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Today, when you turn the dial to CKNW 980 AM, some of the boldest voices you hear belong to women. Hosts Simi Sara and Lynda Steele now host two of CKNW’s three flagship talk shows, and female reporters have dominated CKNW’s reporting and won numerous awards. But this is not always the case. In honor of CKNW’s 75th anniversary, some of the pioneers who helped open the world of broadcasting spoke with Sara and Jon McComb about what it was like to open those doors.

“In the mid-to-late 1970s, a trend began at CKNW that changed the voice of broadcast news and broadcast reporting,” said Belle Puri, a former CKNW reporter who is now at CBC. “It changed news and then sports.” When Shirley Stocker started working at CKNW in 1971, she was the first female producer to work at the station.

She said there was initial resistance from viewers. “A woman called me and said, ‘I don’t like the women on the show.’ Are you wearing pants?” she said. “I don’t care, I think that’s my job, that’s what I’m doing, and if they don’t like it, it would be a shame.” Journalist Doriana Temolo, who started working at the station in 1978, recounted a similar experience.

“When you answer the phone, they think you’re the receptionist. I was told, ‘I don’t want to talk to you, I want to talk to a man, I want to talk to a sensible person,'” she said. “I’m dead.” But things changed. Stock said the hosts embraced their colleagues and viewers followed suit.

Puri said the door opened even wider when former CKNW station manager Warren Barker offered her a chance to fill in for Saturday Night Sports. “Within a few months, within a year, Laura Ornest became an official member of the CKNW sports team, along with Big Al [Davidson] and all these names,” she said.

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