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J. Paul McConnell was born in British Columbia in 1945, and 50 years later he was still there, but there were several stops along the way.

Nelson, Calgary, Red Deer, Melfort, Moose Jaw and Winnipeg, in that order, then back to BC, where in 1969 he started covering the BC Lions under the tutelage of fellow Football Reporters of Canada member Jim Taylor.

McConnell has been the voice of the Lions, on radio and TV ever since. McConnell was the first private broadcaster to call Grey Cup play-by-play in 1986, and held that role until 1994. McConnell's love affair with the CFL began in Winnipeg in the 1960s, when he discovered that the Blue Bombers served up monster steaks to the media after practice.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame-Media Wing in 1996

Class of 1996

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