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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Lawrence “Bob” Washington (1934-2016)


Born at Wadena, Saskatchewan on 19 August 1934, his career in radio broadcasting took him to Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Winnipeg (CJOB), Montreal (CKGM), then back to Winnipeg (CKRC). He became known internationally as the “Voice of K-Tel” when he began doing television spots for Phil Kives’ K-Tel International. He was active as a community volunteer with Variety Telethons, Red River Exhibition, Manitoba Centennial Corporation, Pan Am Games, and Meals on Wheels. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2005 and died there on 10 December 2016.


“City man is voice-with-a-smile for K-Tel TV ads,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1977, page 85.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 2016.

We thank Dan Morier for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2019

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