Announcers & Writers
Photos courtesy of Paul Leduc
Toronto ring announcer for many years under Frank Tunney. He continued to be the ring announcer when the WWF took over the area until they dropped the Brantford TV tapings in 1986.
Host of Vancouver's wrestling TV
show for many years. Would always say hello to the shut-ins watching at home.
Recipient of Gene Kiniski's trademark interview closer: "I'd like to thank everyone
for allowing me into their homes via TV, and as usual Ron, you did a great job."
Host of Montreal's TV wrestling in the 1950s and the radio voice of Montreal
Canadiens hockey on CBC.
Covered pro wrestling for the
Toronto Star for many years. Was able to be humorous without crossing
into condescension. Died in 1966. Outside of wrestling, he's remembered as one of Canada's top
horse racing writers, where he maintained his irreverent style.
"The late Joe Perlove used to cover the "rassles," as he used to call
them, for the Star. What went on in the ring and what appeared in the
paper the next day had very little in common. Perlove was one of the
most entertaining writers ever to work in this town, and wrestling
gave him the chance to let his imagination run wild."
(By Jim Hunt, from the TORONTO SUN, February 6, 1990)
Ring announcer for Grand Prix Wrestling in Montreal and the son-in-law of Michel
Normandin. Did bilingual introductions that ended with "C'est lui, that's him..."
followed by the wrestler's name. Funny thing was, I immediately understood the
"c'est lui" part, but it took years until I clued in that the end of that line
was "that's him." All that time, I thought it was something in French I didn't understand!
Long-time host of Calgary's Stampede Wrestling. Did an awesome
job of getting heels over through the 70s when Stampede Wrestling regularly
drew more heat than any other TV show I've ever seen (the feud between The
General's Army -- featuring King Curtis -- and Mark Lewin, Dan Kroffat, and Larry
Lane was by far the hottest feud I saw growing up. It was so strong on TV that
promoter Frank Tunney even brought in Curtis and Lewin to Toronto to do a cage
match -- with no local build-up). People who only started watching Stampede
Wrestling in the 80s never understood that to regular viewers, he was as much
a star of the show as any wrestler. Also did play-by-play for Calgary Flames hockey,
but the strangest thing was hearing him do political commentary on a radio show in
Calgary that I happened to catch in Toronto in the late 1980s.