Harry J. Boyle
He began his career in media working for a local radio station during the 1930s and later as district editor for the Stratford Beacon Herald. During this time he was also contributing articles to the London Free Press, Globe and Mail and the Toronto Telegram.
In 1942, he began working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as its farm commentator as well as the director of the National Farm Radio Forum.
In 1968, Boyle was appointed vice-chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and in 1975 became its chairman. He held this position until 1977.
Boyle's writing was primarily autobiographical fiction dealing with life in rural southern Ontario during the interwar period. Two of his books were awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour: Homebrew and Patches in 1964 and Luck of the Irish in 1976.
In 1978, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
- The Inheritance: A Play in Three Acts (1949)
- Mostly in Clover (1961)
- Homebrew and Patches (1963)
- A Summer Burning (1964)
- With a Pinch of Sin (1966)
- Straws in the Wind (1969)
- The Great Canadian Novel (1972)
- Memories of a Catholic Boyhood (1973)
- The Luck of the Irish (1975)
- Tribute by Pierre Juneau
- "Harry Boyle: Creator of Canada's modern public radio". National Post. 25 January 2005.
- York University: Harry J. Boyle fonds
- Canadian Communications Foundation: Harry J. Boyle biography
- Harry J. Boyle
- Concordia University Honorary Degree Citation, June 1978, Concordia University Records Management and Archives
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