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Postby radiofan » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:30 am

Bell Media Mourns the Death of Long-Time Radio Executive and Industry Champion Patrick Cardinal
– Cardinal to be inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame on May 5 during Canadian Music Week –

EDMONTON (April 20, 2016) – Bell Media extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Bell Media Radio Edmonton General Manager Patrick (Pat) Cardinal. Cardinal passed away last night in Vancouver at the age of 54 after a two-year battle with cancer.

“Pat loved radio, an industry to which he dedicated his entire career and worked tirelessly to shape and grow, earning the deep respect and admiration of his industry colleagues and peers,” said Stewart Meyers, Vice-President, Bell Media Radio Alberta. “Pat’s creativity and vision have had a profound and positive impact on the stations and staff of Bell Media Radio Edmonton, as well as the numerous people and lives he touched across Canadian radio operations. Pat was a unique character and a ferocious competitor, yet one who always paused to enjoy a laugh. We are deeply saddened by this loss. He will be sorely missed.”

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Cardinal began his radio career in 1979 at CJRL Radio in Kenora, ONT., before heading back westward to Winnipeg in 1981, where he spent six years with CFRW. He continued to zig-zag the country, with stints in Vancouver, Hamilton, ONT., Edmonton, and Toronto before heading west once again to Vancouver. In 2003, Cardinal was back in Toronto in the role of Station Manager for CISS-FM/CJAQ-FM. In 2006, he worked as Operations Manager for Newcap Radio Group Edmonton until 2008, followed by a role as Program Manager for Newcap Alberta. In 2012, Cardinal was named General Manager for Astral Radio’s Edmonton stations (later acquired by Bell Media) including 100.3 The Bear, 104.9 VIRGIN RADIO, and TSN 1260.

Capping off what was a tremendous career, Cardinal will be posthumously inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week on May 5.

ref. - http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/bell-m ... -cardinal/

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Patrick with myself, Gord Lansdell and Mike Cleaver at the June 2015 Radio West GTG.
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Re: Patrick Cardinal passes

Postby radiofan » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:31 am

Going through the Radio West archives this morning, I came across this 1988 aircheck of Pat Cardinal from Vancouver's 1040 KICKS (originally posted on Radio West in 2008).


The guy who engineered the return of Rob & Audie was Pat Cardinal, OM for Newcap's Capital FM and K-97 in Edmonton. Pat's been on air and has programmed numerous stations across Canada including CKLG, CHED, CKXY. Pat launched Vancouver's JACK FM in December 2002. Here's an aircheck of Pat when he was handling PM Drive at Vancouver's 1040 KICKS (CKXY) in March of 1988!

Pat Cardinal at CKXY March 25, 1988
Aircheck in AM Stereo!

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Re: Patrick Cardinal passes

Postby CubbyCam » Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:23 pm

I could be mistaken... (wouldn't be the first time) but was that Elaine Scollan doing the news at the top of that tape?
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Re: Patrick Cardinal passes

Postby jon » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:16 pm

All Access has a more complete article:

Canadian Broadcaster Patrick Cardinal Passes
April 20, 2016 at 12:18 PM (PT)

Longtime radio announcer, programmer and executive PATRICK CARDINAL died TUESDAY night, two years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 54.

Born in WINNIPEG, PATRICK CARDINAL began his radio career in 1979 at CJRL/KENORA, ONT and held numerous positions first on-air, then in programming and management, in many Canadian markets. He brought the HOWARD STERN Show to Q107/TORONTO and helped launch the JACK FM format first in VANCOUVER, then TORONTO. Most recently, CARDINAL was GM for BELL MEDIA/EDMONTON stations.

“PAT made great radio, he caused waves and was someone I preferred to work with rather than compete against,” JIM PATTISON BROADCAST GROUP Dir./Programming ROSS WINTERS said. “When I visited PAT a few times in the past week he wanted to talk about radio and the stations that I work with. At one point PAT said, ‘I am lying here and I know more about everyone's radio stations and radio companies then anybody else because everyone comes in here and tells me stuff, that's gotta be worth something,’ which he said with a smile.”

