Thomas ‘Tom’ Clarence Foley

Biography

Builder : Media
Year Inducted: 2013
Date of Birth: August 19th, 1921

Thomas ‘Tom’ Clarence Foley (deceased) was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1921. He had a brief but distinguished career as a media icon. Beginning his career in the Ottawa valley, he was considered the preeminent broadcaster of his day. He joined CFRA’s staff when it opened in 1947, and rose to the role of Sport Director, Station Manager, and part-owner.  

He was the first host of CFRA’s popular program, “Sports at Six”. He was skilled as a play-by-play broadcaster and interviewer for a multitude of sports, including hockey (he was a regular for the CBC’s broadcasts of Canadians and Maple Leafs games and an original member of the “Hot Stove League”), baseball (he conducted live broadcasts of all home games for the Brooklyn Dodgers on CFRA), and football (he was a play-by-play announcer for the Ottawa Rough Riders), quickly earning the admiration of his peers and the listening audience. He also covered the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley for many Canadian radio stations. His career was cut short at the age of 38 in a 1960 auto accident.