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Bryan Hall (born August 19, 1934) nicknamed "Hallsy", is a Canadian radio presenter and retired radio play-by-play broadcaster for 630 CHED in Edmonton, Alberta.

Hall was born on August 19, 1934[1][2] in Toronto, Ontario.[3] His father was a lawyer, who died when Hall was 9, and his mother a nurse.[4] Hall got his first broadcasting job at the age of 19, after moving to Edmonton, at CKUA where he did news, a jazz show, and sports.[4] At the suggestion of a columnist for the Edmonton Journal, Hall also took up a vacant sportscaster job at CHED, which he held from 1955 to 1962. In 1962, Hall moved to Toronto to take up a job covering sports with CHUM, but quickly moved back to Edmonton 3 years later, this time, back to CJCA, where he did play-by-play for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos with the network from 1965 to 1993. During his time with CJCA, he also pioneered one of the first open-line sports talk radio show in Edmonton.[5] When CJCA ceased broadcasting operations in 1993, Hall moved back to CHED to take up the position of sports director - continuing to do play-by-play of Edmonton Eskimos games until 2009.[6][4]

After over 40 years of covering play-by-play for Edmonton Eskimos games, Hall retired in 2009.[7] During his play-by-play career, he also did play-by-play for the Alberta Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, and Edmonton Flyers.[8] The media centre in Commonwealth Stadium was named after Hall when he retired in 2009, being succeeded by Morley Scott.[9] Though retired from doing play-by-play, Hall continues to host his afternoon sports daily talk show and the morning show on CHED.[10][11] Hall is also known for doing radio advertisements on CHED for local Tony Roma's, Crosstown Motors, and Sorrentinos.[4] He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.[5]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Gerry Moddejonge. "Esks broadcaster turns 75", November 8, 2009. 
  2. Aug 19 - Esks broadcaster turns 75
  3. Bryan Hall—A Year To Remember. Edmonton Oilers Heritage. Retrieved on August 4, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Curtis Stock. "Discovering a second HALLway", November 8, 2009. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Member Details - Hall, Bryan. Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Retrieved on August 4, 2010.
  6. Rock Radio Scrapbook: The CHUM Archives (Part 1). Rockradioscrapbook.ca. Retrieved on 2010-08-27.
  7. CTV Edmonton - Voice of Eskimos says goodbye to fans - CTV News. Edmonton.ctv.ca. Retrieved on 2010-08-27.
  8. Annicchiarico, Mario (2009-10-27). Edmonton Eskimos honour ‘Hallsy’ for 50-year career. Edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved on 2010-08-27.
  9. Official Site of the Canadian Football League. CFL.ca (2009-10-29). Retrieved on 2010-08-27.
  10. CANOE - SLAM! Sports - CFL - Edmonton: Hall returns to Esks' broadcast booth. Slam.canoe.ca (2009-02-07). Retrieved on 2010-08-27.
  11. Annicchiarico, Mario (2010-07-29). That was then, this is ... OW!. Edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved on 2010-08-27.

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