The Day I Discovered What Tom Rivers Looked Like

The Day I Discovered What Tom Rivers Looked LikeIn 1987, I awoke to the Tom Rivers show on 680 CFTR. My alarm clock was locked on 680 not just because I enjoyed the top 40 music of the day, but because I thought Tom Rivers was great fun.

Before the internet, it wasn't nearly as easy to find out what radio personalities looked like. Tom Rivers had a big voice, and in my head he looked like Peter Jennings or Tom Brokaw. I still remember the first time I learned what Tom Rivers looked like and it was when I saw this ad on television.

Tom was a fine looking guy, just not what I expected.

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There is an old saying about the disappointment you can experience when you meet your favourite Deejay or radio announcer for the first timeā€¦

February 13, 2014 @ 4:33 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I remember Tom and this ad. I always confused him with another Toronto DJ that was super tall, around 6'5" I believe.

February 13, 2014 @ 5:09 PM

rock golf

Tsk, you must be slightly too young to have see Shotgun Tom on lots of Chum Chart covers. See the link.

February 13, 2014 @ 5:19 PM

Blind Dave

This is one of the reasons I cringe when books are made into movies. I have my own idea of what the characters look like, even with authour descriptions to guide the reader. It's rare I ever get an exact match.

February 14, 2014 @ 8:15 AM


Wow. Turntables, carts and reel-to-reel tape machines. So many Top 30/Top 40 (depending on which side of the border we are talking about) had a really good, entertaining morning person to go along with the music you were tuning in to hear.

@RickC - I also remember Tom and this ad. Are you thinking of Ted Woloshyn? I'm 6'2", and I remember having to look up to speak with him the one time I met him. On the air, doing one of his comedy sketches or in person, Ted had presence. He couldn't help it. I liked listening to John (yes, his middle name really is Records) Landecker when he was on CFTR. For an American, he picked up on and made the best of what made Canada and Toronto different. He's stated many times that he really enjoyed his time in Toronto, not just on CFTR.

February 14, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

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