Norm Wright, long-time broadcaster and a co-founder of Lake 88 radio in Perth, has passed away. A Perth native, Wright had an extensive career as a radio and television broadcast professional and educator. He died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at Lanark Lodge in Perth at the age of 82.
Norm, along with partner Brian Perkin, worked for two years to secure a radio licence for Perth and area, with final CRTC approval to operate a station at a frequency of 88.1 FM approved 15 years ago this month. Norm teamed up with news announcers Michael O’Brien and then Ian Sutton to host Lake 88’s morning show in the early days of the new station. He retired from the station in 2014.
Norm’s career began in 1957 when he was hired as a 17-year-old announcer at CFCO Radio in Chatham, Ontario. He went on to work at CFJR in Brockville, CKSF-Cornwall and as morning man at CFRA in Ottawa. In 1961 he moved to television at CKMI-TV in Quebec City, as a news anchor and host of the popular ‘Teen Club’ show – a precursor to ‘American Bandstand’. In the early 70’s he became owner and operator of CFOM radio in Quebec City and gained agency experience as a Marketing Director with Pierre Tremblay Publicitee. Norm, along with his wife Claudette, moved to Otty Lake just outside of Perth in 1974 after being invited to join the faculty of Algonquin College’s Media Division in Ottawa, where he taught for 25 years as a Professor of Radio and Television Broadcasting. While there, Norm also worked for 14 years as a news, sports and weather anchor at the CBC affiliate CBOT-TV, Ottawa, from 1979 until 1992.
Because of pandemic restrictions, a celebration of Norm’s life will be held at a later date.