2021 Broadcast Dialogue – Canadian Radio Awards
Chuck McCoy has spent more than 50 years in the radio broadcast industry. In the beginning. Chuck was a highly rated Canadian on-air personality (1965-74), including a seven-year stint at the legendary CHUM Toronto. He went on to become National PD and EVP/GM with Rogers Communications from 1989 to 2012, including serving as VP/GM of Canada’s biggest radio cluster in Toronto (CHFI, 680News, THE FAN and KISS 92.5).
Chuck was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2015 was further honoured with induction into the Ontario Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Erin Davis, a 2020 inductee into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame and #1 bestselling author of the memoir Mourning Has Broken, hosted mornings on Toronto’s 98.1 CHFI for nearly 30 years before “reWiring” to host three podcasts and enjoy a full family life in B.C. She sleeps much more now.
Lynda Steele is an award-winning media veteran with a career spanning 35 years with several major Canadian networks, including Global, CBC, CTV and Corus Radio.
From hosting the number one afternoon drive talk show in Vancouver on 980 CKNW to her popular Steele on Your Side consumer investigative segment on CTV Vancouver, Lynda also spent two decades in the anchor chair at Global Edmonton. Her work has earned her several major awards – including Best News Anchor, Broadcaster of the Year, Performer of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA Canada).
A known and respected media professional with extensive agency C-Suite and private consultancy experience, as President of Radio Connects, Caroline brings a wide-ranging knowledge base to her role, informing and educating the advertising and marketing communities about the power of AM/FM Radio. Caroline represents Radio Connects as a member of the Numeris Radio Executive Committee; she holds the designation of Chartered Marketer from the CMA, and serves as Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association’s Media Council. She will also serve as Vice-President of the newly-created World Radio Alliance, a worldwide group of trade bodies representing radio broadcasters, whose joint objective is to demonstrate and promote widely the power and value of Radio.
Trevor Wallworth teaches Digital Audio Production as part of the Radio, Television and Journalism Program at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). He started his radio career in 1989 as a Production Assistant for Newcap Broadcasting in Halifax. Since then, he’s had the privilege to work with some of the best announcers, producers, writers and programmers in the business as a Production and Program Director at many of the East Coast’s most influential radio stations. Along the way, he’s received more than a dozen production and programming awards including multiple Crystal Awards and a New York Festivals World Gold Medal. Most recently the architect of Stingray’s Q Rock Radio Network, Rock Format Director and Program Director with Q104 Halifax, Trevor continues to mentor broadcasters and guide clients through the marketing and brand development process.
Jaye Albright is a 50+ year broadcaster with experience in all areas of programming, research, sales and management, whose future was written when the local radio/TV repairman was awarded a license for an FM station in her hometown of Salem, Ohio. During the Vietnam War, Albright worked at the Armed Forces Network in Thailand, before going on to programming stints in Seattle, San Jose, Bakersfield, Anaheim and Tucson, among other markets. In Canada, Albright has worked with Country 94 (CHSJ-FM) Saint John, NB, Country 105 (CKRY-FM) Calgary and Pattison Media, among other stations and radio groups. She’s also served as President, Country for McVay Media and Director of Country Programming for Jacor and Clear Channel. Jaye has been honored with The Conclave’s Rockwell Award for her contributions to the industry; was named to the Country Radio Hall Of Fame in 2008; has been recognized as Billboard/Airplay Monitor’s Country Radio Consultant/Group PD of the Year; and honoured multiple times as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio, among other accolades.
Terry DiMonte is now a “retired” broadcaster after a 43-year run in radio. The longtime morning show host had his start at the CBC, followed by stops at CITI-FM in Winnipeg, Mix 96 and Newstalk CJAD 800 in Montreal, Q107 in Calgary and two long runs as morning host at CHOM Montreal. He’s now co-hosting the Standing By podcast with his longtime radio partner, Ted Bird. And he’s never up before 9 a.m. now.
Michael Williams is best known for his work as a MuchMusic VJ from 1984 to 1993, where he also hosted programs like Soul in the City, RapCity, and The NewMusic. Williams has also done stints in radio, including CHOM-FM and CKGM in Montreal, CHUM-FM Toronto, and The Wave 94.7 Hamilton. Also a narrator, actor and voice talent, Williams now produces content under the banner of his production company, Greydread Productions.
Barry Rooke started in campus/community radio at the age of 15 when he was introduced to CFRU at the University of Guelph. His involvement there as a teenager led him to a three-year diploma in Radio & TV Broadcasting, followed by an HR degree and in-depth research looking at Social Media use by campus/community, public and private radio in Canada for his master’s degree.
He also spent time as the technical coordinator, administrator, station manager and chair of the board of directors at CFRU. He has been with the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) since 2015 as its Executive Director, and also sits on the board of the Community Radio Fund of Canada, along with managing earshot-distro.ca.