Longtime CFL on TSN producer Jon Hynes and late Gray Cup winner and TSN analyst Chris Schultz was announced as an inductee into the media wing of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on Thursday alongside accomplished writer Vicki Hall as a member of the class of 2023.
Nominations for media wings are recommended by Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) before being submitted to the CFHoF Selection Committee for approval.
The 2023 media class will be inducted on Gray Cup Sunday, November 19, during the FRC’s annual luncheon.
Hynes has been the lead producer for more than 800 CFL broadcasts on TSN, including 28 playoff games and the last 14 Gray Cups.
Hynes joined the network in 1989 and five years later, he was assigned to CFL games as associate producer and isolation director. Hynes helped launch “CFL on TSN” and eventually became a senior producer on TSN’s live events. He has acquired unparalleled encyclopedic knowledge of the league, while winning two Canadian Screen Awards and earning 10 nominations for best live sporting event, including the 100th Gray Cup in 2012. A native of Hamilton, Hynes has also won two Gemini Awards for his TSN coverage of world junior hockey championship. Alongside his Olympic assignments in 2010 and 2012, he also produces NBA, NHL, and CHL broadcasts.
Schultz played college football at the University of Arizona, before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 189th pick in the 1983 NFL Draft and playing three seasons for Team America.
Schultz returned home in 1986 to join the Toronto Argonauts and played nine seasons for the Double Blue, winning his 79th Gray Cup against the Calgary Stampeders. After his playing career, Schultz joined the media as an influential football analyst. On The Fan 590, Schultz co-hosted the football show from 1995-2010 and served as a CFL and NFL analyst. In 1998, Schultz joined TSN, where he was a CFL panelist on TSN, while contributing analysis to SportsCentre and TSN.ca until 2017. From 2018-19, he served as the color analyst for the Argonauts game on TSN radio broadcast 1050 Toronto .
During her broadcasting career, she proudly championed the Tackle Hunger Purolator campaign as its spokesperson in Canada. He is a member of the Ontario and Burlington Sports Halls of Fame (his hometown). Schultz died in 2021.
After briefly writing a story for his hometown newspaper, the Regina Leader-Post, Hall traveled to Alberta to begin his sports writing career at the Edmonton Journal.
From 2001 to 2008, he served as the paper’s CFL beat writer. Hall joined the Calgary Herald in 2009 as an NHL writer, while serving as the CFL’s backup reporter, before taking over the Stampeders’ beat from 2013-15. In 2015, she became the first woman president of the Football Reporters of Canada, and later the first woman on the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Hall.
He spent three years as Postmedia’s national amateur sports writer, winning a National Newspaper Award in 2015, before freelancing for CBC and teaching journalism at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
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