Randy Starkman

I just heard the terrible news about Randy; The Toronto Star has this brief note about his passing; I’m sure more will come shortly.  Randy was a favorite of Canada’s amateur athletes. He was a gentlemen in his reporting style, and it was a joy to be interviewed by him. I’ve never laughed as much during an interview, as I have with Randy. And I still laugh, four years later, about his article likening me to Frodo and Sam in The Lord of the Rings.

Many times in media training we hear things like, “there is no off the record”..etc; every time someone has told me to beware of reporters I think of interviews and conversations with Randy and how, with him, it just wasn’t true. He respected the focus and space athletes needed, and in doing so, earned our trust and produced honest interviews and meaningful articles.

Randy was a passionate champion of amateur sports in Canada, and his voice will be sorely missed. His passing has left a huge void in the world of amateur sports reporting.

My deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.