Montreal QC – Radio legend Ted Tevan passed away Friday at the age of 78. Ted was a throwback. I remember as a wee gaffer listening to our big console as he spat out his thoughts and yes, I myself, was machine gunned once by the raspy voiced devil of radio.
You either loved Ted’s throwback style or you hated it. He had a loyal following wherever he worked. He gave a lot of breaks to a lot of youngun’s in radio. If you love the TV show Mad Men you’d love Ted because he was born to live that life in radio.
I always laughed at his live plugs for services he’d use. He worked it and was a lesson to anyone who wanted to get into the radio game.
His star power dwindled and he almost became a caricature of himself as his air time shrunk. His last gig being with Team 990 in Montreal.
There’s going to be a full tribute to Ted on the team 990 on Tuesday. A lot of middle aged little boys will be shedding a few tears that night. I know I will.
And to you Ted, friend of my childhood, like the Expos, Dorion Suits, and so many radio icons and voices that inspired me later in life when I worked in radio thank you for those wonderful memories.
I spoke with Peter Michaels, Ted’s first producer/operator at CFOX around 1972.
It was an experimental program. From 11PM to Midnight. One hour. We coined it Sports Rap with Ted Tevan. That was the beginning of his creative on air shenanigans.
Peter went on about that period, he moved on after training Dan McGarrity, Ted’s later side kick, on the board to take over for him. Peter talked about some of the make believe brawls including one with Johnny Rodgers of the Als. Peter came and left CFOX four times, like many of the staff. Our chat lasted for awhile who talked about his days with Gord Sinclair, Mike Williams, Dean Hagopian, Ted Murphy, Hal Stubbs, Dennis Bell, and so many more.
UPDATED – Ted’s Funeral Notice
THEODORE (TED) TEVAN
Service Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Ted will be forever remembered by his family, friends and colleagues. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., on Wednesday, August 17 at 1 p.m. Burial at the Temple Rodeph Shalom Congregation Section, Kehal Israel Cemetery, D.D.O. Shiva strictly private. Contributions in Ted’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
Click to watch Ted Tevan video clip from 2004
As most of you know Ted was a huge fan of Neil Diamond and this clip from You Tube was one of his last theme songs on his show.
Ted Tevan RIP 1937-2011