Video and Audio clips from www.rockradioscrapbook.com and private collections of Doug Thompson, CHUM Archives, Charlie Ritenberg, Bill Dulmage, Bud Riley, Tom Fulton, Bob Carr, Westlyn Mather, Dave Ross, Don Shuttleworth, Peter Rowe, Jiggs McDonald, Mike Cleaver and others.
At CFOR, Bud worked with the following people:
Nancy Brandon and Barry Norman in the CFOR music library cir. 1960 .
This ad for Pete and CKEY was familiar to Toronto drivers as it appeared for many years on the back of TTC buses and street cars
Franks in character as Elwood Cranston with CHEX radio comedy partner Sean Eyre.
CFOR RADIO Orillia, Ontario
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More photos from the CFOR reunions
CFOR Sign-on Jingle and promo (Ken McDonald)
Secretary Kay Foreman with women's editor Nancy Brandon
Gordon Smith founded CFOR in 1945 and not only ran the station but was also an announcer.
Through the 40s and 50s, CFOR was often visited by many country music stars. Country music was a major ingredient in the station's music mix so the country celebrities often offered their services for programme intros, promos and inserts. Here is a sample featuring Grandpa Jones, Wilf Carter and Doc Williams.
On May 17, 1954, work began on building new studios for CFOR ON West St. North. The turning of the sod began with an address by Orillia's mayor .
For several decades, CFOR signed off the air each night with a recording of a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem.
During his time at CFOR, Jiggs was the co-host with George Franks of "Rolling North", one of the most successful radio shows on the station
Hear an audio clip of the Rolling North intro to the news.
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Bill Gillis was Pratt's second in charge. He had worked with Pratt at several radio station sales departments before arriving in Orillia.
Marg McFarland CFOR's music librarian. She was also a talented musician who trained as a singer and a dancer. She played the piano with Gord Smith on the organ for the Wanda Miller Show. Marg died on March 15, 1985.
Pearl Graham started at CFOR in the early 50s as a board operator. Later she was moved upstairs as the station receptionist. In 1962, Pearl married news director Bob Douglas.
Bud Riley (AKA Bud O'Reilly) had a productive 40-year career as a writer, radio host and TV commentator. His first announcing assignment came as a student in the Radio and TV Arts department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He created, wrote and performed on his own weekly programme which aired on CJRT-FM on Friday nights. As a student, he read news, sports, weather reports and occasional commercials. He also took roles in radio plays and performed other on-air duties. No assignment was too small. After Ryerson, he was ready to start his professional life which included hosting shows on eight radio stations, TV hosting, writing and producing. In his freelance period from 1986 to 1996 he obtained assignments from the C.B.C. radio network, Rogers TV channel, Voice of America in Washington and writing assignments from the Toronto Sun, Globe & Mail and Toronto Star as well as several North American magazines. While working in radio, he studied full-time at the University of Toronto and obtained a B.A. in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Archaeology. In 1991 he began teaching English and media studies at Centennial College and Seneca College. Bud retired in 2001.
September 1, 2015, was the 70th anniversary of CFOR. Though no longer operating, CFOR is fondly remembered by thousands of its surviving listeners. The Orillia Packet and Times reminded readers of the significance of the local station with an article published on Sept. 18, 2015.
Dave Ross in Thunder Bay recommends Donna Halper's Radio History Site.
Brian Barker suggests this site for Early TV shows.