Longtime Stoney Creek resident, former CHML/CKDS/CFRB news director Don Johnston remembered

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Former Spectator reporter and CHML/CKDS/CFRB news director Don Johnston with his wife Helen at the 2019 CHML reunion.

Donald Frank Johnston is being remembered as a quiet, nice and mild-mannered one which had a terrific sense for what made a good news story.

“Don would see tales the place totally different people couldn’t,” acknowledged Warren Beck, who labored as a radio data reporter for Johnston throughout the Nineteen Sixties and adjusted him as data director at CHML/CKDS in 1972 after Johnston went to run the newsroom at CFRB. “He had an excellent sense for data.”

Don Johnston died in Oakville on Feb. 28.

He was in his 92nd 12 months.

Johnston was born in Walkerville (in southwestern Ontario) nonetheless grew up in Hamilton and attended Westdale Collegiate.

He was intrigued by the data enterprise and began his career correct out of highschool, changing into a member of the Spectator the place he labored as a reproduction boy and later coated a variety of beats along with the courts and Metropolis Hall.

Johnston was later drawn to radio data and joined CHML first as a result of the station’s Metropolis Hall reporter after which as data director, a job he held from spherical 1954 to 1972.

Beck recalled Johnston oversaw a data division that included as many as 25 full- and part-time data readers and reporters at two stations and helped make CHML renowned for its data safety.

“We did prime quality data tales and we coated each little factor,” Beck acknowledged. “When he was data director, we’d battle the Spectator like crazy to get the story first and get it correct.”

Beck acknowledged Johnston was a longtime Stoney Creek resident and a terrific pianist who cherished to play jazz.

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When CFRB marketed for a data director in one in every of many Toronto newspapers, Beck recalled the newsroom individuals at CHML questioned if Johnston would apply.

“To our shock, Don had already utilized for the job,” Beck acknowledged. “That was the No. 1 radio station in Canada.”

Johnston labored at CFRB for 15 years until his retirement and in 1984 he co-founded the Gordon Sinclair Foundation to help youthful journalists.

He is survived by Helen, his partner of better than 65 years.

A celebration of life for Don Johnston will in all probability be held at Smith’s Funeral Residence in Burlington (Guelph Line location) on March 12 at 1 p.m.

Visitation with the family begins at noon.

See www.smithsfh.com for further data.

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