Ridley named to Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

By Charles Lefebvre
April 25, 2019 - 11:52am Updated: April 25, 2019 - 7:01pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Bob Ridley will be entering another hall of fame in 2019.

The Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) announced that the long-time voice of the Medicine Hat Tigers will be its 2019 inductee into its Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during WAB’s annual conference in Banff on June 6.

Ridley began his career in broadcasting in Swift Current in 1963. He joined CHAT in April 1968, where he served as sports director.

Ridley has called 3,931 regular season and playoff games for the Medicine Hat Tigers since they joined the league in 1970. During his tenure with the team, Ridley has only missed one Tigers game.

The broadcast booth at the Canalta Centre is named in his honour.

Ridley also drove the Tigers bus for many years.

It’s the second Hall of Fame Ridley is being inducted into in 2019. He will be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame on July 21 in Canmore, alongside the 1987 and 1988 Medicine Hat Tigers’ hockey teams which won back-to-back Memorial Cups.

He was previously inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, and received a lifetime achievement award from RTDNA Canada in 2007.

In addition to Ridley, Boyd Kozak, the recently retired News Director from Winnipeg's QX104 FM, will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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