Longtime Canadian radio executive JIM “JJ” JOHNSTON noted: “He was a giant through all of this and an inspiration to all in his battle, and well before that. He was fun, funny, smart, passionate, mischievous, talented, fearless, and kept his sense of humor right to the end.”

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (CANADA) Dir./A&R/National Promotion WARREN COPNICK said, “Today we lost a man who fought a most courageous battle with terrible disease but in the process re affirmed the strength, life and passion he had shown so many over the years in his incredible professional accomplishments to his warmth and kind hearted friendships. He will be missed by the countless number of people whose lives in the music industry he touched as a teacher, mentor and inspiration. Radio upstairs is much better this am. It’s not goodbye ... its later, PAT!”

Last MONDAY, the final full day of his life, CARDINAL learned that he would be inducted into the CANADIAN BROADCAST HALL OF FAME at CANADA MUSIC WEEK on MAY 5th. He passed TUESDAY night in Vancouver; he was with his son KAEL CARDINAL and surrounded by friends.

Details for a celebration of life in TORONTO will soon be announced.
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Re: Patrick Cardinal passes

Postby radiofan » Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:51 pm

SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2016
Patrick John Cardinal
May 25, 1961-April 19, 2016


Canadian broadcasting has lost one of its most influential thinkers/ obsessives: Patrick Cardinal, a radio geek from childhood who never lost the passion as he climbed the corporate ladder and crisscrossed the country, died this week in Vancouver.

Patrick, Pat, Patty, Dad - father to Kael, brother to Jeff - was loved by so many.

Born in Winnipeg, Pat grew up all over the place, including Germany, Italy, Kenora, Dryden, Thunder Bay and Edmonton - with father, Rene; mother, Penny; and little brother (by just under one year) Jeff. Pat caught the travel bug early - and never lost it.

Summers were spent in Ontario at the cabin at Hawk Lake and at Willard Lake, where his grandparents owned a fishing camp.

Pat's teen years were mostly about Air Cadets, which helped shape the leader and person he would become. He started at 12 in Thunder Bay, and upon moving to Edmonton at 13, joined 12 Squadron with new school chum Blake Dean, who became a lifelong friend. Pat became squadron leader within two years, remarkably achieving the title of Warrant Officer before he was 16.

Pat's other obsession growing up, which he would turn into a career, was radio. As a child, he spent his allowance on records - The Guess Who's American Woman was his first purchase. By the time he was 12, he was recording himself on cassette. He joined the high school radio club, broadcasting at lunchtime. At night, he would lie in his room and tune the radio to far- away places on the AM dial - especially WLS in Chicago.

In 1979, Patrick turned his passion into a paycheque, landing his first job at CJRL in Kenora, as 'The Brave Stranger.' A summer gig turned into full time work. In 1981, he moved to CFRW in Winnipeg - initially as Brad Wilson; after a format change he became... Pat Cardinal. His career took him to 1040 Kicks and LG73 in Vancouver, then Hamilton, where he launched K-Lite FM, Edmonton for Power 92, and Toronto where he brought the Howard Stern Show to Q107. He helped launch JACK FM in Vancouver and then Toronto. In 2008, he became operations manager for Newcap Radio's Edmonton stations and later Alberta Program and Operations Manager. In 2011, he became GM for Astral's Edmonton radio stations, now owned by Bell Media.

Over the years, he learned from mentors including Brad Phillips, Howard Kroeger, Jim 'JJ' Johnson, Doug Rutherford, Gary Slaight and the late Bob Laine - and in turn mentored countless others.

Radio was not just a job for Patrick. He loved driving and punching around the dial, especially on road trips - where he could listen to radio in other markets. A favourite game was driving around, listening to song intros, trying to hit the post.

Pat was an early Internet adopter, lover of films (especially The Godfather), reader of maps and a world traveller. Berlin, New York and L.A. were favourite destinations. He loved watching (and playing) golf, and playing video games with Kael.

Kael was born in 1989 - Patrick's son with then-partner Natalie. Kael was the most important person in Patrick's life. He took huge pride in Kael's intelligence, kindness and achievements. His final words were 'I love you, son.'

