Jack Haney, a veteran newspaper reporter, was the station's first news director. He eventually moved to Toronto for a job with Canadian Press in the early 60s. His wife Sheila, a war bride who met Jack when he was a sergeant with the Canadian forces in England in the 1940s. was an actress who often worked at the Stradford Festival and the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. Their daughter Mary was known for her lead performances at Shaw Festival for more than 28 seasons. His son, the late Chris Haney also worked in radio and advertising but became famous as the co-inventor of popular board game Trivial Pursuit
Maurice Stasyk was a Welland Tribune newspaper reporter before he discovered radio.
Bob Carr was born in Chatham, Ontario, but got his high school education in Welland. He became the most productive local news reporter at C-HOW. He came to C-HOW from Niagara Falls (CHVC and CJRN). In Welland, he helped Bud Riley revamp the system for gathering local news which required each newsreader to leave the newsroom to do in- person coverage of all public meetings across the Niagara Peninsula (city council, boards of education, etc). It required eliminating some newscasts and lengthening the major newscasts to make up the difference. Bob later moved on to CHIC in Brampton and a wide-ranging freelance career. He founded his own news company out of Queen's Park called "Newsroom-2" which operated for about 20 years before he was forced to give it up for health reasons. Short and balding for most of his adult life, he was affectionately known as "The Queen's Park Gnome" though he called himself "a tall leprechaun". (See more under CHUM and CKFH) (Bob died May 13, 2007 of a heart attack at his home in east Toronto.) Bob Carr Remembered.
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Jack Kingston, a yodeling country singer/musician, hosted a country music show nightly and Saturday on C-HOW. In the United States Jack was known as known as The Canadian Playboy and was the first Canadian signed to record on Capitol Records. His son Bobby Kingston now carries on the country singing tradition with his own band and is is a respected performer in Canada and the U.S. (more on Bobby Kingston) Jack died in 1996. He will soon be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
In the early 60s, polka band leader Walter Ostenak performed a half-hour polka music show recorded and aired at the C-HOW studios with Bud Riley as his announcer. This multi-Grammy winner has made St. Catharines, Ontario, his home for 60 years and in that time he won three Grammys, many gold records and has recorded 80 albums. His Polka Time TV show taped in Hamilton, Ontario, was seen across Canada and the U.S. Walter is in the Canadian music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Order of Canada. "The King of Polka" owns and operates a music store in St. Catharines. http://walterostanekband.com/
Tony Stranges, a local musician, fronted his quintet playing the vibraphone on his own weekly music variety programme on C-HOW. His brother Albert Stranges played several instruments. Dean, a car salesman by day, was a talented, versatile percussionist. Bud Riley was the show's announcer. Tony was a high school teacher during the day. According to his niece, Albert's daughter, Tony is retired to Texas.
Dave Mickey (a.k.a. Dave Marsden), a young and already famous rock-jock, was hired by Bud in the summer of 1965 as a two-week summer fill-in for a vacationing staffer. Dave was a former CKEY personality who gained fame by giving market-leading CHUM a run for its money. When he left CKEY he did an American Bandstand style TV show from Toronto. His memorable sign-off was "Let a smile be your umbrella and you'll get a mouthful of rain." Since then, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as a programmer at a number of Southern Ontario radio stations. Dave also has a shelf crammed with trophies and honors from the music and broadcasting industry.
C-HOW REUNION 2003.
Front: Joan Blanchard, Terry Davies, Jim Blanchard, Jim Cassidy.
Photo by Bob Carr.
Gordon Burnett In 1956-57, after many years managing radio stations for the Roy Thompson media organization, Northern Broadcasting in Ontario, Burnett was hired by the Guardian Newspaper to establish a radio station in Trinidad-Tobago. While managing his highly successful creation, Radio Guardian, the application for his own radio licence was approved in Canada. He returned immediately to open C-HOW in Welland. In 1962, he purchased C-FUN in Vancouver. In the 1970s, he re-programmed C-HOW into a leading country music station. In 1975, Gordon was instrumental in creating the Canadian Country Music Awards and in 1992 he was himself inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame as a founder. Gordon died at the age of 95 on April 25, 2015.
