WAYNE ROSTAD (2002 Inductee)

Wayne Rostad’s career has always been an interesting blend of singing, songwriting and broadcasting. He began in radio in l969 as an all-night DJ in Smiths Falls, Ontario, leaving in the mid-seventies to pursue his songwriting passion full time. He moved to a cabin in the Gatineau Hills near Low, Quebec, where he released his first album, "Writer of Songs", in 1979. The album received two Juno nominations and earned Wayne an RPM Big Country Award as Most Promising Male Country Singer in Canada.

In 1987, Wayne began hosting the network CBC TV series, "On The Road Again" which, in its 15-year broadcast history, has won five Gemini awards for "Best Lifestyle Series in Canadian Television" and seven Gemini nominations for Wayne for best host. Wayne also produced and hosted a highly successful radio series for eight years on CKBY-FM Ottawa, called "Christmas in The Valley". With the help of musicians and singers who appeared on the series, seven very popular albums were produced, and all proceeds (more than half a million dollars) were donated to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

For the past 16 years, Wayne has co-hosted the "Children’s Miracle Network Telethon" in Ottawa, which raises over three million dollars annually for CHEO. He is also the host of the "Ottawa Heart Institute Telethon", which annually raises more than three million dollars for that institution. For 15 years, "Wayne Rostad’s Gatineau Clog" was one of Canada’s most successful outdoor music festivals, enjoyed by thousands of country music fans and raising over half a million dollars for community hospitals and service organizations.

Wayne’s love of people is clearly demonstrated in all aspects of his professional and personal life. He is Honorary Chairperson and Honorary Board Member of several institutions and was one of the key organizers of the "Power Aid Live" concert, a fundraiser for the victims of Ice Storm ‘98, which raised more than a million dollars in a single afternoon. Wayne is the author of a best-selling book, "Wayne Rostad, On the Road Again", which details his travels in Canada, the people he has met along the way, and amusing, behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the making of the television series. Among Wayne’s many other accolades are: the Canadian Country Music Association’s "Fender Humanitarian Award", the Rotary Club’s "Paul Harris Fellow", the Lion’s Club "Judge Brian Stevenson Award" (the highest Lion’s Club award in Canada, for outstanding community contribution) and "Honorary Colonel" with the Canadian Forces Air Maintenance Squadron stationed at CFB Trenton.

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