CBC Radio broadcaster Otto Lowy died Tuesday. He was 81.

He was best known as the host of The Transcontinental, a weekly musical journey through Europe with a railway motif.

The show ran for 22 years, but Lowy's CBC roots went much deeper than a single program. He wrote radio plays and television scripts, produced documentaries and acted in dramas and comedies.

Born in 1921, he came to Vancouver from Czechoslovakia in 1948, and began his CBC career as a foreign-accented bit player in a series called Adventures in Europe.

He leaves his wife and a son.