Saturday, January 19, 2008

CBC SPORTS' DON WITTMAN DIES

Well, this is sad news for sports fans in Canada. Don Wittman has lost his battle with cancer at age 71.

He was a fixture doing NHL games out West for Hockey Night in Canada but also was the voice of the CFL on CBC for many, many years, calling several Grey Cups. I'm sure CBC Sports will have some sort of tribute to him tonight on Hockey Night in Canada.

He called several Olympic Games and was well known for his work on track and field, and he also called several championship curling matches.

He also used to do the Western Canada Lottery Foundation broadcasts on TV back in the Seventies. I remember watching that on Wednesday nights. And he used to work at my hometown TV station CFQC in Saskatoon.

Boy, has sports broadcasting lost some big names in Canada recently -- Tom Cheek, Don Chevrier and now Don Wittman.

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