Alex has been the focus of a number media features in his role as play-by-play announcer for the Powell River Kings and other organizations. Here is a sampling of those features:
During his 4th season with the Powell River Kings, Jeff Patterson with TSN Radio Vancouver 1410 produced a feature on Alex for the station’s weekly “BCHL This Week” show.
The interview talked on Alex’s start in broadcasting, his move to Powell River, and how an Australian-born broadcaster wound up calling Canada’s game.
In March 2014, Peter Harvey from Shaw TV compiled a feature on Alex’s background as an announcer, his role with the Powell River Kings and his philosophy behind broadcast preparation.
Filmed during the first round series between the Powell River Kings and Nanaimo Clippers, the story ran locally on TV beginning in April 2014.
Alex and his fiance Maija were the subject of a feature in the March issue of Powell River Living, a monthly news and story magazine. It covered Alex’s background as an announcer, his work with the Powell River Kings and his recent engagement to Maija.
Alex Rawnsley, 26, shakes his head when he looks back at his first play-by-play hockey broadcast. “It was three hours, and it was awful – but it was amazing.”
The awfulness in that 2007 broadcast isn’t surprising. Having grown up in Australia – land of rugby and cricket – he had never picked up a stick or even watched a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, until he immigrated here in his late teens. While he always enjoyed sports, such as boogie-boarding on the white sandy beaches near his home, he dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, or a fighter pilot.
Yet at 19, he found himself behind the microphone in Prince George, without much prep time, announcing his first hockey game. “I found out I was doing it a few days before. I’m sure I got pretty tongue tied, and I didn’t know the players. And there were 17 minute intermissions to fill,” Alex recalls. “But it’s like your first time doing anything. You try it, you get better.”
You can read the full feature here.