Farewell Nova Scotia

11 Feb

So it’s official, after 1 and a half years at LIVE 105 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I’m pulling up stakes and heading back to my hometown, Ottawa. I figured this was the best way to set the story straight as it were. Radio is a weird industry. You know that old WKRP theme song? There’s a line in it that says “town to town, up & down your dial”. I know it sounds corny, but that’s the way of the game. The unofficial motto of a radio announcer has always been, have headphones will travel. I was lucky enough to spend the first 13 years  of my career in my hometown and to be honest, I felt really burned out at the end of that run. Now I’ve never had any delusions about this business, I know that no job in radio is permanent and by no means a birth right. C’est la vie right? But while I was in Ottawa, I was lucky enough to work at the best rock radio station in that city bar none, with a talented staff filled with people who ALSO grew up as fans of that station and if if weren’t for that station, I’d never have ended up with the Cub nickname. (Thanks Gord & Rich)

But as is the case in business, shit happens. New people come in and want to try things their way, which is cool, hey, it’s their dime right? I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for that place, but I will never forget the circumstances involved with my leaving. If anything, getting turfed turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I got to live the dream, packing up my stuff and taking off for the big adventure. I got to launch a kick ass rock radio station in one of the most beautiful, historic cities in this country and for that, I am eternally grateful. Halifax gave me my career back. It sucks when something you love gets taken away from you. It’s tough to stay positive and happy when inside, what you thought was your world, crumbles around you. Coming to Halifax was a GREAT move, I got to fall in love with radio again, thanks to an awesome format with an awesome co-host (love ya Floyd, always will!) and people that I will always call friends. Halifax will always hold a special place in my heart because Halifax is the city that gave me my son. A piece of me will ALWAYS stay in Nova Scotia. Thank you Halifax, more than you’ll ever know.

After two years away from home, I’m moving home to take over mornings in a building that I last worked full time in close to a decade ago. 93.9 BOB-FM. The reason why I’m leaving Halifax? Well, believe it of not, there’s nothing  juicy to report. I had an awesome time at LIVE 105. The reason why I’m leaving is be closer to my family. My dad passed away on Nov 25th 2011. I spent two weeks back home helping my family out and it was then that I decided that it might be time to explore the possibility of returning home. I LOVED living in Halifax, loved living beside the ocean, loved being able to surf again for three glorious months this summer after nearly 20 years away from the sport. But something changed and that something was the birth of my son. The first grandson born on my side of the family and I just didn’t want to deny my son the chance to be closer to his Grandma’s, aunts, uncles and cousins. That’s it, plain and simple, no lying about my health, no drama with management. Family. Kids, that’s the game changer. I’ll miss the Beford Basin, Cow Bay, Lunenburg, traffic on Bayers Lake road, North End Hipsters, buying beer in growler form & the best fresh seafood in the country.

I’m re-energized, refocused and recharged to come back to MY city. This time with a team that is just as focused as I am. I’m coming home to a station that is a heritage station in Ottawa, with friends that I’ve known for a long time, chemistry is like gold in this industry and coming very soon, we’re getting set to blow the doors off of the nations capital. The goal is to make things fun again on the radio in Ottawa and to make people take notice of this big, giant, orange hits machine. I’d love it if you would join us.

See you back in Bytown, thanks for the ride Halifax.

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20 Responses to “Farewell Nova Scotia”

  1. drex February 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM #

    Nice work man, that’s a sweet read! You deserve to be in your home city, you’re an undeniably talented bastard! I used to listen to you before moving to Canada to follow my radio dream (now into my 2nd PD job here) . You will kill it at BOB…NO question! …Yes that just happened!

    DREX

  2. Wendy S February 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM #

    Thanks for reintroducing me to radio..and softening the morning commute!!! My dial is now set to 105….All the best to you and yours!

    • jermbag February 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM #

      Awww man I understand why you left, but you were the only reason I listened to radio. Well back to me Ipod…

  3. Jeff Quigley February 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM #

    Cub – Knock the shit out of the hometown, buddy.

  4. Switzer February 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM #

    See yah soon Cub. February 25th if you can make it…….

  5. bobmcintyre@rogers.com February 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM #

    So Halifax gets to say “Bye bye, Cubby”.
    Looking forward to hearing you on the air in Ottawa again.

    Bob McIntyre

  6. Fuzzbox February 11, 2012 at 9:17 PM #

    Hey Cubby,

    Great to hear you’re returning to Ottawa. The Bear morning show has been terrible since you’ve been gone. Unfortunately I won’t be able to hear you up in the valley on Bob. Good news is you can still buy beer in growlers in Ottawa. Check out Broadhead brewery… Great beer from an indy brew company.

  7. Don Knowles February 11, 2012 at 9:31 PM #

    A lot has changed on the local beer scene since you have left Cubby, Beaus, Kitchessipi and Broadhead Breweries all offer beer in growler form direct from the local brewery with more to come! Welcome back – are you ready to tear it up ?!?!?

  8. Jason McDonald February 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM #

    Best of luck Cub! It was great having you with Live105 from the start. You and Floyd showed me that radio doesn’t have to suck in the mornings. Wish you and the family the best of luck, hope you get a chance to get back once in a while. /salute

  9. Phil Hanbidge February 12, 2012 at 1:21 AM #

    I happened to be in Halifax this week on business and heard you on the air (wed or thurs). I remarked: “Hey, I know that dude from Ottawa!”
    Sorry to hear of the circumstances, but welcome back!

