by John Iaboni
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel’s venerable Imperial Room was the scene of a standout event on Thursday, November 10th, saluting the 2016 recipients of the Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards. With emcee Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV steering the program to a packed room of almost 300, SMC George Gross accolades went to Frank Gunn (Photography), Lori Ewing (Sportswriting), Jerry Howarth (Broadcasting), Masai Ujiri (Sports Executive), John Badham (Career Achievement), Dave Perkins … [Read More...]
John Badham, a 60-plus year veteran of Canadian broadcasting died Thursday in hospital losing a battle with cancer -- less than a month after receiving a prestigious Career Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada. He was 79.
Badham was unable to attend the November 10 Annual Achievement Awards Luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York's Imperial Room in Toronto to receive the career achievement award, but he was able to watch via Facetime from his bed as his sons Paul and Perry took the stage to … [Read More...]
Alison Gordon decided on a media career after graduating from Queen’s. Although born in New York with dual citizenship, she opted for a Canadian passport at 21 and embarked on a stint in ‘public affairs’ broadcasting with CBC radio and TV.
Active in the peace movement in Canada in the 1960s she also played a key role in support of Pierre Trudeau’s run for the Liberal leadership in 1968. She was a producer for CBC’s As It Happens and a news anchor in Halifax at one time. She also did freelance … [Read More...]
Toronto, September 4, 2014 – Sports Media Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 George Gross Awards and the 2014 President’s Award. The honours will be handed out at the 19th Annual Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The Sports Media Canada Class of 2014 is:
Outstanding Broadcasting – Scott Russell, CBC TV
Outstanding Sportswriting – Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
Outstanding Photography … [Read More...]
In just a little over two months, the 2014 Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards will be presented to a group of deserving media stars of the day along with three from the past to be honoured -- as well as an Award for a deserving Canadian Sports Executive who has illustrated sensitivity to the role of sports media in Canada and who facilitated our work in creating effective and comprehensive coverage of Canadian sport and sport participants.
Sports Media Canada President Steve McAllister … [Read More...]
Bill Stephenson: Canadian Sports Broadcasting Legend Passes.
By John Iaboni
Executive Vice President, Sports Media Canada.
Pat Marsden affectionately called Bill Stephenson “Grampy” – and soon so did anyone privileged enough to have worked with the booming voice who touched generations on radio and TV.
Stephenson died on Tuesday, July 22 at the age of 85. Born in Saskatchewan, Stephenson launched his broadcasting career in Port Alberni, B.C. and rose to become sports director at CKWX. In … [Read More...]
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Members of Canada’s sports media along with media and golf fans around the world were saddened by news of the recent death of one of the most dynamic and influential figures in the sport in Canada ... Dick Grimm.
Where does one begin with Dick Grimm’s accomplishments? The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member was the chairman of the 1965 Canadian Open at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, and then he was chairman six more times. He was the president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association … [Read More...]