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CFL America Radio

By CFL America
CFL America Radio is where Canadian football is celebrated through replays of historical games, old radio shows, and documentaries in the public domain on the history, remembrances, culture, lore, and legends of pro football in Canada and around the world. Additionally, every few weeks journalist Scott Adamson and armchair historian Greg James, from their 55 yard line cheap seats, sit down with authors and historians who, through their works, have given all of us a close-up look and perspective at the gridiron game we have grown up with and enjoy no matter where on the map we may call home.
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"On the Spot" - A 1953 CFL Documentary on the Edmonton Eskimos

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The BC Lions: 60 Seasons of Pride
A look back at was at one time the youngest franchise of the Canadian Football League.
20:16
May 13, 2021
The CFL: A Century of Battle
A look at the CFL's greatest teams, from the Toronto Argonauts to the Baltimore Stallions.
58:51
May 12, 2021
Traditions- British Columbia Lions
The final chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca
23:17
May 11, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- The 13th Man
During the 97th Grey Cup, the Saskatchewan Roughriders received a last-minute “13th man” penalty, spoiling their championship hopes. In the wake of defeat, fans stood by their team proving that they are, and will forever be, the team’s “13th man”.
44:03
May 11, 2021
Traditions- Edmonton Eskimos
The ninth chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca
23:17
May 10, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- The Crash
Following the 1965 All-Star Game in Vancouver, a plane carrying five players crashed, killing everyone on board. The tragedy sent shockwaves through the league that can still be felt to this day as the descendants of one of the athletes retrace the footsteps of the fateful flight.
44:18
May 9, 2021
Traditions- Calgary Stampeders
The eighth chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca
23:17
May 9, 2021
Journey to the Grey Cup- 2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
It had been almost 29 years to the day since the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hoisted the Grey Cup, this was not lost on Bombers fans who had endured three decades of heartbreak, but there was something different about the 2019 Blue Bombers. Every time they've faced adversity, they had been able to keep moving forward and with a never-say-die attitude ended their championship drought. Here is their journey to Calgary.
10:35
May 9, 2021
Biography- Matt Dunigan
A 14-year CFL standout, Matt Dunigan is one of the CFL's most accomplished and celebrated players. In 2006, Dunigan received the CFL's highest honor with his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and was also named one of the TSN Top 50 CFL Players of the modern era.  Dunigan played with six CFL teams throughout his professional career: Edmonton Eskimos (1983-1987), B.C. Lions (1988), Toronto Argonauts (1989-1991), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1992-1994), Birmingham Barracudas (1995), and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1996).
23:09
May 8, 2021
Biography- Johnny Unitas
Known as "The Golden Arm," Johnny Unitas is considered to be one of the best and toughest quarter backs to ever play. As a member of the Baltimore Colts, he played in what is arguably the greatest game in American pro football history. In 1958, he led his team to a championship in the first overtime and first nationally-televised American championship game.
56:31
May 8, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- The Kid From La Puente
During his 19-year CFL career, Anthony Calvillo never talked a lot about his past. It was known the Canadian Football League’s all-time passing leader grew up in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles and that he chose football over a life of street gang crime, but over the years he gave few details of just how difficult it was. Director Shelley Saywell’s documentary “The Kid From La Puente” shows both the horrifying and uplifting aspects of the star quarterback’s upbringing that he had kept mostly to himself.  It features a boy growing up in La Puente, a crime-ridden, mostly Hispanic community east of Los Angeles, with a violent, alcoholic father and an older brother David who was drawn into a street gang and later jailed for attempted murder.
43:51
May 8, 2021
Traditions- Saskatchewan Roughriders
The seventh chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca 
23:17
May 8, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- The Photograph
The Photograph focuses on a picture of the 1942 Toronto Royal Canadian Air Force Hurricanes, a team that inspired a nation en route to winning the first ever non-civilian Grey Cup game. On Dec. 5, 1942, the Hurricanes beat the Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 8-5 in front of a sellout crowd on a frozen field at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, boosting the country’s morale during the Second World War while thousands of Canadian soldiers listened overseas on radio.
43:51
May 7, 2021
Traditions- Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The sixth chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca 
23:19
May 7, 2021
American Pro Football in the 1960s
Through the turbulent decade of the 1960s, which was defined in American by assassinations, the Space Race, the Vietnam War, and the struggle for civil rights and equality, a rebel league took on an established major American sports entity, and not only survived, but thrived, ultimately forcing a merger prior to the 1970 season that helped create the modern-day behemoth American football has become.
24:10
May 7, 2021
American Pro Football in the 1970s
In 1970, professional football in America picked up where it left off in the 1960s, when the game truly started to make the leap as America's No. 1 pastime. This era of pro football saw Dallas, after years of heartbreaking championship defeats, finally break through as champions. The decade also bore witness to the Miami's perfect season, the rise of Oakland's autumn wind and the birth of the Iron City's dynasty. It can be argued that this period in pro football had more dominant teams at one time than at any other period in the game's 100-year history in America.  This era also included several compelling rivalries between teams that were perennially in the mix of the championship chase. These rivalries helped either start or end some of the greatest dynasties in American pro football history. In the process, the rivalries further increased the game's popularity, as it was the undisputed king of the hill as far as professional sports was concerned as the '70s drew to a close. 
48:22
May 7, 2021
The Championship Chase
To quote the dean of football myth making, "I have loved football as an almost mythic game since I was in the fourth grade. To me, the game wasn't even grounded in reality. The uniform turned you into a warrior. Being on a team, the mythology of physical combat, the struggle against the elements, the narrative of the game." That is what the championship chase is all about.
