Kim Calloway was a familiar voice on the radio for more than two decades in Kelowna. Calloway, 69, died of complications from lung cancer.
Kim Calloway was 69.
Most recently a news reader for radio station Q103.1, Calloway had worked as a reporter, talk show host and news anchor for more than
50 years, including almost two decades in Kelowna. He was also active in the city's music scene and supported many fundraising causes.
Calloway had proposed to his fiancee, Arlene McClelland, in early August. He had been experiencing some health problems, but received a diagnosis of late-stage lung cancer only on
"We're all in a state of shock," Jasmin Doobay, news director or Q103.1, said Friday.
"This has all happened so brutally, brutally fast.
"Kim was a classic, old-school news guy who cared so much about the community," Doobay said. "He will be sadly missed."
Calloway started working in radio in Toronto in the early 1960s. A few years later, he was hosting his own nightly show on CHUM-FM, interviewing musicians such as Neil Young and Pete Townshend.
As a news reporter, he was sent to the U.S to cover the aftermath of the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
In a 2007 reminiscence, Calloway said a particular career highlight was interviewing John Lennon in Toronto on May 26, 1969.
Lost for decades, the tape of the interview had then been recently discovered and a copy sent to Calloway.
Upon hearing it again, Calloway said: "I guess you'd have to say it's one of my more treasured possessions, even though I sound like a nervous and slightly pretentious hippie guy in his 20s - which of course I more or less was!"