FRED WALKER: GREAT BROADCASTER, MENTOR & FRIEND

By JOHN IABONI Sports Media Canada – and sports media in Canada – mourn the passing on March 18, 2022 of Fred Walker. In the process, we send along our deepest condolences to his wife, Wendy, and the entire Walker Family. Fred’s towering presence went far beyond his NBA-like body …  he was jovial, a … [Read More …]

CANADIAN SPORTS MEDIA LOSES A GIANT IN RALPH MELLANBY

By JOHN IABONI Ralph Mellanby’s signature was Hockey Night in Canada as executive producer from 1966 to 1985 but his master legendary broadcasting mind influenced and impacted so many other élite sports properties. Included among them are the Olympics (where he won five Emmy Awards), Major League Baseball (involving the Montreal Expos and the very … [Read More …]

DICK BRADBEER: FAREWELL TO A GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE

By Fred Walker Sports Media Canada Member At Large The world of sport in Canada has lost a great friend. Richard (Dick) Bradbeer died on Thursday, February 10, 2021 after a long illness. He was 87. The name Bradbeer seemed synonymous with the product made by Labatt. In fact, one former media colleague labelled him … [Read More …]

FRANK ORR: SAYING GOODBYE TO A SPORTSWRITING GIANT

On Saturday, February 13, 2021, Canada lost one of its all-time best sportswriters with the passing of Frank Orr. He was 84. Orr received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award in 1989, the Sports Media Canada Career Achievement Award in 2003 and induction into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He joined The Toronto … [Read More …]

24TH SPORTS MEDIA CANADA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS HONOURS BESTOWED ON THE CLASS OF 2019

By JOHN IABONI Terry Leibel, a trailblazer for women sportscasters through her brilliant 28-year career (1980-2008) with CBC-TV Sports and TSN (The Sports Network), received the 2019 George Gross-Don Goodwin Award for Career Achievement to cap the 24th Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards Luncheon. Leibel was the first woman to host a national sports program … [Read More …]

TERRY LEIBEL LEADS CLASS OF 2019 FOR 24TH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Terry Leibel, the first woman to host a national sports program and to co-host CBC-TV’s Olympics coverage, leads the list of honourees for the 24th Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards. The 2019 Achievement Awards luncheon will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 14. Leibel is one of eight women … [Read More …]

JERRY HOWARTH AMONG HONOUREES FOR THE 23RD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Jerry Howarth, who for 36 years entertained and informed baseball fans across Canada as a radio broadcaster on the Toronto Blue Jays/Sportsnet Radio network, will be among nine men and women honoured at the 23rd Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Thursday, November 15.   Howarth, … [Read More …]

DON GOODWIN: SPORTS MEDIA GIANT & CO-FOUNDER, SPORTS MEDIA CANADA

Canada has lost one of its greatest sports media pioneers and legendary broadcasters with the passing of Don Goodwin on Tuesday, August 21. He was 88. It was Goodwin and George Gross, who passed away at the age of 85 in 2008, who co-founded Sports Media Canada, which represents AIPS in Canada. Their lasting legacy … [Read More …]