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Longtime CKNW news director Warren Barker dies at age 92

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A legendary force in British Columbia radio has passed away. Longtime CKNW news director and broadcaster Warren Barker died at the age of 92 – Jun 15, 2021

One of the people who made 980 CKNW a leading voice in news has died.

Warren Barker’s family said he died Tuesday at the age of 92.

Barker was CKNW’s news director for more than 30 years. His voice was legendary and his influence on broadcasters was immense.

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Barker worked long hours to ensure newscasts were fair and accurate. His on-air delivery was near flawless.

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In the days before computers, Barker’s filing system ensured CKNW stayed on top of new stories.

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Barker gave many young reporters their first shot, possibly covering a local council meeting.

The branches of his news “family tree” feature journalists across the country.

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