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Retro Blue Jays – Whitt and Cheek on Community TV

August 10, 2018

Posted by Home Town Cable Network.

I’ve always had a fascination with community/public-access broadcasting. For starters, it’s obviously different than traditional commercial media. This particular format was also one of my first forays into the world of media – Ottawa’s CKCU, early-to-mid 2000s.

It’s hard to explain, but there’s something about the unpolished, raw presentation that seems authentic to me. This is prevalent with the following interviews of former Blue Jay catcher and coach Ernie Whitt and the late Tom Cheek.

Based on the setting, the footage was recorded at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, likely before the 1985 Pearson Cup.

The clips are part of the Home Town Cable Network which, according to its website and Facebook page, serves Northern New York State; with their office located in Champlain, New York.

One of the interviewers – Dick Letourneau – is no Bob Costas and calling Whitt’s team the “Maple Leafs” at the beginning of his interview was far from a smooth start. But he does ask some interesting questions.

For his part, Whitt answers the questions truthfully; though he seemed a little taken aback by Letourneau’s style of interviewing.

Tom Cheek – as he always was – told a great story, threw in a joke and always brought an incredible amount of professionalism. I wonder how many people knew he was a fill-in for Expo games before he came to Toronto.

Despite their rough look, the interviews are unique. They might not shine, but they’re fun to watch.

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As an aside, Home Town Cable Network’s website has dozens of baseball clips. The majority of which involved the Expos.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – $1.99 Jays caps at McDonald’s

August 7, 2014



Posted by RetroTy and Retrontario.

Once upon a time, McDonald’s sold Blue Jay hats for charity. Sadly, I was a toddler at the time and couldn’t take advantage of this wonderful promotion. Granted, I grew up in a time when one could buy hockey and baseball cards at Micky D’s. Still, I would much rather buy a cap and support a great cause.

To help with the promotion. McDonald’s enlisted the services of Bobby Cox and Ernie Whitt.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame last month, Cox has a commanding presence. The father and male cashier are immediately intimated by the sight of him. Good thing they weren’t umpires.

As for Whitt, there are three things one quickly learns about the former catcher, coach and current Team Canada manager: 1) He likes tea. 2) Even off the field, he has quick hands. 3) The female cashiers were quite smitten with him and his Magnum, P.I. looks.

It’s been a while since the Jays and McDonald’s had a partnership. But that doesn’t mean the promotion couldn’t return. I’m looking at you, Pizza Nova and/or Tim Horton’s.

And now…I’m hungry.

Retro Blue Jays – Anne Murray performs at Skydome

May 29, 2014

Posted by YouTube user “packrat79”

Next week will mark the 25th anniversary of the Blue Jays playing their first game at Skydome. The next episode of DNJT (June 5) will celebrate this milestone.

In the meantime, here’s Anne Murray singing the anthems at that first-ever game, which ended in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Fergie Olver, BJ Birdy and Ernie Whitt also make small cameos.

Anne Murray has a significant role in the team’s history.  In addition to Skydome’s first game, she also sang O Canada at the first-ever regular season game (a snowy April 7, 1977) and game three of the 1992 World Series – the first World Series game to occur outside the United States.


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