Canadian radio icon speaks on integrity

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    By Eric Rasmussen

    One of Canada”s premiere radio news anchors spoke to BYU communications students about integrity in communications as part of a trip to campus Wednesday, August 4.

    During his discussion with students, Bruce Seely told how he remembers everybody stopping at the sound of Paul Harvey”s voice over the speakers in the BYU bookstore 30 years ago. Three decades later, people are comparing Seely to the famous American radio news anchor.

    Radio didn”t begin in college for Seely, currently of QR 77 in Calgary, Alberta, and a 1978 BYU broadcast journalism graduate. As a 15-year-old junior high student he landed a job with an evening classical radio program. Today, he stands as one of Canada”s premiere radio news anchors.

    “I think he”s the model of any of our students that want to do radio news. If Paul Harvey is a master story teller, Seely is a sub-master,” said Tom Griffiths, communications professor.

    Seely warned students against the tendency to get a story as fast as possible at the expense of truth.

    “It”s important to be as accurate as you can be, as quickly as possible. You need to have the professional integrity that you”re going to be accurate more than you”re going to be fast,” Seely said.

    Seely has been a radio news anchor in Calgary, Alberta for the last 27 years. His experience has taught him the connection between being a communicator and being a performer.

    “I”ve admired Paul Harvey for a long time because he”s a master story teller. If you”re going into the business of communication, you”ve got to know how to tell a story,” Seely said.

    For many years, Seely said, his job as an early morning news anchor gave him the time he wanted with his family.

    “He showed how the radio lifestyle fits with the family lifestyle. That”s something I”ve thought a lot about,” said Robin Tanner, 23, a senior from Phoeniz, Arizona majoring in broadcast journalism.

    “Because I enjoy it so much, it”s neat that I”ve never had to work to earn a living. It”s always been fun,” Seely said.

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