BAM Awards

The Broadcasters Association of Manitoba Announces 2015 Award Winners

Winnipeg, MB – The Broadcasters Association Of Manitoba honoured two outstanding individuals during their Annual Fall Conference. The event was held Thursday September 24th.

 BAM President Cam Clark noted “these awards allow us to recognize those who have made significant contributions to our industry. The two recipients receiving awards this fall - have made a lasting impact on the broadcast industry through their management and on-air communications to the community and corporately.” HALL OF FAME - BROADCASTER AWARD - JOE PASCUCCI Joe Pascucci Award Joe Pascucci was honored with the BAM Hall of Fame Broadcaster Award. This award recognizes lifetime achievement for those individuals who have created a legacy in our industry.  Joe was a regular fixture in households across Manitoba for more than 32 years and through all of them, demonstrated an incredible commitment and compassion to Manitoba’s sports scene. When Pascucci was hired by Global TV in 1982 the Toronto born sports broadcaster never imagined he would remain in Winnipeg for another three decades.  But as Pascucci said on the eve of his retirement in 2014, he couldn’t help himself. “I was doing so much, every day was exciting.  The people were fantastic.  I loved it.” There isn’t a sport Joe hasn’t covered.  With a calming read and incredible insight he provided analysis of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Jets (hosting Winnipeg Jets hockey on Global) junior hockey, Provincial Championship curling, boxing, and many amateur sports. In 1991 Joe helped create Sportsline, a popular 11 pm show that ran for more than a decade and launched the careers of many broadcasters who are still on TSN and Sportsnet. Gene Principe, Sportsnet reporter: “Joe was never worried about him getting attention, just the show getting attention.  People still come up to me and say ‘I remember you on Sportsline, you used to be with the Skootch, you and Joe Pascucci.” Joe was my first boss at Global TV, and throughout his entire career preached that it was “all about the story”.  He regularly took new reporters under his wing to demonstrate the skills needed in making that story shine, in asking the tough but fair questions, and in treating both the interview subject, and the viewer, with respect. Joe covered Sugar Ray Leonard/Donny Lalonde’s championship fight in Las Vegas, provided play-by-play commentary when Canada beat the Soviets in a nationally televised exhibition game, and when Fox Sports launched a Soccer show, based out of Global’s Winnipeg studios, Pascucci was at the helm. When Joe retired in 2014 – he did so in part because a life as a sports broadcaster required incredible commitment and time away from the family.  For his dedication to his craft and to Manitoba’s athletes, I hope you consider making this dedication to one of Manitoba’s great broadcasters.   BROADCAST EXCELLENCE AWARD - TIM JONES Tim Jones Picture TIM JONES was honored with the BAM Excellence Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to our industry.  Tim joined CKND in February 1977 as a Film Editor, he was transferred to ON-Air VTR in 1978 and later promoted to Production VTR. In November 1981 he was promoted to Editing Supervisor. He was an Editor on some of their Major projects and served as a Producer/ Director on sports and specials. Tim moved through numerous Technical and Production roles prior to joining the CKND management team in 1986.  In November 1988 Tim was appointed the Operations Manager of CKND. In 2001 Tim was asked to join the newly created business entity of Global Television Specialty Networks as the Business & Operations Manager, where he oversaw the construction and staffing of the Winnipeg Specialty Broadcast Centre. Tim was a driving force in both the creation and maturation of the Specialty Networks operations. In May of 2008 Tim became the General Manager/Sales Manager at Global Television Winnipeg. He was the President of BAM in 2010. Chair of Assiniboine College Media Production Advisory Board. A member of the Red River College Creative Communications Advisory Board.

