Jerry Howarth is celebrating 35 years in the radio booth calling over 7,000 games for the Toronto Blue Jays. Sportsnet is inviting fans to send in their best impersonations, get a personalized message from Howarth, and leave social media greetings to the broadcaster. Howarth was recognized in 2012 with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award. He started his play-by-play career with the Tacoma Twins AAA baseball team and the University of Puget Sound’s football and basketball teams. He spent time in Salt Lake City as a baseball radio play-by-play announcer, assistant general manager for the Utah Pros, and group sales director for the Utah Jazz. Howarth moved to Toronto in 1981 where he has taken an active role in the community, coaching high school basketball and fundraising for the Special Olympics and other charities, as well as raising his two (now grown) sons with his wife Mary.
CWA Canada has published a set standards for the fair treatment of media industry interns that will ensure student interns get valuable work experience through structured training programs and get paid a guaranteed minimum honorarium. CWA Canada’s National Representative Council unanimously adopted the guidelines at the union’s annual meeting with the expectation they’ll be embraced across the industry. Read the guidelines here.