Stephenson, the veteran sports broadcaster with CFRB,
This youthful septuagenarian is a fitness freak, who works out daily in the gym, plays golf and tennis and does everything broadcasters half his age do, including getting up at 4 a.m. when he's on broadcast duty.
gifted voice has covered the most demanding events from Olympic Games to the
1972 Super Series between
Bill Stephenson was sports director of CKWX in
had a great life out west and covered some memorable events," Stephenson
told me the other day. "One of the biggest thrills was covering the
Miracle Mile during the 1954 British Empire Games, when Roger Bannister of
were others, though, like the Soviet Union-Team Canada series with Paul
Henderson scoring in the last half minute of an eighth and deciding game to
bring life in the streets in a
"There's no doubt that it was a great moment in our lives," said Bill, "Our national pride was at stake after the first 4 games and the team had to preserve our pride in the last four games in Moscow.
"But the series also had its light moments -- with Pete Mahovlich the leading prankster. We all looked for bugs in our hotel rooms because we were told that the Soviets had listening devices in all rooms. Pete spread the story that brother Frank Mahovlich thought he had found one under the carpet - unscrewed it only to have the chandelier in the room below go crashing to the floor.
"Then, the next day, Pete Mahovlich hobbled into the media section of the hotel on crutches - one of his legs bandaged. We were scrambling to the phones to report the casualty when Pete stopped, started to chortle, threw the crutches away, took off the bandages and roared. He not only fooled the media, but also eased the tension prior to the final game."
was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame as a broadcaster and served his
term as president of the CFL Football Broadcasters, has made many friends
during his career. Many were from the field of charity organizations Bill supported
in the past and still supports. They include the Variety Club,
In football, for instance, he worked for years with Pat Marsden, Mike Wadsworth, Leif Petterson and Johnny Esaw. They became not only co-workers but their business relationship developed into close personal friendship.
But, perhaps, Bill's closest friend in sport was the late Punch Imlach, general manager and head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who led the team to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s. The Leafs haven't sipped bubbly from Lord Stanley's jug since!
Bill Stephenson, the former sports director of CFRB, who was known as the Golden Tonsils, underwent a serious operation in 2006 at the Queensway Trillium hospital. He had a stroke but recovered nicely according to another Canoe report.
Alan Newberry says:
Stephenson was 21 when he arrived at CKDA as sportscaster. He had his start in
radio at CJAV in