This article is in the December 2009 edition of Main Street and is reprinted here with the permission of the editors. Drop by www.mainstreetweeknews.com to have a look at a great community newspaper. A very special thank you to Stuntman Stu for taking time from a very busy schedule to speak with The Voice of Sport and Main Street. Thanks Stu!!
Stuntman Stu visits with Main Street
My guest this month at The Voice of Sport was born in Montreal and now calls Ottawa home. A graduate of the Algonquin College Radio Broadcasting program, you may have heard him introducing songs, joking with his co-host or talking sports on your radio dial. Perhaps you have watched him on CTV news or heard his voice in the background announcing the goals, assists and penalties while watching the Ottawa Senators. He is actively involved with many charitable organizations and has been an inspiration to me personally. Our special guest this month is Stu Schwartz, better known to his listeners as Stuntman Stu.
As one of his regular listeners for several years, it has become clear to me that Stuntman Stu is one of the busiest people in Ottawa. With several high profile jobs, lending his support to numerous charitable organizations and having two young children at home, the support of his family is an important element in Stu’s success and his ability to help those in need.
"My wife is the rock for sure," Stu revealed. "It is a constant balance but I love what I do so we make it work."
Working with CHEO, the Sens Foundation and numerous other charities comes naturally to Stuntman Stu. While many members of the media give freely of their time to local charities, it was also part of Stu’s upbringing. He recently launched the Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot by Huff Estates, which is available at several Ottawa area restaurants and online at Stu's website. Two dollars from every bottle is donated to the Sens Foundation.
"It's part of the job and many in the media give back to various charities. I was surrounded by it as a kid and it comes natural to me. Kids charities are close to my heart."
As the Senators PA announcer at Scotiabank Place, Stuntman Stu has been on hand for some tremendous NHL hockey games, a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007 and the 2009 World Junior Tournament. In February, Stu will take his voice on the road to Vancouver and take part in the 2010 Olympics.
"I'll always remember announcing my first NHL game, which was a dream come true," recalled Stu. "The Senators went to the Stanley Cup finals my first season and it was an experience I'll always remember. I hope the Sens can win one on home ice so I can announce the commissioner presenting the Cup to Daniel Alfredsson. As for the Olympics, I'll be there as the PA announcer for Women's Hockey and Men's Sledge Hockey for the Paralympics."
Working in the radio business, Stuntman Stu has become a large part of his listeners' daily lives. He has heard many stories about his positive impact on their lives, including mine.
"When someone turns on the radio and makes our show part of their lives, that's the best compliment you could ever ask for in this business," said Stu.
After several years as a co-host on the Team 1200's morning show, Three Guys on the Radio (TGOR), Stu returned to his rock and roll roots in September, joining 93.9 Bob FM and launching the Stuntman and the Shark morning show.
"One of the perks of working for a company that has four radio stations under one roof is the opportunity to move from within," said Stu. "Working at the Team was like hanging out with your buddies and I had a lot of fun on that station. Going across the hall to work with Sandy (co-host, Sandy Sharkey) has been amazing. We've known each other for years and she's a passionate broadcaster who wants to have fun every morning."
There is no doubt, during his fifteen years in Ottawa Stuntman Stu has become an integral part of the community. Next time you are watching the Canadiens in Ottawa, listen for a familiar voice in the background. For more information on the Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot, visit Stu’s website at www.stuntmanstu.com. Happy Holidays to all Main Street readers, stay safe and have a great sports day everyone.