Starko, Lorne – 2012

Starko, Lorne – 2012

Lorne Starko

2012 Bell Memorial Award


Lorne “Coach” Starko showed his versatility and worked in radio, television and newspaper for more than 30 years.  He not only loved his job, he loved sports, and was the voice of both sports and news.  Lorne moved to Red Deer in 1981 to work for CKRD.  In 2000 he became the senior news reporter for Zed 99 and CKGY Country Radio / NewCap Radio.  Coach wrote many sports columns in local newspapers with an in-depth look at local athletes and teams.  He also covered the Red Deer Rebels WHL Hockey Club and helped keep statistics for every home game.


Lorne started his career in Peace River in 1976.  He then moved to Medicine Hat in 1979 for a two-year stint at CHAT Radio before moving to Red Deer where he was a fixture at city and county council meetings and just about everywhere else in Red Deer or central Alberta where people were gathered for a news or sports event.


Lorne always believed in the local athlete and felt they should receive the recognition they deserved.  His expertise and professionalism earned him the respect of his media colleagues and community members alike.

Lorne Starko


Lorne was one of a select few who worked in radio, television and newspaper, demonstrating his versatility. His expertise and professionalism earned him the respect of his media colleagues and community members alike.


Lorne “Coach” Starko was a fixture at Rebels hockey games, at city and county council meetings and just about everywhere else in Red Deer where people were gathered for a news or sports event.

Lorne kicked off his career in Peace River in 1976.  He then moved to Medicine Hat in 1979 for a two-year stint at CHAT Radio.   Starko moved to Red Deer in 1981 to work for CKRD, whose radio and TV stations were the forerunners of CHCA TV and Big 105 FM. He changed tracks in 2000, becoming senior news reporter for Zed 99 and CKGY Country radio, now operated by Newcap Radio Red Deer. H e worked his entire career in Alberta.


For over 30 years he was the voice of sports and new throughout Alberta.

Over the years, 'Coach' also wrote many sports columns in local newspapers with an in-depth look at local athletes and teams. He also was a mainstay with the Red Deer Rebels WHL Hockey Club helping keep stats for every home game and helping cover the team.


Coach not only loved his job he loved sports. He was in love with sports, whether it was on the professional or minor level. He always believed in the local athlete and felt they should receive the recognition they deserved.