Denny Boyd was delivered to the world in 1930 in Anyox, BC. shortly after his mother was delivered to the hospital in a family friend’s garbage truck. Twenty-one years later, he was writing sports for the Victoria Times.
Denny loved telling that story among what seemed a million others.
Stories were what he lived for, and no one had a better eye or ear for finding them and putting them into words. During his years at the Times, he covered it all: junior hockey, high school sports, and all the local leagues.
His work at the Times led to a career at the Vancouver Sun from 1957-72 and again from 1977 through 1999, first in sports, then in an entertainment/saloon column that became a “must-read” across the province.
With four books, a five-year stint as radio commentator, the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and the Order of BC in 2005, you have a life lived to the hilt by a man who lived for words, and made them sing.
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John McKeachie, who became well-known to B.C. sports fans as a member of the BCTV news team, wasn't born into the business.
He was always interested in sports, playing baseball and basketball growing up in Victoria then working eight years in the sporting goods industry. But he was a late convert to broadcasting, taking on a summer job with the old CKDA radio station, after breaking his jaw playing basketball at the University of Victoria.
The summer job became a career. He quickly moved up the ladder, working with CKNW radio on Vancouver Canucks hockey and B.C. Lions football games, then latching on with BCTV, where he lasted more than 25 years. Outside BCTV, McKeachie's hosting and broadcast career covered everything from the B.C. Summer and Winter Games to the Olympic Games in 1992 and '94, and more recent stints on talk radio.
Big John continues to be a sought-after personality who volunteers his time hosting events for various charities around B.C.
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