Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Broadcaster Garth Buchko Named New CEO of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Broadcaster Named New CEO of Blue Bombers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Broadcaster Garth Buchko Named New CEO of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Broadcaster Named New CEO of Blue Bombers

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WINNIPEG - After what was described as a continent-wide search, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers found their new leader on the doorstep -- or at least next door.

Garth Buchko, the boss of local radio broadcast-rights holder CJOB, was confirmed Thursday as the new president and chief executive officer of the CFL club, effective March 1.

"This is the greatest position I could ever, ever imagine," he said.

He is the first permanent president since Lyle Bauer left in 2009. Unlike Bauer, a former Bomber offensive lineman and current president of the Calgary Stampeders, Buchko promises to leave football operations in the hands of general manager Joe Mack.

"I believe in hiring the best people to do their job -- and when it comes to football operations, Joe Mack is the best person -- and let them do their job and be accountable for that job," he said.

Buchko doesn't have far to haul his stuff.

CJOB is currently a neighbour of the Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium, although that won't be the case for long. Next season the CFL team will move to the recently named Investors Group Field, still under construction at the University of Manitoba.

The man who has sat in the president's office on an interim basis since last July, engineer Ossama AbouZeid, will continue after March 1 as project manager of the new stadium. That's the role he had before and kept during his tenure as interim CEO.

Bomber board president Bill Watchorn said they had 75 potential candidates for the job but narrowed it down to seven and then just two. While living in Winnipeg after hire was required of any successful applicant, being from the city was not, he insisted.

"Living in Winnipeg was important (but) the fact that we picked Garth was based on a set of criteria other than Winnipeg, and it just so happens that he lives in Winnipeg," Watchorn said.

Buchko has worked in radio for 30 years, most of them with CJOB, now a Corus station that also operates Power 97 and Groove FM. His background is in the sales and marketing side of radio but he has been general manager for the last 16 years.

The Bombers are in pretty good shape both on and off the field, despite a heart-breaking loss for fans in the Grey Cup in Vancouver even though the club was an underdog. …

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