RTNDA’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Prairie winners

The Association of Electronic Journalists (RTNDA) has announced that Tim
Spelliscy and Jim Smalley will receive the organization’s 2011 Lifetime
Achievement Awards in the Prairie Region.

Spelliscy began his career in small town radio, moving on to writing and and announcing (he was “the voice of the Oilders”) and eventually station managment (he headed the former ITV News, now Global Edmonton), a press release notes. He’s highly involved in the Edmonton community as a fundraiser, board member and volunteer emcee. The release notes that “Recognized for his news savvy and hard work, Tim grew the staff and hours of news to a market leading 40 hours per week – adding remote weather stations, microwave trucks, and Edmonton’s first television meteorologist. ITV News became the most comprehensive news coverage from the busiest newsroom in the city.”

Jim Smalley’s career in radio began in 1973 in Dryden, Ontario: he then moved out West for a series of radio stints before landing at CKRM in 1982, where he’s worked as farm news director ever since. He hosted agricultural reports on CTV Regina for nearly 15 years and became host of “Newsline at Noon” in 2007.