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Remembering The Vinyl Cafe's Stuart McLean

17 February 2017, 04:49 | Winston Chapman

McLean was a veteran journalist, journalism teacher and three-time victor of the Stephen Leacock Medal for humour.

Stuart McLean, a Canadian humorist and broadcaster best known for his popular syndicated comic radio show The Vinyl Cafe, died on Wednesday at the age of 68, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said. He died from melanoma.

MCLEAN hosted "THE VINYL CAFE", a variety show including MCLEAN's "Dave and Morley" stories about a couple who owned a second hand record store, music, and monologues, for 22 years. He started taking The Vinyl Cafe on the road in 2008, traveling to both Canada and the UInitd States.

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McLean began his career in journalism in the 1970s as a researcher on Cross-Country Check-Up before moving on to making documentaries for CBC Radio's Sunday Morning. Later, he became a columnist and guest host on CBC's Morningside radio show. Since 1998, McLean has toured with The Vinyl Cafe to theatres across Canada and the U.S. Over 1.5 million people listen every weekend on CBC Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio and a growing number of public radio stations in the U.S. In a December 2016 blog post to fans, he said the treatment had not been totally successful.

McLean died of cancer on February 15, 2017 in Toronto, at the age of 68. He was an officer of the Order of Canada and a professor emeritus at Ryerson University in Toronto.



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