CKNW News Director Gord McDonald Retires after 33 years


Courtesy of Radio West

September 26, 2022

Gord McDonald

Veteran broadcaster Gord MacDonald announced his retirement this morning on 980 CKNW. We would like to thank Gord for his 33 years of service to our CKNW audience every weekday morning and congratulate him on a 47 year career! Enjoy your retirement Gord!

A final word from Gord to his listeners: “This is my final newscast on CKNW. After 33 years here, and 47 years in radio newsrooms, it is time for me to learn how to go to bed and wake up at a regular time, and actually have dinner with my family. To you listener, thank you. Thank you for listening and thank you for supporting CKNW News and Global News all of these years. To all of my colleagues here, thank you……for everything. It has been an honor to work with all of you, and it’s been an awful lot of fun. And to my family, the biggest thanks of all….for putting up with the long hours away from home, for your understanding, for your patience, and for your steadfast love. ” – Gord MacDonald.


  1. I don’t understand Fake News comment. My guess would be that Gord leaned left. He was a competent reader…and I fear for his permanent (?) replacement. Ubels and Pirani are not good enough.

  2. It’s rather sad to see him retire from CKNW because he is the last link, apart from Janet Brown, to the Warren Barker tradition, which made CKNW so informative and authoritative. The current group is a collection of amateurs who cannot write a literate news story nor read one coherently. It is particularly irritating to hear commercials overlapping the hourly and half-hourly time tone. When you hear the time tone, you expect the news forthwith. All of this is a further sign of the ongoing deterioration of CKNW.

    Does anyone have an idea of who will replace Gord Macdonald?

  3. Too bad the great writers/readers who went thru Vancouver like Marshall, Bazunis, Macubbin seem to have drifted off. Give anything to hear those guys again. I worked with Marshall and Bazunis…outfriggin’ standing! Bring any one of those 3 back to do NW mornings and you’d be doing yourself and the listeners a favor.


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