THE INTERVIEW: Gary Alan Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE INTERVIEW Summer 2017 Edition:
Gary Alan Price
with Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioSports.com

Copyright LondonOntarioSports.com

Mention the name, ‘Gapper,’ to any avid sports fan in London over the age of 50, and they’ll know exactly who you are talking about: former sports broadcaster Gary Alan Price. As a Londoner who was bit by the journalism bug at a very early age, I was fortunate enough to have had a long list of mentors in my life – one of them the Gapper. In fact, listening to him call play-by-play of the high school hockey finals on CFPL Radio in the late-1970s inspired me to being my own career in broadcasting. Price’s sports call-in show, Sports Call, was the last of its kind in London – a true meeting place in real time for the entire local sports community, long before the Internet would bridge that gap. It was legendary broadcaster Bill Brady who suggested that Price extend his handle to Gary Alan Price. Reluctant to do so, the Gapper took on the name, and the rest is history. As a radio and TV broadcaster, Price called play-by-play of several teams including Western Mustangs football and London Tigers baseball, and covered everything from kids’ soccer to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and numerous Canadian Open golf tournaments at Glen Abbey Golf Club. He has worn many other hats, too, including lay preacher at Riverside United Church, financial planner/advisor and a 10-year participant with Jesse’s Journey. In fact, Price began a walking streak in 2001 that has seen him walk at least 40 minute every day for more than 16 years – and there’s no end in sight. Today, retired and living in London, Price and his wife, Diane, have two children: Dana, 36; and Doug, 29.  The Gapper visited with LondonOntarioSports.com to talk sports, business, family, faith and helping others. Here’s that interview.

Jeffrey Reed, Editor, LondonOntarioSports.com: Gapper, I have to start our conversation with a comment on the state of sports journalism in 2017. In the late-1970s into the mid-1980s, during the time you were sports director at CFPL Radio, you took a more conservative approach. Chris Mayberry at CKSL 1410, where I started my broadcasting career, was slightly more liberal in his approach. But Brian Decker at 1290 CJBK was London’s original – and last – shock jock. You once told me you were going to speak with Brian about his approach, and how that would “never work for him.” Yet here we are today and, outside of conservative London, ‘shock jock’ is the norm.

Gary Alan Price MC’s Fergie Jenkins Night with the London Majors, June 5, 1992. Photo copyright Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioSports.com.

Gary Alan Price: I said that?
Reed: Yes. Fanshawe Falcons men’s basketball coach Glenn Johnston once told me I have a memory like an elephant.
Price: You do! It’s interesting you should bring up Brian Decker, because at the time there was Brian at CJBK, Chris Mayberry at CKSL, I was at CFPL, Pete James was at the TV station, and at that time the London Free Press had a staff of zillions, or so it seemed. So at that time, you always saw regular beat reporters, depending on the event you covered. It was a really fun time to cover sports in our community. But in terms of Brian, I’ve always felt you have to be true to yourself – you have to be yourself – and if you are going on the air and covering sports, and you are sharing information and context with your listeners, you better be yourself. Because if you are doing it publicly and you are not doing it honestly, that’s not sustainable. And if you want to shock listeners, and you believe that shock will bring an audience to you, you better be in a market a whole lot bigger than one in Ontario – especially at that time.
Reed: How did management at CFPL during your time there wish to counter Decker’s popularity – because you had a huge legion of fans, including me. But I also looked up to Decker. Polar opposites.
Price: CFPL Radio wanted me to be more shocking, wanted me to be more controversial. And I just said, you know what, I can’t do it. I mean, I could try if you want. I have an obligation to my employers to do the best I can. But I said, I don’t think it will work for me. And what works for me has been pretty successful. I don’t want to mess with that. But I did have a couple of moments throughout my career where I did a couple of things that were controversial, got the reaction that I would’ve expected, didn’t feel comfortable about it.

“If you want to shock listeners, and you believe that shock will bring an audience to you, you better be in a market a whole lot bigger than one in Ontario.” Gary Alan Price

Reed:  Gary Allan Price “controversial?” I’m all ears.
Price: I did a commentary on hunting as not being a sport. And oh, my goodness, the hunting community was all over me. That was the first time I recognized that CFPL had a huge audience.
Reed: Yet those of us who work in journalism often forget that, don’t we? We’re just doing our jobs. We often forget that others are listening, or reading.
Price: That’s right, we do. I didn’t take any pleasure in being controversial because that wasn’t me. I like to be accurate, I like to be fair, I like to be everywhere or give the impression I was everywhere.
Reed: That’s the illusion we offer as sports reporters.
Price: That’s right. I wanted the audience to know that I was on top of everything. But as an individual, you can only do so much.
Reed: Amen.

