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HUGHES, William (Bill) J

HUGHES, William (Bill) J

July 17, 1925 - November 15, 2021

We have lost our representative of the Greatest Generation. Born into very modest circumstances, like many of his generation who grew up during the Depression and WWII, he was frugal and unpretentious. But he got to live his dream of being on the radio. From CJAT to CKWX and then to his cherished CKNW, he loved the call letters and was part of the golden age of radio. News reader, sales, general manager, part owner with Frank Griffiths (a special partnership), Western Broadcasting, the Canucks. But above all, for over 43 years, he was the interviewing host of a 15-minute program called The Roving Mike. During over 15,000 broadcasts he treated his listeners to friendly and light-hearted chats with people from around the world. He started each program with “Good morning, friends” because his listeners were his friends. His program was a small but important part of one of the most dynamic teams in broadcasting – a team that he was proud to be part of.

Bill is survived by his wife Dorothy, his three “boys” (Lindsay, Larry and Brian), many loving grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Bill had a passion for supporting career focused post-secondary education. He was a strong supporter of BCIT, Douglas College and was a significant donor to the
Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College Penticton Campus.

He never stopped being interested in the world around him and its future. He was a gentleman, humble but generous, who set an example for us of how to lead a full and meaningful life. Forever in our memories.

No immediate plans for a ceremony but we hope to get together in the new year.

Condolence Messages
  • Nov 23, 2021
    Fond memories of Bill Hughes.As a young man I spent many an hour at the Pacific Stage Depot in New Westminster, watching this professional at work.I recall being asked in gentlemanly tones to lower the volume of my newly bought battery radio that was causing `feedback`.
    During holidays,I spent much time at the CKNW studios, hanging out with the professionals.Bill Hughes always had a hello..how are you.
    Such kind words he spoke about fellow broadcaster Jack Cullen during an ``on air tribute``A consummate professional, and a true gentleman.
    Thanks Bill.
    Paul Hesketh
  • Nov 22, 2021
    I did not personally know Mr. Hughes but as a child, I listened to to his program ‘ The Roving Mike’ many mornings on CKNW as my parents were faithful listeners. I loved to hear him chat and joke with the visitors and to learn where they were from and what they planned to see. Such a warm memory and I can still hear his voice! My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
  • Nov 21, 2021
    Larry, Lindsay, and Brian,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. A true gentleman of the old school. I’m sure you’ll cherish the memories of your growing up with such a great role model. He had a lot to do with who you’ve become. Most sincere condolences,
    Dave and Alana Biggs
  • Nov 19, 2021
    Sad to see we have lost another star in the radio world...they don't make em like that anymore.... Pat Mulligan.
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Long time Coquitlam residents, my parents always listened to his reports from the buses. Always enjoyed his approach it was from the heart. My wife,Gloria said she knew Larry. In those days, it was a big deal. Our sincere condolences to your family. Gloria(Turner) and Brian.
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