Dave Rutherford is an award winning Canadian broadcaster and radio personality.

Even though his father, Walt Rutherford, had established himself in news and talk

radio on CJOC Lethbridge and then CJCA Edmonton, it would take a few years

before Dave decided that radio news was where he wanted to be.


His first job behind the microphone was at CKYL Peace River Alberta in 1971. A

year later, in 1972, he moved to the newsroom of CKIQ Kelowna. His move to

CKNW Vancouver came 2 years later in 1974. He hit the Vancouver newsroom of

CKNW News talk 980 as a desk/anchor newsman and worked up to Assistant

News Director under the leadership of his mentor, Warren Barker. During

Rutherford’s time at CKNW, he was instrumental in the creation of the Western

Information Network (WIN), which connected British Columbia radio stations with

CKNW and its own legislature bureau.




Rutherford left CKNW in 1983 to head up the newsroom of CHQR AM770 Calgary.

During his time at QR77 he filled a variety of management positions; Program

Director, News Director and Talk Show Host. He also served as a director of RTNDA

(Radio Television News Direction Association) Canada.


In 1992 CHQR AM770 Calgary launched its News Talk format and Rutherford

worked double duty as News Director and Talk Show Host of The Rutherford Show.

A year later, after his radio show was networked across Alberta, he decided to focus

completely on his role as talk show host and the development of The Rutherford

Show. With his strong news background and outspoken opinion Dave hit the hot

buttons with listeners.


From February 21, 1995 to August 25, 2000, his radio show was also simulcast on

television cable stations across Canada through CICT Television, Calgary 7. At

various times, The Rutherford Show also networked on The Corus Radio Network

to listeners in BC, Manitoba and Ontario with the base of the show in Alberta. His

top rated show aired daily across Alberta on 630 CHED Edmonton and 770 CHQR



Dave travelled extensively to cover news stories and bring them live to his

listeners. In 1994 he travelled to Bosnia, reporting live on the Bosnia civil war.

He was also in Rwanda in 1994 to report on the genocide that was taking place.

In 1999 he was in Kosovo to report back on the Kosovo War. Two months after

the attacks of 9/11, he was in Iran and Afghanistan. His travels into Afghanistan

refugee camps brought him into the mud hut of a regional Taliban leader where



he was one of the few North American journalists to be given an interview inside



He was on the ground to cover the relief operations of 1998 Hurricane Mitch in

Nicaragua and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At home in Canada he was on location

for live broadcasts of federal elections, political leadership races, the “Winnipeg

Flood of the Century” 1997, the “Montreal Unity Rally” 1995 and more.


On April 22, 2013 Dave announced that the time was right for him to retire The

Rutherford Show after its successful 20 year run. The last broadcast of The

Rutherford Show would be on July 26, 2013.


As well as being a radio broadcaster, Dave has also written a weekly column for Sun

Media and been a regular contributor to various news magazines. He has provided

commentary for CTV, CBC, Sun Media and BBC. In September 2006, Dave was a

guest host of the parliamentary news show, Mike Duffy Live.


He is well known for his opinionated commentary and was ranked #19 in Macleans

Magazine’s Special Politics Issue, “The Power List, The 25 People Who Really Run the



He appeared in Ottawa before a Senate Committee Hearing in 2011 to present his

opinion on the long form census.


Dave Rutherford is a founding director and Chairman of “The Calgary Children’s

Foundation.” He also founded the “Corus Radio/Dave Rutherford Journalism

Scholarship” for ethics in journalism at Mount Royal University, Calgary Alberta.






Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – 2012 “for your contribution to radio journalism, your

many years as a radio talk show host, and your keen interest in human and public


Alberta Centennial Medal - 2005 Government of Alberta “in recognition of your

outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta”

 Broadcaster of the Year – 2006 Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB)


Calgary White Hat Awards – 2006 “to honor an individual in the media who reflects

the spirit of the award with a commitment to community service.”


Calgary Herald Readers’ Choice Award – 2001 to 2013 (annual
award) Radio



Tax Fighter of the Year - 1999 Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “Presented to an

individual who has shown long-standing commitment and dedication to the cause

of taxpayer emancipation. The first time awarded to a media personality


Member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Century Club