 Price: Jeff, you know that as well as anybody. And I needed to be responsive to any feedback that I got from listeners. Certainly, hosting my call-in show, Sports Call, there was a huge opportunity for that.
Reed: Back to the climate of sports journalism during the late-1970s into the mid-1980s. I believe that was the last era of 100-per-cent respect for and friendship with fellow scribes and broadcasters, at least in London. We used to compete, but we gave credit where credit is due. Those days are gone, Gary. For example, I’ve re-Tweeted links to good stories by fellow scribes, as a show of respect, and there’s often nothing but disrespect shown in return. Yet it should be OK to compete for stories, and pat each other on the back.
Price: Jeff, back in the days of Gary Alan Price, Brian Decker, Chris Mayberry and all, yes, those guys were my competitors. Yes they were! But they were friends. They were buddies.
Reed: I still keep in touch with Mayberry, another of my mentors, who recently drove to London for the LondonOntarioSports.com awards banquet. Class act.
Price: Yes! They were good guys and I enjoyed working with them. We would help each other out with information. It was a comradery and it was nice.
Reed:  So you pissed off the hunting community. What was the other incident of controversy?
Price:  I had a little incident with the London Knights, with Howard Darwin, who owned the Knights at the time. He was not pleased with something I had said on the air, when the Baby Bulls – Knights goaltender Pat Riggin and defenceman Rob Ramage – went to Birmingham to play as under-agers in the WHL. I supported their decision to do that. Mr. Darwin was not pleased with me. So we chatted about it. And I guess at the end of the day we agreed to disagree. But he had the power, and as a result of that, he made a decision that I shouldn’t be doing play-by-play of the London Knights after that. So I had to pay the price.
Reed:  But you were true to yourself and doing your job. Reminds me of the time I wrote a story for SCENE Magazine, exposing the fact the Class AA Eastern League London Tigers were leaving for Trenton, New Jersey. Needless to say, I was not met with a warm reception during my next trip to the Labatt Park press box.
Price:  I can imagine! In my case, I felt that what Rob Ramage and Pat Riggin, and others including Rick Vaive, had a right to do what they wanted to do. But Mr. Darwin saw things differently.  I’m not saying he was wrong and that I was right. We just had different views on that.
Reed:  Gapper, Sports Call was both ground-breaking in terms of local sports journalism, and also the last call-in show of its type in London. And when my half-hour sports feature show, Sports Rap, followed by my Rogers TV show of the same name, left the airwaves by the mid-1990s, they were the last sports feature shows to air in London. Your show, though, was the last sports call-in show in London. During the late-1970s and early-1980s, I listened and called in to your show, and Pete Franklin’s show which aired on 1100 WWWE Cleveland.
Price: You’re right, there hasn’t been a show like it in London since. And Jeff, it was so much fun. It aired for seven and a half years. For a sports talk show in a market of this size, I believe that is unprecedented in Canadian broadcasting history. I stand to be corrected on that.
Reed: I’m sure it’s accurate, Gapper. You had a large audience, too. Times were different. There was no Internet. But I think that show was timeless and would be popular today. It was like a live, local meeting place for the sports community.

 Price: We started that show in 1979, and it ran through 1986. When the radio station decided to make a format change in ’86 – and that happens in this business from time to time – the station no longer needed me, nor the gifts that I felt I could bring to the table. Now, that station would’ve certainly kept me on in another capacity. But when you are the sports guy and you are basically the only guy in town who is doing all of the stuff that you are doing – covering sports, the talk show, play-by-play of the Knights and the Mustangs, and high school hockey prior to that, even Canadian Open golf, to go from that to being a reporter or whatever, well, it just wasn’t going to work for me.
Reed: Interesting that local TV sports anchor Norman James would jump into the news anchor and reporter position when CTV London omitted a local sports segment. He’s a top-notch sports guy, but for me, he doesn’t work in the new capacity. But that’s his decision. And full-time jobs in broadcasting are not even close to the numbers four decades ago. So in that sense, I understand his decision.

