The legendary voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Bob Irving is officially retiring from radio play-by-play after the 2021 season.
The 71-year-old’s final broadcast on 680 CJOB will be the West Final on Sunday, December 5. The Bombers are dedicating the game to him and will recognize Irving in a pre-game ceremony.
“In nearly five decades at CJOB, I’ve covered a range of sports, anchoring morning sports for nearly 40 years, but the icing on the cake has been the chance to be the voice of the Bombers,” Irving told Global News.
“I’m grateful for the tremendous support of my wife Daye, who has had my back every step of the way, and my kids, Kyle, Reid and Ashleigh, who provided similar support. It’s now time to hang up the mic and join Daye in exploring what the rest our years have in store.”
In December 2020, Irving hinted that this season could be his last calling games for the Blue and Gold, which ends a remarkable 48-year run covering the team. That started in 1974 and has totalled over 800 games.
“Bob has made a lasting mark with his contribution to the organization. He has been a tireless supporter of the Blue Bombers and a passionate advocate for Manitoba and for the Canadian Football League,” Winnipeg Football Club president and CEO Wade Miller said.
“He’s always been giving of his time beyond regular work hours at CJOB by hosting Blue Bomber banquets and other team functions, as well as volunteering for numerous local charities. We’re fortunate to have been able to listen to Bob for as long as we have and wish him the best in an incredibly well-deserved retirement.”
Irving was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and the media room at Investors Group Field bears his name. He was made a member of the Order of Manitoba in 2014.