Brian Williams Media Award

The Brian Williams Media Award is presented annually to a person in the Ontario sports media who has distinguished themselves in their life’s work, and career.


Rosie DiManno

Rosie DiManno is a Canadian journalist who began her career as a sportswriter in 1975. DiManno has been a columnist with the Toronto Star since 1989.

Joe Bowen

Sudbury’s Joe Bowen is a Canadian sportscaster and he is affectionally known as “The Voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs”, having broadcast over 3,000 Leafs games.

Gordon Craig – 2022 Brian Williams Media Award

Toronto’s Gordon Craig got his start in television in Winnipeg when he opted to join CBC rather than continue his university studies. It wasn’t long before he was moved to Toronto and into the TV sports department, where he soon began to produce curling shows under a variety of titles.

Jerry Howarth – 2019 Brian Williams Media Award

For many in the province of Ontario, the sound of Jerry Howarth’s voice means Toronto Blue Jays baseball and a warm summer day. The York, Pa. native was raised in San Francisco. Howarth began his broadcast career in 1974 with the Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League. The Blue

Harnarayan Singh – 2018 Brian Williams Media Award

When Harnarayan Singh was a four-year-old living in Brooks, Alberta, he told his parents he wanted to be a hockey broadcaster, like Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada. Growing up, Singh, would be doing his own commentary of the NHL games, and his family would have to tell him

Howard Starkman – 2017 Brian Williams Media Award

Born in Toronto in 1945, Howard Starkman has spent four decades as an executive with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was initially hired as director of public relations on July 4, 1976 and he served in that capacity until 1998. In that role, he was in charge of media relations,

Bob Elliott – 2016 Brian Williams Media Award

Bob Elliott (born September 10, 1949 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian sports columnist who has covered baseball in Canada since the 1978 Home Opener for the Montreal Expos, when he was employed by the Ottawa Citizen.

Roy MacGregor – 2015 Brian Williams Media Award

Roy MacGregor was born in the small village of Whitney, Ontario in 1948. Prior to joining the Globe and Mail in 2002, he worked for the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, Maclean’s magazine, the Toronto Star and Canadian Magazine.

Tom Cheek – 2014 Brian Williams Media Award

From opening day in 1977 until his 2004 retirement, Tom Cheek was the "Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays". Over those 27 years, Cheek called 4,306 consecutive games. Game 6 of the 1993 World Series brought Cheek's iconic moment with his "Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger

Ralph Mellanby – 2013 Brian Williams Media Award

Ralph Mellanby was born in Hamilton Ontario on August 22nd 1934, but his father’s new job as editor of the Windsor Star took the family to Essex County, where Ralph went to Essex District High School.