“Covering sports, the talk show, play-by-play of the Knights and the Mustangs, and high school hockey prior to that, even Canadian Open golf, to go from that to being a reporter or whatever, well, it just wasn’t going to work for me.” – Gary Alan Price

Price: For me personally, I had to look for other opportunities which I felt that I would enjoy, that that would be consistent with the kinds of skillset and knowledge and background that I had.
Reed: We’re similar in that way, Gapper: 70-hour weeks, but passionate about our careers and wouldn’t do anything else.
Price:  That’s right. And those 10 years that I spent at CFPL Radio were the best 10 years of my working life. I loved that job, I loved that station, I loved the people I worked with, I loved my bosses, I loved my audience. There was nothing about that job that I didn’t like. Every day was just a wonderful adventure, to go in there and serve our listeners and serve our bosses and serve our sponsors. For 10 years there my colleagues and I had a lot of fun, we laughed a lot, but we were also professional. I’m talking about Bill Brady, Mark Lade, Peter Garland, Jim Weir and Dan Walker and in the newsroom, Dean Chevalier and Hugh Bremner, Jeff Gilhooly, John Boles, Steve Howe, Anne Hutchison – on and on.
Reed:  When I started my broadcasting career in 1980, I recognized instantly that this was a vibrant community of journalists. In fact, that was part of the appeal for me to enter journalism. Locally, it’s gone, Gapper – economics, apathy, a myriad of news sources are all to blame.
Price:  But back in the day it was a fabulous time. And I believe every one of those people I just mentioned, and others too, would say exactly the same thing – that we had fun, we enjoyed one another and we got the work done. It was a great time.
Reed:  You’re beaming from ear to ear, so I see how fondly you remember those times. Here we are today, in the Internet age, when everyone attempts to control their own message. Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame. And that clouds their vision: what’s a credible source, and what is not? And with this growing phenomenon of “fake news,” journalists are not trusted. It used to be a career respected by most; not anymore. Those days are long gone. And that makes it even more important for people like me to do our jobs.

 Price: Yes, and not only do people not trust journalists, but also they think they don’t need you. They can get their own messages out. Trustworthiness is credibility. And I’m speaking as a broadcaster. When I was a broadcaster, credibility was the most critical component in anything you did. The ability to be believed, to go on the air and talk about whatever you were talking about or report whatever you were reporting about, and know that your audience could believe you. Because if you don’t have that, you have nothing – especially in sports, because the listeners and readers in many cases know more than you do about the subject you’re discussing.
Reed: I agree wholeheartedly. I’ve seen it big-time in my baseball and golf reporting. Yet this is a career with many challenges, isn’t it? I’ll never forget my first week of school at the School of Broadcast Journalism at Fanshawe College. A professor said, “Look around. Most of you will be divorced, and many of you will be alcoholics.” What a way to being your college career! Yet I was also told that sports journalism would be a fascinating career, combining athletics, politics and entertainment.
Price: Yes, I think that’s all true. But during that time period, there were very few radio stations who could afford a full-time sports guy.
Reed: True – and even more so today.
Price: I’ve been out of the business for many, many years now, but my sense is that employer loyalty has gone by the boards. Audience loyalty has gone by the boards. There are so many options that people don’t feel the same loyalty to the people who are on the air. And because the people who are on the air change so often, why would you have loyalty? Many of those people are just voices now anyways.
Reed: And younger, Gapper. Economics sees inexperienced, underqualified on-air and published reporters cutting their teeth without much mentoring. They’re thrown into the ocean without a life preserver.
Price: Cost is a factor, for sure. At CFPL, they paid us very fairly during that time period. We were probably among the most highly paid broadcasters in Canada, relative to the cost of living in the community we were in. We couldn’t have taken our salaries to Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver and survived. But here in London, we were paid quite well.
Reed: It showed on-air too, Gapper. I likened CFPL Radio to the Cadillac of local radio broadcasting.
Price: And we had a lot of fun doing our jobs the right way.

