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Foster Hewitt: The Voice of Hockey

From Investor’s Business Daily,

“The first broadcast nearly ended in disaster,” Hewitt wrote in a 1928 Toronto Star article titled “Who Wouldn’t Be A Sport Announcer!” “When I finally did get in and closed the door, all the air was cut off. In a few minutes my head started to go round.”

Despite Hewitt’s difficulty catching air that night, listeners immediately loved the picture of the game he painted orally.

The next day, thousands clamored radio station CFCA for more. A decade later, in the 1934 playoffs, 6 million people would be tuning in to hear his voice.

“The impact he’s had on Canada has almost been a religious one,” Chuck Kaiton, president of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association and the announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, told IBD.

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(*Hewitt called the famous 1972 Paul Henderson goal, referenced earlier today on KK.)

Update 8:54pm ET: For examples of Hewitt’s work, check out CBC’s remarkable archives.

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