Gonna Have Big Fun On My Bio …
It seems like only yesterday that Tom Ruffen began his career as a freelance writer for a network TV comedy series at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Vancouver, but the year, in fact, was 1972. Does anyone remember, Hey Taxi?
In addition to writing for several TV programs for the CBC, Knowledge Network, and local broadcasters, he also wrote commercials for radio stations and ad agencies, and then went on to write corporate and educational videos.
One of the original stand-up comics to appear at Punchlines, he wrote comedy routines and comedy sketches for live theater and performed with his satirical troupe, Fromage of Cheese. The work was fun but low paying, so he left it behind to work as a sports reporter in the mid-1980s.
Life in the Press Box
He covered the NHL and other major pro sports while working as a writer-producer for the nationally syndicated radio show, Celebrity Sports Report, covering high profile events like baseball spring training in Arizona and Florida as well as the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii and the memorable 1989 earthquake World Series in San Francisco. He also spent a few years as a writer and off-camera TV interviewer for Sports Page at CKVU and was the co-host of a CKO sports radio talk show. For six seasons, he served as the official scorer for the Vancouver Canadians when they were a triple-A baseball team, and was responsible for making the call on hits and errors, leading to some spirited arguments with future major league players.
During that time, he wrote several sports articles for Gallery Magazine, and later served as a writer and associate editor of a Sports Pics Magazine. His article about prizefighter George Foreman led to being recruited by KLJ Publications as the writer and editor for corporate magazines of The BC Bearing Group.
The Art of the Interview
Mr. Ruffen honed his interviewing techniques on pro athletes and later parlayed these skills into the corporate world to create well-received business magazine articles and video content based on his conversations with CEOs, managers, technical experts, consultants and educators.
He also embraced the Internet early on and initiated the live streaming of Vancouver’s Globe 2000 event, a first for the organization. He became active in writing web copy, serving clients that included Synergy Engineering and Flora Manufacturing. He also accepted an invitation to spend a year in the Philippines as a writing consultant for E-learning projects for Bigfoot Studios in Cebu City.
From this location across the International Dateline, he continued his duties as writer and editor of The BCB Communicator and The USB Communicator, conducting over 90% of his interviews by email. Tom knows how to work remotely.
Something for Everyone
Over the years, his work has appeared in publications that include BC Business Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, BC Parenting, Lotto World, Canadian Thoroughbred, The Hockey News and Reader’s Digest. He has worked on writing projects for the BC Government Climate Change Secretariat and wrote a First Nations parent training program funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
For the past few years, he has written video scripts for the annual awards shows for Destination Canada (formerly the Canadian Tourism Commission) and APEGBC, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
As a Vancouver freelance writer, Tom would like to put his many years of media experience to work for you. Just give him a call at 604.349.3395 or send an email to [email protected] and ask him to tell your story.