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Karamanos, Rigas Evangelos - 2015
Keller, Wilfred Arthur (Wilf) - 2017
Kennedy, Alex - 2014
Kennedy, Peter Hugh - 1978
Kilcher, Mark - 2003
Kilden, Marie - 1985
Kimber, Clement James - 1978
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Knowles, Robert Patrick - 2006
Knowles, Robert Gordon - 1990
Koch, Alanna Lee - 2011
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PortraitRobert Gordon Knowles

Robert Gordon Knowles, who led in making farm broadcasts an important source of information for farmers across Canada, was born at Rutland, Sask., February 5, 1920.

A graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with both bachelor and masterís degrees in agriculture, he made a career of using radio to bring up-to-date and useful information to farmers in their homes and on their tractors.

He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a farm commentator Dec. 151944, stationed at Watrous. He rose quickly through the ranks, becoming regional producer in 1950 and in 1955 he was placed in charge of the farm and fisheries broadcasts across Canada.

This was a period of growth and expansion in CBC radio and television agricultural programming. Bob was an active promoter of National Farm Radio Forum, a talk-back presentation involving rural people across the country, and of the daily noon farm broadcasts, 4-H Club and gardening broadcasts on radio and the weekly regional Country Calendar programs on television. In 1958 he arranged a direct radio link featuring discussion programs with farmers from Britain, Australia, India, the United States and Canada.

In 1980 he was a participant in discussions on rural broadcasting at a Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference in India. In 1964 and 1966 he undertook short term assignments with UNESCO and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

In 1967 Bob was given leave of absence from the CBC to help the United Nations establish radio networks that provided farming advice to people in developing countries. One of his accomplishments was to provide leadership in setting guidelines for farm broadcasting for FAO.

On his return to Canada and Saskatchewan in 1970 he teamed up with CBC's Saskatchewan staff to strengthen rural programming on CBK.

In other activities he helped form the Canadian Farm Writers Federation, and throughout his career was a member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, serving on the Saskatchewan council 1977-79. He retired from the CBC in 1980.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1990
by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the
Saskatchewan institute of Agrologists."

 

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