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TV sports ain't brain surgery, but...

CKY's Palsson in OR when he's not on the air

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FRANKENSTEIN MEETS DAVE RITCHIE... I ran into a familiar face last weekend.

Dan Palsson, the part-time sports broadcaster over at CKY TV was buying a latte at Starbucks' Linden Crossing store so I had to ask him a question that's been bugging me for years.

What's your day job?

Turns out it's brain surgery.

Sort of.

Palsson left CKY full time in 1992 for the pharmaceutical business.

But as of a year or so ago, he's been working for Medtronic, the medical supply people.

And part of his responsibility is to go into the OR during brain or spine surgery and assist.

Or, as he explained it:

"I act as a consultant to the physicians and nursing staff on proper technique and application of the instruments."

Of course, the technology is always changing, which means Palsson is constantly upgrading at training sessions and conferences all over North America.

Which reminded him of a time a year or so ago when he was emceeing an Athletes in Action dinner, and gave Bomber head coach Dave Ritchie a little verbal shot.

Ritchie retaliated.

The coach said if he ever needed a brain transplant, he'd want one from a sports broadcaster. Because "they've never been used."

Dan Palsson, ironically, is the exception to the Ritchie rule.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO... A reader wants to know whatever happened to three lovely Winnipeg broadcasters who have disappeared from the tube.

News readers Jennifer Rattray of CBC's Canada Now, Cindy Burgess of A Channel and entertainment reporter Lisa Best of Global TV.

And the answers are...

Jennifer Rattray is off on maternity leave.

She and her husband, St. Paul's High School football coach Stacey Dainard, welcomed eight-pound Tristan Alexander Rattray Dainard to the home set on Sept. 22.

Rattray is expected to be back at work sometime in the new year.

As for Lisa Best, she's moved over to CanWest Global's new jazz station, 99.1 COOL-FM to do the drive-home show.

And a smooth transition it's been.

Meanwhile, it's been about six months since Cindy Burgess transferred to Craig Broadcasting affiliate KHON.

Which is where?

In Hawaii, of course.

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OOPS... Earlier this week, I reported that Don Percy's son Willy is married to Shannon Hennessey and partnered on Vancouver radio with Larry Hennessey, both of whom are the offspring of former Winnipeg broadcast executive Roy Hennessey.


Larry Hennessey is not Roy's son, although Shannon is Roy's daughter.

Got it?

Dug Joy, the afternoon guy at Q94, was among the first to set me right.

After which, he made the following observation:

"Can you imagine the genetic makeup of Willy's offspring if he/she decides to pursue radio?

"Your grandfathers are Roy Hennessey and Don Percy.

"Radio royalty?"

Long live the kings.

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WINNIPEG GETS A WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE... The Winnipeg-based Aboriginal People's Television Network will broadcast the world television premiere of Cowboys and Indians, the story of the police shooting of native leader J.J. Harper tomorrow night at 8 o'clock.

If you miss it Friday you can catch it Sunday night on CBC.

And if you miss both broadcasts, you can always see it Dec. 5.

In New York City.

The movie has been selected to be shown at the 2003 Native American Film and Video Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Oh yeah, and if you miss all three showings, you're welcome to drop my place.

But it's BYOP.

Bring Your Own Popcorn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 2, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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