Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean
Topics: Sports Comedians
Traveling From: Toronto 
Availabilities: Call Toll Free 1.800.693.6665 or complete our Request Form

Ron MacLean is best known as the straight man on Coach’s Corner, the listener, and some might argue, the voice of reason that saves Don Cherry from getting a puck in the head.

Experience: Ron MacLean’s broadcasting career began in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD Radio in Red Deer, Alberta. In high school, he assumed the midnight newscaster job on Friday and Saturday nights, and was promoted to disc jockey at the station. He soon became program manager. In 1984, a hockey producer (John Shannon, former executive producer of HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA) saw MacLean doing an ad-lib weather forecast and hired him to host the Calgary Flames telecasts on CFAC, an independent TV station in Calgary. Ron MacLean then became the sports anchor on the local evening news.

After joining the network in 1986, his role expanded over the years to include hosting CBC’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and the Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 1994. MacLean has also covered the Calgary Stampede, World track and field competitions in Tokyo (1991), Stuttgart (1993) and Goteborg (1995), Export “A” Skins Golf, and World Cup Hockey. Ron MacLean hosted the XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in September of 1998 and woke up millions of Canadians every morning as the host of CBC’s coverage of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. He won his fourth Gemini Award as Best Sports Broadcaster for his work in Nagano.

Ron MacLean can add author to his list of accomplishments with his new book out Cornered: Hijinks, Highlights, Late Nights and Insights. Cornered is packed with inside accounts-some inspiring, many hilarious-from his early days as a part-time radio announcer and weather forecaster in Red Deer, Alberta, to his time hosting Hockey Night in Canada and the Olympics.

Performance Style: Ron peppers his presentations with tales of the famous and infamous, all delivered with rollicking humor and sly insights into human behavior. He is an entertaining, engaging and perceptive host and speaker who never fails to connect with audiences at a very human level — and always leaves them cheering for more.

Why hire Ron MacLean? If you are looking for humor you can’t go wrong with Ron! No matter what the topic, he leaves audiences rolling in the aisles and wanting more. His charismatic personality, quick wit and thoughtful insight make Ron the perfect host, master of ceremonies or keynote speaker. Perhaps no other journalist has witnessed first-hand more Canadian sports milestones in the past quarter century. From Gretzky to Catriona, Mario to Salé and Pelletier, MacLean has been there with an eye for detail and an appreciation for what makes a great story. As a host, master of ceremonies, or featured speaker, MacLean’s quick wit, thoughtful insights and humorous, engaging style have entertained audiences from coast to coast.

Works Well in this Type of Event: Special Events, Emcee, Corporate Events, Private Events, Charity Events, Celebrity Speaking Events, Conventions, Trade Shows, and Award

Contact: You can request information on our entertainment options through our on-line request form. Or, you can call us Toll Free at 1.800.693.6665.


“You were sensational! You had your audience totally enthralled with your presentation. This is the first time where everyone stayed to hear the guest speaker. Thank you for taking the time to talk with the delegates, sign autographs and pose for pictures. Ron, you certainly have an uncanny ability to make people feel like they’ve just gained a new friend.”
Ontario Park

“Ron MacLean was a success at our conference. There was not one negative word about his performance. Everyone was quite pleased and entertained. He is kind, polite, witty and funny. After his performance, he stayed to sign autographs and chat with whoever wanted to talk to him. That was quite surprising and delightful. Thank-you Ron MacLean!”
Heavy Duty Distributor Council

“Ron MacLean is simply the best’ his record speaks for itself; he’d have to be the best’ he works with me.”
Don Cherry