Saturday, January 19, 2008
Don Whitman, RIP.
One of the distinctive voices of Canadian televison has been silenced. Don Whitman has died of cancer in Winnipeg at age 71. Born in Herbert, Saskatchewan Whitman worked on radio in Saskatoon and North Battleford before joing the CBC in 1961. Whitman went on to be a fixture of the CBC's sports broadcasts, and his long career included being on hand to report on the terrorist attack on the Israeli residence at the 1972 Summer Olympics and doing play by play when the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the 1989 Grey Cup in the dying moments of the game. His death comes only a month after his former CBC Sports colleague Don Chevrier passed away.