Announcing 2018 WAB Hall of Fame Inductees




Please join the Western Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors for a brilliant evening filled with entertainment, celebration and pride. We’re looking forward to saluting the very best in Prairie broadcasting! Capping the evening off will be our special 2018 WAB Hall of Fame Induction. Join us for an evening not to be missed as we applaud the outstanding lifetime achievements of our 2018 honourees.

Joanne Johnson

Joanne Johnson is one of the most recognized broadcasters in Calgary. For the final 25 years of her career she was a member of the Don, Joanne & the Coach morning show on Lite 96 and XL 103. She is the well-deserved recipient of 2 Gold Ribbon Awards from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and a “Generosity Of Spirit Award” from the Calgary Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Joanne has helped raise over $3 million dollars for Kids Cancer Care with the Don, Joanne & the Coach Golf A Kid To Camp Tournament. She’s also helped raise money for Hospice Calgary, the Salvation Army, the Brain Tumour Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society and for many years worked with Cystic Fibrosis and their 65 Roses Golf Tournament. After a broadcasting career spanning 35 years with CFFR, Lite 96 and XL 103, Joanne retired at the end of 2017.

Bob Layton

Almost a decade removed from being recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Bob Layton continues to play a pivotal role as News Manager, Lead Anchor and Editorialist for one of Canada’s top ranked News/Talk radio stations, 630 CHED.  Beyond the numerous awards he has received in his career, he is a decades-long champion, spokesman and volunteer for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous, an annual campaign that encourages listeners to donate and help deliver new toys to more than 25,000 children each Christmas. Bob has also played a lead role in the recent rebranding and relaunching of CHQT Radio to Global News Radio, 880 Edmonton. Nearly 50 years into his career, Bob still pre-reads and practices every word of every newscast out loud. Bob has always understood that listeners deserve nothing less than our absolute best; and, 48 years into his career, continues to deliver exactly that.

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  1. Hooray for Bob Layton….one of the last of the Marconi Marathoners still winning races! This Honour is icing on the cake for a broadcaster who may have taught Paul Harvey the power of prose and to use the pause….for emphasis. I salute a true professional; a gentleman; a community booster; an inspiration and despite the trappings of management a friend. All the best Bob…you’ve earned this!


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