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William Hutton

William Hutton

Vice-President & General Manager

William (Bill) Malcolm Hutton born March 6, 1926 in Moncton, N.B. The son of the late Harry and Lottie (Loggie) Hutton, Bill died peacefully May 13, 2009 at QEII, Halifax, after a short illness. He attended school in Moncton and Saint John, N.B. and served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War with the Carleton and York Regiment. At war’s end he was a sergeant. He began his career in radio news in Moncton and Saint John, was a reporter for the St. Croix Courier in St. Stephen, N.B., an editor with Broadcast News, Toronto, the news director of CFRB - Toronto, CKWX - Vancouver, bureau chief of Selkirk News - Ottawa, chief executive officer of London Broadcasting and Independent Radio News - London, England, and general manager of CFNY - Brampton.

He was a former member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and past president of the National Press Club, the Moncton Press Club, and the B.C. Newsman’s Club. He was the founder and first President of the Radio and Television News Director’s Association (RTNDA) of Canada. He received their President’s Award in 1983, the Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and, in 2008, the RTNDA introduced the Bill Hutton Award of Excellence. He retired from broadcasting in 1989. He is survived by his wife Janet (Morrison), son Sandy and his wife Susan of Waverley, N.S., son Mark of Vancouver, and daughters, Patricia and Martha of Halifax, sister Barbara of Sussex, N.B., brothers Robert (Judy) of Sussex, N.B. and James (Linda) of Riverview, N.B. and three grandchildren Lauren, Sarah and Peter. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family.

David Marsden writes:

Bill Hutton was a VERY important part of the "go ahead" aspect of CFNY. He was definitely the man behind the incredible team that built that radio station.

Here is what I posted on my site:

HALIFAX, N.S. - William (Bill) Hutton, a former longtime broadcaster and past president of the National Press Club, died in hospital Wednesday after a short illness.

Bill Hutton was an amazing guy!!! When Selkirk took over CFNY they sent Bill Hutton in to find out what The Spirit of Radio was all about. He took me to lunch and let me explain it all to him. He listened intently and asked extremely good questions.

I didn''t know it at the time but bill had a nick-name of - The Fireman. But for all of us at CFNY that name meant nothing.

After a few more meetings together Bill Hutton let us all run with what we loved. And he made sure Selkirk kept the cheque book open to help me make my dreams come true.

Bill Hutton truly was the guy behind the scenes who allowed it all to happen.

Many of the ideas I would put forth probably would have scared the Hell out of most traditional radio Vice Presidents. Bill Hutton would smile that special smile of his, ask me a few questions and say - let''s do it.

Bill Hutton we shall never forget you. And may I say it one more time - THANK YOU!!!!

David Marsden

Last updated: Friday, May 15, 2009


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