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Blue Bombers sign Winnipeg native Derek Taylor to broadcast deal

WINNIPEG, MB.,The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced that they will have a new play-by-play man in Derek Taylor after the retirement of Bob Irving.

Taylor was officially named the new voice of the group for 680 CJOB radio on Wednesday.

Taylor was brought into the world in Okotoks, Alberta, studied journalism at Ryerson University, and started his broadcasting career at TSN as an editorial assistant. He then became a reporter job at Global Winnipeg in 2001 and moved to anchor five years later.

Taylor was calling games the last two seasons for 620 CKRM for the Saskatchewan Roughriders 22-10 regular-season record. They finished first and second in the West Division in 2019 and 2021. Taylor called two playoff losses for the green and white, both to Winnipeg in consecutive West Finals to the Blue Bombers. 

Taylor continued on from TSN in March 2019 to fill the job Rod Pedersen held for quite some time in the Queen City. In November 2014, Taylor was employed by TSN as an anchor and reporter for SportsCentre and created the widely known Details segment which aired during CFL on TSN broadcasts.

From 2006-2014 Taylor was a co-host for Global Morning news in Winnipeg and called University of Manitoba Bisons football match-ups for 101.5 UMFM including the 12-0 season when the Bisons won the Vanier Cup in 2007.

“His long-standing ties to the city make him a perfect fit, where he will be working with some of the finest people in our industry. I know his work ethic and vibrant personality will knock it out if the park.”

His first game on-air will be Monday, May 23 when the blue and gold travel to Regina to play the Riders.

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