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Memorable Manitobans: Robert “Bob” Picken (1932-2019)


Born at Winnipeg on 24 September 1932, he took journalism training at Michigan State University (1951). His long career in broadcasting began at CKY radio in the 1950s and continued at CJOB (1965-?) and CBC. In the 1960s, he was the voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and he covered 16 Grey Cup championships, five Olympic Games, and 34 curling championships. He served on an athletic committee of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He retired in 2007. In recognition of his contributions to sports in Manitoba, he was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (2011), Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame, Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame, Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame, Curling Canada Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, World Curling Hall of Fame, and Order of Manitoba (2017). He died at Winnipeg on 30 January 2019, survived by a wife and three children.


“Picken signs off,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 2007, page 29.

Last of that great old generation of sportscasters,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2019, page A8.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 2019, page B8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2019

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