Radio Vet Bob Laine to Be Inducted Posthumously Into Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame
Radio Vet Bob Laine to Be Inducted Posthumously Into Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame

Broadcast veteran Bob Laine, who passed away last August at age 72, will be posthumously inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on March 23 in Toronto.

Laine's career will be honored with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding success in broadcasting (the late Waters was co-founder of CHUM Limited).

The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon held at Fairmont Royal York Hotel during Canadian Music Week.

Laine worked for CHUM Radio, retiring in 2003 after 45 years.

"Bob Laine is inextricably woven into the fabric of the CHUM Radio legend," Duff Roman, retired head of CHUM Radio, said in a statement. "As an on-air personality, he personified the exuberant baby boomers who were coming of age in Toronto in the 60s.

"Later, as a senior executive, he did a lot of heavy lifting for CHUM and nothing fazed him. He was always cheerful, a genuinely warm and wonderful individual and a great comrade-in-arms. I am honored to call him my friend."

Laine began his career at CFRS in Simcoe, Ontario in 1957, before joining Top 40 station CHUM in Toronto a year later as the all-night deejay. His signature line was "Good morning world, this is Bob-O. Good morning Bob-O, this is world."

He briefly left the station in 1962 to join CFGM as its morning man but two months later returned to host the overnight show. In 1968, he did the afternoons and in 1970 became program director of CHUM-FM.

Over the next four decades, he held a number of positions with the company from station manager to general manager, and at the time of his retirement corporate vice-president for CHUM Limited. During the final stage of his career, he was instrumental in launching the CHUM Radio Network.

After Laine retired, he and long-time producer Doug Thompson sifted through CHUM's enormous archives and organized what would become the CHUMuseum.

"Bob Laine was more than just a great friend for 46 years, he was also a wonderful mentor to me and to many other fledgling broadcasters over the years," said Doug Thompson, CEO of Douglas Communications Inc.

"As a teenager, I used to keep my transistor radio under my pillow and fall sleep listening to Bob all night on CHUM, never dreaming that one day, we'd be working together and become chums ourselves. Bob's passion for radio was just as strong at the end as it was at the beginning of his career. He was simply the best."