Brian Williams

Brian Williams is a Canadian sportscaster that provided coverage of just about every sport imaginable. The Olympics and the CFL were two of his mainstays as a principal studio anchor and longtime host with CBC and later CTV and TSN. There was Liz Manley’s skate and the Battle of the Brians at the 1988 Calgary Games. Ian Sunter’s game-winning field goal for the Tiger-Cats at the 1972 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau’s golden performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Williams unique voice and quirks such as frequently announcing the time, sometimes in several different time zones at once, made him one of Canada’s most distinctive broadcasters. On the radio side, Williams co-hosted Don Cherry’s Grapeline, along with Don Cherry, for thirty-five years, first on CFRB radio in Toronto, and then as a syndicated show on Sportsnet until 2019. During his illustrious career, Williams won eight Gemini Awards, two Foster Hewitt Awards, and one Canadian Screen Award. Considered one of Canada’s leading authorities on the Olympics, he covered the first of his 14 Games in 1976 at Montreal. Williams announced his retirement from broadcasting on December 2, 2021 after a 50-year career. Photo courtesy Winnipeg Free Press.