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Jazz great Oscar Peterson, a dozen others, to be honoured by CAB
11/1/2004

 
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OTTAWA - The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) announced this week that it would be honouring distinguished members of its industry at the CAB 2004 Convention in Ottawa - Private Broadcasters: Putting Canada First.

Corus Entertainment CEO John Cassaday will receive the industry's top honour, the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence. Andr� Bureau, Shan Chandrasekar, Dick Irvin, Max Keeping, James Macdonald, Randy Moffat, Bernie Pascall, Percy Saltzman, Claire Samson, Jimmy Tapp and Austin Willis will be inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame, with Oscar Peterson being inducted into the Music Star category.

The Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence, the industry's most prestigious award, honours truly outstanding service to Canadian private broadcasting, and recognizes exceptional human qualities and practical, innovative achievements that reflect a genuine concern for the highest broadcasting standards.

"I can think of no better person to receive this honour in 2004," said Glenn O'Farrell, president and CEO of the CAB. "John Cassaday has, throughout his distinguished career, put Canada first. He is a true leader in our industry and through his meaningful work, contributes to improving his community and country."

Cassaday has also held senior positions with Shaw Communications and CTV.

"This year's list of Hall of Fame inductees reads like a who's who of our cultural history," said Glenn O'Farrell. "These twelve impressive Canadians are not only honoured for their longstanding careers, but because they have tirelessly laboured to better their communities and stand out as leaders in their field."

The new members of the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame will be honoured at a special luncheon ceremony during the CAB 2004 Convention, on November 29, 2004. Oscar Peterson, one of Canada's most highly esteemed composers and musicians, has received many awards for his live performances and countless albums. Mr. Peterson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Music Star category at the CAB Gold Ribbon Awards Gala, on November 30th.

Peterson joins Ginette Reno, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian Tyson, C�line Dion, Bryan Adams and Anne Murray as the eighth member in the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame category honouring Canadian music stars. Inductees in the Canadian Music Star category are recognized for their outstanding talent and commitment to enhancing Canadian culture, and for enriching the lives of all Canadians.

Andr� Bureau, who is currently chairman of Astral Media, has worked for Telemedia Communications, was CEO of Cancom, president of Astral Broadcasting Group Inc. from 1990 to 2001 and was chairman of the CRTC from 1983 to 1989.

Shan Chandrasekar began his broadcast career in the early 1970s where his production company provided south Asian television programming to Rogers Cable, CITY-TV and CFMT-TV. Chandrasekar is now the president and CEO of ATN - Asian Television Network International Limited.

Dick Irvin started his career in broadcasting when he was hired as assistant sports director for Montreal's CFCF-TV and CFCF-Radio in 1961. In 1962, he was named sports director and remained in that position until his retirement in 1991. He joined CBC-TV's Hockey Night in Canada in 1966 as a freelancer and holds the distinction of being the longest-serving member of the Hockey Night in Canada team with 38 years of service to the program, covering the Montreal Canadiens.

Max Keeping is a legend in the National Capital Region broadcasting landscape. As anchor and vice-president of news and public affairs at CJOH-TV, Keeping has made community involvement, on air and behind the camera, the keystone of CJOH-TV's news operation.
In the 31 years that he has been with CJOH, Max has helped raise more than $100 million for charities in eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. He is a volunteer member of many Boards and an associate of many charitable groups. He actively supports the Children's Wish Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the United Way.

James B. Macdonald joined Rogers Broadcasting in retail sales at CFTR AM in Toronto. Two years later he was appointed general manager of the company's production and syndication division, which created original programs for a national syndication network and distributing programming for NBC and the RKO radio networks in Canada. When Rogers acquired CFMT-TV in 1986, Macdonald was named director of operations and station manager, later assuming the position of vice-president, sales and station manager. In 1994, Macdonald joined Western International Communications (WIC) as president and CEO of CHCH and in 1996 was appointed president and CEO of WIC Television and WIC Entertainment Group. In 2000, Macdonald joined BCE Media Ltd. as senior vice-president and chief media services officer and today operates his own consulting practice.

Randy Moffat joined his father's company, Moffat Broadcasting, in 1963. A year later, when his father passed away, he assumed the role of president at age 21 and continued in that capacity for the next 37 years, until the sale of his company, which by then included Videon Cable, to Shaw Communications in 2000. In 2001, Moffat donated $100 million to the Winnipeg Foundation to establish the Moffat Family Fund.

