Alex J. Walling

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Alex J. Walling
Born 1948
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Sports analyst, broadcaster

Alex J. Walling also known as A.J. Walling (born 1948) is a Canadian sports analyst and broadcaster. Well known for his distinctive voice and opinionated commentary, he was the Atlantic Canadian sports reporter for TSN, a position he held for nine years. He still contributes to a regular sports column for the TSN web page and is heard each weekday morning on 97.5 Community Radio (97.5 FM).[1][2] He is also the founder and former owner of CJQC-FM in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Walling's career began at the age of 17 in 1965 as a newspaper reporter in Quebec City. He soon moved into radio and in 1972 he moved to Halifax where he began working for CHNS.[3] He began the first full-time sports talk show there in 1972 with a show that ran on Sunday nights from 10:30 till midnight. As the first full-time sports director for CHNS, his first major assignment as in Edmonton, Alberta where he covered the Dartmouth Dairy Queen team which was vying that year for the National Softball title. He has also covered major sporting events, including the 1972 Summit Series where he was one of the first to talk to Paul Henderson moments after the historic "goal heard around the world".[4] Walling has reported on Atlantic University football for more than twenty years.

In 1984, he was president and general manager of Western Broadcasting in Corner Brook, Newfoundland where he started CKWK 1340, an AM radio station now operating as CKXX-FM. Three years later, in 1987, he became general manager of CJGL-FM in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. While his family remained in Corner Brook, for several months he commuted 4,000 miles (6,400 km) between the two stations.[5]

In 1988, he became the first sports anchor at the independent Halifax and Saint John-based MITV television station (now part of Global). That same year, he founded the Atlantic Media Institute in Halifax, which he sold in 2000.[3] From 1994 to 2000 he also had a one-hour sports talk show called A.J., Harv & Company on a Halifax community station television. He left the show upon his retirement; however, the retirement was short lived. In Liverpool, he founded Queens County Community Radio, which first went on air in 2008 and received CRTC approval in 2009.[6] In June 2012 he sold his interest in the community radio station to focus on his local online newspaper, Pulse of Queens County.[7]

In July 2015 Walling became the host of the Cobequid Radio Society's 97.5 Community Radio morning drive show,[8] broadcast live from Lower Sackville each weekday.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Kathleen Davis of Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, who died in 2014.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sports Network, A.J. Walling Archived July 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Greater Halifax Partnership, Information Radio profile
  3. ^ a b c QCCR Profile Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Atlantic Talent Agency, Bio Archived March 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Canadian Communications Foundation, CKXX-FM, Corner Brook, Newcap Broadcasting Ltd. Archived December 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ CJCQ-FM (Queens County Community Radio) Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "TENTATIVE DEAL STRUCK FOR 99.3 QCCR"[permanent dead link], Pulse of Queens County, May 28, 2012 (cached by Google)
  8. ^ Demont, John (2015-08-27). "Alex J. Walling on air for 50 years after weak debut". Chronicle Herald. Halifax, NS. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 

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