Mike Benny Wiki – Mike Benny Biography
Mike Benny was a Legendary morning show host on 101.3 Prince George radio. He is being reported to have passed on in Feb 2021 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He tragically passed away this week, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group announced in an article this morning (Feb. 12) on CKPGToday.ca. The broadcaster was initially diagnosed in fall 2019 when he went off-air to begin treatment.
As we learned yesterday of the passing of a legendary broadcaster and friend to all of us, Mike Benny.
Mike started as the afternoon guy on 550 CKPG Radio 35 years ago, he quickly moved to mornings, then went on to be the morning voice of 101.3 Hits FM that later became The River.
After going through a ton of co-hosts we joked, what are you doing to these people? The truth is Mike was fantastic to work with and consistently great. Always funny and topical like the morning decades ago when a picture on the front page of The Prince George Citizen newspaper showed a police cruiser had rear-ended another car in a fender bender. Mike went on the air and warned drivers of the slippery roads and to keep the proper distance between them and the cruiser behind them.
His joke of the day ran for years and he ended up getting them published in a book titled ‘World’s Punniest Joke Book.’
He was on the air for 35 years in Prince George, married the love of his life, and was a great dad to four great kids!
A couple of generations grew up listening to Mike on the radio in the morning. I don’t have to tell you how good Mike Benny was on the air. You’ve heard him.
Mike Benny Age
Mike Benny was 58 years old.
Family – Wife
He survived by his wife and four children.
Cause of Death
A beloved radio host in Prince George has lost a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Mike Benny tragically passed away this week, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group announced in an article this morning (Feb. 12) on CKPGToday.ca. The broadcaster was initially diagnosed in fall 2019 when he went off-air to begin treatment.
He was on the local airwaves for 35 years, most of which were spent with 101.3 The River in the morning slot.
In the article by 99.3 The Drive’s Doug Jones, he says Benny provided a major impact on the community, inspiring generations who grew up listening to his good humor and dad jokes.
Incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Mike Benny. Mike was my first morning show co-host at @1013theriver. It’s rare to find a co-host you really click with and he made it so easy. Many days we laughed until we cried. My heart is with his family and extended radio family. pic.twitter.com/IXNhtDGzoY
— Lindsay Rae (@lindsayrae105) February 12, 2021
“I don’t have to tell you how good Mike Benny was on the air. You’ve heard him,” he wrote.
“Mike was a mentor for many young broadcasters that came through the door. If you wanted advice for anything radio or anything in life, you went to Mike. With his insight and big picture view of our little world, he’d really listen to you and tell you what he thought. It was always great advice. He truly is a great guy.”
Jones goes on to say, in lieu of flowers, the Benny family is asking anyone who’s willing to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Since the announcement, the Prince George community and beyond has poured in condolences, tributes, and fond memories of Benny.
PrinceGeorgeMatters sends its thoughts and prayers to the Benny family, our friends with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, and the many listeners he impacted over his memorable career.
Got to town and quickly realized Benny was completely in a class of his own talent wise. The goal was to be in the community and connecting with people even half as much as him. An amazing, friendly, positive guy. Honour to call him a coworker and friend. Rest easy, Mike. https://t.co/y5A5hblPqY
— Rich Abney (@RichAbney) February 12, 2021