Month: August 2020

SPIN NO. 9 — TIM’S FRIENDS

We often hear it, but rarely see it materialize.
When people near retirement, they often say they want to go back to their roots — working in a community operation at what is considered a slower pace, even though their work ethic and raw talent could keep them thriving in major markets.
That’s what made Tim Dancy’s legacy so special, as he lugged a video camera tripod over a shoulder, walking through community sporting venues, zoos, cherished cemeteries and other facilities as a SHAW TV reporter.
Those images — and so many more — are a memorable montage of Dancy, who passed away on the weekend. He was 68.
Social media was a place of tenderness as news of his passing surfaced. His peers, and sharpest critics, praised his work, which was only trumped by his kindness and great humility.We often hear it, but rarely see it materialize.
When people near retirement, they often say they want to go back to their roots — working in a community operation at what is considered a slower pace, even though their work ethic and raw talent could keep them thriving in major markets.
That’s what made Tim Dancy’s legacy so special, as he lugged a video camera tripod over a shoulder, walking through community sporting venues, zoos, cherished cemeteries and other facilities as a SHAW TV reporter.
Those images — and so many more — are a memorable montage of Dancy, who passed away on the weekend. He was 68.
Social media was a place of tenderness as news of his passing surfaced. His peers, and sharpest critics, praised his work, which was only trumped by his kindness and great humility.

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        <h2>JAC SWEENEY</h2>        
    <blockquote><blockquote>1) WHAT MADE TIM SPECIAL? Tim shot straight from the hip. He was kind but at the same time -he also told you how it was. You never guessed what Tim was thinking or where he stood on something. He loved his family and all things sports. I think those were his two greatest loves; in that order haha My cousin Jordan Greenly knew Tim well. He and Tim were extremely close for the last 10 years (talking almost every day). Here is what he said :  <strong>One of the most unique things about Tim was, for a man that had accomplished SO much- he never liked to talk about it. He hated the spotlight ( in fact he would probably hate that we are talking about him so much!) He was never the type to say "I did this or I called that game or I interviewed so and so....you had to kinda let that stuff come up naturally.</strong>       2) WHAT DID HE TEACH YOU? Tim taught me to fight hard. "Women belong in broadcasting" he once told me. ..."But not everyone will think that. Change their mind. "  He also taught me that you're never to old to learn new things. There he was in his 60s learning Twitter and Instagram. And he was good at it!            3) WHEN AND HOW DID YOU MEET?  I met Tim back in 2006 when I first started at Shaw TV. From day one he took all of us under his wing and "showed us the ropes". We were always welcome to join him on any shoot and he was always available if we had a question about how a story should be written or if we needed a contact. Tim literally knew everyone in the city and could just call them up like they were old friends. Actually come to think of it - they probably were!       WHAT IS THE QUESTION I SHOULD HAVE ASKED AND WHAT IS THE ANSWER? My cousin Jordan is the one that would know the answer to this. As I mentioned - He and Tim talked almost everyday. Here is what he said :  "I only know this because I asked him this about a month ago on the phone. We were talking about old memories and games he called.I asked "what would you say is the greatest accomplishment in your sports broadcasting career" And he stopped and said "Shit that’s a tough one" then he basically said "<strong>Honestly it’s probably that I got to do what I loved for so long. I was a young kid in Pincher Creek sitting in the basement flipping through old hockey and baseball cards pretending I was a sports announcer and I wanted so badly to be one. And it wasn’t easy. I did a lot of shit jobs and things I didn’t want to do to get started. But it didn’t matter because I got to be what I always dreamt of being and that kind of fueled me through it all. I treated sitting in an arena in Weyburn with 10-15 fans in the stands in the middle of a snow storm using my car scraper to scrape the frost off the broadcast glass like I was calling game 7 of the Stanley cup finals. Sure all the accolades of travelling with the Oilers and the Riders and eventually making it to the pros was cool. But I literally got to do what I was passionate about every single day and for quite awhile that’s all that mattered.</strong><strong>"</strong><br /><br />    </blockquote></blockquote>     
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        <h2>Tim Spelliscy</h2>      
     

1-He was so genuine…and gentle. The media business can be very competitive…even nasty at times …and this was before social media. But Tim didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He had one of the top TV jobs in Western Canada…Sports Director and 6 pm Sports Anchor at ITV Edmonton-an up and coming station….plus the TV voice of the Oilers…but the notoriety meant nothing to him…he had no ego…he just had fun and enjoyed sports so much…but he never saw himself as a TV star or anything like that….he just always felt he was so lucky to be doing a job that was so enjoyable.

2-so many of those….but I recall one time when we were travelling from Long Island to Downtown New York. My memory might be foggy but I’m pretty sure we were with Mickey Redmond and John Shannon. Mickey lined up one of those stretch limos and a few “refreshments” for the one hour ride. Tim and I stuck our heads out the sunroof as we drove into New York city…probably not a very smart thing to do. Of course there’s also the famous moments in Oilers history that he called on TV….first NHL goal for the Oilers in Chicago….Wayne Gretzky breaking Espo’s record for most goals in a season in Buffalo…and Wayne scoring 5 goals against the Flyers to hit 50 goals in 39 games.

3-his legacy ?….two or three things….everyone who met him really liked him…he had no enemies because he was so kind to others and fun to be around….he was a friend to so many as we’ve seen by the reaction to his sudden passing….… His commitment to family…He really was a bit of a media legend in Edmonton and even Western Canada but his family was his priority….He was a husband…a very proud father and extremely proud grandfather. That was his priority. I was also impressed with how grateful he was for everything that happened in his life…his family, his career, his friends and colleagues. He battled cancer for several years (Multiple myeloma-check spelling)  but never really complained. Instead he felt he was getting a second chance and really strived to make the most out of every day. That’s something that really was felt by everyone who spent any time with him the last few years.

TIM’S VOICE

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SPIN NO. 8 — 5:30 p.m — 50/50 news, and Game 3, plus DEENA HENSHAW, Tim Dancy and a powerful Globe and Mail editorial

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        <blockquote><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tim was always polite, always professional, always connected to his job and others in his personal and professsional life. An outstanding professional and thoroughly decent man. RIP, Tim Dancy. <a href="https://t.co/oJ4rP9uHdc">https://t.co/oJ4rP9uHdc</a></p>&mdash; John Short (@JohnShort_JXS) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnShort_JXS/status/1290406266607554560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2020</a></blockquote>        
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SPIN NO. 8 — DEENA HENSHAW AND Tim Dancy

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        <blockquote><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tim was always polite, always professional, always connected to his job and others in his personal and professsional life. An outstanding professional and thoroughly decent man. RIP, Tim Dancy. <a href="https://t.co/oJ4rP9uHdc">https://t.co/oJ4rP9uHdc</a></p>&mdash; John Short (@JohnShort_JXS) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnShort_JXS/status/1290406266607554560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2020</a></blockquote>        
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SPIN NO. 8 — DEENA HENSHAW AND Tim Dancy

MEET DR. HENSHAW

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        <h2>REMEMBERING ... TIM DANCY</h2>      
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        <blockquote><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tim was always polite, always professional, always connected to his job and others in his personal and professsional life. An outstanding professional and thoroughly decent man. RIP, Tim Dancy. <a href="https://t.co/oJ4rP9uHdc">https://t.co/oJ4rP9uHdc</a></p>&mdash; John Short (@JohnShort_JXS) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnShort_JXS/status/1290406266607554560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2020</a></blockquote>        
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