Roy Coventry Brown
Born: May 11, 1938
Died: January 25, 2014 (Penticton, British Columbia)
For 29 years, Roy Brown served as the “Voice of the ’Riders” as the stadium announcer at Taylor Field in Regina.
His voice was familiar to generations of Saskatchewan Roughriders fans, as he described plays, announced future dates, and generally kept the fans informed. He was also not above the occasional editorial comment. In 1996, when the Ottawa franchise threatened to go bankrupt, he told the crowd, “The Roughriders’ next home game is Sept. 15. Somebody will play the Roughriders at 2 p.m.”
His tenure included several seasons of struggle for a team cheered by die-hard fans known for Rider Pride.
“Fans grumble but they never give up,” he told the reporter Dave Margoshes in 1998. “There’s a kind of prairie stick-with-itness that says you just don’t jump ship.”
Brown launched his radio career in 1958 at CKBI at Prince Albert, Sask. He later worked for CKRD at Red Deer, Alta., WECL at Eau Claire, Wis., CKRM at Regina, and CKCK radio and television. He also handled public relations.
After retiring to Penticton, B.C., he became the announcer for the Penticton Vees junior team.