Veteran sports Broadcaster John Badham has died, in Peterborough, Ontario, following a short battle with cancer. He was 79.
Badham was born and raised in Saskatchewan. After high school, Badham worked at the Weyburn Mental Hospital where he met his wife Dorothy, a nurse at the institution.
In 1957, at the age of 20 he was considering a career change when a new radio station opened in Weyburn. He joined the station which marked the start of a career that would take him to stations in Regina, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. While with the CBC, Badham covered the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
Badham has done play-by-play for five Canadian Football League teams — the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Toronto Argonauts, the BC Lions, the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders. It’s a record that has earned him a place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Badham had been on the air at CHEX Peterborough from 1988 until 2022. Badham went on to do a show on Extra 90.5. He held that position until earlier this year when the station changed its format. He then had a noon-hour current events show.