48:39
May 7, 2021
More Than a Game
For gridiron fans in Canada, America and everywhere around the world, the game of football is more than X's and O's. It is a sport filled with drama and story, all of which make it more than a game.
48:59
May 7, 2021
That One Vintage Year
A nostalgic look back on the year in which the top tier of modern day American professional football took shape.
25:37
May 6, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- The Greatest Team That Never Won
In their first Grey Cup appearance in 20 years, the 1971 Toronto Argonauts committed a last-second fumble, spoiling their run. Now, the stars of the team reunite to relive the game and the wild days in Toronto.
43:51
May 6, 2021
Traditions- Ottawa Rough Riders & Renegades
The fifth chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca
23:17
May 6, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- Western Swagger
Western Swagger shares the genesis of an East vs. West rivalry both on and off the football field that reached a fever pitch in November 1981.  As the Edmonton Eskimos embarked on an unprecedented Grey-Cup winning streak, former Eskimo and Alberta Premier, Peter Lougheed, was in a battle off the field with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau over a National Energy Program – the implementation of which could send Alberta’s economy into a tailspin – and collaborating with his fellow Premiers during a Constitutional crisis that had the country on the brink of chaos.
43:46
May 5, 2021
Traditions- Montreal Alouettes & Concordes
The fourth chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca 
23:16
May 5, 2021
Traditions- Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The third chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca
23:17
May 4, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- Playing a Dangerous Game
Set against a backdrop of violence in Québec in the late ‘60s, quarterback Russ Jackson was determined to win what was destined to be one of the greatest games in CFL history.
43:57
May 4, 2021
Traditions- Toronto Argonauts
The second chapter in a ten part documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca
23:16
May 3, 2021
Flutie Ball- The 1996 Toronto Argonauts
Doug Flutie was a superhero on the field with the football in his hands, all of which earned him legendary status in Canada in America. He was small, mighty and had the characteristics of a proper role model. Flutie led the Argos to back-to-back Grey Cups in 1996 and 1997 and earned the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player both years. His final professional play, in a career that spanned three leagues, was a drop kick that went right through the uprights and was good!
30:44
May 3, 2021
The History of Pro Football in America
Professional football in America is a special game, a unique game ... It is a rare game. The men who play it make it so. All of them are fearless. All of them are strong, quick. And all of them are part of a story that began long ago. A story written by men who found, in the sport, a demanding measure for their own courage and ability.
01:29:27
May 3, 2021
Traditions- The Origins of Canadian Football
The opening chapter in a ten chapter documentary series detailing the history of football and the Canadian Football League through the early 21st Century. The series is also available for viewing at www.cfl-films.ca 
23:21
May 3, 2021
One Horse Town
The story of America's CFL champion, the Baltimore Stallions.
13:26
May 2, 2021
The Voice of God
In 1965, Ed Sabol discovered John Facenda in a bar where when he overheard him describe some football footage playing on the screen. Facenda was then a popular local television news anchor. Impressed, Ed Sabol approached him with an offer to narrate NFL Films footage and so began an inextricable vocal-film partnership. Sabol himself described Facenda as a stentorian baritone. Facenda and Jack Whitaker, a CBS Sports television legend, worked together on Philly TV in the 1950s and 60s. Facenda’s sepulchral Voice of God  articulated in somber narrative, battle ridden NFL marathons. His recordings were orchestrated symphonically, against the musical soundtrack of composer Sam Spence. How many NFL fans love to attempt an imitation of Facenda’s “On the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field?” Every letter is articulated diligently and enunciated perfectly. Sadly, he passed away in 1983, with his final voice-over work being the highlight film covering Super Bowl XVIII.
23:14
May 2, 2021
"On the Spot" - A 1953 CFL Documentary on the Edmonton Eskimos
A 1953 documentary (available at CFL-Films.ca) on the Edmonton Eskimos from the National Film Board of Canada with Fred Davis, and featuring Rollie Miles, Normie Kwong, coach Daryl Royal.
14:30
May 2, 2021
Engraved on a Nation- The Chuck Ealey Story
A look at the legacy and inspiring life of CFL legend Chuck Ealey. Experience the joys and the highs, the electricity and the love, the pains and the sorrows, the perseverance and fight for equality.
44:29
May 2, 2021
John Candy- True Double Blue
The award winning documentary ''True Double Blue'' that examines John Candy's passion for the Toronto Argonauts and his role in the high-profile ownership group with Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall.
23:07
May 2, 2021
A Love Letter to the CFL
From NorthAmericanPodcast.com- PBS Producer Robert Reid's Love Letter to the CFL — "Wait, is Football Canadian or American?"
31:48
May 2, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- A Conversation With Scott Adamson
In their pilot episode, co-host Greg James discusses with fellow co-host Scott Adamson his book on professional football history in Birmingham, Alabama entitled "The Home Team: My Bromance with off Brand Football." They discuss Birmingham's teams of the WFL, USFL, WLAF, CFL, XFL and AAF, as well as the future of Canadian football.
53:52
April 20, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line, the CFL America Radio Trailer
Join Scott and Greg at CFL America Radio (WCFL.us, CFL-Radio.us and CFL-Radio.ca) for discussions on football history and fandom in North America and all around the world...
01:40
April 20, 2021
This Is Our League...
To paraphrase John Facenda, professional football in Canada is a special game, a unique game ... It is a rare game. The men who play it make it so. All of them are fearless. All of them are strong, quick. And all of them are part of a story that began long ago. A story written by men who found, in the sport, a demanding measure for their own courage and ability.... This podcast is dedicated to the celebration of them, for this is our game.
04:05
April 12, 2021