JACK DIAMOND AWARD RECIPIENT – 2019
Greg Douglas, aka Dr. Sport, has been one of the most prominent sports journalists and broadcasters in Vancouver over the last five decades.
He was tagged with the nickname Dr. Sport by friends on a Maui golf course years ago when an annoying Hawaiian radio announcer concluded every item of his sportscasts with the words: “How do I know? Because I’m Doctor Sport!”
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, his first on-air experience came about when he smuggled a portable radio to school in his lunch box and got caught listening to the call of a world series baseball game. His ‘punishment’ was to provide game reports over the PA to the entire school population for the balance of the series. That led to a radio job with local station CKCY, and eventually to him becoming the youngest sports editor of a daily newspaper in Canada with the Sault Daily Star when he was 18 years old.
Greg left the Sault for Toronto to work for Broadcast News, checking in weekly with legendary Toronto Star sports editor Milt Dunnell, pestering him for work. Mr. Dunnell recommended him to Vancouver Sun managing editor Erwin Swangard, who hired Greg in 1966 to cover the Mounties of the Pacific Coast Baseball League and Canucks of the Western Hockey League.
Living at the old Blackstone Hotel on Granville Street, Greg used his first Sun paycheck to purchase his portable Smith-Corona typewriter from Arnold’s Pawn Shop next door.
His first radio gig in Vancouver was with CKWX, when a young Jim Robson hired him to cover the Mounties’ spring training baseball camp in Florida.
Greg joined the Canucks as public relations director in 1968-69 and stayed with the team through its NHL expansion years until 1977, when a management change resulted in a front office shake-up.
Greg formed his own sports marketing company and became an early pioneer of the multi-form media fraternity, contributing sports coverage for various radio, television, newspaper and magazine outlets. Over the years those stops included CKVU-TV, KVOS-TV, Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Vancouver Sun, TV Week Magazine, Sports Only Weekly, CKLG, CKWX, JR-FM and 600 AM. He became well known for scooping his peers and breaking stories.
Greg was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame twice, the first time in 2006 in the team category as a member of the WHL Vancouver Canucks,and then in the media category in 2010.
Among his other acknowledgments: an original inductee into he Vancouver Canadians Baseball Broadcast & Journalist Hall of Fame, the Jake Milford Plaque for service and dedication to hockey in B.C., the Angelo Branca Sportsman of the Year presented by Confratellanza Italo-Canadese & North Burnaby Boxing Club, BC Lions Waterboy Award for helping to promote the team’s off-field football activities, and the Vancouver Chinatown Lions Club Public Relations Award from Lions International.
His proudest achievement, he says, has been having the opportunity to mentor many young men and women in the sports broadcasting and journalism fields.
Greg currently works as a media relations and special events consultant for Hastings Racecourse and vividly remembers the days of Jack Diamond’s ownership of the track. He has been a supporter of the JCC Sports Dinner for many years and we congratulate him on being named recipient of the 2019 Jack Diamond Personality of the Year Award.