Brian "Henny" Henderson Dead

Brian Henny HendersonBrian "Henny" Henderson was on the air at 1050 CHUM for 27 years, from 1977 to 2004. In the 80s, I'd literally call a phone number in order to hear his excellent daily sports commentaries. I considered him, Rick Hodge, John Gallagher and Fred Patterson to be the four pillars of daily sports commentaries on the radio in this city.

Several years ago, Henny left a comment on this blog. Here's what he shared with me us.

Since I have no idea what "URL" and all that other computer mumbo-jumbo means, I'll skip straight to the meat.

Yes I have had, and to a lesser degree, continue to have health issues. The reason I was terminated at CHUM however had nothing to do with health.

I was fired because I was too old, making too much money. FULL STOP! In the meantime, I have grown quite comfortable in retirement. Comfortable because of the age old advice, "always marry a younger woman, so that even when you're downsized, at least one of you is working. All of the children have finally left home.

Oldest Gillian is back in school in Vancouver taking her masters. Youngest Erin has crossed the street and is now working for TSN, while Kyle, "The Wonderkid" has graduated with his teaching degree, right in the middle of an era when there are no teaching jobs, Just like his father, he too has a supportive wife with a good job, and so we're all doing fine. Except for the job part.

Anyone know of any teaching possibilities for Kyle? He lives in Burlington, but will eagerly travel.

HENNY


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Sarah

That's a shame. I grew up listening to CHUM. My mum always had the radio on and never changed the station! Will have to share this with her.

January 11, 2019 @ 8:08 PM

dale

Henny you were & are 1 of the best morning show hosts on radio ever.
May you keep it up in your after life.
RIP

January 11, 2019 @ 8:17 PM

the brother

I recall Henny running the entire morning show after Bob Magee left? Wow in that ad from '87 is seems they could afford a huge cast lol

I grew up listening to Henny and Dick Smythe trade playful jabs on news and sports during the Ashby/Ashby-Holland/Majhor-Holland/Majhor era from 83-86 before the fateful flip on 06-06-86

January 11, 2019 @ 10:43 PM

the brother

RIP big Brian!

January 11, 2019 @ 10:44 PM

"Frenchie" McFarlane

Once did a charity gig in Montreal with Henny at a Mental Health Hospital (The Douglas Institute) back in /73 or 74? We started polishing 'em back at late lunch (he loved his rum + coke!) Needless to say by showtime 9:00 we were both gonzo! We were doing a comedy spot with him as straight man to my CFTR radio sports character "Jacques Le Strap"! (beaucoup de Leafs Jokes! It's Montreal, eh?) The audience was 90% hospital patients + did NOT capiche word @#$%'ing one of our schtick! Needless to say we burped/slurred + "Foster Brooks'd" our way through it...and yes, the "medical staff" wanted to keep us there! Did another gig with Henny at Brunswick House in late 70's; believe it was a Wet-T-Shirt Contest with U of T co-eds and a $500 top prize! (Lotsa shekels back then!) Tremendous cat he was! RIP Henny! Hope St Peter has Capt. Morgan's up there!

January 12, 2019 @ 2:34 AM

Cheryl Traub

Well, that's sad. I remember him. I remember listening to Henny as well. RIP.

January 12, 2019 @ 7:24 AM

Javed Jafri

Not much on the web in way of BH air checks but I recorded one with a brief appearance by him starting at 1:46 on the second clip below from 1996. I found this on a VCR tape and may have transferred it to VCR. In AM stereo but the quality suffered in the transfer:

https://www.lettheuniverseanswer.com/2018/01/26/encore-david-pritchard-psychedelic-sunday-q107-bob-magee-1050-chum

January 12, 2019 @ 7:39 AM

arlene

I met 'Henny' back in his CKMP days in Midland. I worked with him at the station, my husband partied with him.....and oh could he party. His stature and grin made you like him right away, as was the case when I came down one morning and found him sleeping in my living room... he flashed that smile and gave me a resounding "Good Morning" I was hooked. He was loved by all and went on to become one of the leading forces in broadcasting at CHUM. You will be missed my friend.

January 12, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Rick

Always loved his commentaries. I so vividly remember when after a super bowl he went on vacation. About 5 weeks later came back and made such a shocking yet beautiful commentary how he wasn’t on vacation but rather was in an alcoholic recovery program in Scarborough after going on a bad bender during the Super Bowl. It was heartbreaking and touching. RIP Brian.

January 12, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

Doug Reed

I guess I got the ball going when as PD at CKMP I hired Henny when most folks in Midland had crystal sets...not quite but it was in the ‘60s....he was as sharp as a tack and a real joker which later took him to CKBB in Barrie then to CHUM...where my BIL’s bro Bob McAdorey hung his hat. Ian Brownlea, was born and raised in Midland and ended up in CHUM ‘Copter doing traffic reports until one morning a decision was made to try and land chopper on a picnic twble at Valhalla....but we digress. Brian loved life. He loved a good joke, he loved broadcasting. He really didn’t give a shit about ratings....did I say, he loved life? There still are a few dozen old turn table guys and gals still left telling the old stories of throwing colleagues by standing naked outside studio windows, farting on air, downing some hooch during newscasts....those were the DAZE. Brian was one of the best of the best. I can just imagine him reading his on Obit on CKMP.

January 12, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Paul Lethbridge, Naples, Fl.

Brian Henderson saved my broadcast career after I angrily quit my first radio job in Huntsville Ontario because the station was always off the air, the engineer was drunk and MIA and the owner and his secretary who doubled as station manager would disappear to the No Tell Motel in Parry Sound.
Henny was PD at CKBB Barrie at the time thought this was hilarious and hired me on to do Swing and weekends.
I started on a Friday and Brian took me out in the CKBB traffic cruiser that night to show me how to do weekend traffic reports for the folks heading North on hiways 400 and 27 to cottage country.
When we finished around 7, he said he had a meeting to attend and asked if I'd like to come.
When we walked into the Queen's Hotel in Barrie, the entire tavern fell silent. Henny announced with that thousand watt smile "I bring this meeting to order".
At that point, 30 to 40 friends and listeners started chanting "Henny, Henny, Henny". Never have I seen that much draft beer consumed that joyously or quickly.
I would have the pleasure and priviledge of sharing many more adult beverages with this brilliant man who changed my life whether it be at the Red Rooster in Toronto, Argyle Street in Halifax or back at the Queen's in Barrie, always learning something new, while catching up on his latest incredible adventure.
Brian, you were a mentor, a flawed but honest man. Your humanity set the table for a lot of fellow broadcasters to follow.
You are loved.
Rest easy old friend.

January 13, 2019 @ 6:02 PM

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