The Broadcasters Association of Manitoba Announces 2014 Award Winners

Winnipeg, MB – At the Broadcasters Association Spring Conference on March 26th, four outstanding individuals in broadcasting were awarded this industries’ most prestigious awards. BAM President Cam Clark noted “these awards allow us to recognize those who are leading our industry and young talent who will shape the face of Manitoba’s broadcasting future.  The four recipients receiving awards this Spring - have not only made a lasting impact on the broadcast industry – they are pillars in the community as well.”     HALL OF FAME - BROADCASTER AWARD tom milroy TOM MILROY Tom Milroy was honored with the BAM Hall of Fame Broadcaster Award. This award recognizes lifetime achievement for those individuals who have created a legacy in our industry.  Tom has a passion for radio and a passion for people and the combination of these two things has made him a listener favourite. Even in his retirement Tom rises at dawn every weekend to do the Weekend Wakeup Show on 680 CJOB.  Tom was a part of many people’s early morning routine as part of the Beau, Tom and Dez (& Fraser) breakfast team at Q-94 FM. Tom also worked in Newsrooms around Manitoba for the past 40 years.  Through the years Tom has always provided listeners with up to date information, especially entertainment and movie news, and made so many of us laugh at his quick wit and sharp writing style.  BROADCAST EXCELLENCE AWARD  Frank McGwire 2FRANK McGWIRE Frank McGwire was honored with the BAM Excellence Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to our industry.  Frank has been in the radio business for over 25 years, graduating from the Western Academy Broadcasting College Class of 1987, working at CKDM Dauphin, Sylvan Lake, KX96 Brandon, 1150 KIX Brandon, Z99 Red Deer and eventually back in Brandon to work at KX96 and BOBFM. Although there were many opportunities for Frank to take his craft to major markets, he always kept it small, where he works with up and coming talent.  Frank is a passionate radio guy, but even bigger than his love for radio is his love for music, particularly live music.  Not only did he write a weekly music column in the Brandon Sun Newspaper, focusing on local music, but he himself is a talented musician, participating with a handful of different bands over the years, and a major proponent of the local music festival Ridgefest. Frank and Karen Chrest hosted weekly local concert calendar segments on the former local TV station CKX-TV.    BROADCASTER OF TOMORROW AWARD  Ally Mitchell 2ALICJA “ALLY” MITCHELL Ally Mitchell was honored with the BAM Broadcaster of Tomorrow Award. This award recognizes future stars with less than 5 years of experience.  Ally is a radio host for 94.7 Star FM and 880 CKLQ.  She is a country rock punk metal loving city girl, who hates socks, loves driving and loves the Habs.  She is always ready to work any shift that needs to be filled or attend any event that needs a station rep, is a fast learner, is able to work without supervision and she is full of great ideas. She is a cheerful presence and an excellent ambassador for the radio stations when attending special events or remote broadcasts. Ally has proven herself over and over on-air and in the field and has an excellent future in Broadcasting.    HALL OF FAME - BUILDER AWARD  John Cochrane 2JOHN COCHRANE John Cochrane was honored with the BAM Hall of Fame Builder Award. This award recognizes lifetime achievement in the Manitoba broadcast Industry.  John was awarded his first on-air opportunity in 1956 as an announcer at CFOB, Fort Frances, ON. The man who may be credited with giving a start to a future broadcast Hall of Famer was none other than Don Curtin.  Two years later – John moved west to Winnipeg – where he was on the air at AM powerhouse – 630 CKRC, where he was asked to change his name to Johnny O’clock!  He moved on up the dial to 680 CJOB where he found his new broadcast home.  He starting in 1969 doing everything from Announcing, Promotions, Program Director continuing to climb the ladder as Station Manager, and settling in as VP, General Manager, and President of CJOB and 97.5. He is credited with a keen eye for talent and was the man who secured legendary Winnipeg Blue Bomber play-by-play voice Bob Irving for CJOB. John would expand his broadcast role acting as a consultant during the early 1990’s and then moving into the world of newsprint as Publisher of the Winnipeg Sun from 1994-1996.  

