Montreal

Broadcaster Ted Blackman dead at 60

One of English Montreal's best known broadcasters, Ted Blackman, died Wednesday at the age of 60.

One of English Montreal's best known broadcasters, Ted Blackman, died Wednesday at the age of 60.

Reports say he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital of complications from his second liver transplant.

Blackman worked at several Montreal media outlets. He was program director and sports director at CJAD, a broadcaster on CFCF radio and, most recently, he was the morning man on The Team 990.

Blackman was also a columnist and sports editor at The Montreal Gazette.

"It was wild," says Gazette employee Tim Burke. "Everybody just fended for themselves. He ran a loose ship. You went out and did your work, and that was that."

Bob McDevitt, former CBC sports broadcaster and longtime friend of Blackman, remembers how baseball great Maury Wills critiqued Blackman's work.

"When Wills basically quit the Expos to get back to (Los Angeles) and Blackman wrote some things about Wills that Wills didn't like — but they were true — and Wills slapped him in the face."

McDevitt remembers Blackman as a man who loved sports, art and Montreal.

Blackman had a long media career in Montreal:

  • 1962: reporter at United Press International
  • 1965: Montreal Gazette as sports reporter
  • 1971: dabbled in radio as weekend editorialist on CJAD
  • 1971: Montreal Gazette's city column
  • 1974: CJAD program director and sports director
  • 1979: became morning host on CFCF radio
  • 1992: sports director and commentator at CJAD
  • 2001: left CJAD to join The Team sports radio
  • He is survived by his wife Lyanne and two sons, Scott and Kevin.