint at CJVI 900 AM Victoria in 1969. We were playing rock on the station at that time, not to forget Bob Boving was also one of our on-air pals, until he moved over to CFMI, then became the voice of CBC television for many years… It was great to see Clint back in 2001, when he was News Director of the New VI, now CTV Vancouver Island. sharing a coffee, then giving me a tour of the Pandora Box television station. We last saw each other back in 2010 at Starbucks on Cook Street, when he returned a book by Seattle Rock Radio Disc Jockey legend, Pat O’Day…. Clint and I last connected by email a couple of months ago. Heartfelt Condolences to Alisa and family…
and Tess, thanks for sharing this picture… its Great!
I fondly remember having pointed, yet thoughtful conversations with Clint after a few CITY Pulse Tonight shows occasionally went into the dumper. One of Clint’s favourite sayings was “the closer to deadline, the shorter the fuse”and that was a very common occurrence while trashing a story in editing as the clock ticked closer to 10 p. m. at CityPulse.
Clint was also very tactful in having a relationship with Alisa while he was along side her, and also directly managing her in the newsroom. My wife and I had the pleasure of attending their summertime wedding along the banks of the St. Lawrence River that included a traditional piper marching the happy couple down the isle.
Fond memories, rest in peace Clint, the 19th hole awaits you.
I’ve been watching the former New VI this week and I haven’t noticed any mention of his passing. Disappointing.
^However, CHEK was classy enough to cover his passing, with full mention of The New VI and CTV Vancouver Island.
Clint Nickerson made the newsroom and everyone in it better. He had some great sayings including “don’t make people guess the news.”