Vic Dubois (1947-)
Vic Dubois was born on April 28th 1947, and began his radio broadcasting career in 1969. He spent his first 6 years in small market radio working in Smithers and Chilliwack, B.C. Opportunity knocked and he moved to Red Deer in 1975 to work at CKGY and also then joined CHQR Calgary in 1980. Vic put his strong skillset to use as program director, morning show announcer and music director.
His immersion into the Saskatoon community began in 1983 when he was hired at CJWW as program director where he progressed in management to Vice President of parent company, Forvest Broadcasting. It was then that Vic was responsible for the radio stations in Regina and Saskatoon and oversaw the stations in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Vic led the company in the purchase of Saskatoon’s oldest radio station, CFQC 600, and its flip to FM. His strong leadership attributed to his promotion in 1997 to president.
When Elmer Hildebrand won the licence for a new FM station for Saskatoon and purchased the remaining Forvest’s stations in the city, Vic was retained as general manager for the three stations now operating as Saskatoon Media Group.
Vic still (2016) enjoys attending regular programming, promotion and music meetings to help provide leadership and guidance. And he still finds time to write and voice daily editorial commentaries and host a weekly 4-hour Oldies show on CJMK-FM.
Vic has a long track record of community service in Saskatoon, serving on numerous volunteer boards. He is a past-president of the Saskatoon Arts & Convention Centre, a past-president of the Saskatoon Exhibition Association, a past-president of the Saskatoon Club, a past-president of Lead Saskatoon, and a past-president of Tourism Saskatoon. He also chaired the 2012 host committee for the Canadian Country Music Awards held in Saskatoon.
He is president and founding Board member of the CJWW Denny Carr Secret Santa Foundation, a registered charity providing Christmas food and toy hampers to 800 needy Saskatoon families each year. He is a director of the Saskatoon Rotary Club and Public Relations director for Rotary District 5550. He is a Saskatchewan member of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. After 47 years in radio, 33 of them in Saskatoon, he continues to volunteer his time as a master of ceremonies for various humanitarian events.
Vic has been presented with a Tourism Leadership Award as an ambassador of the city of Sakatoon and the province demonstrating true Saskatchewan spirit. He has also been a recipient of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal, the City of Saskatoon Certificate of Distinguished Service, is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Lions Foundation of Canada, and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
Through the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters, Vic instigated two initiatives: one that resulted in eliminating the need for lottery radio commercials to include the lottery licence numbers within the produced spots; the other regarding having the provincial government change the decades-old requirement that municipalities advertise public meetings via the print medium to allow them to advertise on radio or television as well.
Vic has been a Prairie Panel adjudicator for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for the past 14 years. He has twice been president of the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters and is a past-president of the Western Association of Broadcasters. Recently in 2014 he was inducted into the SAB Hall of Fame and in 2016 was inducted into the prestigious WAB Hall of Fame.