Like so many Canadian broadcasters, Duff Roman, while born in Saskatchewan, hung his hat in the three Prairie Provinces before deciding to settle for Toronto. He got his start in radio in his home town of Swift Current with CKSW, moving later to CHAT-AM/TV in Medicine Hat, to Winnipeg's CKRC and CFRW, and to Edmonton's CHED.
Ontario became his next target, and he quickly became a popular on- air personality with CKEY, then CKFH (which became "The Fan") and to CHUM. For a time, he also owned his own record label - Roman Records - where he recorded and managed the careers of the Paupers and a young David Clayton-Thomas.
In 1974, Duff was appointed Program Director of CHUM - FM. Ten years later, as Operations Manager, he directed the re-positioning of CHUM-FM as an Adult Rock radio station, in 1996, he was appointed Vice-President Industry Affairs, CHUM Limited, and in 1999 assumed the added responsibilities of Vice-President, Digital Radio Operations.
In 2001, Duff Roman was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame - READ MORE HERE (C.C.F.)
'Over the years, Roman has held many important positions at CHUM Limited. In 1974, he was appointed Program Director of CHUM-FM. Ten years later, as Operations Manager, he directed the re-positioning of CHUM-FM as an Adult Rock radio station, in 1996, he was appointed Vice-President Industry Affairs, CHUM Limited, and in 1999 assumed the added responsibilities of Vice-President, Digital Radio Operations.
When, At 3PM on May 7, 2000 1050 CHUM signed off after 44 years of being a rock ‘n’ roll station and became The Team 1050, it was Roman and Bob Laine who got to choose the last tune that would be spun on-air before the format flip. The selection was easy: It was “All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley – the first song played when CHUM signed on at 6 a.m., May 27 1957.' - Mr. CHUM Retires: Duff Roman’s Farewell Spin - FYI
Canadian Communications Foundation - Duff Roman
Mr. CHUM Retires: Duff Roman’s Farewell Spin - FYI
Rock Radio Scrapbook
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