'The Vinyl Cafe' Radio Show Host Stuart McLean Dies at 68
Feb 17 2017 by Francis Osborne
Stuart McLean, the voice and producer of public radio's "Vinyl Cafe", has died.
McLean was one of Canada's great storytellers and three-time recipient of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his classic work, The Vinyl Cafe.
Stuart McLean, a beloved CBC radio host and award-winning humourist, has died after a long struggle with melanoma. He started taking The Vinyl Cafe on the road in 2008, traveling to both Canada and the UInitd States.
The show's stories centred on Dave, the owner of a second-hand record store, and also feature Dave's wife, Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie, and various friends and neighbours.
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An insider of the show spoke to The Sun about the decision: "It is best that he takes some time out to sort his life out". He told the Daily Star he'd be interested in playing the next Doctor: "I could see myself in the scarf and all that.
Then, every Sunday morning, multitudes of avid listeners would sip their morning coffee and listen to Stuart McLean regale us with captivating stories.
McLean, who began his career as a journalist making CBC radio documentaries, wrote a series of best-selling books based on the show. Later, he became a columnist and guest host on CBC's Morningside radio show. The show aired on the CBC and on public radio stations in the USA and did several tours of live shows across the continent. Later, he said that the first round of immunotherapy had not been successful, and that he would undergo another round later this year.
McLean is professor emeritus at Ryerson University and former director of the broadcast division of the School of Journalism.
McLean died of cancer on February 15, 2017 in Toronto, at the age of 68.