J. Lyman Potts, Pioneer in Canadian Broadcasting, Dies at 102


His Canadian Talent Library Trust paved the way in which for the nation's home recording business.

J. Lyman Potts, a pioneer in Canadian broadcasting whose Canadian Talent Library Trust paved the way in which for the home recording business and later merged with FACTOR, died on Sunday on the age of 102.

Two years in the past, for his 100th birthday, the Ontario Association of Broadcasters despatched him a Broadcast Order of Achievement certificates that proclaimed "Congratulations on the longest profession in broadcasting."

At the time Pip Wedge, government director of The Canadian Communications Foundation, advised FYI Music News his thoughts was "sharp." He was dwelling in a retirement house in Burlington, Ontario, and reportedly usually programmed their music.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Nov. 11, 1916, Potts began his radio profession in 1932 at CHWC, whereas nonetheless a highschool pupil. He grew to become full-time announcer there after commencement; the station merged into CKCK, owned by All-Canada Mutually Operated stations (ACMO). In 1940, he moved to Hamilton, Ontario, to work as manufacturing supervisor for CKOC, then grew to become assistant supervisor.

In 1956, he seized the chance to launch a brand new station, CKSL, in London, Ontario, however two years later moved to Montreal, Quebec, to CJAD.

When Standard Radio bought CJAD in 1961, Potts remained with the corporate for a few years, holding numerous positions, together with basic supervisor of sister station CJFM-FM, which he placed on the air in 1962.

A yr later, he was appointed assistant to Standard's president, W.C. Thornton "Winks" Cran, in Toronto. Four years after that, Potts was named president of recent Standard subsidiary Standard Broadcast Productions -- an umbrella for Standard Broadcast News (the nation 's first non-public radio information community), program syndication and music publishing--. Also coated in that function was overseeing the Canadian Talent Library (CTL) nonprofit, which produced a collection of recordings from 1962-85 by Canadian artists and of Canadian compositions that was conceived by Potts and initiated by the Standard Broadcasting Corporation-owned radio stations CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal.

Those recordings have been initially distributed solely by subscribing broadcast stations, however in 1966 CTL started leasing the masters for business launch to RCA, Columbia, Capitol, GRT, Quality, United Artists and Intercan, with genres starting from in style to gentle classical music. In 1985, CTL merged with Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records, a.ok.a. FACTOR, and ceased manufacturing after producing some 265 albums comprising three,000 performances by Canadians.

According to The History of Canadian Broadcasting web site -- which Potts helped create and edit whereas vice chairman of the Canadian Communications Foundation from 1994-2004 -- Pierre Juneau, the primary chairman of the the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as soon as mentioned Canadian content material laws requiring broadcasters to play a sure share of Canadian-created music wouldn't have launched if it wasn't for Potts's institution of the Canadian Talent Library and ongoing management and dedication in the direction of fostering and producing Canadian expertise.

From 1970-1974, Potts was president of Standard broadcasting Corp in London, a consultancy enterprise for firms trying to acquire business radio licenses within the U.Okay. In 1981, he retired from Standard and fashioned J. Lyman Potts and Associates, his personal consultancy for the radio business and music enterprise at massive.

Potts was acknowledged with quite a lot of important awards in his profession, amongst them the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1976, the 1987 CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame, the 1984 Juno Award for the primary new Award of Merit, the 2002 Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee Medal and 2012 Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He his survived by behind his brother, Jack, and son, Joel.