Lynda Steele announces resignation as CKNW Radio's late afternoon talk-show host

She's stepping down to look after her father, who has Alzheimer's disease.

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      One of Vancouver's better-known talk-show hosts is hanging up her microphone.

      Today, Lynda Steele announced that she's stepping down as host of CKNW Radio's afternoon drive program.

      She's been a fixture on the station for the past six years.

      "Some personal news from me," Steele tweeted. "Leaving @CKNW end of May to spend more time with my sweet dad who is in the end stages of Alzheimers.

      "The job can wait," she added. "Family can't. Thanks to my team—my guests—and most of all the listeners. It's been a great ride.:)"

      She was almost always upbeat on the air. This was the case even as her hardline attitude about street crime and tent cities alienated some more liberal-minded Vancouverites.

      Her choice of guests on drug addiction often stood in sharp contrast to the advocates of harm reduction who pop up regularly on CBC Radio One's On the Coast, which aired at the same time as her show.

      With the looming departure of Steele and the recent decision of commentator Bruce Allen to step down, CKNW has lost two of its most strident law-and-order voices.

      Prior to working at CKNW, she was a consumer reporter at CTV Vancouver.

      Steele made no mention of a future in politics in her announcement today. But it's not unprecedented for former talk shows to run for public office.

      One example: former CKNW broadcaster Christy Clark, who traded the broadcast booth for the premier's office.

      Other former broadcasters who've been elected to the provincial legislature or Parliament include John Reynolds, Jim Nielsen, and Ken Hardie.

      Last year, Steele came third in the Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver vote for best local radio afternoon host. The winner was CBC Radio One's Gloria Macarenko, followed by Sutto & Vanessa on Z95.3 FM.