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Memorable Manitobans: Brian Gilmore Hodgkinson (1914-1999)

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Radio broadcaster.

Born at Winnipeg on 22 April 1914, son of William M. Hodgkinson and Gertrude H. Macklin, as a teenager he worked at the pioneering CKY radio station in Winnipeg that led to a life-long interest in radio broadcasting. During the Second World War, he enlisted as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was shot down near Dunkirk, France. Captured by German forces, he spent the rest of the war in a prison camp. His wartime reminiscences were published posthumously as Spitfire Down (2002). Returning to Canada from military duty, he emigrated to the United States in the 1950s and eventually settled at Cleveland, Ohio where he was a popular radio personality for the remainder of his life. He died in 1999, survived by two sons.

See also:

CKY Winnipeg in the 1920s: Canada’s Only Experiment in Government Monopoly Broadcasting by Mary Vipond
Manitoba History, Number 12, Autumn 1986


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Lance Hodgkinson for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 December 2014

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