CKBY RADIO (2010 Inductee)

On July 2, 1972, listeners in Ottawa and the Valley heard the first sounds of their favourite music emanating from the brand new full-time country music radio station, CKBY-FM, a sister station to CKOY. Founded by Ted Daigle, the station went on to become the most-listened to country music station in Canada and was nominated several times for Radio Station of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association.

Names like (the late) Ray Callahan, morning host in the 1970’s, Wayne Rostad, Music Director during the early years, (the late) Hal ‘The Bear’ Lee and (the late) Bill Inglis, the morning team of Willie & Hal in the 1980’s, and Doug Anderson, current Station Manager, among many others, became well known, not only for their on-air personalities but also for their many personal appearances at shows all across the Valley.

Fundraising played a large part in the station’s activities, and the highly-successful eight-year radio series, "Christmas in The Valley", produced and hosted by Wayne Rostad, led to the release of seven very popular albums of songs performed by many local entertainers, with the proceeds from the sale of these albums being donated to local hospitals.


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