Montreal sports broadcaster Randy Tieman dead at 64

Montreal sports broadcaster Randy Tieman

Online tributes continue to pour in for Randy Tieman, a pillar of Montreal sports broadcasting, who passed away unexpectedly on Friday (Nov. 16). He was 64.

Tieman had a 34-year career with CTV Montreal, up until this past June, when he was part of layoffs at Bell Media that saw the CFCF-TV sports department eliminated.

Hailing from the small town of Exeter, ON, Tieman started his radio career at CKY Radio and TV in Winnipeg after attending Fanshawe College, going on to work with CFGO-AM Ottawa and then CJOH-TV. He landed at CFCF Radio in Montreal in 1983. After moving over to the television side, he served as sports director for both the Ottawa and Montreal stations. He also hosted a radio show on Team 990 (now TSN 690) between 2009 and 2012.

Two of Tieman’s children inherited his love for broadcasting and journalism with his daughter, Gabrielle Tieman-Lee, a freelance writer, and his son Jesse, the promotions director and afternoon drive host at 106.1 The Goat (CKLM-FM) Lloydminster.

Tieman had previously cheated death three times, surviving a quintuple bypass, Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and meningitis within an 18-month period in the mid-1990s.

The Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to Tieman during Monday night’s hockey game, with photos of the broadcaster to be shown on the jumbo screen during the first period of play.