Carr, Denis Monte, 1939-1999

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Carr, Denis Monte, 1939-1999

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Denis (Denny) Monte Carr was born on June 16, 1939 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He received his primary education at Lord Robertson School in Vancouver and attended high school in Quesnel and Richmond, B.C. Carr also attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon for two years.

Carr's career in radio broadcasting began when he was employed part-time at CKCQ in Quesnel while attending high school. In 1959, he was employed full-time at CKWL in Williams Lake, B.C. and remained there until taking a job at CKSA in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan in 1961. On August 31, 1961, Carr joined CFQC in Saskatoon and shortly thereafter joined up with radio personality Wally Stambuck to form the team of "Wal 'n Den". Carr and Stambuck spent many years together on the air, playing practical jokes, interviewing celebrities and involving themselves in Saskatoon community events. In 1978, the Wal 'n Den show won the Billboard Magazine "Award of Broadcast Excellence by International Radio Programming Forum"; Carr travelled to New York City to receive the award. After Stambuck left CFQC, Carr continued to work for the station as a radio host and in a management position until 1991, when he joined CJWW in Saskatoon. Carr remained at CJWW until his death on July 22, 1999.

Active in numerous provincial and local organizations, Carr developed the Salvation Army "Secret Santa" Campaign; was a director for the Elmwood Residences and was vice-chair for the Royal University Hospital Foundation. He was also a major supporter of the Saskatchewan Heart Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the Canadian Cancer Society. Carr received numerous awards and honours in recognition of his outstanding community involvement including the Rotary Club "Golden Wheel Award" for Arts and Education (1991); the Saskatoon Press Club "Community Commitment of Merit" Award (1993); Saskatoon Citizen of the Year (1999); the Legend and Legacy Award from the Saskatchewan Country Music Association; the YMCA Volunteer of the Year; and the Order of Canada.

Carr married Verna Antifave in 1967. They had two children: Christie and Trevor.

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