Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma.
McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came as a surprise to him.
Named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2011, McLean also received honorary degrees from a host of Canadian schools, including Nippissing University, Trent University, Saint Mary’s University, the University of Calgary, McMaster University, the University of Windsor and his alma mater, Concordia.
McLean also created current affairs radio documentaries for CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning, including an ACTRA Award-winning piece in 1979 about the Jonestown massacre. As the 1980s rolled on, he became a regular fixture on CBC Television as well.
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