Bob McLean


McLEAN, Robert Ernest –

(Talk Show Host for 60 years in Radio and Television).

Suddenly at Brampton Civic Hospital on Tuesday April 22, 2014, Bob McLean at the age of 81 years. Dearly beloved husband of Willa. Loving father of Jennifer, and the late Abbie Buktaw. Dear father-in-law of Victor Buktaw. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive their friends at the Greenway Retirement Village, 100 Ken Whillans Drive, Brampton on Sunday April 27, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm. Online condolences at

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Television Host and Canadian Celebrity Bob McLean Passes

Host of Renowned Daytime Television Show The Bob McLean Show Dies at Age 81

BRAMPTON, Ontario, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Renowned TV Host and Canadian Celebrity Bob McLean died yesterday at the age of 81 due to complications from heart disease.

He was the famed daytime television host of The Bob McLean Show, which aired on CBC television from 1976 – 1981.

After graduating from Ryerson Polytechnical’s first ever College of Broadcasting class, McLean started his broadcast career in Barrie, where he called the local hockey games then moved onto local television with CHCH in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 1966, his talent was recognized by Ohio television station WUAB, where he hosted local award-winning talk show The Bob McLean Show until 1970. KYW in Philadelphia noticed the rising star and offered him a local show called McLean & Company. He was touted as the next Mike Douglas and had subsequent offers from Good Morning America, but returned back to his Canadian home to host CBC’s nationally syndicated The Bob McLean Show in 1976.

After the CBC show ended, McLean returned to his roots in radio, serving as a host in Edmonton for Canada’s nine-station radio network, CKO, then moved back into television on CKCO in Kitchener before finishing his radio talk show host career in 2011 with Kitchener’s CKWR.

During his 60-year broadcast career, Mclean interviewed U.S. Presidents, Canadian Prime Ministers, legendary movie stars, and the leading authors of our time. He was the on-air broadcaster who announced the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Through his late 70’s, he maintained his undying love for learning what makes others tick and bringing out the best in them through provocative and endearing conversations on television and radio.

He is the father of Abbie Buktaw (deceased) and Jennifer McLean, and husband to Willa (Somerville) McLean.

Daughter Jennifer has carried the hosting torch and uses her father’s coaching to coax the best out of her guests for her Healing With The Masters ( interview series, which reaches more than 600,000 audience members.

Donations can be made in his name to his late daughter’s foundation, The Abbie Jane Buktaw Memorial Foundation (, a California-based non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c)3 application pending. Donations are tax deductible. The Abbie Buktaw Memorial Foundation Tax ID: #46-3339705.

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Bob McLean’s Student Project 2013 interview:

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Bob McLean Show, The (Series) (1975-1981)

Aka: The Best of Bob McLean; McLean At Large

The Bob McLean Show succeeded Luncheon Date as CBC’s lunchtime talk show broadcast. McLean continued the easygoing format that Elwood Glover had established in this program of music, interviews and features.

In the summers of 1976 and 1977, material from the show was used for a Saturday evening series called The Best of Bob McLean. The 1976-1977 season included a weekly segment from a Broadway, West End or Canadian musical comedy. For the 1979 season, the producers took the show outside Toronto and originated in different cities, including Ottawa, Halifax, and Vancouver. The program was retitled McLean at Large in mid-1981.

Cast: Bob McLean….Host

Original Broadcaster(s): CBC


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