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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. He was endowed with “golden tonsils” and a “silky baritone,” among other bouquets conferred by respectful colleagues. Over a broadcasting career that spanned more than 50 years — 40 of those spent at Toronto radio station CFRB as sports director — William Bill Stephenson was the smooth, gentlemanly voice of virtually every kind of athletic event played and watched in the country.
He covered the fabled Canada-USSR hockey series, voiced the radio play-by-play for Toronto Argonauts games for 12 years, and worked as a field-level reporter for CTV’s Canadian Football League broadcasts for 15 years, learning early at games against the Calgary Stampeders to dodge the “Touchdown Horse” that charged wildly down the sidelines whenever the Stamps scored.
He sat ringside at the fight between George Chuvalo and Muhammad Ali. He was probably a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, though his sons say he was such a consummate professional that you would never know it judging from his call-’em-as-I-see-’em reports.
Leafs owner Harold Ballard once tossed him from the press box and banned him from Maple Leaf Gardens for being insufficiently worshipful of the team. Stephenson remained great personal friends with Leafs executive King Clancy and head coach Punch Imlach.
Former Leafs great Red Kelly was among Mr. Making friends with sports figures and colleagues was a pattern. Marsden who began calling him “Grampy” because Mr. Stephenson looked too young to be the grandfather he became, repeatedly.
Stephenson was 85 when he died of cancer July 22 in Mississauga, Ont. He broadened sports coverage at CFRB now Newstalkthen the city’s, maybe even the country’s, most listened-to station, by establishing the industry’s first three-man sports department. Williams remembered him as a friend and old-school mentor who shaped him professionally. Williams, referring to the Leafs, employed the word “we.
Be a journalist, not a cheerleader. Williams called his former boss a “pioneer in our industry. He was the No. But he was much more than a voice. He was humble and decent and like a father to us. He never had a cross word.
Hodge, who went on to the plum job of hosting Hockey Night in Canada for 16 years, was all of 23 when Mr. The first thing the nervous young man did was to ask for a day off to attend a wedding. Stephenson was later asked to attend a function the same day, he declined, saying “the fellow I work with” already had the day off.
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I never forgot it. That is exactly the way it was. I never felt as though I worked for him. That told me more than anything else at the time, or even since, the kind of guy he was.
William Douglas Stephenson was born on Jan. His two boys, Bill and Gerry, played soccer, baseball and, of course, hockey. At a scrappy five-foot-eight, Bill was a decent junior forward, but crashing into the net posts and wrenching his back scotched his hopes of going any further.
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For both, he broadcast away games by reading the ticker tape, which collected basic data and was clicked out to stations, then reconstructing the play to make it sound live. It was there the “Miracle Mile” took place between Briton Roger Bannister, who two months earlier, had run the first sub-four-minute mile, and John Landy of Australia, who became the second man to smash the barrier.
It was the first time these runners appeared together, and the first time both of them broke four minutes in the same race. It was a broadcaster’s dream come true. He came to Toronto in to take up an irresistible offer: CFRB had a huge audience and would remain the No. Bill Stephenson became a household name among the city’s legions of sports fans. I was jealous,” Wally Crouter, the station’s legendary morning man and close friend, recalled in a recent Toronto Sun tribute by another friend, Ted Woloshyn.
They won, and it would be more than three decades before Canada won it again. Meantime, he spurned offers from the U. His sons Ron and Terry think it was because 19988 was of draft age. The hockey summit series was, of course, a high point. He would regale fans with tales of pranks in Moscow. Stephenson told the radio website, “because we were told that the Soviets had listening devices in all the rooms.
Stephenson told the story, Canadian forward Frank Mahovlich, egged on by his cfbr brother Pete, thought he had found a bug under the carpet and unscrewed it, only to have the chandelier in the room below go crashing to the floor.
Others attributed the chandelier episode to Phil Esposito and Wayne Cashman. But seriously, the Soviets’ talent impressed Mr. Stephenson, though again, he didn’t say so. The “only reason he retired,” inwas because of a stroke that paralyzed his left side, said his son Terry. Send us a memory of someone cfr have recently profiled on the Obituaries page. Please include I Remember in the subject field. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.
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