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Posted by K.E. on The Southern Ontario/WNY Radio-TV Forum
.....................................................'To someone who worked there at CHUM or Standard or both, it wasn't an address.
It was a unique part of the city. A part that made Toronto what it was.
My CHUM fascination didn't turn into me working there. Within a couple of years I didn't want to any more. 'Bye-bye 60's.
In my 40's I spent those years in different roles for 3 of Standard's companies. While I had my recording studios over the Shopper's on Yonge north of St. Clair. Which had CHUM Satellite dishes on my office roof during the time we did a deal together. While I was also contract voice for Rogers. (Had to go down to King to service them). But Yonge/St. Clair was where I had my lair. How I spent my 90's. I liked being associated with Standard and CFRB. It had been a great part of the Toronto/Canadian story. (Again I recommend seeking out the book about Gordon Sinclair by Scott Young - Gordon Sinclair: A life ... And Then Some 1987).
We radio people had our demarcation zone. The CHUM folks mostly would go here, the Standard folks mostly would go there. But such close proximity. Quite the neighbourhood.
Many came to Yonge/St. Clair as I did. Kid from a small town dreaming of being on the radio at the top. Those stations always had the biggest stars. Standard's biggest were Canadian national icons (because of CBC TV and before that the newspapers). CHUM's biggest were big names (to radio people) from the U.S. Lots of supporting-cast local stars who were such by just having gigs there.
My personal relationship started in 1966 because that year I got a driver's license and a car. Only a 90-minute drive down from Orillia.
Getting into CHUM to see it all was some kind of thrill.' .....
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