Bernie Pascall has been a giant in broadcasting and sports for the past 40 years. He started his career in Flin Flon, Manitoba where he produced and broadcast Junior Hockey and the first-ever live baseball game on radio at CFAR-AM and the first televised baseball game on CHAT-TV in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Pascall is mostly remembered for his 30-year tenure at BCTV in Vancouver as sports director and sports anchor on BCTV.

Oscar Peterson's career as a jazz pianist has spanned over five decades during which he has played with, and come to know, many of the genre's greatest contributors, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Stan Getz, to name just a few. A highly accomplished pianist, polished in his technique and insightful in his artistry, he is internationally renowned as a soloist, group member and accompanist.

Peterson's first recordings in Montreal in 1945 were instantly popular and, together with the interest generated by his exposure on radio variety shows, they established Peterson as the first jazz star that Canada could truly call its own. Soon after a surprise appearance at Carnegie Hall in September 1949, Oscar joined the Jazz at the Philharmonic and began touring North America with the troupe. Through the years, he maintained a rigorous touring schedule as a soloist and with a trio celebrated for its seemingly telepathic sense of interplay and collective virtuosity. By the year 2001, Oscar Peterson had complete more than 130 albums under his own name and countless others in collaboration with the genre's greats.

Today, he continues to perform and is active in jazz education and as an advocate for racial equality. His musical mastery has been recognized by an extraordinary number of awards, including several Junos, a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award and a Genie. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada (1984), holds the George Peabody Medal (1987) along with numerous other national and international honours.

Percy Saltzman was the first weatherman on Canadian television and is a seasoned interviewer and host. He was one of Canada's most skilled interviewers and was part of many of CBC-TV's news and public affairs programs, including a participation in the 10-day coverage of the first moon walk. In 1972, he joined CTV to host Canada's first national morning news and public affairs program - Canada AM. In 1974-75 he was an interviewer on CITY-TV Toronto and went on to forecast the weather for Global-TV. Percy estimates that, over the course of his career, he did 6,000 shows including evening and morning shows, news and interview programs and all types of special TV programs.

Claire Samson started her broadcast career with T�l�media Communications in the mid 1970s, Claire held senior positions with that company and with T�l�-M�tropole Inc. before she became Director General of Communications for French-Language Services at Radio Canada in the mid-1990s. She was part of the team that oversaw the launch of the French-language news network RDI. As Executive Vice-President and head of operations for T�l�vision Quatres Saisons (TQS), Claire was responsible for repositioning TQS in its market and assumed management of financial, technical and human resources in addition to station relations and government relations. Since 2000, Claire has been President of l'Association des producteurs de films et de t�l�vision du Qu�bec (APFTQ), where she has overall responsibility for government relations, as well as for negotiations and the implementation of 14 collective agreements.

Jimmy Tapp began his broadcast career spinning discs and hosting closed circuit radio shows on board the HMS Wasaga during the Second World War. He later became a staff announcer with CBC radio in Montreal and was president of Radio Times Sales after which he spent two years as station manager of CJAD in Montreal. Tapp is best known as a television performer. He became one of Canada's first television personalities hosting the CBC show "My Favourite Story", the nationally broadcast "Flashback" and "The Tapp Room", which was the first television talk show of its kind produced in Montreal in the mid-1950s. He is probably best known as the voice of "Hercules" in the hit cartoon series, which has been televised around the world since the 1960s.

Austin Willis was recruited to join the CBC Radio staff in Toronto in 1939 and was the voice that many Canadians heard interrupt regular programming to announce that World War II had begun. During the War, he hosted "Victory Loan" broadcasts, which were live events, broadcast from major cities in Canada involving the biggest celebrities of the day. He hosted a daily radio series "Matinee with Willis" which was syndicated across Canada in the early 1960s. For most of his career, Austin Willis performed as an actor on television and on the stage. He played countless roles on Canadian television, even after moving to Hollywood in 1966. Appearing in numerous feature films and US drama series over the years, he worked with most everyone in the film industry. Developing and investing in new programming, he was a driving force behind many productions during the 1970s. Returning to Canada in the mid-1980s, he continued to do television commercials and make guest appearances.
 
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