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Memorable Manitobans: Lillian Shaw (1906-1996)

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Lillian Shaw
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Radio pioneer.

Born at Winnipeg on 18 September 1906, daughter of Alfred H. Shaw (1878-?) and Rositta Ferarris (1881-1954), as of 1923 she worked as a secretary at the publicly-owned CKY radio station and was its daytime news announcer. She also played piano accompaniment for her mother, a noted sopranist, during her radio broadcasts, and she read children’s stories on the air. In 1926, she received the Radio Digest Trophy as Canada’s most popular radio announcer.

When the station was sold to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1948, she moved there and was responsible for hiring and training new personnel. She retired in 1971.

She died at Winnipeg on 29 March 1996 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Richard Proctor “Darby” Coats (c1892-1973)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sherbrook Telephone Exchange Building (297 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Lillian Shaw,” Manitoba Calling, Vol. 12, No. 3, March 1948, page 7.

“CKY marks 25th birthday on Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1948, page 3.

“Mrs. A. H. Shaw, active in curling circles, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1954, page 38.

Obituary [Rositta Shaw], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Jun 1954, page 28.

“Do you remember?” by Bob Noble, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1962, page 73.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1996, page 15.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 July 2014

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