Windsor radio personality Cam Gardiner dies at 71

Cam Gardiner. Photo courtesy Cam Gardiner/Facebook.

Windsor’s radio community is mourning the passing of one of its longtime voices.

Cam Gardiner, who co-hosted the morning show on CKLW-AM for 16 years, died Tuesday at the age of 71. Gardiner had reportedly been suffering from a series of health-related issues.

Gardiner helped wake up Windsor-Essex residents from 1987 until his retirement in 2003, paired with Lisa Williams.

Among those who helped pay tribute to Gardiner was Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, who had worked with Gardiner at CKLW while Dilkens was a teenager. The mayor had presented Gardiner with a key to the city only three weeks ago.

“My thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Cam Gardiner,” wrote Dilkens on his official Facebook page. “He was ‘Mr. Windsor’ and a true local radio broadcasting legend. I’m grateful I had that chance to recognize the incredible difference he made in Windsor-Essex through 40-plus years of engaging on-air conversation, countless charitable contributions, and an entire lifetime of kindness and generosity as a champion for this community. He will not be forgotten.”

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens presents radio personality Cam Gardiner with a key to the city, October 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Drew Dilkens/Facebook.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens presents radio personality Cam Gardiner with a key to the city, October 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Drew Dilkens/Facebook.

Gardiner began his radio career at Windsor’s CKWW-AM, then worked at a station in Ottawa before returning to Windsor.

After his retirement, Gardiner remained active in the community, participating in charitable functions and serving as a mentor.

Funeral arrangements for Gardiner have not been announced.