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In 1983, Bud was invited by the Israeli Press Association to visit Israel to interview Palestinian and Israel dignitaries and officials. He and a contingent of visiting Canadian media including CKEY reporter Kim O'Hare met former prime ministers, sitting judges, reporters, scientists and civil rights lawyers. On the way to Golan Heights, the Canadian group stopped for the night at a famous Galilee Kibutz named Kfar Giladi, where Bud met a young army officer, Arron Valenci, and interviewed him about life on a kibutz:
On the same trip Bud traveled with the Israeli army into southern Lebanon visiting the once beautiful garden city of Sidon and beyond. Later, at the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, the Canadian group selected Bud to interview former prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who would later be reelected P.M. and then be assassinated in office in 1995. The interview was conducted at the Knesset across a very large table which required fellow reporter Kim O'Hare to hold the microphone while Bud fired questions from eight feet away.
As a student run radio station CJRT-FM suffered early criticism as described in this Oct 3, 1956, article in the student published Ryersonian newspaper.
In the late 70s and 80s, Bud often commissioned David to produce publicity portraits.
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Joe Lewis was co-host of the Stan Rogers Tribute in Toronto, which aired on CJRT shortly after the folk singer died tragically in an airliner accident on June 2, 1983.
More on Jerry Vandezande CJL history
Adriane pursues a freelance career since leaving CJRT.
More on Jay with a visit to his web site for an Update on Jay's career after CJRT-FM
Dr. Michael Vaughan was a full-time professor of Economics at Ryerson in the early 1970's, while he was completing his PhD in International Trade Economics at the UofT. He did the initial design of the Open College economics course, while at the same time offering his consulting services to several business clients. Michael was a regular contributor to CBC's renown Saturday morning Food Show. He also was the wine and spirits columnist at the Financial Post, Toronto Life Magazine, the Financial Times and the Globe & Mail. In 1979 he launched a seafood retail/distribution business called Michael's Mussels - the first to bring Canada's cultivated shellfish from PEI directly to consumers in Ontario and Quebec. Michael's Mussels came to an end in 1998. From 1999 to 2008 he had a weekly wine and spirits column in National Post. Currently, he reviews every new vintage release and produces a bi-weekly newsletter on his website called Vintage Assessments, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Vintage Assessments.
Hear Michael Vaughan taste-testing a new Canadian product, Cod in a Can, as part of this Bud Riley report for CBC's Food Show.
Gerontology professor Greta Riddell Dixon led the way in producing Open College courses on health and aging.
Peter Keigh (Peter Kufluk) was the son of Andy Kufluk CJRT's first engineer. Peter started with classical music format at CHUM but beginning in 1969 he was at CKFM in Toronto. In 1971, he began a 29- year run on CJRT-FM as the host of "Morningmusik." His morning show was the first in Toronto to convert to playing he music on CDs. He left CJRT in 2001 when the station switched to an all jazz format. Peter died on June 28, 2016.
Hugh's sister Anne Innis Dagg is a world famous zoologist/biologist and author and most famous as the leading expert on giraffes, the first person to study and write about the animals unique behavior. A TV documentary about her work described her as 'The Woman Who Loves Giraffes". More on Anne Innis Dagg
Tom O'Neill, the son of "Windy" O'Neill the a former Toronto Maple hockey player, was a student at Ryerson while working as a CJRT operator. His ambition to become a producer led hm to take on a number of production chores at the station particularly interviews for use on Bud Riley's Sunday Journal. When he graduated from Ryerson Radio and TV Arts, he became a TV director at CITY TV in Toronto. His most notable TV series was "The Titans" in which the host, Patrick Watson, interviewed historical figures. The programme was a rebirth of Watson's earlier acclaimed series "Witness to Yesterday."
Gary Graves offered his services to CJRT while studying at Ryerson. He was something of whiz on a portable Texas Instrument computer and put it to good use in tracking the office hockey pool. When he left 'RT, he found employment as a producer at CBC's internal report-sharing service, "Info-Tape".in the late 1980s Gary was Executive Producer of The Radio Show, CBC Radio's amusing Saturday afternoon program, and then producer of CBC Toronto's afternoon radio local drive-home show hosted by Kathryn O'Hara. In 1998 he moved to CBC NewsWorld all-news television. Since 2000 he worked as an executive producer at CBC News on the web.
David Prendergast was a radio news reporter with considerable experience in Ontario radio. In the late 70s, Bud Riley hired him to fill in for him on his daily half-hour News Journal broadcasts and occasional morning newscasts shifts. He also offered the same services to the CKEY AM news department at about the same time. He died in Toronto in the early 80s.
Dianne Forsyth volunteered to assist in the newsroom with interviews and news reports. Diane was an accomplished singer and performer who became the lead female voice with Star Scape Singers, a Toronto group that performed across North American and Europe in the late 1970s and 80s. Her picture at the right is from the cover of her 1982 album "Lady on the Landing." Her career began in earnest when she joined “Sunnyside,” a popular Toronto-based jazz trio and spent several years of performing in jazz clubs, concerts, and on TV and radio. Dianne's voice had a three octave range.
Earl Toppings interviewed famed Canadian newspaper reporter/author Greg Clark.