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Cal George and Nina



Nina Anthony – News Director CJOR 1942-1943; Program Director CKMO Vancouver late 1940s; women's editor then host ‘Our Neighbour Nina’ CKWX Vancouver 1940s-50s; Director of TUTS (Theatre Under the Stars) Vancouver; columnist Westender newspaper .  Died March 28, 1990 at age 84




Nina Faith Anthony was born in Australia, later lived in England, France and the U.S. - where she studied medicine for five years - before moving to Vancouver.


Nina says she joined radio station CJOR  (1942-1943) as news director being  paid $13.75 a week and hosting a daily program before working for an advertising agency (Lovick) where she wrote speeches for federal, provincial and municipal politicians.


In the late 1940s, she joined radio station CKMO as program director before moving to CKWX as copy chief and the host of Neighbor Nina, a daily interview program that had the highest rating in its time period.


She also served as a director of Theatre Under the Stars, was a vice-president of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and was a member of the Vancouver Art Gallery publicity committee, a founder member of the Vancouver Ballet Society and a member of the Empire Games women's committee.


In 1961 she moved to the Sechelt Peninsula to open a restaurant business before returning to Vancouver to become director of public relations for the Vancouver Opera Association and the B.C. division of the Canadian Red Cross Society.


After retiring from her public relations career in 1975, she returned to work as a columnist with the West Ender newspaper


Mrs. Anthony is survived by her son, Finley, a well-known city advertising executive; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.




Rehearsal time for "Our Neighbour Nina" finds WX staffer Nina Anthony and Cal George in the CKWX kitchen.  Their project: pre-test a recipe for their daily afternoon show, from 2:05-3 pm.  Recipes form only part of "Our Neighbour Nina." Nina and Cal tell where to shop for best buys, give household hints, and discuss personalities of the entertainment world.  A show enjoyed by B.C.'s womenfolk.


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