Monday, October 16, 2006

CBC broadcaster Lister Sinclair dies

One of my favourite radio personalities, CBC [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] broadcaster Lister Sinclair died in a Toronto hospital Monday morning at age 85. Sinclair joined the CBC in 1944 and is perhaps best known as host of the radio program Ideas, a position he held for 16 years. He retired from CBC in 1999.

Lister Sinclair died in hospital on Monday.
Lister Sinclair died in hospital on Monday.
Here's the link to his obituary on the CBC site.

Sinclair wrote dozens of radio and television plays during his career and spent time as host of CBC-TV's The Nature of Things, he was also invloved with Front Page Challenge, Telescope, Horizon, Festival, Court of Opinion, Wayne and Shuster, and Morningside.

I best remember him for his role on Ideas. The man was a genius. He had an eclectic mind, having an interest and expertise in everything from poetry, to mathematics, to music, to literature, to culture. Sinclair once said he wanted to die learning. Ideas has been one of the programs that CBC has done really well. Ideas web site tribute

Ideas will broadcast a three-hour tribute to Sinclair, starting Monday night at 9 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One. It will continue Tuesday and Wednesday. I missed it here in Ontario, so I am listening to it via the 'net out of Calgary.

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