Station manager and C-HOW Sales Manager. His career continued in radio sales in Peterborough, Ontario.
Vice President of C-HOW. He was hired and trained by Gordon Burnett as a salesman for Northern Broadcasting, Roy Thompson's Ontario radio chain. He became owner of CHSC St. Catharines, Ontario, when Burnett wrote the winning license application for him. Later he owned stations in Toronto and Calgary. click here for Broadcast News item announcing Redmond's license to create CJEZ-FM in Toronto Robert died in 2005.
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Original Forkes Rd. C-HOW cement block building
Refurbished C-HOW building (1980s) on Forkes Rd .
Wayne Burnett, as a teen in 1960, aired a daily morning marine weather from the C-HOW power boat. After graduating from Western University, he had success as a theatre actor in London, Ontario. He continued his acting career in Toronto starting in 1977. In 1989 he created, produced and directed the "Seniors Jubilee", a showcase for 50+ performers which ran at Roy Thompson Hall for 20 years. He is also founder, board member and Artistic Director of the Canadian Organization of Senior Artists and Performers.
Barry Sharpe started his media career as a feature and sports reporter at Canadian Press in Toronto from 1958-1962. He did news and sports at C-HOW in 1964. He was himself an athlete, a hockey goalie and had an excellent knowledge of all sports. After four months, he left Welland and drove his new Corvair Monza Spyder to CFCO in Chatham. After only four months there, he jumped ship to CKLW in Windsor/Detroit. A year later finds him at CKKW-TV in Kitchener. In 1967, CKOC Hamilton had him for a short period but he left there to sign on as a news and sports reporter at CHSC in St. Catharines. Next, he jumped to CJRN in Niagara Falls to do colour commentary for Rick Jeanneret's play-by-play hockey broadcasts of Jr. A. Niagara Falls Flyers games. Rick called the home games but Barry went on the road for the away broadcasts. On December 30, 1969, he left Niagara Falls and buzzed around Toronto golfing for a season and then drove to Vancouver. Barry was an audio/visual consultant from 1972-78, but returned to radio as sports reporter at CKNW from 1978 to 1980. He did a TV golf show "West Coast Golf" on CKVU-TV in 1980, and a syndicated radio version at CHQM-AM and FM from 1981 to 1992. He retired from broadcasting in 1992 to begin a new career as president and editor of BC Golf News.
Today, he is still active as he explains in the following e-mail from January, 2017
The BC Golf News website was www.bcgolfnews.com and was first established in 2003 to be BC’s authoritative source for golfers in this province, providing news and audio interviews with BC players and Canadians playing internationally. For over 10 years BCGN averaged 81,000 visits per month untirry
Then later that same year Bill Wilms and I established www.thechristianathletemystory.com , the first program of that nature on the internet, where Christian athletes share their stories for why and when they chose to believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour. At this time TCAMS is a radio program supported by an internet website. And instead of directing our programming via strictly Christian radio stations we have elected to go for a much larger, secular audience.
Unlike BCGN, which was strictly internet, TCAMS is a radio broadcast supported by internet, but if our supporting financial base continues to grow we’d very much like to put our interviews on Facebook. Bill and I have often talked about encouraging some of guests, particularly those who are active today in the NHL and NFL, to helping to support us. When you consider the salaries paid today are in the two-to-five million dollar range per season for rookies it’s not hard to imagine just how far 10, 15 or 20-thousand dollars would go toward spreading the good news. We’ve not asked any of guests for a dime, yet. Somehow it seems awkward to ask them to share this intimate news and then ask them to pay us money so we can put their story on the air. We haven’t made a nickel for doing the show but we’ve asked others to help us share expenses. But that must change if we hope to continue to grow.
John Garbutt, came to C-HOW from Fort William/Port Arthur where he was a salesman for CJLX. Lorraine Garbett met John when she was a 19 year-old student picking fruit for the summer (1948) in St. Davids near Niagara Falls. When she returned to her home town, Kirkland Lake, to finish high school, 29 year-old John followed her on his motorcycle. He landed a job at CJKL radio which was managed by Gordon Burnett who recognized that John was a natural-born salesman. John did a short stint at CJLX Fort William before Burnett brought him back to Welland. An accomplished musician, john built his own music studio in the basement of their home. John Garbutt died in Welland in 2005.
