Announcer/news/engineer CKOV Kelowna 1961-67;
announcer/radio & TV news/engineer CJOC Lethbridge 1967-71;†
morning news/engineer CJCA/CIRK-FM Edmonton 1976-84;
news/assignment editor CHUM
evening news CFRB Toronto 1995-97;
pm drive news CFTR Toronto 1997-99;
morning news/assistant news director/news room
engineer CHUM Group
news/business reporter CJNW Vancouver 2001;
news CKNW Vancouver 2001-current;
consultant Mike Cleaver Broadcast Services current
above from vancouverbroadcasters.com
The following from Mike:
I was 14 when I started in radio. It was Christmas Eve, 1961 and it was at CKOV
The only thing I haven't done is sales.
May of 1967, I went to CJOC in
Morning news CKXL Calgary 1971-72;
That's when I was scouted by Dick Smyth at CHUM, where I remained until '76.
went to CJCA in
back to CHUM
was then recruited by CHUM Group
I've worked at NW2 as and anchor and business reporter in 2001 but was let go with everyone else when Hayes shut it down. I was later re-hired to work in the CKNW newsroom. Let go in November 2005.
But some veterans of radio news who found themselves part of the 680 News tapestry in the past would beg to differ.
"Things changed while I was there," says Mike
Cleaver. A longtime CHUM employee (he now works for their
"It's like a sausage factory. There would be 35 minutes to fill during each hour, even with all the breaks. And with no support staff, either. I was given the stories by an editor in raw form, and you had to sit there and clean them up the best you could.
"Anywhere else," explains Mr. Cleaver, "if you're hired as a news anchor you make your own decisions, you build your own show. At 680, I'd be handed a script and told in what segment to make it fit. I'd be forced to turn three messy pages into 30 seconds."
Mr. Cleaver blames the station's cutback in the number of field reporters, a lack of morale and a "draining" daily grind for spoiling his high hopes for 680 News. He fled after 18 months.
"They want to appeal to the business guys knocking off
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