In 2014, Patrick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought it like a warrior and outlived predictions. He travelled, golfed with buddies, spent time with Kael and continued to obsess over ratings and other radio goings-on. Sunday dinners at Lorne and Joanne's were a weekly, grounding highlight.

The support he received from friends through this time has been enormous - especially from former wife, Kathy, Natalie and Rob, Chris, Lorne, Joanne and Richard - almost nightly visitors, Mark Pooley, Dan Lak, Vinka, Tamara, Marsha, Steve Jones and too many others to list. Every single visitor meant the world to Pat. In Toronto, Warren kept others in the industry informed about how Pat was doing.

Kael, Jeff and his wife, Barb, Kathy and Auntie Mary went over and above, staying with Patrick to look after him. Special thanks to the wonderful Dr. Daniel Renouf and the caring staff at the Vancouver General Hospital palliative care unit.

At home and at VGH, Patrick hosted a steady stream of visitors, many of whom travelled from out of town to see him. He held a party, which got a bit too rowdy for the palliative unit (where the staff were remarkable and kind). He made appointments on his laptop, scheduling people in. Many had booked plane tickets for pending visits. Pat's final outing was Tuesday afternoon - Starbucks for a latte.

He died Tuesday night in his room with a view at VGH, holding Kael's hand and surrounded by friends - including two of his exes, which says a lot about him. AC/DC was playing softly in the background.

Patrick is survived by son, Kael; brother, Jeff and his wife, Barb; nephew, Scott and niece, Krystal; Auntie Mary; cousins, Allan (Tricia) and Laura and their children; Uncle George (Josie) and cousin, Stephen; Aunt Margaret (Morris) and cousins, Beverly, Doug and Barb; cousins, Rob, Barry, Jamie, Michelle; extended family and so many friends. Predeceased by parents, Penny and Rene; beloved grandparents; Uncle Mike; Uncle Bob and cousin, David.

On the last full day of his life, Patrick learned that he would be inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame during Canadian Music Week in May. He was on a conference call with more than 20 people across North America when he received the news. 'Thank you so much,' he said, deeply emotional. 'I'm overwhelmed.'

A celebration of Pat's life will be held in Toronto at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the cancer charity of your choice.

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Re: Patrick Cardinal passes

Postby radiofan » Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:15 am

From a Facebook post by Pat's longtime friend Pat Bohn who was with Pat hours before he passed away/



Pat Bohn with Patrick Cardinal.

April 21 at 12:27am ·

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I want to take a moment of your time to follow up on the outpouring for Patrick Cardinal.

Pat's contributions to the industry we love are many. For me personally, it is framed in the work we did together launching JACK-FM in Vancouver. And then into the United States. He loved the idea and took us all along for the ride. Like him, it was a hit.

I spent the last afternoon of his life, with him and Kathy Cardinal. Through the afternoon, we told each other so many JACK-FM stories. That brought up so many names: Arnie, Sandy and Gary, Rael and Tony, Howard and Howard to name just a few. That ride and the wave of success were a thrill and we enjoyed the memories together.

Pat was over the top with the news of his Hall of Fame induction. He expressed to me, many times yesterday, his appreciation to all who contributed to his selection. He intimated that Gary Slaight and Julie Adam were behind it. The outpouring of love and recognition brought happiness to those inquisitive eyes.

Late yesterday afternoon, Kathy, Pat and I began our great adventure. It was a Vancouver day you live for. The sun, ocean and mountains all in Spring bloom. They were a magnet drawing us outside from the "room with a view."

Pat wanted to get out there. He wanted the sun in his face and the air in his lungs. So with the help of a very caring medical staff, Kathy and I got him from bed-to-wheelchair. We made the trip down 16 floors, out to the street level to sit and enjoy the sun. For about 5 minutes! Pat had made up his mind. He wanted to go down the block to Starbucks.

So down the street we rolled. Upon arriving, he wanted to order and that meant being wheeled in. (Okay, he would have preferred to walk in.) He ordered, and as quickly as the bill was presented, he pulled out his Starbucks' card and paid. He was going to buy his own last drink. That was for sure.

It was an incredible journey and I have attached the one last picture, "Patrick Cardinal's trip to Starbucks." One more memory on the courageous road he travelled.

Loving thoughts xo
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