Announcer, TV Personality
1913 – 2000
Who was Allan McFee?
Allan McFee was an often irreverent announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio and television networks. Born in Belleville, Ontario, he joined the CBC in 1937, and remained with the network until his retirement in 1989. Even after his retirement, he continued to be the announcer for Max Ferguson's Sunday morning CBC radio show up to the beginning of 1998.
McFee was the announcer on such programmes as The Royal Canadian Air Farce, Sunday Morning and The Max Ferguson Show. He also hosted his own program, Eclectic Circus for almost twenty years running five nights a week until 1985 and then as a weekly program until 1989. In the show, McFee would converse with an imaginary mouse, a "small grey presence" which lived in his pocket, and play an eclectic array of obscure musical selections. Referring to himself as "the old musicologist," he would address his audience as "all those out there in vacuumland".