Scott Phillips Passes Away

Updated: Sep 1


From CCMA:


It is with an incredible heavy heart that the CCMA joins all members in the mourning of multiple CCMA Award winner and long standing CCMA member Scott Phillips. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Scott Phillips this week. Not only was he a radio legend he was a mentor and dear friend to many, including me," said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. "Some of my favourite memories with Scott will always be the many conversations about the industry he loves so much and the laughs. So many laughs. The impact of his legacy will live on in our Country Music family forever.  Scott, we will miss you terribly."  If there was one thing to say about Scott it's that radio ran in his blood — his father inspired the passion that he built a career on and his brother and daughter shared his love of broadcasting, each creating successful radio careers of their own. Scott stepped into radio at CFFR in Red Deer and it was there that he demonstrated his incredible dedication to making a career for himself in country radio. Although his father was the station's General Manager at the time, Scott started just like everyone else; working night and weekend shifts, earning each promotion he received.  Leaving Red Deer did not dim his passion for broadcasting. Following a move to Grand Prairie, Scott dedicated his time to refining his skills and talents which landed him his first major hosting job at CISN in Edmonton. In 1990, Scott landed at Country 105 in Calgary where he would spend the remaining 29 years of his broadcasting career.  While at Country 105, Scott was the Midday Host – which then allowed him to transition into the role of Music Director. In this position Scott earned 11 CCMA Award nominations and took home the title of Music Director of the Year – Major Market four times: 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Scott loved radio.  He mentored dozens of broadcasters and musicians and was quick with encouragement and patience.  He truly believed in the power of radio to transform lives and was so proud to play a founding role in the launch of Country 105's Caring for Kids Radiothon, an annual event that has gone on to raise more than 35 million dollars for the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His life was made whole when he married his best friend and the love of his life Bonnie in 1986 and he was quick to boast about his children, Robyn and Graham, any chance he got. "It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend Scott Phillips," stated Ted Ellis, Chair, CCMA Board of Directors. "A close member of our country family, Scott will be remembered as a passionate advocate of Canadian Country Music, a gifted radio programmer and most of all as a true and dedicated fan. We will miss you my friend." Our thoughts are with Scott's friends, family and all members of the Canadian music industry who are missing him today. We hope Scott's passion for radio will continue to inspire and that, in his memory, we will continue to lift each other up. 

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