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Archive for September, 2007


The Writing Fairy® Sort-of-Annual Humour-Writing Contest

Roger Ashby visited a radio station when he was 10, decided to become a radio personality, and has never looked back. He came home that day emblazoned with such a passion for the idea, that his dad built him a mock radio station in their Waterloo home. “Dad hooked up everything so I could broadcast into the living room, and I did that for seven years,” says Ashby. “I’m convinced that experience paid off.”

It paid off for him personally, and for CHUM FM. The station’s morning show, Roger Rick & Marilyn, dominates radio tuning during the morning drive period. Together on air since 1986, this dynamic trio has won numerous awards and consistently pumps out the top-rated morning radio program in Canada.

It also paid off for listeners, who have enjoyed Roger’s wacky sense of humor and comprehensive music knowledge since 1968: first on Hamilton’s CKOC; then on CHUM AM; and since 1985 on CHUM FM. For the past 21 years, Roger has been part of the charismatic team that gives Toronto area listeners an auditory wake-up call each day on CHUM FM’s award-winning Morning Show.

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The Writing Fairy® Sort-of-Annual Humour-Writing Contest

Erin Davis
Erin has been a fixture on the Canadian radio landscape for over 25 years. Her celebrated return to 98.1 CHFI in September of 2005 is the latest stop on a fascinating journey, which has seen her at or near the top of the radio ratings for her entire career.

Until the spring of 2003, Erin co-hosted the morning show on 98.1 CHFI for nearly 15 years – first with Don Daynard and, later, with Bob Magee. The show reached number one shortly after her arrival in 1988 and CHFI enjoyed enormous ratings until June of 2003 when a station decision forced Erin to leave her radio home.

That summer, the W Network called and offered her the opportunity to host her own live national television talk show. “W Live with Erin Davis,” a daily live hour-long national talk show, which featured guests and viewers discussing women’s lifestyle, health and wellness issues, hit the air that fall and lasted one year.

In the fall of 2004, Erin had the opportunity to meet and work with Mike Cooper, one of Canada’s best-known radio personalities, while she was temporarily filling in on 97.3 EZ Rock. Erin and Mike hit it off immediately and enjoyed great success together so, when CHFI asked Erin to come back in the fall of 2005, her new friend Mike was not far behind. Ratings rebounded and the station has returned to its number-one position. Erin and Mike look forward to many happy years together.

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Entry Guidelines

The 2nd Sort-of-Annual Writing Fairy®
Humour Radio-Writing Contest

  1. This contest is open to writers and performers 18 years of age and older.
  2. The competition is to write and perform something original that is intended to he heard on radio.
  3. Your entry may take the form of a CD, cassette tape, or MP3 file. However you send in your entry, all pieces will be turned into MP3 files at our end for the judges to hear. Your piece will be judged on the quality of the writing and the performance – NOT how fancy your recording equipment is.

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