Norm Marshall
Died(2008-11-05)5 November 2008[2][3]
Known forCommentator on first Grey Cup telecast in 1952

Norm Marshall (1918 – 5 November 2008) was a Canadian radio and television broadcaster. He and Larry O'Brien were commentators for the first telecast of a Grey Cup football game 29 November 1952 on CBLT Toronto.[4][5] CBC paid both Marshall and O'Brien CAD$250 for this inaugural broadcast.[6] He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989.


Marshall's radio broadcasting career began with CKTB in St. Catharines, Ontario, first singing for the station then announcing. In 1940, he was broadcasting for CHML at Hamilton, Ontario. When CHCH-TV began broadcasts in that city in 1954, Marshall was among its first personalities.[1]

The Fred Sgambati Media Award was awarded to Marshall in 1988 for his broadcast work for university sports.[5][7]

CBC Television's pre-game segments for the 95th Grey Cup in November 2007 featured Marshall's recollection of the early Grey Cup broadcasts.[8]





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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Zelkovich, Chris (22 November 2007). "CBC plans to exit coverage with a bang". Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "The Hamilton Gallery Of Distinction: Inductees for 1994". Hamilton Public Library. Retrieved 9 May 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ Patskou, Paul (August 2007). "CFL - The Television Years". Canadian Communications Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  7. ^ Canadian Interuniversity Sport (14 June 2007). "Bill Sturrup awarded CIS Fred Sgambati Media Award". Ontario University Athletics. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  8. ^ Sole, David (18 December 2007). "Lunch with Chevy". CBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
  9. ^ Patskou, Paul (19 November 2007). "History of Grey Cup Commentators". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 9 May 2008.[permanent dead link]