Bjorn Anders Bjornson
b. July 7, 1923
in Bentley, Ab.
d. May 14, 1969
in White Rock, BC
Bjorn worked at CJOR in Vancouver
Moved to Penticton with CKOK
is reported to have worked at stations in Victoria and Trail but dates
are unknown. His first wife, Mary-Anne Bolster worked at CJOR prior to their
in 1960, when the Central Building at Nanaimo and Martin began to
burn, he stayed on the air until the last moment. The building housing CKOK
burnt down. He was active in the Boy Scout Movement, amateur theatre and
performed in a one act farce at Summerland’s Centennial program.
1965, he left broadcasting and worked in the investment field. Late in 1968
Bjornson moved to Surrey (living with his mother) to start an
advertising sales job. On the day he died he attempted to visit a number of
people who he had worked with in Penticton including Dave
Roegele and Mauri Hesketh.
reports that Bjorn was a friendly announcer who went out of his way to
interview subjects often taking his young son Bjorn on his travels in the South Okanagan. Penticton was a CBC affiliate
and Bjornson fed a lot of his material to the CBC for re-broadcast on the
son Bjorn, Jr. in 1961
daughter Lisa Jane in 1962
Lisa Jane Urist
writes to Red Robinson:
I have been meaning to ask you for a long time if you have any memory of my
father, Bjorn Bjornson, a radio broadcaster/announcer who worked at CKOK in Penticton in the 1950s and 1960s. Tragically he died in 1969 when I was only
seven years old. People in Penticton still fondly remember him. He was
apparently an excellent interviewer and did a "Roving Reporter" show,
which I believe was heard across Canada. He interviewed several famous people,
including the Duke of Edinburgh.
He also had a wonderful sense of humour.
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of other information about his work
history. Since you are one of the veterans in broadcasting in B.C., I thought
you might have some memory of my Dad. Since I was so young when he died it
would mean a lot to me to hear about any memories or stories you might have
Red Robinson responds: I met your father only once and that
was just as I was getting into radio. I was visiting Al Jordan in
Penticton in the winter of 1955 and your Dad was working there at the time
doing morning news. He had a wonderful sense of humor, as I recall.
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