Gurdeep Ahluwalia has become a familiar face and voice in our homes, businesses and pretty much wherever a news channel was on. After working at CP24 for a few years, he is now the face on TSN’s SportsCentre, the country’s most-watched sports news and information show. His first broadcast at TSN was with Nabil Karim. His first broadcast attracted barrage of racist tweets.
In response to these tweets, Gurdeep stated “The way it sort of changed throughout the day was sort of switching over from negative to positive,” he said. “And in a way Twitter polices itself, and a lot of people took it upon themselves to jump on the folks who said something negative or racist and correct it that way. There were certainly a lot of good messages and support out there.”
Before his gig at CP24, Gurdeep had spent time at a variety of news and sports media organizations across the Greater Toronto Area. Gurdeep began his career in production positions with TSN, The Score and The Hockey News. In 2009, he was named “Favourite TV Personality” at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti’s People’s Choice Awards. He has been called “The Worthy 30″ by the National Post. In an interview with the National Post, he described himself as “Decidedly indecisive, conditional idealist, grammar police, fascinated by super-massive black holes. ”
He is also an official spokesperson for WSPA Canada’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign. This campaign seeks to end the needless killings of dogs (with rabies) by establishing humane dog vaccination programs in several countries around the world.
And uncles and aunties and ladies, he is hot and available!
A graduate of the Mass Media Communications and Sociology program at McMaster University, Gurdeep has worked as sports editor for the campus newspaper and hosted/produced a sports talk radio show on 93.3 CFMU McMaster Campus Radio.
Here’s his interview with Generation Next:
Describe yourself in 10 words?
This question is sort of like tweeting on slim fast.
What’s the usual reaction from people when you are going about your chores?
Mostly: “Who is that guy?! Why is he folding my unmentionables and how did he get into my house?!”
Why sports journalism?
Because it’s way better than a job that involves a cubicle and traditional 9-5 hours.
Your favourite sport?
Is it important to be able to play the sport you are broadcasting?
Some experience playing it – whether competitively or even at the recreational level – helps. But it’s not a deal breaker.
How is your experience at TSN so far?
Remember how George Costanza felt when he landed a job with the New York Yankees?
Your opinion on Canadian multiculturalism?
My opinion? Multiculturalism is a blessing. It’s one of the main reasons Canada is among the best countries in the world to live in.
Why support the cause of WSPA?
It’s a worthwhile cause that I feel is somewhat underrepresented. I know some of my friends didn’t really know much about what the WSPA does and the Collars Not Cruelty campaign. I’ve also always had a soft spot for dogs. So, if I can use my modest social media platform to help bring some awareness to this, then I’m more than happy to do it.
Do you think the South Asian community is supportive of organizations like WSPA?
I think the South Asian community – just like the non South Asian community – is compassionate. And I think if you can put the issue in front of them and make them aware of it, then the support level will rise. That’s what this is all about.
Your favourite charity organizations?
Make-A-Wish Foundation. Merry Go Round Children’s Charity. Camp Oochigeas and of course WSPA.
The good, the bad and the worst trait of South Asian community?
- We always make sure all guests are fed.
- Sometimes we overfeed our guests.
- We then offer said guest an open-ended invitation to stay with us.
Your would-be better half in five words?
Hot. Smart. Funny. Laughs. Loves.
How much time do you spend on social media?
Probably too much. Although I draw the line at two forms of social media, for now. I only Twitter – and occasionally Facebook.
Your favourite politician?
I’m gonna pretend you asked “most entertaining” politician. Rob Ford. He’s a train wreck. I can’t look away. Hands down to the most entertaining politician since Anthony Weiner.
Your favourite sports broadcaster?
Your favorite South Asian movie?
I don’t really watch “Bollywood” movies per se, though I have seen a few.
‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ was good, but “Water” and “Bend it Like Beckham” are more up my alley, if they qualify.
Your favorite South Asian actor?
Saif Ali Khan.
Your favorite South Asian actress?
Too many attractive ones to choose from.
Your life’s motto?
Work Hard. Play Hard.