It is rare for someone in television sports to also be a major part of a news operation. CBC's Bruce Rainnie is one of the rare exceptions. With the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship taking place this week in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Eye on Sports Media thought curling fans would like to find out more about the new play-by-play broadcaster covering the event. This is his profile as published by CBC. Last updated April 6, 2008.
Bruce Rainnie is the host of CBC News: Compass the supper-hours news program on CBC Television in Prince Edward Island.
In addition, Bruce is known as the voice of CBC Sports in Atlantic Canada. He has broadcast the Olympic games four times (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006) and had the honour of calling the gold medal performance of the Canadian Women's Hockey team in Turin, Italy. Also in Turin, Bruce was first on the scene to interview Brad Gushue after his rink won gold in Men's Curling. In March of 2004, he researched, co-produced and hosted Great Expectations, a half-hour primetime documentary on hockey sensation Sidney Crosby.
Bruce came to the CBC from CJLS Radio in Yarmouth where he hosted the morning show from 1989 to 1995.
While at CJLS, Bruce received a Canadian Radio Award for inventive broadcasting and was twice name City of the Year (1993, 1994) for his volunteer work in the community. On his departure from Yarmouth, Bruce was awarded the Key to the Town, one of only three people ever to receive this honour.
Bruce has done extensive master of ceremonies work for various organizations. He has hosted the Progress Club Sports Celebrity Dinner, the QEII Hospital Research Dinner, the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, the PEI Business Hall of Fame Gala, the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Special Olympics Dinner and Auction, and the CIAU All-Canadian Basketball Awards Dinner. He's also been the featured speaker at graduations and athletics banquets in many communities throughout the Maritimes.
The award-winning broadcaster has expanded his professional duties to include hosting CBC News Morning, the Celtic Colours Music Festival, Tall Ships 2000, Spruce Meadows Showjumping, Davis Cup Tennis, CFL on CBC, the World Curling Championships, and Hockey Night in Canada.
As a host, master of ceremonies or featured speaker, Bruce's quick wit, thoughtful insights, and humorous, engaging style have entertained audiences all across Atlantic Canada.
Bruce lives in Charlottetown with his wife--award-winning musician Kendra MacGillvray. Kendra and Bruce are the proud parents of newborn son Mark.Original photograph courtesy of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. Modified for use on this site.