Manny Paiva, the seemingly always-working Owen Sound radio news broadcaster and a voice of Owen Sound Attack games on Rogers cable TV, is moving on.
After more than 20 years at Bayshore Broadcasting, he has accepted a job as television news director at CTV Windsor. His last day at Bayshore will be June 30. He starts his new job July 4. He announced his departure on the air Wednesday.
Born in Strathroy, the Fanshawe broadcast journalism grad always joked he'd either become a broadcaster, which he got into early, or accountant, because he was good with numbers.
“I had a passion for sports in high school,” he said. He started filing reports of his high school soccer team's games for the local newspaper. Then he was the public address system announcer at Junior B hockey games in Strathroy, then called the hockey games on local cable.
“And that really sort of got me hungry for the media,” he said in an interview in the Bayshore newsroom.
He's been the play-by-play announcer of the Owen Sound Attack on the local Rogers community channel, and host of Attack Rap, a weekly TV show where he interviewed members of that Junior A hockey club. He has also been the colour commentator on Attack hockey radio broadcasts.
During an interview Wednesday, Paiva's attention was split between answering questions and watching the broadcast of Portugal's national soccer team compete against Hungary in the Euro 2016 tournament. Multi-tasking is a must in his line of work, especially when Portugal is playing soccer.
When he came to Owen Sound in October 1995, he covered news around Collingwood, read the afternoon news on weekends and was a weekday reporter.
He worked his way up the career ladder at Bayshore, becoming news director in 2001. Wednesday his news broadcasts were aired a total 33 times on four of the company's stations, thanks in part to the magic of pretaping. His days typically start at 4 a.m.
He's currently news manager for Bayshore Broadcasting, CFOS AM radio program director, is part of the CFOS Morning Show, is a reporter and announcer.
He credits particularly sports director Fred Wallace and his work ethic, and former Open Line host Dave Carr's interview style, for helping him learn his craft.
Paiva covered the Walkerton water tragedy, a tour boat sinking in Tobermory and the saving of the Ontario Hockey League team from moving out of Owen Sound, among many stories that have demonstrated there's no shortage of news in Grey-Bruce, he noted.
He’s proud of his newsroom, which has won a number of awards, and so his decision to leave wasn't easy, he said. He and his wife, Shannon, met here, and had two daughters, Abby, 9, and Sophie, 3, here. They love the area.
His family will follow him down to Windsor later in the summer. Shannon still works for the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton for now.
But the Windsor job was a rare opportunity which Paiva said he couldn't pass up. He'll lead a team of about 15 newsroom staff, this time from behind the camera instead of in front of it.
“I've loved it. I've loved every second of it, in fact. At times it doesn't feel like work. To be able to be on-air, share laughs but share important stories that I feel the community needs to know about, has been a passion,” he said.
“And being able to do the hockey games with Fred, and on TV, that's not work at all. That's just a great time.”