“Employer loyalty has gone by the boards. Audience loyalty has gone by the boards. There are so many options that people don’t feel the same loyalty to the people who are on the air. And because the people who are on the air change so often, why would you have loyalty? Many of those people are just voices now anyways.” – Gary Alan Price

Reed: Let’s go back, now, to your early life. You were born in Windsor, but grew up in Burlington.
Price: My Dad worked for Ford, who opened a plant and head office in Oakville in 1953-54. So we moved there. I have three younger brothers. So I am the oldest, the smartest, the richest, the best looking – and the worst golfer! (Laughing).
Reed: You attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto to study Radio & TV Arts. At what age did you decide to enter broadcasting as a career?
Price: High school. I loved listening to the disc jockeys on the radio stations out of Hamilton, 1150 CKOC primarily, and on the Toronto radio stations.
Reed: Speaking of the old guard, you must have listened and watched Dick Beddoes on radio and TV.
Price: I did, and I read Dick’s columns in the Globe and Mail, and loved it all.
Reed: Likewise. They don’t make them like Dick anymore. Look at the local scribes from the old days – there’s just me and Morris Dalla Costa remaining.
Price: That’s right. In terms of other sports guys back in the day, Norm Marshall, Pierce Allan at CHML, Bill Sturrup at CHML, Gary Summers at CKOC – those were guys who I listened to as a teenager. I was really intrigued by them: who are those guys? Where are they? Wouldn’t it be neat to be where they are and have people like me listening to me?
Reed: Sounds familiar, Gapper. You know I entered broadcasting largely because I listened to you call high school hockey finals from the London Gardens. I used to sit in the grandstands at London Majors games, calling play-by-play for an audience of one. And when we had Knights season’s tickets, I spent more time looking up at the press box, wondering who those guys were, and what they were doing.

 Price: My mom said I had this habit of talking to myself all the time. She would always tease me, “Well, you know, if you want to talk all the time maybe you should get into a career where you can talk.”
Reed: Likewise. I would relentlessly pester my family with my tape recorder and microphone and conduct mock interviews in the living room and around the dinner table.
Price:  I get a kick now watching a TV commercial with the young kid calling the play by play of the other kids who are playing road hockey: “The crowd goes crazy, and it’s no goal!” It’s cute. That was me. I went off to Ryerson, studied Radio and Television Arts, met a lady there (Diane) whom I turned into a wife, which was good news for both of us!
Reed: Fairy tale story – and the rest is history. But let’s talk first about your journey across South America.
Price: Back then, many people, after college or university, would take some time off and travel. Most would back pack around Europe. I wanted to be a little bit different, I guess, and also I was too cheap to pay for the air flight over there. So I hitchhiked.
Reed:  Sticking with the theme, ‘Things were different back then.’
Price:  Exactly! I hitchhiked from home, down to South America. I spent seven months travelling, by myself, around South America and having a lot of wonderful adventures and experiences. I hitchhiked to the tip of South America, and then back home. There’s certain value in doing that kind of thing as a young person. When you have the energy and the lack of awareness of the world, so you don’t know the risks you’re taking, right?
Reed:  Fascinating story – and I am sure you could write a book about your South American adventures.
Price:  Every day, there was something new.
Reed:  And at the time, you and Diane were engaged. What did she think about this adventure of yours?
Price:  She wasn’t too excited, but I told her, I need to do this. I learned a lesson, too. You see, I had been publicly talking about it for a year. And then when the time came to actually go, I didn’t really want to go. But I had told everybody I was going to go. I felt the pressure to go. My Dad gave me very good advice. As he dropped me off along Highway 401, he said, “Gary, go and do whatever it is that you need to do, and when you’ve had enough, come home.” I was 21 years old at the time. And so I left. The days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and then my energy, my geography and my money all kind of ran out at the same time. So then it was time to come home and re-energize.
Reed:  I’m sure that seven-month adventure, in part, helped shape who you are today.
Price:   Yes, but I wouldn’t say that it shaped my broadcasting life. I would say it shaped more my faith life, made me a generous person.
Reed:  Gapper, you’ve always been known as one of the “good guys,” and you’re also a man of faith. I was recently told that I was “cut from the same cloth as the Gapper,” which I took as an enormous compliment. It’s not easy being a Christian and working in journalism, is it?
Price:  Well, just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you are perfect.
Reed:  Precisely. Amen. We screw up as much as the other guy.

