Bas Jamieson dead at 85

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An icon of Newfoundland and Labrador radio has died. Bas Jamieson, who started his broadcast career in 1958 and went on to host VOCM’s Open Line for 40 years, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Bas Jamieson

Born in St. John’s in 1928, Jamieson worked in broadcasting in British Columbia and Ontario before returning to Newfoundland in the early 1970s to work at CJON Radio and Television — founded by his brother, Don, and Geoff Sitrling.

He later moved to VOCM, where he hosted Open Line, Backtalk and Nightline at various points over his 40-year tenure — even working past his 1994 retirement due to public demand. The phrase “Dat you, Bas?” is still a catchphrase in the province and a tribute to the radio personality.

Jamieson also spent time in politics, being elected as a St. John’s councillor at large in 1990.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

In a statement, Jamieson’s family gave him the last word, quoting his famed radio signoff: “Do something nice for somebody today, you’ll feel better for it. Bye bye for now, God bless.”

Organizations: CJON Radio

Geographic location: British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland VOCM

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  • Hannah Bradley
    January 16, 2014 - 22:13

    Thank you for your kind words. Grandad will be missed so much and he will always be in our hearts. I love you grandad. Xo

  • DON II
    January 16, 2014 - 15:09

    If Ray Guy was still with us he would probably have written something like the following about Bas Jamieson: An Angel approached Saint Peter and informed him that a very nice man was standing outside the Pearly Gates asking to be let in to Heaven. Saint Peter looked toward the gates at the waiting man and said to him: "Is that you Bas? Come on in we've been expecting you, the switchboard is lighting up, can you take a few calls?" I listened to Bas for many years and enjoyed his radio talk show and his friendly banter and straightforward manner very much. Bas will certainly be missed. The Jamieson family has endured two bereavements in recent weeks including the passing of Bas Jamieson's brother Colin, a well known media person in his own right. My deepest sympathy is extended to Bas Jamieson's family, friends and colleagues. God bless.