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Mike Stafford On Peter Griffin

January 23, 2008 @ 10:19

Tomorrow on I will post an interview with former CFNY morning man Peter Griffin who currently resides in Ottawa.

Today on his facebook radio page MIke Stafford offered this.

"This is Peter Griffin, or Pete of the Pete and Geets show at CFNY from 1980 to 1987. Nobody has been able to make me laugh harder than this man in my radio career. He was the straight man of the duo but, with all due respect to Geets Romo, he was why everything about the two worked.

Pete was schooled in the fine art of television and radio comedy. A big fan of Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs and Bob and Ray. His laugh was as infectious as the bird flu. And he displayed a trait that is completely missing from today's morning radio format: he was willing to let other people be funny without trying to top it or carry a grudge.

If you wonder why current or recent morning shows display ill-tempered humour or appear dysfunctional, it's because they don't have a Peter Griffin. Although my relationship with the Pete and Geets show ended poorly because of incompetent management, I will always have Peter to thank for the best years of my radio life.

He can be heard this week on Fred Patterson's website: He deserves your attention."

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190 Responses to "Mike Stafford On Peter Griffin"

January 23, 2008 / 11:23

My favorite "radio" times of my life were with Pete & Geets! I agree completely that as funny as Geets was, it only worked with Pete!!
I'm looking forward to hearing the interview!

January 23, 2008 / 11:36

I am interested to hear the interview. Bring it on Fred.

I would also love to hear another podcast from Humble and Fred but I guess Humble seems to be off to bigger and better things these days. Oh well, I guess everybody has to make a living one way or another.

Nigel Trousershrapnel
January 23, 2008 / 14:43

Pool parties at the Griffins were the best. At least the parts that I remember.

January 23, 2008 / 19:50

It will be great to hear Pete's voice again...I have some very funny recollections of Pete on the morning show. I hope he knows just how much he is missed on the radio. Ya things change, but not necessarily always for the best....what the heck is so wrong with appreciating something from the past that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy?

January 24, 2008 / 09:42

I listened to nothing but CFNY from about 1977 to 1982. Even visited the famous frame house in Brampton in '79 to do a story for some little community rag in Vaughan. Great radio and great memories. Daddy Cool... those horrible ads for the Police Picnic... loved all of it! My favourite show for a while, though, was the teaming of Marsden and Ted Woloshyn. Their irreverance was hillarious. They even made fun of advertisers. Imagine that! Hard to believe Woloshyn would go on to shill for every product he could on CFRB before getting the boot to 'spend more time with the family'. A buddy and I even drove up to Barrie to catch his comedy act in about 1980 at some raunchy Hotel lounge. Gawd, he was an awful comedian, but we still had fun!

March 17, 2008 / 20:05

I remember well Pete and Geets. I remember from CHUM days... laughing my ass off as i prepared breakfast, with that Geets character going "Jah, dat's right..." AND Pete played the Goon Show - genius! It was there I first heard Ivor Biggun and other artists nobody else would give airtime to. Pete was a master of the understatement, and the owner of a profound and outrageous sense of the absurd. Best wishes, Pete, we miss you, man!

November 28, 2008 / 13:10

Wow - use to live in the apt above Fred 'back in the day'. Worked at NY about 30 years ago, Pete, Geets, David, Greta, Ron, Lehman.... it was a pleasure to come to work every day - you never knew what was going to happen and you hoped it did!

Johnnie Walters
January 17, 2009 / 12:00

At a time when I was most unhappy, CKLB Oshawa, Pete virtually saved my life. "What you need, said Pete after listening to my tale, "is a very good shoeshine. You will feel better." He took me across the street to a shiner who, in spitting on my shoe, cloth flitting back and forth, shone my shoe and saved my life.

Pete was hanging with a McGlaughlin, of Buick at the time.

Johnnie Walters

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