Emcees, Auctioneer and Roasters

Bruce Bowie (Emcee/Roaster)

 

Growing up in the small town of Piapot Saskatchewan provided two opportunities for enjoyment, snaring gophers or listening to the radio. Since the other kid in town had the string, Bruce chose the later.

 
Bruce’s career spans 43 years, most of which has been in Edmonton, 21 doing the morning show at CISN FM and then moving to sister station, 630 CHED where he has been the past five years. Morning radio has been his home since 1980.
 
Bruce and Mary live in Edmonton. They have two grown children and now, proudly, two grandchildren. 
 
Bruce’s past times include his passion working for the homeless, running and going on road trips on his motorcycle. His work with the homeless was encouraged thanks to an opportunity to sit on the Salvation Army advisory board for over twelve years. Three times, Bruce has spent three days living on the street to bring attention to the plight of the homeless and to raise funds for Hope Mission. Of the many things he has experienced over his radio career, he considers this the most rewarding.
 
 
Bryan Hall (Roaster)
 
Bryan Hall has been working in broadcasting for over 60 years and is still going strong. Having hosted talk shows, news and sports, Bryan has and always will play a major role in broadcasting, not just in Edmonton, but all throughout this country.
 
The iconic voice behind the Edmonton Eskimos for 45 year, Bryan has covered the Eskimos since 1953 as well as 55 Grey Cup games. He was also the first Voice of the Edmonton Oilers in the WHA (1972). Bryan is a proud member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Bryan is not just a “sports guy”; he is a “broadcaster” involved in sales, promotions and voicing of commercials. Bryan is a music lover, particularly jazz and attends live theatre and movies every chance he gets. Bryan loves to travel and has hosted numerous tours throughout the world.
 
Bryan is a father of 4 children – Pam, Brad, Jan and Jeff. His favorite saying: “You only live once. If you do it right, once is enough.”
 
 
Cam Tait (Roaster)
 
Cam Tait was a reporter and columnist for the Edmonton Journal for 33 years. He wrote extensively about people with disabilities, including following the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour for three months. Cam has spoken to countless groups on disability, volunteerism, and competed nationally in 1995 for Canada’s Funniest New Comic.
 
Currently, Cam works as a columnist with the Edmonton Sun, is the special project advisor for Challenge Insurance and had his autobiography, “Disabled? Hell NO! I’m a Sit-Down Comic”, published by Harbour Publishing in 2015. He also works part-time as a Community Content Coordinator for the Oilers Entertainment Group.
 
Cam is on the Premier’s Council of the Status of Persons of Persons with Disabilities.
 
When recently asked about Rob Christie, Cam replied with a question himself: “Who’s that?”
 
 
Graham Hicks (Roaster)
 
Graham Hicks is a freelance journalist. His full-time journalism career was as a columnist with the Edmonton Sun, from 1981 until he retired in 2010.
  
“Hicks on Six” was all about Edmonton, where Hicks has worked, lived and played since 1978. Among his most cherished community service awards was the Downtown Rotary Club’s 2008 Integrity Award.
 
Graham continues to write two columns a week for the newspaper, The "Weekly Dish" restaurant review and the business-oriented "Hicks on Biz". He also provides commentary on his own HicksBiz.com blog.
 
In 2006, Graham and Rob Christie invited their friends, readers and listeners to come meet each other, just to see what would happen. Thus began Rob and Graham’s monthly get-together, The Art of Conversation, which will hold its 127th gathering on March 29, 2017 at the LOCAL Jasper Avenue restaurant.
 
Rob and Graham have worked together on numerous projects outside of Art of Conversation, usually enlisting each other’s help in charity events.
 
Rob roasted Graham to a crisp at Graham’s retirement roast in 2010.
 
Graham looks forward to returning the favour.  Graham is not at all jealous of Rob’s good looks, meticulous grooming, height, elegance, income and sonorous voice. Not at all.

 
Marty Forbes (Roaster)
 
Marty Forbes is a 47-year media veteran spending 38 years as Program Director or VP/GM of radio stations in Lethbridge, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton.
 
He retired in 2008 after 18 years of running the Standard Radio cluster of The Bear, EX Rock (now Virgin) and Team 1260 (now TSN).  
 
He currently is President of Radiowise Inc. a media company specializing in digital media and marketing.  Marty also writes a column for the Edmonton Sun and is heavily involved in several local charities.  
 
He was recognized a few years back with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award for community service and is in the WAB Hall of Fame. 
 
 
Nolan Crouse (Auctioneer)
 
St. Albert’s Mayor Nolan Crouse is a native Albertan, a farm boy raised north of Camrose in the Viking/Irma area. After his post secondary education, he spent 30 years in the forest products industry in Alberta and Pennsylvania. He managed and owned businesses that manufactured tissue paper, pulp, lumber, fiberboard, strawboard and wood packaging. 
 
He holds a Masters degree in Community Economic Development through Cape Breton University and has a history of serving communities in many areas. 
 
He served one term as a City Councillor and has been Mayor for nearly ten years. In addition, he was elected Capital Region Board Chair five years ago. 
 
He and his wife Gwen have three adult children, all living in St. Albert, plus five grandchildren. 
 
 
 

Sean Burke (Emcee/Roaster)

 

Growing up, Sean listened to Rob. It was Rob that inspired Sean to get into radio. Sean is still a bit upset with him!

 
Sean has been in radio for 25years, including more than 15 years doing mornings in Edmonton. Since September 2014, Sean has been doing mornings on 840 CFCW. He still pinches himself! He feels truly humbled and honoured to call CFCW home.  
 
Sean is a 2-time CCMA Personality of the Year Award winner; one of those was won with Bruce Bowie.
 
After spending 25 years in radio, Sean feels he still has no idea what he is doing!
 
Sean is married to Nicole, the most amazing woman he has ever met. Nicole is here tonight and she's probably drinking heavily. (She's married to Sean after all). Nicole and Sean has 2 beautiful daughters named Jordan and Payten, 2 dogs, Marley and Wilson and 13 motorcycles, none of which have names...yet.  
 
 
Susan Reade (Roaster)
 
Susan Reade's broadcasting career spanned 30 years taking her from hometown Edmonton to Regina, Vancouver, Toronto and back to Edmonton. 
 
She has been a promotions grunt, The Hostess Munchie, morning show on-air personality, talk show producer, Account Executive, General Sales Manager and Station Manager, but not in that order which is a whole other story. 
 
In the 80s she was "Janet From Another Planet", Rob's wacky radio sidekick on 630 CHED when it was a top rated Top 40 station.  Fast forward to 2005, while Station Manager for the upstart smooth jazz station Magic 99, Susan convinced Rob to leave Toronto and return to Edmonton to be the station's morning show host. 
 
Through all the zigs and zags in both their careers, Susan and Rob have remained enduring friends and wine induced sparring partners as they are on opposite ends of the spectrum on every topic. 
 
Today Susan is an aspiring Realtor and will enthusiastically help you buy or sell a home this starting this Fall.  Call 780-984-5777 for a FREE home value consultation!