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Wittman, Don

Year Inducted / Année Intronisé:

2003

Province / Province:

Saskatchewan

Category / Catégorie:

Builder, Media

Biography / Biographie:

Veteran broadcaster Don Wittman has enjoyed an unparalleled 42-year career with CBC-TV. He’s covered virtually every major sport in the world, from Olympic winter and summer games to Commonwealth and Pan-Am games, from World Track and Field Championships to Hockey Night In Canada, from the Canadian Football League to Canadian championship curling.

Born in Herbert, Saskatchewan, Wittman attended the University of Saskatchewan, then began his broadcasting career at CFCQ in Saskatoon in 1955. He settled in Winnipeg in 1961. Since then, he’s been a commentator at 16 Olympic winter and summer games—beginning in 1964 in Innsbruck, Austria—more than 30 Briers, 17 Grey Cups, hundreds of National Hockey League games, including several Stanley Cup finals and numerous Canadian Open golf championships.

Wittman is also  member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame, Manitoba’s Sport and Hockey halls of fame and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Media Roll of Honour. In 2002, he was named Broadcaster Of The Year by Canada’s sports media. He is also a two-time ACTRA Award winner.