CFRA host Rob Snow lost his job Wednesday after two decades with the local newstalk radio station.
In an interview with this newspaper, Snow said he got the news at 8:30 Wednesday morning.
“I was told I was part of restructuring,” he said. “It’s a shock, but it’s the media. The media — whether it’s newspapers, radio, television — it’s all struggling.”
Snow, 48, took over after longtime CFRA host Lowell Green retired his morning show in 2016. Snow’s show, News & Views, aired on CFRA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Snow counts the day he was told about this new position among the most memorable he’s had in 20 years at the station.
Others include the day in 2009 he broke the news that a weeks-long bus strike had ended — “There was just this immediate sense of relief all across the city” — and the shows spent covering former Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien’s criminal trial.
“Doing live broadcasts from basically the front of the Ottawa courthouse on the day that the trial opened to the day that the trial closed, and getting the first exclusive interview with Larry O’Brien’s legal team and what went into their defence, that was a highlight for me.”
Snow said he doesn’t yet know what’s next, but he’s hopeful it will include radio broadcasting and politics.
“But if that’s not the case, then I’ll do what millions of people do, and I’ll go back to school and I’ll get a new skill and I’ll get a new career and I’ll move on,” he said.
“It’s the media, these things happen, and today it happened to me. I’m not mad. I’m not bitter. I’m just kind of a realist about the whole thing.”
Emily Young Lee, communications director at Bell Media – CFRA’s owner – said plans for Snow’s time slot will be confirmed next week.
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