Darrell JanzThere’s a changing of the guards at radio and television stations in Alberta. After 44 years on the Calgary airwaves, Radio Fan reports that Dr. Dan Gavin is about to hang up his headphones at CHQR / AM 770. On the TV side, after 40 years at CTV Calgary, Darrel Janz is hanging up his microphone.

According to the Calgary Herald, “Janz celebrated 40 years at CTV Calgary this past November, a customary presence in people’s living rooms for what only seems like forever. It’s been 50 years since he did his first CTV newscast at a station in Saskatchewan.

What comes to my mind and my heart is ‘Man, have I been lucky, half a century doing what I love and 40 in a city that I grew very quickly to love,’ ” said Janz, originally from Main Centre, Sask. “It’s been an incredible honour and a thrill to be a part of this place. It grew from 420,000 people, which is what it was when I got here, to well over a million and growing like mad. It’s been an incredible ride.

Again quoting from the Calgary Herald article, “There are moments that he considers the most memorable in his lengthy career: being a reporter and backup news anchor in Montreal when the October Crisis of 1970 occurred; in the business briefly before John F. Kennedy’s assassination; on air reporting on the devastating Edmonton tornado of 1987; and of course 9/11.

And from a fun point of view,” he added, “standing right beside Frank King and Bob Nevin and Ralph Klein when Juan Antonio Samaranch announced ‘la ville de Calgary’ (as the 1988 Olympic city). Frank shot out of his chair, I’ll never forget it. I got the first interview with him, which was a great thrill.

After cutting back on his hours to weekend anchor at CTV Calgary, he left that post in December. He will, however, continue to work on a weekly feature called Inspired which focuses on southern Albertans who have a story to tell. As far as retirement is concerned, the 72-year-old isn’t even thinking about it.

I’ll probably work until my mid-70s,” he said. “I have no desire to put my feet up and my golf isn’t good enough to retire to. I can’t imagine just walking away from it. It’s too much fun and it’s been my life.”

Seems CTV Calgary cannot yet bear  to remove Janz’s bio from their website quoted below:

“Hometown: Main Centre, Saskatchewan (the real birthplace of Homer Simpson. Homer Groening, father of “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, was born at Main Centre in 1919. The family later moved to the U.S. and Matt was born there.)

Been with CTV Calgary since:1973

Career Highlights:

  • Covering the October Crisis of 1970 while working as a reporter at CFCF (CTV) Montreal
  • Covering the 1981 International Olympic Committee congress in Germany as Calgary bid for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games
  • Covering the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics and the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics
  • Following Operation Christmas Child to Bosnia and Croatia in 1995 just as the war there was ending to do a documentary on the distribution of shoe boxes filled with gifts to children. Photojournalist Kevin Green and I did a documentary called From a Child’s Hand which won the CanPro Gold Award.
  • Other awards and honours: Mount Royal College Honorary Degree, SAIT Honouray Degree, Bachelor of Communications – Journalism; Radio Television News Directors Association of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award; Volunteer Calgary Heart Of Calgary Award; Calgary Tourist and Convention’s White Hat Award For Media.

Favourite Music:

  • Classical, especially Beethoven and Mozart
  • Gospel
  • Hits of the 50s, 60s & 70s.

Favourite TV Shows:

  • WKRP in Cincinnati because I knew all those characters from my days in radio
  • The Ed Sullivan Show
  • Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In

Why I am a broadcaster: Because I have the attention span of a two year old. Seriously, I love the job because every day is new and you get to meet the greatest people and have to stay on top of what’s happening in the world.

About Me: I spent 26 years teaching Broadcast Journalism, first at SAIT and then Mount Royal College. I taught my two bosses at CTV Calgary; Len Perry who is now Vice President and General Manager and Kelly Johnston who is Director of News and Public Affairs. I also taught such broadcast legends as Pearl Tsang of CTV In Touch fame and renowned broadcast promotions producer Kate Howden.


Julie Nolan CTV EdmontonJulie Nolin joined the anchor desk at CTV Edmonton in November 2013. According to her Wikipedia listing, “She was born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Lethbridge. Prior to working in television, she was a newspaper reporter, photographer and editor. Since 1996, she has filled various roles at stations in Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Swift Current, Calgary, Saskatoon and Edmonton.

She was an anchor at A-Channel Edmonton (now Citytv Edmonton) until 2005, when she joined Citytv Vancouver and became a co-anchor on CityNews at Six alongside Roger Petersen. The newscast was cancelled on July 12, 2006; she later joined CHEK-TV as a news anchor. She left that position in 2009 to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Professional Communication (specializing in Intercultural and International Communication) at Royal Roads University, graduating in 2010.

For over six years, Nolin was a documentary director, writer and producer for the award-winning program, “The Sharing Circle,” which airs on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Her great, great grandfather is Metis politician Charles Nolin.

She was a reporter/producer at CTV British Columbia before joining CTV Edmonton as an anchor/reporter in November 2013.

Nolin is married to animation director and Canadian editorial cartoonist Craig George. They have two sons.”


Amber Schinkel CTV EdmontonAmber Schinkel joined Scott Fee as co-host of Global Calgary’s Morning News Show on February 3. She replaced Susanne Fox, who left the show in December to pursue a master’s in communication. According to a press release, Schinkel has filled in on Calgary’s News Hour Final show and has also worked as a reporter and anchor for the morning show. Schinkel is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s broadcast diploma program and previously worked at 660News Radio in Calgary and Global Lethbridge for several years, including a stint as news anchor.


Alberta Media MovesDavid Howell is leaving his position as City Editor at the Edmonton Journal to take on an undetermined role within the newspaper. Howell spent three years as assignment editor and another two as city editor at the Journal. “He wanted a new challenge within the newsroom,” Coombs said. “We are still sorting out the details of the new position, although it will likely involve both editing and writing.” Mark Iype is the Journal‘s new city editor, fresh from his position as senior editor with the Telegraph-Journal, St John, New Brunswick’s daily newspaper.

If you know of someone making a move in or out of the media in Alberta, please send me the news at marilyn @ mediamag.ca.