CHUM Legend Roger Ashby Retiring after 50 Years with ‘Mixed Emotions’

by Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

Roger Ashby’s retirement from Toronto radio after 50 years was announced in late October.

But now that Ashby’s final CHUM 104.5 show is just days away — it will take place Wednesday before 500 invited guests and contest winners at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Grand Ballroom beginning at 5 a.m. — he’s got “mixed emotions.”

“I’m looking forward to having a flexible schedule and not having the daily responsibility of having a morning show, not having to get up at four o’clock. But on the other hand I’m going to miss it because it’s what I love,” said Ashby, who says he’s been asked by Bell Media to stay on in a part-time capacity to do some work for the iHeartRadio app.

“I have a passion for radio. I really enjoy working with the people I work with. I’ve worked with Marilyn (Denis) and our producer Tom (Jokic) for 32 years. So I’m happy and I’m kind of sad in another way. All I wanted to do is turn the microphone on and talk on the radio ever since I was ten years old. And I grew up listening to CHUM and I was thrilled to death when I worked there. I started three days before my 20th birthday.”


Published on December 3, 2018 at 11:17 am by Radio Man


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