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Peter Griffin Interview

May 24, 2011 @ 17:34

Back in 2008, I did this interview with Peter Griffin from his home in Ottawa.

Peter Griffin is considered a pioneer of Toronto radio. He was the first morning man at CHUM-FM when it became rock, and it was Peter who first put David Haydu on the air in the mid 70's to create the Pete and Geets Show, which was the first FM morning show of its kind in Canada and set the tone for the rest of us.

Pete and Geets came to CFNY in 1980 and the show ended in 1987.






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Scruff Connors Is Not Dead

August 8, 2008 @ 12:15

Shock waves went through the radio world last night when the moderator of a certain yellow radio board reported that Scruff Connors may have died.

Scruff has had some health issues over the past couple years, including cancer, so it wasn't that difficult to believe when someone e-mailed me with the news they had read on the Southern Ontario / Western New York Radio-TV Forum.

I received the news late last night, and to be honest it bummed me out, but before I wrote something about Scruff's passing I thought I better confirm it, just to make sure.

It's usually what you do before writing about a guy dropping dead.

This morning I phoned Jamie Lott, who works at Corus Toronto. She's a good friend of Scruff's and she'd have all the details.

And according to Jamie, here are the details.

Not only is Scruff "not" dead, he's very much alive. He's recently had more surgery, but he's definitely on the rebound and his cancer is in remission.

As a matter of fact, he feels so bloody good he's adopted the trailer life. He lives in Bowmanville but he spends weekends in a trailer he bought at a park not far from his home.

And according to Jamie it's going to be a significant weekend for Scruff.

In recognition of his son Tyler's birthday, who's well into his 20's, Scruff has arranged to have a elephant shipped from the Bowmanville Zoo to the trailer park. Just for the hell of it. And the reason he can do this, is because he won a hundred grand in Lotto 649 on Wednesday night.

So there you have it, Scruff Connors is not dead.

He's alive and well and living east of the city where he's renting an elephant after winning a lottery.

Meanwhile, if you miss Scruff and you'd like to hear his voice enjoy this interview I did with him back in January.

Scruff Connors came to Toronto in 1980 as morning man at Q-107 and stayed there until 1985.

After stops in Philadelphia, St. Catherines and Edmonton, he returned to Q-107 in 1993 for just over a year.

His career then took him to Winnipeg until 1995 when he began a forced sabbatical that lasted the better part of six years.

In 2001 Scruff became an original cast member of MOJO Radio where he stayed until the summer of 2005.

Since then, it's been a tough time for Scruff Connors. He's battled various health issues and undergone several operations.

This interview isn't so much about the history of Scruff Connors the disc jockey, it's more about the future of a popular radio guy who pissed in the eye of the grim reaper.









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Scruff Connors Interview

January 29, 2008 @ 09:32

Scruff Connors came to Toronto in 1980 as morning man at Q-107 and stayed there until 1985.

After stops in Philadelphia, St. Catherines and Edmonton, he returned to Q-107 in 1993 for just over a year.

His career then took him to Winnipeg until 1995 when he began a forced sabbatical that lasted the better part of six years.

In 2001 Scruff became an original cast member of MOJO Radio where he stayed until the summer of 2005.

Since then, it's been a tough time for Scruff Connors. He's battled various health issues and undergone several operations.

This interview isn't so much about the history of Scruff Connors the disc jockey, it's more about the future of a popular radio guy who pissed in the eye of the grim reaper.








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Peter Griffin Interview

January 24, 2008 @ 10:30

Peter Griffin is considered a pioneer of Toronto radio.

He was the first morning man at CHUM-FM when it became rock, and it was Peter who first put David Haydu on the air in the mid 70's to create the Pete and Geets Show, which was the first FM morning show of its kind in Canada and set the tone for the rest of us.

Pete and Geets came to CFNY in 1980 and the show ended in 1987.









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Paul Romanuk Interview

January 22, 2008 @ 09:15

Paul Romanuk is frequent contributor to FreddieP.ca and the same guy who used to be the main hockey play by play guy on TSN.

Paul was the original voice of the World Junior Hockey Championships on TSN and I for one still miss him on those telecasts.

Paul left TSN to become morning man on the Team 1050, and then became the radio voice of the Toronto Raptors before moving overseas.







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