Local TV Veteran was Everyone’s “Uncle Albert”

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Albert Dudley Jones died September 11, 2018. Two days before, he celebrated his 80th birthday. Albert Jones was a local pioneer in broadcasting when television came to Sault Ste. Marie.

Freshly married to Shirley, Jones started his career in the “telecine” department of the new CBC private Affiliate, CJIC-TV. Telecine dealt with loading films on projectors for broadcasts, as well as making sure slides were not put in upside down – sometimes they were.

It was live television after all.

Jones became a household name in the late 1950’s when he was chosen as the local host for the Mickey Mouse club. That program later became “The Uncle Albert Movie Club” Jones would host live segments from the studio with special guests during the breaks in the afternoon movie. Since then, he was always referred to as “Uncle Albert”

Jones retired after 40 years in broadcasting, winning several awards for his work with his many talents. Jones had a full knowledge of how a television station operates  by basically doing every position in television over his long career.

During ONNtv’s  program,”Top Story” Monday, Lou-Anne Young talks of Albert Jones and showcases a snippet of a wonderful interview with Art Osborne. The interview is part of an on-going series called , “Oral History” produced for the Sault Public Library, by Wendy Hamilton, Kathy Shunock and Gary Huckerby. The series features sit-down interviews with many characters that have left an lasting impression on Sault Ste. Marie with their works , life and achievements.  To watch the full version of the interview and many others  GO HERE

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Craig Huckerby
Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 35 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig is happy to be part of the Sault's newest media team and website, SaultOnline.com

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  1. I remember we won a racing car set in 1967, on his program. He had a contest all week and the big prize was on a friday. It is a good memory, even to this day.

    Does anyone know if CJIC has archives on-line for Uncle Alberts Movie Club?

  2. I can remember going on his show with our entire class from St Bernadette….I think i was 7 years old.
    Was exciting to go into a tv station.

  3. RIP Uncle Albert

    I was a dedicated “member” of Uncle Albert’s Movie Club back in the day. Thanks for the memories.

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