CALGARY – One of Western Canada’s most recognized sports broadcasters is hanging up his microphone.
Global Calgary sports director Grant Pollock announced his retirement from the station on Monday, after an amazing contribution spanning more than three decades.
Pollock’s television career started in 1979 in Barrie, Ontario. He moved to Calgary four years later when he joined the sports team at Channels 2 & 7, now Global Calgary.
His work on the incredibly popular Sports @ 11 program with broadcasting legend Ed Whalen catapulted Pollock into the forefront of sports broadcasting, where he has remained ever since.
“For over 30 years, Grant has been the face of sports news in Alberta,” said Chris Bassett, news director for Global Calgary.
“He’s had a remarkable career, including 15 years on the Calgary Flames broadcasts,” said Bassett.
“We congratulate Grant on his stellar contributions and salute him for his many years of service to our viewers,” added Bassett. “He will be greatly missed.”
Pollock has shown dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm in covering Calgary’s biggest sporting events — including the Calgary Olympic Games in 1988, the Flames’ Stanley Cup run in 1989, numerous Grey Cups, and the Heritage Classic.
“Working on the Flames broadcasts was a dream come true. And hosting Sports @ 11 was always a blast and never felt like work,” said Pollock. “But telling stories of local athletes was the most rewarding experience.”
“It’s been an incredible honour to bring their stories to Calgarians throughout the years,” says Pollock.
Pollock, a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, has been a strong advocate for the importance of amateur sport throughout his career.
He is well known in Calgary for his work with sports charities and also volunteers for several other worthwhile causes.
A recent trip to El Salvador saw him helping build houses for the less fortunate.
Pollock’s final on-air goodbye and last day with Global Calgary will be Thursday, May 29.