Jesse and Gene Aren't Dead

Gene Valaitis, current morning man on Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver, received some bad news this week when it was announced Roundhouse Radio was shutting down at the end of the month. Back in 1993, Gene and his co-host Jesse Dylan received similar news from 680 CFTR when they were told the station was going all-news. Jesse and Gene were out of a job.

As told on episode 212 of my podcast, they weren't out of work long. AM640 scooped them up instantly. I've just been sent a few ads promoting their new show on AM640: The Beat of Toronto.

1993 AM640 Jesse & Gene Outrageous Contest

1993 AM640 Jesse & Gene poster

Here's a great story from Gary Dunford in the Toronto Sun that suggests 680 quickly went all-news to beat 640 to the punch. That's right, back in 1993 Toronto's newspapers actually covered Toronto radio happenings.

1993-06-03 Dunford

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Rick C in Oakville

That is too funny, but I always thought 680 was spawned from the FM station that was all news before, but shut down.
Totally forgot about Gary Dunford, read him Daily when I commuted on the GO train years ago.

April 19, 2018 @ 4:06 PM


Take that, people who complained about the obit posts!

(I don't do emoticons, so please imagine a good-natured winky-face emoticon here.)

April 19, 2018 @ 4:09 PM


Loved their radio comradery together everywhere they went together.
Great duo.
They were a team unlike our Leafs now who can't step up to the big time games like today.
I think they are done Sat. thanks to Kadri.

April 19, 2018 @ 10:20 PM

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