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This long-time sports broadcaster first got his introduction to the world of sports journalism as a high school student during the 1960s covering the Lakehead Senior Fastball League for the Fort William Daily Times - Journal. From there he went on to serve as a sports reporter for CJLX Radio during the mid-1960s, doing double duty as a Lakehead University student where he served as the Sports Editor of the Argus student newspaper.

Eventually moving over to CKPR he did both radio and television, and also spent time as the voice of the Thunder Bay Twins and as a track announcer at Riverview Raceway, in addition to teaching high school athletics. Moving to Winnipeg to pursue some further education, he did part-time work with CKY-TV, eventually becoming their Sports Director.

For the next two decades he covered a wide variety of sports at all levels for the CTV network. Broadcasting games for the Winnipeg Jets when they were in the WHA, he also spent a dozen years doing play-by-play for them in the NHL. A play-by-play announcer for Canadian Football League games and host for CFL playoffs and Grey Cup broadcasts, he also hosted a weekly highlight show on ESPN. In university sports he broadcast CIAU basketball games and the Vanier Cup football championship.

As a primary CTV host for Wide World of Sports, he covered sporting events around the world including the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo and Summer Games in Los Angeles and the 1988 Calgary Olympics. During his over 100 broadcasts he co-hosted with high profile athletes such as Mario Andretti and Billie Jean King, which would often be simulcast on major networks such as NBC and ESPN. Named the ACTRA Sportscaster of the Year in 1983, and a member of the Canadian Olympic Academy, he ended up his CTV network broadcasting career in the early 1990s.

Doing play-by-play for the Winnipeg Goldeyes when they joined the Northern Baseball League in 1994, he also started his own video production and sports consulting company working with such teams as the Toronto Blue Jays, and helped found a sport television network. Other sports management involvement saw him working with basketball, hockey and baseball franchises in Florida, Calgary and Arizona. From his days of doing play-by-play of hockey games at the Fort William Gardens, to travelling the world to cover sporting events, this long-time broadcaster truly represented his hometown with pride.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2023

Peter Young

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