Some Windsor and Detroit radio listeners from the 1970s might remember the voice of Bobby Gale on the airwaves. The Windsor-born radio host and music mogul died in an incident on the 401 on the weekend.
The 62-year-old was returning home to Ontario from a concert in Montreal when he was struck by a tractor trailer after leaving his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene near Kingston just before 4 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Gale was born in Windsor and went to Patterson Collegiate, where he set up an in-school radio station. He joined CJOM-FM 88 doing weekend overnights in 1972 at the age of 16. His radio career took him from Windsor to Winnipeg, Montreal and Toronto before he joined Polygram Records, where he did radio promotions.
The gang at 99.3 Country FM paid tribute to their colleague on the station’s website and hosted a special broadcast Sunday afternoon, the usual slot for Gale’s show “The Sunday Glide.” Listen to it online.
His friend of 45 years, Jim JJ Johnson, who hosted the radio tribute, posted a social message about Gale shortly after hearing the news:
OPP say the truck driver remained at the scene of Saturday’s crash, and they’re not considering any charges.