June 2, 1930 - October 21, 2003
Hall started his broadcast career at CJAV Port Alberni in 1949. He moved to CHWK Chilliwack as assistant news director and on-air
announcer in 1951. In 1952 he became
news and sports director of CKOV Kelowna, where he stayed until 1965. That year, he made successful applications
for radio licenses in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. In 1970, as Four Seasons Radio Ltd. he
applied for the second AM license in Kelowna and obtained approval for CKIQ. In the mid 1980s Four Seasons Radio purchased
CJAT Trail and CKKC Nelson/Creston.
Hall, a broadcaster who brought radio/cable communications to parts of the British Columbia interior died Tuesday morning at his
home of a heart attack. He was 73. Hall was known as the co-founder of the ‘Big
R’ Radio Network, based in Salmon Arm, with stations in Revelstoke and
Golden. After selling his radio
interests, he launched Sun Country Cablevision in Salmon Arm in 1984. Hall was
the president of the B.C. Association of Broadcasters in 1973 and was a member
of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' half-century club. He was also
well known out west as a top notch basketball official, winning several
refereeing awards. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, three sons and grandchildren.
Robert J. "Bob" Hall known to those who were close to him as 'Big Guy' was
originally from Saskatchewan, born in Weyburn in 1930. He moved to
B.C. as a child and spent the rest of his life building an incredible list of
accomplishments. The greatest of all of these was the life he built with Jeanne
Robinson, who became his wife in 1952. Family was always a priority for
"Big Guy", and as active as he was in business and with the
community, his family always came first. The list of his other accomplishments
range from the creation and ownership of six B.C. radio stations, plus Sun
Country Cablevision in Salmon Arm. He was a proud member of the B.C.
Association of Broadcasters including service as their president. But we cannot
forget his passion for basketball. His string of accomplishments in this sport
included National championships as a basketball coach, and as a referee who was
recognized with provincial and national awards for his service to the sport,
including the Ted Earley award, the highest national award bestowed on a
Canadian official. He was also a proud supporter of the community of Salmon Arm
with participation as an organizer and active as a fundraiser with numerous
history of basketball involvement in BC
Biography: R.J. (Bob) Hall – 2005 –
Inducted in the BC Basketball Hall of Fame
B.C. Bob was known as “Mr. Basketball” Bob’s introduction to Basketball was at Penticton High School in the late 1940’s.
officiating career began in 1949 in Port Alberni and through the ensuing years can be
truly described as a “Builder” in the basketball fraternity. In his chosen
career, as a sports broadcaster, he
was called “The Voice of Basketball” with his on air play-by-play of the Alberni
Athletics. He began his officiating
career that same year. 1952 he moved to Chilliwack where he organized the Chilliwack chapter of Basketball Officials. He
became their first educator and traveled through the Fraser Valley conducting officiating clinics.
he moved to Kelowna and again took it upon himself to
organize the Kelowna Basketball Officials Association. The same year he called a meeting of all
Basketball officials between Penticton and Kamloops and created the Interior Referees
Association. He became their first educator. Over the years he served as
President, Director, Interpreter, and Supervisor of Officials.
the past 30 years he has served as Supervisor and Educator of the Salmon Arm
Association where he conducted weekly learning sessions in his home. 1954 he
became a member of the “Willox Group” working towards the formation of a
Provincial Basketball Association. Bob
was chosen as one of five recognized clinicians in B.C. under the guidance of
Hall of Famer Wink Willox.
1956-57 he organized the KELOWNA TEDDY BEARS, a Senior Women’s Basketball
team ,while he was a sports play-by-play broadcaster
While the Kelowna team was a dominant force in B.C.
Women’s Basketball their exploits were over-shadowed by the famous Richmond Merchants Eilers who played in the Vancouver Senior “A” Division, while the Teddies
were in the Senior “B” division.
to play in the Vancouver Senior A league
were turned down because of the distance.
Despite the fact the Kelowna team expressed a willingness to meet
league commitments by travelling to Vancouver on weekends, the Vancouver-based teams
were not willing to reciprocate. Despite
this the Kelowna women traveled the Hope-Princeton Highway a number of times to
play exhibition games against Vancouver teams proving quite conclusively that
they could play against the best. In
three exhibition meetings with the Richmond Merchants Eilers in the 1961/62 season
the Teddy Bears won two of the contests, including the renowned UBC Thunderette
Tournament. (The Eilers were holders of
10 straight Sr. “A” B.C. titles, and 10 of 12 Canadian Canadian Titles.)
•1956-57: In their first season together the Teddies
won the Okanagan and Interior Championship only to lose the Provincial final to
the next Four years, the Teddy Bears set a Provincial record winning the B.C.
Crown four straight years
addition they won Two Canadian Senior Championships as well.
the team moved into the Senior A Division. While the team made it to the Provincial
final they lost the title to the Richmond Merchants.
the team won the Provincial Senior A Championship and
advanced to the Canadian Final, losing to Saskatoon Aces in the final game.
A re-building year, the team won the Senior B Provincial Crown.
was the last year for the Kelowna Teddy Bears who decided to disband the
team when Coach and Mentor Bob Hall moved to Salmon Arm to start
his own business.
seasons together the Kelowna Teddy Bears captured Six B.C.
CHAMPIONSHIPS, and two CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Teddy Bear motto chanted before each game: “Winners never quit, Quitters never
coaching career did not end. When he
came to Salmon Arm he coached the Salmon Arm Gold’s High School Basketball,
team in the 60’s and 70’s.
As Interior educator he traveled throughout the B.C. Interior staging clinics
and workshops for Officials, Players, and Coaches. During this time he also
carried a full officiating assignment including Provincial Championship games
in the Senior Men’s, Sr. Women’s Division and High School levels.
he was elected to the Directorate of the B.C. Amateur Basketball Association.
he was elected a Director on the newly formed Board of the B.C. Basketball
Bob attained International Status by obtaining his FIBA card and in 1972 was
chosen to represent Canada at the U.S. Olympic selection camp and tournament in
he was elected President of the troubled B.C.B.O.A. and was also a sitting
member on the board of the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials. (CABO)
he created the B.C.B.O.A. Officials Handbook chronicling the Association’s
relations with Basketball B.C. and CABO as well as other pertinent information
including a B.C.B.O.A. constitution.
With the illness of ‘Wink’ Willox, Bob assumed the editorship of the Provincial
Newsletter “The Full Court Press, which he wrote, edited and
published after the death of Willox. As
B.C. President he ultimately appointed this task to the Provincial Interpreter.
he was elected Vice-President of CABO.
Bob gave up the presidency of the B.C.B.O.A. but remained a director.
(In 1992 he stepped down after 23 years on the B.C. Board)
he was elected president of CABO, the National governing body for Officials
across Canada, a post he held for four years. During his term as President Bob’s management
style took CABO in an entirely new direction, abandoning the previous elitism
aspect and moving to a grass roots organization.
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