 Price:  We make mistakes. We’re human too, right? But it’s interesting to me how my broadcasting career influenced the development of my faith, because I committed my life to Christ in 1984. I had been a broadcaster for a number of years prior to that, and doing the talk show, Sports Call. I had Bill McRay as a guest on the show. Bill was the Pastor at North Park Community Chapel. Prior to that, at the Dallas Theological Seminary, he had been the Pastor to the Dallas Cowboys. When I met Bill, and I had this platform of Sports Call, and he had this connection with the Dallas Cowboys. I was a seeker – a faith seeker – at the time. I said, Bill, how would you feel about coming on Sports Call and we’ll talk about faith and sports? You know, sports and religion and the relationship between the two?
Reed:  Believe it or not, Gapper, I remember that show and I remember how that message touched me.
Price:  Bill came on the show. Another time, Ryan Walter was a guest. At the time he was playing for Montreal. He carried himself with this grace and this presence.
Reed: Inner peace.
Price: Peace, yes. We were on the air and talked about his faith, and his career, of course. But remember saying to myself, man, whatever he’s got, I want that. And then Paul Henderson, through Hockey Ministries International, was on Sports Call one night. Here he was the star of the ’72 Summit Series, he was on the top of the world, everybody thought. But he really wasn’t. Then he found his faith, was reluctant to share it in the beginning, but by the time he came to me on Sports Call, he was out there. People knew that he was a Christian, and he was more than willing to share his faith.  After he was on Sports Call for a few hours, he and I and the other fella’ from Hockey Ministries, we went out for dinner. So I had Paul Henderson for a couple of hours on the air, and then for a couple more hours to myself, just to talk about faith. And at the time, I was seeking. It was very cool. Was it just a coincidence that all of these people including me came together? No, I don’t think so. Not now.
Reed: He always has a plan for us, right? And speaking of plans, there was obviously a master blueprint for your career in radio. You started at CFRS Simcoe in 1972 – the year of the Summit Series; moved to CJOY Guelph in 1972-73; CHWO/CJMR Oakville and Mississauga in 1973-74; CKWW Windsor 1974-76; and then CFPL London 1976-86, with some television work at CFPL TV London from 1986-90.
Price: I had become a sports guy at CHWO in Oakville because a guy named Jim Tonkin, who was a sales guy, did the Oakville Blades Junior B games. Jim could sell the games and he could make money. Jim knew I was a sports fan, so he asked me to come down to a game. He said, “I can get you in for free to help me carry the equipment. You can sit up in the booth.” And as a guy who was not making very much money, that appealed to me. And so, I did. And I’m sitting up in the booth, he’s doing the game, and it got near the end of the period when he said on air, “And our special guest at the end of the period is going to be CHWO news reporter Gary Price.” There was no Alan in those days, just Gary Price. And I was like, oh no, no way! But he’s giving me the smile and the nod. We did the interview, and afterwards he said, “Hey, you handled yourself really well, why don’t you come back next game and sit in and do some of the game with me?” Soon afterwards, the station made me sports director along with my news responsibilities. Then I was scouted by somebody in Windsor who had heard me on the air.
Reed: And so you returned to your hometown and CKWW, where things really took off for you.
Price: I worked with Dave Quinn at CKWW for a couple of years doing the Windsor Spitfires games. At the time, the Spitfires were a Tier 2 club, but soon became Major Jr. A. The big player for the Spitfires at the time was Hugh Mitchell, who would later join Western Fair (and now holds the post CEO).
Reed: Quinn would be offered the sports director’s job at CFPL Radio London, but he turned it down.
Price: Yes, and he said, “Gary, as far as I know, the job is still open. I’d hate to lose you, but if it appeals to you to go and apply for it, here’s your contact guy – Gord Whitehead, the news director.” So I phoned Gord right away. I don’t even think I told my wife I was doing it. Gord said the job was still open, and asked me to visit London. And after a long chat, he offered me the job. We had a 10 a.m. appointment, and by 11 a.m. he put a contract on the table. I was shocked, and said I had to go home and talk to my wife about it. But she was ecstatic, so we came to London.
Reed: When CFPL Radio changed its format in the mid-1980s, you had a big decision to make.

 Price: Yes, I had to decide whether or not to move in 1986 when CFPL Radio changed its format – do I look across the country or even into the U.S.? I was looking across Canada, thinking, where would I go and why would I go there, what would the opportunity be that would be so beneficial to me, that it would be worth moving my family?
Reed: You considered the big picture – quality of life, family life …
Price: Exactly. I didn’t need to move to prove to myself that I could do the job. I mean, if you’re doing London Knights hockey or you’re doing Vancouver Canucks hockey, it’s the same game. And my ego was such that I didn’t need to go for a bigger audience.
Reed: Good point. Someone said to me recently that I could be doing Blue Jays or Leafs play-by-play, and that it was too bad I never “climbed that ladder.” But it wasn’t my passion, nor would it define who I am as a successful journalist and broadcaster.