  10. Scott McIsaac February 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM #

    Welcome back Cub!!!!

    I feel sorry for the folks in Halifax. I was in that position 2 years
    ago. WE LOST CUB!

    The Bear (106.9) made the worst mistake EVER by letting Cub
    go, and breaking up the team of Cub, Kitty, (Katherine Dines) & Jay
    (Herrington)

    We wound up with Joe Leary (since gone) and Gonzo moving to the
    morning show.

    I have been a fan of The Bear since they were 54 ROCK on the
    AM dial!

    Gonzo was their best ‘Afternoon Drive’ guy since Bob Cowan, and
    your morning show was the best since “Pat Cochrane and ‘Wacky’
    Wendy Daniels”

    Sorry Cub, I know you used to have the evening slot, and then the
    afternoon slot, but you were (and ARE) the best in the morning slot.

    I hope whoever fired you from The Bear has since been fired!

    I hope that whoever hired you from BOB FM recognizes the potential
    from this morning show (Kitty is at MAGIC, Jay is still at The Bear
    (A Sinking Ship now that you are back in town! 🙂

    The Bear’s management should have realized that they had a GREAT
    line-up with Cub, KItty & Jay in the morning, Wendy through lunch,
    Gonzo & Kaz in the afternoon, and the evenings and weekends split by
    Johnny Sulllivan, Dylan Black, and Scotty Lear (honourable mention
    to Carly D’Amicco who was the BEST weekend host when things were
    NOT pre-taped … she put the FUN back in weekend radio!)

    I am not sure how BOB-fm sets their playlist .. I have heard that
    “we play what we want … when we want” before … I hope that
    the management at Bob FM wants to take on CHEZ & The Bear to
    be the number ONE rock station in town. The first piece of the puzzle
    is in place…. YOU!

    I Am sick of The Bear playing “Sweet child of mine” EVERY day.
    I Am sick of The Bear playing “Welcome to the jungle” EVERY day
    I Am sick of The Bear playing “Thunderstruck” EVERY day
    I Am sick of The Bear playing “Fatboy” by Silverchair” EVERY day
    it sucked in 2001 (or whenever) and it still sucks TODAY!

    Give me “My Michelle” or “Rocket Queen” or “Used to love her”
    or “One in a million”
    Give me “Whole Lotta Rosie” or “Dirty Deeds” or “The Jack” or
    “MIstress for Christmas” … don’t give me “YOU SHOOK ME
    ALL NIGHT LONG… I have that at HOME and I do NOT listen to
    it DAILY, so you do not have to PLAY it daily!

    NOTE TO STATION:
    Give your DJ’s freedom, we understand that the CRTC’s
    requirements require that you play a certain number of songs
    per hour that have “Canadian Content” … let the dj’s decide
    if they want to play The Hip, or Bryan Adams, or The Headstones,
    or The Trews or whatever … we will decide if we don’t like him/her
    and the music they are playing … we will let you know if we don’t
    like their choices! … PROMISE!

  11. Sue Hutton February 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM #

    Welcome back Cub!
    Cheers,
    Sue (a former listener)

  12. Leanne Cater February 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM #

    WELCOME HOME CUBBY CUBBY DOOOOOOOOOO!!! xoxo

  13. Anthony from Ottawa February 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM #

    Hi Cub
    When do you start on BOB FM ??

  14. Robin February 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM #

    Awesome just like when we lost bill welychka from A morning, I know longer watched the morning show it was the same when you left BOB 2 years ago I am sooo glad to have my mornings back
    Welcome Home Cub

  15. Tanya February 23, 2012 at 2:25 PM #

    Welcome home Cub! Ottawa has missed you! Can’t wait to listen to you on my new fav radio station!

  16. Trevor MacLean February 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM #

    I never listened to the radio before Live 105. Most radio music doesn’t do much for me but when live 105 launched, radio was fresh again… Different songs… Ones that have been written in the last 20 years even!!!
    I drive for a living so having you and Floyd to entertain me in the mornings was awesome. Have you heard the new show with Jeff??? It’s awful:( not funny, repetitive, no Which one and why? It’s so……. Q104!!! The reason I hated radio in the first place. I feel bad for Floyd, she’s not having nearly as much fun without you and neither are the listeners.
    Best of luck with your new fam, I understand your decision, just sad to see u go.
    I love that you surfed here (hated when u talked about it on air tho… First rule of surfing is you don’t talk about surfing) and can’t believe u would give that up to go back to Ontario-merica but family changes everything. Thanks for everything over the past year, best of luck.

  17. Chriss August 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM #

    I missed the morning broadcast about why you were leaving HFX and LIVE105, but I always assumed it was due to family reasons. Hope you are doing well in Ottawa, we miss ya on the air here!

  18. Chris September 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM #

    Hey Cub, Live 105 is not the same without you… its become very Q104 lite… the Fresh Tracks off the website barely changes and now they play more old songs (over played ones)…

    Shame we lost out on you here in Halifax.

    Feel free to email, but never truly appreciated you till you were gone.

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