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Oral History


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Nom de l'objet : Oral History
Catégorie de l'objet : Documentary artifact
Matériaux : Digital Video File
Numéro d'accession : 2019.12.12
Date de début de production : 2019-04-14
Date de fin de production : 2019-04-14
Description : 26 minutes of colour digital video footage with audio. Recording is of Bruce Rainnie interviewing Hall of Famer Steve Armitage for the Legends of the Hall television program on Eastlink TV. .mp4 file, 1.95 gb.
Commentaires : 034041419Legends of the Hall: Steve Armitage00:00 - Opening remarks. Bruce mentions how Steve is a member of the BC Hall of Fame. Steve was born just outside of London, England and then moved to the Valley in NS, then to Dartmouth, then to Victoria and back and forth to Dartmouth. Steve finished high school at Prince Andrew in Dartmouth and then went to St. Marys University. They talk about Steves voice and how he got it from his father.02:25 - Steve talks about his football career playing in high school and playing in University. Steve talks more about his football career with SMU.03:40 - Bruce asks where the love of broadcasting started. Steve says going into his second year of University is when it started. Steve got a phone call from Bob Hayes, who asked him if he can type, Steve said yes and then Bob told him CBC was hiring someone part time to write sports and Steve said he really enjoyed it. From there that led to a little bit of radio and then to TV. Steve tells the story of taking a typing class in high school and how that skill was used for the rest of his life.05:40 - Bruce asks what Steves first memory on air was. Steve talks about his first TV gig for the 1969 Halifax Dartmouth Summer games where he did the wrap show at night, and how he was a basket case at 22 years old. Steve talks about his first major national event and the fall following he did another set of Summer games.07:20 - Steve talks about an opening in Vancouver for sports broadcasting for a late-night position. He says how it was rigged and that he was going to get the job, but he didnt know that at the time. He talks about being there making a big difference because of the NHL team and CFL.08:20 - Break - On Screen - Steve was part of the Hockey Nigh in Canada crew for 29 seasons and also broadcast 17 Grey Cups for CBC.09:00 - Steve talks about broadcasting for the Grey Cup and his play by play for CFL games. Steve talks about the best CFL football player hes ever seen, and how he was a classic triple-threat quarterback.11:10 - Bruce asks, when Steve was a host for Hockey Night in Canada, how many times did he get to interview Wayne Gretzky. Steve says he did the first Hockey Night in Canada interview with him and talks about that. Steve talks about how he would do interviews with Wayne for many years and he would always call him Mr. Armitage. Steve talks about making Gretzky think in interviews.13:45 - Steve talks about Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky being to two best hockey players he has seen.14:45 - Bruce asks if at any time Steve realized he was imitating another broadcaster and when/ if he realized that wasnt good. Steve. Gives advice to young broadcasters to try and be yourself so you can deliver whats inside you. Steve talks about wanting to be and sound like Don Chevrier. Steve talks about being too enthusiastic, but that being who he is.16:30 - They talk about how Steve is known for speedskating and swimming broadcasting because of the sort of racing lends itself to Steves skill. Steve says its not me, its the athlete. I hook my reins to their sled and they pull me.17:55 - Break - On Screen - Steve is the proud holder of an honorary PhD in civil law from Saint Marys University.18:30 - Bruce asks what Steves top three moments in his career were. Steve talks about never having a chance to call a gold medal at the Olympics, which was his big desire. He finally called a speed skating race in 1998 where this athlete won a gold medal. Steve tells a story from 2002 about that athlete where she won another gold medal where he got to call that race, and he says that is the one he always remembers.20:55 - Bruce asks if he ever had a perfect broadcast. Steve says he never has, he said if he ever did what he thought was a perfect broadcast he would hed keep walking and never come back. He talks about how there is always something more u can say. He says sometimes it is what you dont say that makes the broadcast.22:25 - Bruce asks about the time John Daly hit Steve with a golf ball. Steve tells the story when he was golfing, and he gets hit on his thigh with the ball. Steve proceeds to talk about John Daly.24:10 - End - Bruce asks what the best piece of advice Steve has. Steve says, if you have a dream to be a sports broadcaster, dont give up. He says you have to be willing to work. Closing remarks.  
Fonctions : Broadcast on Eastlink TV on April 14th 2019
Établissement : Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame  Facebook-Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame  Twitter-Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame  YouTube-Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
Ville de l'établissement : Halifax
Province de l'établissement : Nova Scotia

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