“I didn’t need to move to prove to myself that I could do the job. I mean, if you’re doing London Knights hockey or you’re doing Vancouver Canucks hockey, it’s the same game. And my ego was such that I didn’t need to go for a bigger audience.” – Gary Alan Price

Price: Precisely. So after every consideration, I decided that I was going to stay in London. And for me, that meant a career change. Now, I did go on to the TV station for three years and we had some fun there, but fundamentally, I knew that at some point I was going to make a career change. Although I loved what I did, I’ve been there, done that, and it was time for a change, right? I’m not unique in that sense. Many people go through that.
Reed: Financial planning and investments would be your next calling.
Price: I made my commitment to it in late-1990, I was licenced in early 1991, and really began transitioning out the business around 2012-13.
Reed: Ultimately, why the finance industry, Gapper?
Price: A couple of answers to that. One is through prayer. I asked Him, OK, where do you want me next? Where do you want me to go? What is God’s will for me now? I had investigated a number of things, including politics. I was asked to run for office by David Peterson who was the Ontario Premier at that time. And I sought a nomination, unsuccessfully. But as it turned out, that was a good thing. It was in Diane Cunningham’s riding. Peterson specifically contacted me and asked me to seek a nomination and run against her in 1990. That was the election in which Peterson actually lost his own seat, so that was not a good time to be a Liberal. But at the end of the day, I came to a decision to get into financial planning and investments for a number of reasons. It was an area that interested me, and I did have some background in it, because I had done some of my own studies, and I was intrigued by – and you’ll relate to this – the concept of being my own boss.
Reed: Yes (laughing) I can relate. Go on.
Price: I was intrigued with the fact I could be responsible for the success or failure of my own business. I was intrigued by the concept of, if I work harder or longer or more effectively, then I could make more income. So it all seemed to be a good fit for me.
Reed: As a financial adviser, were you successful?
Price: We helped a lot of people along the way, yes.
Reed: Gapper, let’s finish up with your incredible walking streak which began on April 1, 2001. You’ve walked at least 40 minutes every day since then and have not missed a day. You’re approaching 6,000 consecutive days over more than 16 years – all Canadian provinces, 20 U.S. states, and world-wide including the Great Wall of China. What was the genesis of this project?
Price: (Broadcaster and print columnist) Jim Chapman.
Reed: Another one of the good guys, Gapper. He had a near-death experience after suffering a heart attack in 1999.
Price: I visited Jim in the hospital – we’re about the same age. Man, he was in rough shape. I thought, oh, my goodness, if that can happen to him, then it can happen to me. So, I better take my health a little more seriously. I decided I needed to exercise on a regular basis. I had joined health clubs before, had tried swimming, but I like to walk. I’ve been involved with John Davidson and Jesse’s Journey over the years. And I knew that I would be motivated if I could get a streak going. So it started on April 1, 2001. The first day, I walked for 40 minutes. Then I did the same thing the next day. I had a streak of two days. After a week, I had a streak of seven days. At the end of April 2001 I had a streak of 30 days.  I figure I’ve walked across Canada five times.
Reed: You’re already a two-time author. You wrote, Hot Air, a 1987 Canadian bestseller, a good read with quotes from sports personalities. And you wrote, God’s Economy: Financial Freedom Through Faith (2011). Your third book has to be about your journeys.
Price: I do it for my health. It’s an investment in my health.
Reed: Well-chosen words, given your financial background.
Price: I had somebody say to me the other day, “Wow, you are lucky that you are healthy enough to be able to walk every day.” I said, I’m healthy because I do walk every day – and I’ve walked every day for 16 years. I’m committed to that.
Reed: Gapper, it has been my pleasure interviewing you today, four decades after you inspired me to enter broadcasting.
Price: Thank you, Jeff. It’s fascinating, and it’s very gratifying to know that I’ve had some impact on you. People have influenced me, and I’ve influenced others. The world works that way. And if you’re any kind of a quality person at all, then you are willing to share with others.
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One Response to “THE INTERVIEW: Gary Alan Price”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    A wonderful interview with one of my favourite people from my sports days in London.
    Gapper was more than a friend, he was an important mentor to me.
    When I was at Fanshawe, my placement weeks were at CKWW in Windsor, where Gary and Dave Quinn showed me the ropes. And my first full-time job was at ‘WW, in the spring of 1976. By the end of the year, both of us were in a London, me at CKSL and Gary at CFPL.
    Sadly, I lost contact with him but I’m delighted to see, via your interview, that he is well and doing fine!

    Cheers!

    Chris