Monday, April 15, 2019

R.I.P.: Bobby Gale, Canadian Radio Veteran

Bobby Gale
Radio and music industry veteran Bobby Gale died Friday night following a car accident in Kingston, Ontario on his way home from a concert in Montreal, reports Broadcast Dialogue.

Gale, who had called Prince Edward County, ON home for the last 15 years, had been the host of Sunday Glide on community radio station County FM (CJPE-FM) since 2015.

Growing up in Windsor, Gale’s first foray into radio was at CJOM 88 Windsor in 1975. Gale quickly moved on to take on swing at 106 FM (WWWW-FM) in Detroit, where he worked alongside the legendary Howard Stern, Dan Carlisle and Jerry Lubin. Stints at CHIQ-FM Winnipeg, CHOM-FM Montreal and Q107 (CILQ-FM) Toronto followed.

In 1980, Gale started a decade-long career as the PolyGram promotions and publicity rep for Ontario and Manitoba. He went on to start his own independent radio promotions company plug (MUSIC) Inc. in 1992, and later Global Live Artist Direction (GLAD), providing artist management, media relations and bookings.

J.J. Johnston, County FM’s original interim general manager, who enlisted Gale to return to his radio roots, posted on Facebook that the industry “lost a good one last night.”

“Bobby Gale, the legend, a friend of thousands and a personal friend for 45 years was killed last night on the highway back from a concert in Montreal. He was devoted to music right to the end,” wrote Johnston.

(Editor's note: Not to be confused with Bob Gale, longtime NEPA Radio Personality, now at WHLM in Bloomsburg, PA)

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