Bob Bye on left with Red*
Bob Bye -
CKRM Regina; CKRC Winnipeg; CKCK Regina; CKWX Vancouver 1966-89; retired from radio
after more than 50 years as an on-air personality and programmer, over 22 years
of them at CKWX. Died
The Province 2001 Joe Leary
Obituary of Bob Bye
the ranks of radio's fallen comrades have added another name as one of
country music DJ Bob Bye, who for years was one of the city's most-liked and
longest-serving personalities, was felled by a sudden heart attack at his home
Though best known for his long association with CKWX, Bye was a veritable jack of all trades.
In fact, around the hallways of CKWX, he was affectionately known as "The Endorser." As the sales staff learned, if Bob Bye pitches it, the listeners will run out and buy it.
Former CKWX general manager Tom Peacock recalled his long association with the veteran DJ.
"Bob was a wonderful man and a very special human being," said Peacock. "He had a connection with the audience and a charm that crossed all demographics. He had a genuine bond with his listeners and it wasn't done for the money. It was done because Bob Bye truly loved people."
Veteran broadcaster Elmer Tippe would know better than many. As a longtime broadcaster himself, Tippe worked alongside Bye at CKWX for years and speaks fondly of his former colleague and friend.
was one of the nicest men I ever knew," he said. "He was a great guy
to work with and be around, and I can tell you that people loved him and
listeners absolutely adored him. His request show was one of the biggest things
ever on the air in
Aside from his many years as a popular CKWX DJ, Bye did much more, including a stint as a program director and hired another of the station's most endearing personalities: Jim Fraser.
"I liked him right away because he hired me," said Fraser, but my affection for him went a lot further because he was such a nice man and we became good friends over the years.
"He was a very casual guy and extremely easy-going. He had a great sense of humour and reminded me a lot of my own father."
Away from the public side of the man, there was family.
his wife Frankie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month and,
after retiring from CKWX in 1989, enjoyed his final years in
definitive book on
Bye would have celebrated his 75th birthday tomorrow.
To quote the words of a timeless country standard, we fondly say, "Happy trails to you, Bob."
*The picture above courtesy of www.redrobinson.com