David Ward, a CKUA Stalwart, Has Passed Away

David Ward death – David Ward, Senior Producer, Programming at CKUA Radio Network who Lives in Calgary, Alberta has passed away. The news of his passing was shared by his friends on Facebook. David was an amazing, patient, kind, considerate and engaged human. Joelle May, Promotions and Logistics Manager at Sakamoto Agency and Owner and Publicist at ModMay Promotions stated that she was sorry to learn of the passing of David.

Joelle stated that David was a CKUA stalwart forever and just a lovely person, he booked interviews she requested when she was first getting started in publicity. and years later after she had moved to Vancouver tried to lure her back to Calgary with a potential job offer at CKUA. “If I hadn’t moved a few years before I’d have jumped at it, Joelle said.

He did these sorts of things for many people I’m sure, and was a huge supporter of music within Alberta, and across Canada, David stated. ‘Wish I knew him better but I’m glad to have known him at all. He’ll be greatly missed by many I’m sure, including myself”. David’s cause of death is unknown at the time of this publication. Additional information regarding his passing will be provided when it is available.

Who is David Ward?

David, a native of Edmonton, Alberta was a great figure in figure on CKUA. David hosted and produced from two different buildings in Edmonton and three separate locations in Calgary: By Request, Saturday/Sunday Breakfast, Pop & Scratch, A Bluegrass State of Mind, Alberta Morning, Sounds Live, Music For A Sunday Afternoon, Time For Jazz, The Afternoon Edition, Ballads and Blue Notes, Nightcap, Freeway.

David was involved in some of the many special live broadcast events which includes Touch The Transmitter Tour (1997), The Banff Jazz Workshop (2003), The Yardbird Suite’s 20th Anniversary (2004), numerous broadcasts from Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore Folk Festivals, Alberta Scene at the National Arts Centre (2005), CKUA’s 75th Anniversary (2004), Wide Cut Country’s 10th Anniversary (2010), Folk Routes’ 20th Anniversary (2015), Mulligan Stew’s 20th Anniversary (2015), the opening of the Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio in the National Music Centre (2016), Canadian Folk Music Awards (2015, 2018), Saturday afternoon at the Juno Awards (2016), Touch The Transmitter Tour 2.0 (2017), CKUA’s 90th Anniversary (2017), Holger Petersen’s 70th Birthday (2019).

David obituary and funeral plan will be released by his family.

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