As reported today by Broadcast Dialogue, News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver has parted ways with longtime morning anchor Reaon Ford (pictured above) and sports director Ann Schmaltz (pictured below).
Ford had been with the station since 2002, Schmaltz since 2007. The moves took effect two weeks ago.
Schmaltz was also a contributor to the recently-launched Sportsnet 650 (CISL-AM) as a rinkside Canucks reporter.
I am so sad to learn that Reaon is no longer with the station. What a shock! As a daily listener, I thought he did a really good job, had an excellent radio voice and an engaging on air personality. I wish him the best.
Oh No! I must admit, I had no idea Reaon and Schmaltz were gone. I thought they must be on vacation. Can anyone tell us, was this all about money? Only thing I can think of because these two were top caliber professionals.
Like Earl and Jay, am sorry to learn this. Keep your heads up Anne/Reaon.
It is odd that it took so long for this to surface here. The matter has been discussed for some weeks now in various other forums.
A very odd decision. Both are consummate professionals with strong on-air personas. An odd decision, the first by new ND Charmaine DaSilva.
I’ve already spoke with Reaon, he understands that this is the ugly side of da biz.
Meanwhile, back over at the former Top Dog, first-rate news reader Ria Renouf has stated, via Twitter, that she is hanging up the microphone June 14. Perhaps more fallout from the effects give merger of the news business at CKNW and Global.
The ‘Merger’ was dumb from the git go…
These big firms, loaded with ‘bright thinkers’ seldom involve their listeners in determining what we listeners/viewers actually want to hear/see.
Sorry you’re leaving Ria..you’ve been professional.
Seems Ria Renouf is leaving behind the uncertainty of stable employment and becoming communications officer for the BC SPCA.
Local radio is dying a slow death.
Experienced, trustworthy reporters are either leaving or being fired and an ever changing cast of interns now simply ‘read’ a script without ever setting foot in the field to gather the information so they know what they speak of.
TV simulcasts on the radio are a disgrace and demeaning to the listener and I refuse to partake in this farce. Respect the listeners and earn their support.
I THINK YOU HAVE MADE A BIG MISTAKE IN PARTING WAYS WITH REAON FORD.
WHAT A GREAT VOICE.
WHO WAS THE LEFT BRAIN MAGOO THAT THOUGHT THAT UP???
I was wondering what happened to Reaon. I’m sure going to miss him and his signature, ‘Good Morning Metro Vancouver!’ ?
While I don’t like to hear anyone lose their jobs, Schmaltz was extremely rude to me once when I called for Rick Dhaliwal (to pass along a reporting correction).
Ford? I have always found his personality to be rather smug. Was not a fan and he has had a good run.