Daryl Hooke: Still Crazy After All These Years…

Daryl Hooke

TAIT: Still crazy

When Daryl Hooke is in his office at 630 CHED Radio and his phone rings, he picks it up after the first ring. “Hi Daryl here. Can I help you?”

And he’s helped countless people in his 41-year tenure at 630 CHED: listeners, advertisers, contest winners, and young people interested in starting a career in broadcasting.

Four decades later, he points to Paul Simon’s 1975 hit Still Crazy After All These years to describe his career.

But come Friday afternoon, Daryl will walk out of his office for the last time. After turning 60 over the summer, and realizing he’s done every job he’s wanted to conquer at 630 CHED. he’s retiring.

Any immediate plans?

“I might go for a beer later today,” he says. Typical Daryl.

He still remembers that first day of work as a 19-year-old in the CHED building downtown painted in 1960’s colours. He was on a college placement and started working with some of the giants in Edmonton broadcasting — announcers Bob McCord, Wes Montgomery and newsman Bob Layton.

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