BRIAN HENDERSON AIRCHECK AND CHUM STORY:
(The CHUM Archives/Bob Laine and Doug Thompson)
No one tells it like it is quite like Brian Henderson.
From: Flash Back #2 - The Hodge Blog
'Henderson is one of those larger than life characters you run into now and again. I had the good fortune, although some would say misfortune of spending as much time with him as I did with my family. He's the only person I've met who you could have a drinking with after work at 5 pm and then get a phone call for him at 3 am the next morning saying "Hodgie, can you cover for me this morning, I'm in Florida. Don't think I'll make it back".
Henny's strongest asset was his story telling ability. He didn't always get the details correct but it always sounded good. If you've ever listended to Tony Kornhieser do radio you know what I mean. Kornhieser has that ability to paint pictures. Henderson could do it too.
It was sad to see the erosion of 1050. Henny stuck it out almost to the end. Sports caster, newsman, commentator, morning show host and he even took a spin at sports talk when 1050 morphed into The Team.
He fought a lot of personal demons and surived some serious illness. I could never figure out why no one, especially talk radio, picked him up after he recovered. He was a natural. One of the best broadcasters I have ever met and certainly of the most unique people I have ever come across.'
'Brian Henderson has long read the CHUM-AM 7:00 a.m. news, which he has for years followed with an editorial commentary. In his commentary at approximately 7:10 a.m. on September 14, 1995, Brian Henderson took aim at the legal community and legal aid problems in Ontario. In so doing, he used terms which several complainants found offensive. The pertinent parts of his Commentary are as follows: '
FOR YEARS, BRIAN HENDERSON'S COMMENTARY WAS A STAPLE ON CHUM. WE HAVE SEARCHED FOR THE COMMENTARIES; HOWEVER THEY TOO HAVE BEEN LOCKED AWAY BY THE 'POWERS THAT BE'.
ONE OF BRIAN'S COMMENTARIES STIRRED UP SOME TROUBLE. THIS PROVES THAT BRIAN NEVER PULLED ANY PUNCHES.
CBSC Decision | CHUM-AM re Brian Henderson Commentary
SOURCE LINK: http://www.ccnr.ca/english/decisions/1995/950914.php
RELATED LINKS:CANADIAN BROADCAST STANDARDS COUNCIL
ONTARIO REGIONAL COUNCIL
CHUM-AM re Brian Henderson Commentary
(CBSC Decision 95/96-0008)
Decided March 26, 1996
A. MacKay (Vice-Chair), R. Cohen, P. Fockler, T. Gupta, R. Stanbury, M. Ziniak
The chronology of events in the present matter is rather more complicated than is customarily the case. Moreover, both the broadcast in question and that which gave rise to the Council's decision in CFTR-AM re Dick Smyth (CBSC Decision 95/06-0062, March 26, 1996) are substantively linked, further complicating the chronology.
In the circumstances, the facts may be best understood by dividing them into two phases, the first associated with the broadcast itself and the initial reaction of CHUM-AM and the second associated with the steps taken by the broadcaster and Jewish community representatives thereafter.
The First Phase
Brian Henderson has long read the CHUM-AM 7:00 a.m. news, which he has for years followed with an editorial commentary. In his commentary at approximately 7:10 a.m. on September 14, 1995, Brian Henderson took aim at the legal community and legal aid problems in Ontario. In so doing, he used terms which several complainants found offensive. The pertinent parts of his Commentary are as follows:
Provincial Attorney General Charles Harnick may not realize it but the root cause of the crisis in the Legal Aid system is Jewish mothers. I don't ever recall my parents suggesting a career choice for me but, rightly or wrongly, Jewish mothers are infamous for advising their offspring to become doctors or dentists or lawyers, or marry a doctor or dentist or lawyer, and the result is we have too many of all three in this province ... most especially lawyers.
And even a bad lawyer can make a good living through Legal Aid. ...
We also have too many laws, which may actually be the real problem but for now it's more convenient to just blame the lawyers.
There's a Jewish proverb about two farmers who both claim to own the same cow. And so there they were: one farmer pulling the cow's head, the other man yanking the cow's tail, with a lawyer right in the middle milking the cow for all he's worth.
Something like legal aid.
I'm Brian Henderson.
The outcry was immediate. It appears that there were numerous calls to the station and that a tape of the Commentary was played on CHUM's public access telephone line for a period following the broadcast. The Director of Community Relations of the Ontario Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) spoke with a CHUM representative and a letter was forwarded by the CJC to Allan Waters, the President of CHUM, Inc. The CJC's legal advisors forwarded a letter to the CRTC and numerous other individual complainants also wrote the Commission. In all, the CBSC received 40 letters complaining about the commentary, more than in the case of any previous program. All such letters were forwarded by the CRTC to the CBSC, although not all the initial complainants ultimately requested that the Council proceed to an adjudication. Jim Waters, President of CHUM Group Radio, issued a written apology later that day. Excerpts of some of the foregoing letters or statements follow. ....
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