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Photo of early 60s C-HOW sales department.
Bruce Sage started his radio career in Fort William/Port Arthur, Ontario, (now Thunder Bay) at CKPR and fitted in very well at Welland but left radio after only a few years at C-HOW.
Sylvia O'Brien was another copy writer in 1962.
Tommy Shannon on WKBW in Buffalo was major competition for C-HOW'S 7-12 pm rock shift but when he was leaving for CKLW in Windsor, Bud hired him for a one night phone-in gig to say goodbye to his Niagara fans.
Daryl Wells called the Ontario Jockey Club races on C-HOW throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.Wells, who was the voice of thoroughbred racing at Woodbine and Fort Erie for 30 years, began his career at the Ontario Jockey Club in 1956. Born in Victoria in 1922, Wells entered the broadcast business as a disc jockey at the age of 15. He later moved to Ontario where he worked in the sports department at CHML radio in Hamilton and then as a sports director for CHCH-TV. In the late 50s, he had been host of a "bandstand" style show on CHCH-TV and also did hockey play-by-play and announced the CFL Tiger Cat games. Daryl died in Niagara Falls on Dec.12, 2003. His son, Daryl Jr. took over his father's spot and became Communications Director from 1976-2010. Daryle Jr. died in October, 2016. Read Daryle Wells Jr. obituary
Newsman Bob Hooper did not stay long at C-HOW and left for CHML in Hamilton where he continued to report news but eventually became the programme director. Later he was part of the radio sports team doing play-by-play CFL Tiger Cat football games. He was the colour commentator from 1993 to 1995 and did play-by-play from 1997 to 2001. Hooper was a member of Football Reporters of Canada and a member of the selection committee for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He has been retired for many years.
Cameron "Cam" Bell arrived from Vancouver's C-FUN in 1962 to be a temporary news director at C-HOW when both stations were owned by Gord Burnett. Cam reorganized the news room before returning to Vancouver after three months. Cameron started his radio career in 1959 before joining CFUN in 1962. In 1966 he switched to CKWX and a year later he was hired on at Top Dog CKNW New Westminster. He then went on camera at CHAN-TV (BCTV) Vancouver in 1968 as a reporter/anchor/news director. Cam was let go in 1989. He received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He then founded Cameron Bell Consultancy Ltd. In April 2006, he was back on the air hosting a Sunday morning talk show on CKNW.
Rev. Msgn. Ray Montague, the assistant pastor of St. Kevin's R.C. Church in Welland, delivered a 90 second daily sign-on, "Above All Else" from 1965 to 1967 on C-HOW. The St. Catharines-born Priest also began a similar morning feature "Thought For The Day" on CHSC Radio in his home town. He served as priest to 10 Niagara parishes and spent three years (1974-1977) as a missionary in the Philippines. Monsignor Ray retired from parish work after 58 years in 2008 and began living at the Mount Carmel facility in St. Catharines where he celebrated daily mass for the Carmelite sisters. He was also a chaplain for the Hotel Dieu Hospital. Father Ray died on June 2, 2018 in St. Catharines.
Gerry Van Amelsvoort was
C-HOW's Dutch-born chief engineer. Jerry left after three years to join the engineering staff at CKBB radio and CKVR TV in Barrie, Ontario. After that, Len Walley, a local technician and radio repair store operator, handled all of C-HOW's technical requirements on a part-time basis.
Larry Boccoleti was the C-HOW photographer who did all of the staff photos for newspaper ads and articles. His company was Rainbow Studios in Welland. A scuba diver, he also worked for the local Hydro Electric Utility inspecting underwater power lines (sometimes under the winter ice) in the Welland Canal. Years later he spent five years teaching photography at a the New York Institute of Photography. On his return to Toronto, he taught at Centennial College and worked full-time as the corporate photographer at De Havilland Air Craft. On his retirement, Larry rented out items from his extensive collection of antique cameras and photo equipment to TV and Film productions.
