Fans and colleagues share their love and memories of Arthur Black

Long-time CBC Radio host and humourist Arthur Black, 74, died Wednesday at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island, B.C., only a few months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Listen to Arthur Black on the inaugural episode of 'Basic Black, recorded in Thunder Bay, Ont. in 1983. 1:26:57

Long-time CBC Radio host and humourist Arthur Black died Wednesday at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island, B.C., only a few months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Black, often noted for his warmth, knowledge and levity, wrote on his blog in January about being diagnosed with what he called "the Mike Tyson of cancers." 


Black hosted Basic Black on CBC Radio for 19 years. The show ended in 2002 when he retired, but at that time it was still one of CBC's most popular variety shows with an audience of about 600,000 every week.

Following news of his passing, fans and colleagues from across Canada shared their memories and feelings about the radio legend. 

Many remember the hilarious mnemonics he used to remember the postal code for CBC's Toronto headquarters: "Make Five Wieners, I'll Eat Six" and "Vacuum Six Basements, Four Attics, Too" when he moved to the West Coast. 

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