Maurie Sherman, producer of Kiss 92.5 FM’s The Roz and Mocha Show, had a star-studded audience laughing as he gave thanks after being inducted into Radio Humber’s Hall of Fame on the 45th anniversary year of Humber’s Radio Broadcast Program.
“So a radio frequency analyst walks into a bar, ‘Oh, that megahertz!’” he said to a North campus gathering at Humber Lecture Theatre E135 on Friday March 24 some of Toronto’s top broadcasters.
Sherman didn’t finish his speech before making a dig at AM radio. “To anyone that likes AM I say, FM,” he said.
Past inductee Roz Weston and Mocha Frap, who host The Roz and Mocha Show, cheered loudly in the audience for their producer.
“Nothing means more to [Sherman] than being recognized publicly for anything,” Weston said.
96.9FM Radio Humber, the nation’s only radio station featuring exclusively Canadian artists, was founded in 1972 by CHUM Vice-President Phil Stone, who was responsible for bringing rock ’n’ roll to Canadian radio, and training more than 3,000 aspiring broadcasters.
Another Kiss 92.5 native receiving an award Friday night was Adam Wylde.
“You realize you’re basically just the sum of the people that helped you out along the way,” he told the group.
One such person Wylde attributed his success to was Rob Basili, founder of 103.1 FM The Bounce, which is now 99.9 Virgin Radio. Basili took a chance on the Barrie native by hiring him part time and putting him on the promo team, according to Wylde.
“I remember our first air check together…[it] was a real bonding moment,” Wylde said.
“What the f— was that?” Basili had asked Wylde at that moment.
“So [Basili] took me from ‘What the f— was that?’, to passable,” Wylde said, adding that he not only gained a mentor, but a best friend.
Another broadcaster Wylde thanked was longtime friend Steve “Dangle” Glynn with whom he co-hosts Sportsnet The FAN 590’s Steve Dangle Podcast.
“Adam deserves everything that he gets, he took a lot of risk when he was young and he’s the hardest worker I know,” said Glynn.
Wylde’s mother, Marilyn Denis of The Marilyn Denis Show, was there to congratulate her son alongside Adam’s father Ken Lydford who had flown in from Florida for the event.
“We’re so proud,” Denis said.
“He’s done an exceptional and extraordinary job—we bubble with excitement for him, Lydford added.
The third inductee who was present that night to receive his award was Brad Barker, host of Jazz.FM91’s afternoon drive. He was taken off guard when he had received an email that he was being inducted into Radio Humber’s Hall of Fame, which includes the likes of renowned television personality George Stroumboulopoulos.
“The words Brad Barker and Hall of Fame I’ve never thought would actually be in the same sentence”, he said.
The final award given out that night was the Builder’s Award and that went to Jerry Chomyn, the current program head of Media Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber.
The award honours one who has revolutionized Humber’s Radio Broadcast program in some way. Chomyn was responsible for getting an FM licence for the college radio station, and making the program “one of the best in the country,” according to him.
“Any time that people you have worked with and have put in a lot of energy and perspiration into a program that recognizes what you’ve done is humbling,” Chomyn said.
The Builder’s Award recipient admitted the audience would be looking to him to impart some wisdom.
“Something that has worked for me [is]—take ownership, everything you do, take ownership,” he said.
“Be fearless and don’t be afraid once in a while to be foolish, to have fun,” he added, with the crowd responding with a standing ovation.
Other broadcasters who had been inducted into the Hall of Fame but were absent were Amber Payie, Traffic Specialist for 104.5 Chum FM and CP 24, as well as Ryan Doyle who hosts The Rush on Newstalk 1010. Sheila Walsh, program co-ordinator of Radio Broadcasting, gave thanks on their behalf. Mora Austin, vice president at Larche Communications Inc. was also absent but had a video for the audience to watch which expressed her gratitude.