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CKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-10 published
Columnist HUNT dead at 79
Canadian Press, Page S6
Toronto -- Veteran sports columnist Jim HUNT has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 79.
The Toronto Sun confirmed yesterday that HUNT had passed away after suffering a heart attack Wednesday.
HUNT spent some 50 years on the sports beat, covering Stanley Cups, the Masters, U.S. Opens, Canadian Opens, British Opens, Super Bowls, Olympics and the 1972 Canada-Russia series. The tall, gangly columnist attended every Grey Cup game between 1949 and 1999.
HUNT was known as Shaky thanks to his intramural goaltending career at the University of Western Ontario, where he was part of the school's first journalism graduating class.
Upon graduating in 1948, the native of Sarnia, Ontario, was hired as a news reporter by the Toronto Star. He worked in the Star's Queen's Park Bureau before moving to sports in 1952.
In 1961, he switched to the Star Weekly Magazine to write sports. He moved to CKEY in 1967 as sports director of the a.m. radio station, eventually becoming news director.
In 1983, he moved to become a sports columnist at the Toronto Sun.
"I have been lucky," HUNT once said. "I guess you could say I have had trouble keeping jobs. But I have only applied for one job and that was the first one I had at the Star. I blundered into the other jobs.
"The CKEY job gave me the opportunity to cover the 1972 and 1974 Canada-Russia hockey series. The best job was at the Star weekly because it afforded me the opportunity to travel around the world. But the job I enjoyed the most was writing a column for the Sun."
In 1991, HUNT began a nine-year stint at the all-sports Toronto radio station Fan 590.
He continued to write a weekly column for the Toronto Sun.
Each Tuesday, it started with the same introduction: "Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games."
Jim is survived by his wife, Caroline, four children, and six grandchildren.

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CKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-10 published
Columnist spent 50 years covering sports
Canadian Press, Page S9
Toronto -- The veteran Toronto Sun sports columnist Jim HUNT died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 79.
Mr. HUNT spent some 50 years on the sports beat, covering Stanley Cup games, the golf Masters, U.S. Opens, Canadian Opens, British Opens, football Super Bowls, Olympics, the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series as well as every Grey Cup game between 1949 and Born in Sarnia, Ontario, he attended the University of Western Ontario. In 1948, he was hired as a news reporter by the Toronto Star and moved to sports in 1952. Later, he switched to the Star Weekly Magazine and then moved to radio CKEY in 1967 as sports director. In 1983, he moved to the Sun as sports columnist. In 1991, he began a nine-year stint at the all-sports Toronto radio station Fan 590 but continued to write a weekly column for the Toronto Sun. He also co-authored All Work and All Play: A Life in the Outrageous World of Sports, with Steve Simmons.

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CKEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-29 published
McLEAN, Ross, 1987 -- Died This Day
Journalist and television producer born in Guelph, Ontario, in After an initial job as a freelance sports writer for the Brantford Expositor, he joined CKEY radio, at $15 a week, and then went to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio where he perfected his craft. When television came to Canada in 1952, he quickly embraced the new medium and worked on such well-known shows as Tabloid, Closeup, Quest, The Way It Is and This Hour Has Seven Days. With a style that oscillated from brilliance to petulance, he earned the nickname of "the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Rasputin." He was credited with helping launch the careers of Pierre BERTON, Charles TEMPLETON and Patrick WATSON.
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