February 8, 1955
Photo Credit (The United States Trotting Association)
From hockey to radio and television to popular harness racing track announcer, Frank Salive, with his own brand of style and accuracy, has made a seemingly smooth transition between each stop. Today, he is highly regarded in harness racing track circles.
Salive is on record as stating the most important aspect of race announcing is giving everyone fair and equal treatment. In an interview with Standardbred Canada, Salive says, "The lofty goal is to satisfy the public, horsepeople, TV directors and management simultaneously." Frank Salive also goes on to comment that the biggest race call of his career is always the next one, and the next, and so on. Frank earned the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of Ontario's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
In a press release dated September 30, 2005, Western Fair Raceway announced the appointment of Frank Salive as New Race Announcer. Frank's earliest days of track announcing were at Sudbury Downs, while he made the transition from Cambrian Broadcasting (CKSO) in Sudbury.
In September of 2012, Frank Salive struggled with the decision to leave the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park after a three year stint, retiring to take some extended time off and endeavour in some projects back in Canada. Salive is credited with helping improve the Canadian export handle by about 15 per cent at Pompano and is recognized for his extra efforts in helping with promotions. He started in September of 2009. During the 2010 off season at Pompano, Frank Salive, dubbed as the 'Velvet Fog' was the voice of racing at Hanover Raceway, Clinton Raceway and Woodstock Raceway. He would also fill in as guest announcer at Grand River Raceway and Woodbine Racetrack when needed.
In his broadcast days at CKSO, Frank could be heard on AM and FM and seen on TV as news and sports anchor. Prior to his days at Cambrian, network assignments took him to the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics.
In his hockey career, Salive through 1972 to 75, was a junior hockey goalie for the Peterborough Petes. During the 1973-74 season, the team represented Canada at the 1st World Junior Hockey Tournament in Leningrad, USSR. Frank was selected top goalie and picked up a bronze medal in this unofficial tournament that helped set the stage for the first official World Juniors in 1977.
Salive went on to become a 10th round NHL draft choice in 1975 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He declined in favour of his ambitions toward broadcasting and racing.