Broadcaster Colin Jamieson dead at 86

Funeral set for Tuesday in St. John's

Published on December 2, 2013

One of the province’s well-known broadcast families is mourning the loss of a loved one. Colin Jamieson died Thursday at the age of 86

“We’re all doing as well as can be expected,” said Jamieson’s nephew, Joshua Jamieson.

“I was just speaking with Uncle Bas (former longtime host of VOCM’s ‘Open Line’) and he was saying people are lined up going out the door to pay respect,” Joshua told The Telegram Monday morning.

The late Don Jamieson, as well as Bas and Colin, worked in the broadcast industry dating back to the 1950s at the CJON radio station.

St. John’s Coun. Tom Hann worked with Colin.

“I crossed his path when NTV and CJON parted ways,” Hann said.

“Geoff Stirling kept NTV and OZ, and he gave the Jamiesons the Q radio system, and Colin ran that until CHUM out of Toronto bought it, and that’s when I came back to Newfoundland to run that. We owned it for five years and then sold it to Harry Steele,” he recalled.

“He was very good. He certainly knew the business and took an active interest in the future of the company,” Hann told The Telegram Monday.

“He was around the business from the early days of the 1950s and would have been on the ground level of broadcasting in Newfoundland and Labrador in the early days.”

Joshua said his uncle loved every aspect of journalism and in his later years was the proud publisher of 50 Plus — a small newspaper for people over the age of 50.

“He really enjoyed working on that. He did for years and Auntie Joan (Colin’s late wife) worked on it with him for a long time," said Joshua.

“It kept him busy and in touch with a lot people who knew him from his day in broadcasting …,” he said.

Joshua, who is Don Jamieson’s grandson, recently produced a documentary film about the legendary broadcaster called “Just Himself: the story of Don Jamieson.”

In it, he talks to Colin about the Jamiesons.

“It was one of the most eye-opening conversations I had with him. I learned a lot about him. He was a really interesting fella, that’s for sure,” he said.

“That is why we made the film when we did. We were just starting to lose people. There were already people who would have been involved in my grandfather’s life who had already passed away, and we realized we had to get on the ball sooner rather than later. It will always be a treasured time for me, and I’m sorry that it was so late in life that it occurred,” he said.

Colin Jamieson’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Queen’s Road in St. John’s.