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The voice of radio retires from station
After 37 years at the local station Randy Spencer is leaving
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Randy Spencer, the voice of radio in the Pass retires after 37 years in the Crowsnest Pass.
LISA SYGUTEK
Publisher
We all know that voice, the voice of morning radio’s Randy Spencer from CJPR, which later became Mountain Radio. Spencer announced his retirement from the station to council at Governance and Priorities meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Councillor Marlene Anctil summed it up perfectly, “You’ve been my alarm clock for as many years as I can remember Randy. I’m sure going to miss you”.

After graduating from high school Spencer attended Lethbridge Community College at the age of 19 studying Radio Arts with a big dream to become a disc jockey.

One day while reading the news at the college, Spencer’s voice was heard by the news director at CJOC Lethbridge, Bill Skelton, who told him to apply for a news job at the station. According to Spencer, “I applied not knowing a things about radio, really, he hired me and I’ve never looked back. That man taught me everything I know”.
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Ironically during the same period another manager at CJOC heard Spencer and offered him a different job at the station, as a disc jockey. “I had to tell him no because I was already hired there to do news. Apparently they liked my sound”.

I worked in Lethbridge for 5 years when an opportunity arose in the Crowsnest Pass when CJOC opened an office in the area. “I applied for the job and got it. The year was 1979 and the five communities had just amalgamated into the Crowsnest Pass with Jerry Rejman as the first mayor.”

According to Spencer it’s been a wild and amazing career, “I was around for fires, floods and freezing in the Crowsnest Pass. I watched countless mayors and councillors pass through the community and watched it grow”. “I’ve been here for the best stories and the most tragic. I’ve met premiers and politicians and wouldn’t change a thing”.
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Spencer wasn’t quite ready to retire but when the station changed hands to Real Country, he was given a retirement package as part of a rebrand. Spencer’s replacement is Jess Harrington who indicated to council that she had big shoes to fill. In Spencer’s words, “I thought I had a few years left in me, I was just starting to get good”.

Spencer now has time to enjoy hunting, his family and will not miss commuting to work. “I want to thank my faithful listeners throughout the years. I was blessed to have such a great job in such a wonderful community for 37 years”.
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