Clyde Gilmour

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Clyde Gilmour
Born (1912-06-08)8 June 1912
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Died 7 November 1997(1997-11-07) (aged 85)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Radio host/personality, critic, journalist

Clyde Gilmour, CM (8 June 1912 in Calgary – 7 November 1997 in Toronto)[1] was a Canadian broadcaster and print journalist, mostly known for his half-century career with CBC Radio.


Gilmour was raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where he attended Alexandra High School until graduation in 1929. The conditions of the Great Depression prevented Gilmour from continuing to university, and in 1930 he joined the Medicine Hat News staff.[citation needed]

Following journalistic and public relations service in World War II, Gilmour lived in Vancouver contributing film and music reviews for the Vancouver Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers while beginning his long association with CBC Radio by broadcasting film reviews on station CBU. One noteworthy record review for the Sun was a 1950 evaluation of some early Oscar Peterson works.[2]

In 1954, he moved to Toronto and wrote similar columns for the Toronto Telegram until that newspaper's demise in 1971. He later wrote for the Toronto Star as a film critic for the remainder of the 1970s. On 5 October 1956, the first episode of Gilmour's Albums was broadcast on CBC Radio, a weekly music programme which continued until 14 June 1997.[3]

Selections on the programme were generally drawn from his personal collection which eventually included 10,000 vinyl records and 4000 Compact Discs. These items were bequeathed to the CBC and today form the Clyde Gilmour Collection.[4] Gilmour's Albums established a record longevity for single-host CBC Radio shows.[1]

Gilmour was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975. He died at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, on 7 November 1997, aged 85. The Toronto Film Critics Association occasionally presents the Clyde Gilmour Award in his honour.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Birth and Death Notices". The Globe and Mail. 8 November 1997. p. H14. 
  2. ^ Gilmour, Clyde (7 October 1950). "Records on Review". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Eatock, Colin (14 August 1999). "Being at home with Clyde The CBC has installed the home office of beloved broadcaster Clyde Gilmour in its music library". The Globe and Mail. p. C5. 
  4. ^ "Other Libraries - CBC Archives". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "About the Toronto Film Critics Association". Toronto Film Critics Association. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Allan, Blaine (31 May 1997). "Window On Canada". CBC Television Series 1952-1982. Queen's University Department of Film and Media. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 

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