The Broadcasters Association of Manitoba Announces 2012 Award Winners

Winnipeg, MB (September 17, 2012) – At the Broadcasters Association Conference on September 13th, three outstanding individuals in broadcasting were awarded this industries’ most prestigious awards. Out going, BAM President, Scott Williams said, “These awards allow us to recognize those who have made a difference in our industry and also, young leaders who are making a positive impact. This year we are recognizing an individual posthumously, who has made an incredible impact on this industry, the community he served and the people he worked with.” Boyd Kozak was honoured with the BAM Hall of Fame Award. This award recognizes lifetime achievement for those individuals who have created a legacy in our industry. Most of Boyd's career was spent as an on-air personality, with the last 17 years as a news reporter for QX104. “KOZ” as he is known by many, has been an MC for hundreds of fundraisers and live on site broadcasts across the province over his many years in Manitoba. He specializes in voice over, working on documentaries and many other projects for organizations such as St. Boniface Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, Canadian Blood Services and the K-Tel documentary.  Boyd always believed that the opportunity to broadcast is a gift and his motto is “Do what you  love – love what you do!” Bill Hanson was posthumously honored with The Broadcast Excellence Award, presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry. Bill was a past President of BAM, President of the Western Association of Broadcasters and served on the Board of the Television Bureau of Canada. Bill joined CKY-TV as an Account Executive in 1983 and was appointed to progressively more senior positions including Retail Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, and in 2002 Vice-President and General Manager of CTV. Bill also helped to establish and manage the advertising sales partnership TMG – The Television Marketing Group that represented both CKY-TV and CKND TV from 1994 to 2002. Bill’s ties to the community include being a past Director of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg as well as Vice-Chair on the Board of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. Under his tenure, CTV Winnipeg was the first broadcaster to be honored with the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award 2006 by the Manitoba Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Bill recently passed away in May 2012. As someone who made such a great impact on this industry, he is missed by many. Jamie Isfeld was presented with The BAM Broadcaster of Tomorrow Award which recognizes future stars with less than 5 years in broadcasting. Jamie joined CTV Winnipeg in 2008 as Web Developer. From advertising to coding to contests, Jamie wears many hats in the office, working together with multiple departments to construct and maintain CTV Winnipeg’s website. Although not her primary focus, Jamie was awarded a Manitoba Advertising Association “Signature Award” for Excellence in Advertising 2011. Jamie grew up on a farm near Gimli, Manitoba where she was building websites before her family even had an internet connection. She graduated with top honors from Red River College’s Digital Multimedia Technology program in 2007. While not working, Jamie enjoys illustration, painting, playing video games and, in her words, participating in many aspects of “geek” culture. The Broadcasters Association of Manitoba (BAM) is composed of private radio and television broadcasters in the province of Manitoba. The Associations’ role is to foster and promote the development of the art of broadcasting amongst its members, encourage the interchange of information amongst them, and foster positive communication and serve the community they live in. More information about BAM can be found on the network’s website at bambroadcsters.ca

The Broadcasters Association of Manitoba Announces 2011 Award Winners

Winnipeg, MB (October 5, 2011) – At the Broadcasters Association Conference on September 17th, three outstanding individuals in broadcasting were awarded this industries’ most prestigious awards. Newly elected 2011 BAM President Scott Williams said, “These individuals represent the very best in broadcasting. We celebrate members of the broadcasting industry who have spent a lifetime serving their communities, those who are leaders in our industry as well as young leaders who are making a positive impact.” pngSylvia Kuzyk was honoured with the BAM Hall of Fame Award. This award recognizes lifetime achievement for those individuals who have created a legacy in our industry. Sylvia’s began as a “weather gal” in 1974 but soon was the host of a weekly talk show. She broke through the glass ceiling for women by anchoring, producing and editing the news as well as researching and hosting documentaries. After 38 years of working at CTV, Sylvia retired after her last broadcast on September 2, 2011. Her career achievements include; the Order of Manitoba in 2009, the Woman of Distinction Award in 2008, and a RTNDA Lifetime achievement award in 2010. During her career Sylvia worked tirelessly to promote community events and causes. She has personally been involved with organizations such as the Centre for Speech and Hearing as well as Art for Hospitals. She remains the spokesperson for the Koats For Kids Program, that since it’s inception has raised over 50,000 coats for needy children in Manitoba. She will be missed by her many fans and friends. Kelvin Heppner was presented with The BAM Broadcaster of Tomorrow Award which recognizes future stars with less than 5 years in broadcasting. Kelvin Heppner works for Golden West Radio as the Farm Broadcaster on CFAM, AM 1250, CJRB and CFRY. His daily Prairie AgWire is also broadcast on CKSW Swift Current and AM 1140 High River Alberta. Kelvin's on-air and online commitments are significant, with 4 daily newscasts, 4 market reports, regular online postings as well as being on the road covering ag events around the province. In a very short time, his knowledge of agriculture, his utilization of new technology and credibility within the industry has benefited his station’s Ag News and programming significantly. He is also an active member of the community, serving as a baseball coach, past full and half Manitoba Marathon participant, and youth group leader. Al Friesen was the recipient of The Broadcast Excellence Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry. Al Friesen was a Past President of BAM, (1998), and has been employed with Golden West Broadcasting since 1974. He is the Co Host for the RSM morning radio show and attends hundreds of community events, every year. Al has been involved with Cycle of Hope (COH), cycling in the Great Lakes tour in 2008 and Rockies to the Red ride in 2010. He also traveled to Nicaragua as part of Operation Christmas Child to deliver gifts. These events not only had significant impact on Al, but to his listening audience as well. Recent community involvement includes participation as the Director of Curl Manitoba, President of the Altona Curling Club (numerous times), the Co-Chair 2011 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and member of the Angel Tree Network, which helps to provide gifts to prison inmate’s children. The Broadcasters Association of Manitoba (BAM) is composed of private radio and television broadcasters in the province of Manitoba. The Associations’ role is to foster and promote the development of the art of broadcasting amongst its members, encourage the interchange of information amongst them, and foster positive communication and serve the community they live in.