Bas Jamieson dead at 85

Published on January 15, 2014

An icon of Newfoundland and Labrador radio has died.

Bas Jamieson,  who started his broadcast career in 1958 and went on to host VOCM’s Open Line for 40 years, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Born in St. John’s in 1928, Jamieson worked in broadcasting in British Columbia and  Ontario before returning to Newfoundland in the early 1970s to work at CJON Radio and Television — founded by his brother, Don, and Geoff Sitrling.

He later moved to VOCM, where he hosted Open Line, Backtalk and Nightline at various points over his 40-year tenure — even working past his 1994 retirement due to public demand. The phrase “Dat you, Bas?” is still a catchphrase in the province and a tribute to the radio personality.

Jamieson also spent time in politics, being elected as a St. John’s councillor at large in 1990.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

In a statement, Jamieson’s family gave him the last word, quoting his famed radio signoff: “Do something nice for somebody today, you’ll feel better for it. Bye bye for God bless.”