July 24, 2024

NWBroadcasters

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Paul Wentzel, GM of Fredricton radio cluster has passed away

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Today, we are mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Wentzell. Paul was more than just our General Manager. He was a trusted ally, a listening ear, a volunteer, a cheerleader, a husband, a father, and a grandfather.

Paul began his career in broadcasting as a radio newsman on CIHI and CKHJ in 1983 before transitioning to behind-the-scenes roles in 1985. He spent many years as Sales Director with Bell Media Radio in Fredericton and most recently was an admired General Sales Manager here at Stingray Radio. He had many friends in both offices, and we extend our condolences to our peers who grieve with us.

Paul’s dedication to community service was unparalleled. He was a member of UCT and was recognized as Member of the Year in 1996, 2003, and 2019. He was well known for organizing the highly successful UCT poker tournaments which today were renamed in his memory. Paul also volunteered with the charity Radio Bingo every Wednesday night as a member of the Nashwaaksis Lions Club. With the Lions he became a Melvin Jones Fellow in June. He joined the board of the York Care Foundation in 2019 as Treasurer. He was co-chair of the Fredericton Canada Day Committee and had been helping plan the city’s annual celebrations for almost thirty years.

Today, radio friends were reminiscing about time spent with Wentz after the game each Sunday night when playing co-ed slow-pitch softball. He and Anne had opened their home where much laughter was shared. More recently he had joined us for many rounds of golf after work. Those who have golfed with him know that he often had the oldest, dirtiest ball on the course and was too stubborn to get new ones!

One of his most notable qualities was his ability to listen. He always had time for others and rarely thought of himself. Last December, he left a Christmas gift on each worker’s desk for twelve days in a row, a testament to his thoughtfulness. When a newcomer colleague lost their home to a fire earlier this year, Paul went above and beyond with support. He was so proud of the radio stations and the employees. Any time one of us celebrated a professional achievement, he would be the first to share the word on his Facebook or LinkedIn.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Paul’s family. We invite those who knew him to share their favorite Paul stories below, or onto our voicemail at 506-450-0923. His legacy will continue to inspire us all.
-John Riordon, Director of Programming

Photo: Reymer Salvador, courtesy of the York Care Foundation.

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