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Memorable Manitobans: Keith McConnell (?-2002)

Broadcast engineer.

Born at Vernon, Ontario, he was raised at Ninette, Killarney, and Little Britain, where his early interest in electronics and radio led to a career in broadcasting. In 1934, he became a transmitter technician for radio station CJRC, becoming the chief engineer. During the Second World War, he served as a radio operator with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. When he returned to Winnipeg, he resumed his duties as chief engineer at CKRC, and with the coming of television, served as technical producer for CBWT, the Winnipeg-based CBC affiliate, when it first aired in 1954. He would serve in CBC management for 23 years, being especially proud of his assignment at the 1976 Montreal Olympics before retiring that year. He died at Winnipeg on 21 February 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 2002, page 53.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 13 May 2018

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