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Bob Picken was born and raised in Winipeg and has spent a lifetime in the sport of curling as a distinguished member of the media, administrator, volunteer and curler. He has provided radio commentary on 32 men’s and 16 women’s world championships, 15 world juniors, 31 Briers and 12 Tournament of Hearts.
Picken was the first media officer of the World Curling Federation, from 1992 to 1994. In 1987, he was honoured with the Elmer Freytag Award for service to international curling. He won the Doug Gilbert Award as Canadian Sportscaster of the Year in 1982 and has earned two Scotty Harper awards for his radio curling commentary.
Picken is a member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Media Roll of Honour and the Manitoba Curling and Baseball halls of fame.