Where to begin ...
Every story starts somewhere. In my case, I was enchanted with radio from an early age. I remember listening to music stations from New Orleans, and news stations from Chicago. I dabbled with short wave radio and marvelled at the way signals could travel through the air so far, and so clearly.
As a child, I developed an all-consuming fascination with radio announcers. While attending primary school, rather than get a paper route, I spent my early mornings dispatching taxi cabs for a local taxi company for the princely sum of $0.35 per hour! There was no turning back now.
In high school, teachers praised my effortless ability to learn languages. I became an ace student, studying French, Latin, German and Spanish. Although I never finished University, I did stay long enough to study Russian. My sights were already set on bigger things...
At age 18, I started my career as a broadcaster at privately owned radio station CJCS in Stratford, Ontario. Over the course of four years, I progressed to stations in North Bay, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Montreal and Ottawa before landing my first CBC temporary assignments in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
With no full-time positions available at CBC, I eventually returned to private radio, but within two years, I finally got my "big break", successfully auditioning in Montreal for a position that would land me in St. John's, Nfld.
In St. John's, I created and hosted a locally-produced classical music program that was broadcast throughout Newfoundland. Finding material to broadcast was a challenge, as the library of material at the station consisted of badly scratched vinyl records. Undaunted, I raided the local record shops and managed to procure enough material to keep the show on the air for two years!
As pleased as I was with my work, my ambitions eventually brought me to a major radio market at CBC Windsor.