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Former politician, radio host Barrie Clark dead at 86

Last Updated Mar 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm PDT

(Courtesy City of Vancouver Archives)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Former politician and radio talk show host Barrie Clark has died, according to reports from former broadcasting co-workers. He was 86 years old.

Clark began his radio career in 1949 after graduating from Kelowna High School. He came to the Lower Mainland in the 1950s and was one of the first employees of CKLG, then in North Vancouver.

In the 1960s, he joined Jim MacDonald to co-host a talk show on CKWX (now NEWS 1130).

He jumped into provincial politics in 1966, elected as a Liberal for North Vancouver-Seymour, was re-elected in 1969 but lost in the NDP sweep in 1972.

Despite his political affiliation, he was appointed the province’s first Rentalsman by the Dave Barrett New Democrats in early 1974.

He returned to radio, hosting a mid-day talk show at CJOR, returning to the Okanagan in 1988 when the later station abandoned talk and became a rock station.

Clark served as an alderman in the District of North Vancouver and later as a city councillor in Kelowna, but lost a council bid in West Vancouver in 1988.

Soon after CHAN-TV signed on in 1960, Clark was a number of radio people hired by the new independent station and found himself emceeing a dance show.

He passed away last Friday.