Sign-Offs

Ellie Tevan

Ellie Tevan, on June 12. Tevan, wife of late Montreal radio sports host Ted Tevan, was one of the first women to do sports editorials on radio and in her early career was the only woman in North America covering major league baseball on a regular basis. Featured in a June 1973 article in The Jewish Post and Opinion, Ellie was working at CFOX Montreal when she explained to the paper that women were not allowed on the playing field, even as working reporters. “They’re banned from the press box by a ruling of the all-male Baseball Writers’ Association, and are forced to sit in the stands with the paying customers. I think it’s archaic, but I haven’t made any fuss about it. I probably should, but I haven’t the strength to fight it. The players are very nice to deal with, for one thing. I never have any problems getting interviews, no matter who the players are. So even without the dressing room, I do all right, especially as I’m usually doing a human interest rather than a hard news story.” Ellie and Ted Tevan were married for 52 years, up until his death in 2011.

John Anthony Hello

John Anthony Hello, 64, on June 10. Hello spent many years working in radio with his career culminating at CJFX Antigonish as news and sports director. Hello went on to return to his hometown of Campbellton, NB where he served as a city councillor from 2001-04 and deputy mayor from 2004-08. He eventually retired to Point Michaud, Cape Breton, where he continued to pursue music and photography.

Rodney “Rod” French

Rodney “Rod” French, 73, suddenly on June 18 at his home in Mount Pearl, NL. French was a news reporter and hockey broadcaster with VOCM Newfoundland in the 1970s and 80s. He’s also remembered for his involvement in the Newfoundland & Labrador music scene as a member of both The Bellaires and The Ravens. The Ravens were a pioneering 1960s rhythm and blues group and the first Newfoundland band to appear on national television on CBC-TV Halifax’s Frank’s Bandstand in 1965. They were also among the first to cut and release a single on Arc Records, a subsidiary of London Records. The foursome was regularly featured on CJON-TV’s biweekly Dance Party and CBC-TV’s High Teens.