Allan Pietz, C-HOW's farm reporter and the mayor of Welland (1965 - 1978), a dairy owner (Sunnyside Dairy), and the station's farm reporter. His comprehensive agriculture report was heard each day following the noon newscast. Allan sought election as the Conservative candidate for Parliament several times and eventually took his seat in the House of Commons (1984-1988). He continued in local politics as a counselor until his retirement in 1994. (more on Allan Pietz )
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David McCleary was also at CFRB and CFOS (1981) No other details are known.
Bud Armstrong was born and raised in BC and started his business life as a bank teller. At C-HOW he blossomed as radio salesman. He left C-HOW to join Standard Broadcast Sales (CFRB) in Toronto. He was followed to Standard by another C-HOW salesman, Andy Laughland. Bud was a walking, talking encyclopedia of jokes and one liners.
Armstrong later joined another company, placing radio ads for his clients. He died in hospital from a brain tumor in Toronto 1984. A long-time member of the Toronto Ad & Sales Club, his will accommodated the cost of a piss-up wake which started with a New Orlean's-style parade down Yonge Street to the Ad & Sales Club led by Toronto Sun newspaper columnist Paul Rimstead and his band.
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Ken Lane, AKA Hugh Ledoux, (now known as Craig Edwards) came to Welland from CKBB, Barrie, Ontario. Ken was easily the most controversial and brash of any personality in Canadian radio. He left C-HOW to work in Richmond Hill, migrated to Thunder Bay as news director of the now defunct CJLX. While there, he was often involved in controversial issues. On one occasion, he was forced to publicly apologize to a local union official over something he said in one of hs commentaries. Details about his later career were sketchy until April of 2017 when he found this web site and added more details. He had changed his on-air name to Craig Edwards. After Vancouver, he had stops in Seattle (KJR), Cleveland (WIXI), Toledo (WOHO), Philadelphia (WIP), Buffalo (WGR), and Denver (KHOW). From there he spent 10 years in Los Angeles where he became Regional Vice President of Westwood One broadcasting and finished his career as Programme Director of KRLA. In 2008, he retired to Portland Oregon.
Connie Chicorli was an experienced copy writer who started her broadcast career in Vancouver with the CBC working as a secretary for Chief Announcer Ray Mackness. A short time later, she moved back to Fort William as a copy editor for CJLX. When station salesman John Garbutt moved to CHOW, he suggested Connie would be an asset as a copy writer. It was there, on her first day on the new job, she met newsman Steve Halinda and vowed she would marry him. When Steve moved to CKPR Port Arthur she followed him and worked as a copy writer for CKPR TV. Steve and Connie married in 1964.
Gladys Marchand was a sales secretary/receptionist at the Forkes Rd. studios. Her first job out of high school was at Atlas Steel Co. before moving on to CHOW. When she left radio she worked as a secretary at Port Colborne Hydro. After a few years she trained as a nurse and for 25 years she worked at Northland Manor in Port Colborne.
Dorie Burnett, the wife of station owner Gordon Burnett, was the most loved by the staff. She was the bookkeeper who faithfully made sure everybody got their paycheck on time every two weeks.
She was born in North Bay and it was there that she met Gordon in the choir of the First Baptist Church. Later with a young family in tow, she went with Gordon to Trinidad when he was hired set up Radio Trinidad for the Guardian Newspaper. She set up the bookkeeping system for that operation. Dorie died on July 17, 1977.
Photo of Bruce Sage at CKPR at Fort William Thunder Bay)
Lynne Sorbie was another Ryerson classmate of Bud who was already at C-HOW when he arrived in 1959. Lynn was working as a copy writer. Later, she was located at CFRB in Toronto as a news writer/reporter.
Leo Bruzzese was CHOW's accountant for many years. He eventually became a partner with Robert Redmond and opened CHSC radio in St. Catharines, Ontario, and became the station's CFO. CHSC was the brain-child of Gordon Burnett who spend a year researching and writing the proposal to successfully obtain the license from the CRTC.
Leo died on April 5, 2016. Obituary
One of Larry's gag photos with Moe Stasik, Ronn Grimster, Bill Moyer, Bud Riley and Ken Lane