There is no way you could have worked in the Canadian radio or recording industry over the last 45 years and not encountered Bobby Gale. He was a one-of-a-kind sort of character who was super-passionate about music.
Bobby started in radio in Windsor in 1975 before moving through Detroit, Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto over the next five years. He joined PolyGram in 1980 before striking out on his own in 1992.
I first met him when back in the 80s when he was with PolyGram, working records to young music directors like me at Q94-FM in Winnipeg. As recently as two weeks ago, he and I were on the phone discussing one of
Bobby was on his way home to Prince Edward County from a show in Montreal Friday night (April 12) when there was a terrible auto accident. He didn’t make it.
Sometime around 4 am Saturday morning, it appears that Bobby had some kind of car trouble on the westbound 401. He pulled over and got out. That’s when he was struck by a tractor-trailer. The driver stayed at the scene. Police
According to a Facebook post by JJ Johnson, “Bobby’s mom tells me there will be no funeral or celebration of life, and that Bobby’s ashes will be buried in the family plot around Windsor where he grew up.”
He will be missed. More at Broadcast Dialogue.