George Stroumboulopoulos (photo credit: Mark Dunne, 2010)
|Born||George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos
August 16, 1972
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos (//; born August 16, 1972) is a Canadian television and radio personality, best known as the host of the CBC Television talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (formerly The Hour), and formerly a VJ for Canadian music television channel MuchMusic. He also has a show on CNN.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Radio broadcasting
- 3 Television career
- 4 Charity and public awareness
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
He studied Radio Broadcasting at Humber College in Toronto.
In spring 1993, George worked at rock radio in Kelowna, B.C. for a few months before getting a job offer at the Toronto radio station Fan 590 AM, working in talk radio. He then moved to CFNY-FM to host various shows including "Live in Toronto".
The Greatest Canadian
In 2004, Stroumboulopoulos was featured on CBC television's The Greatest Canadian series as the advocate for Tommy Douglas. More than 1.2 million votes were cast over six weeks, as each of 10 advocates made their case for the top 10 nominees. George made a personal and passionate case for Tommy Douglas, Canada's "father of medicare", and Douglas was named the winner of the contest.
The Strombo Show
Stroumboulopoulos has hosted a long-running Sunday night talk radio show, The Strombo Show. Originally aired as a talk show on CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal, the show moved to the Corus network in November 2007 and the format changed to one of mainly music. The Strombo Show broadcast from 102.1 The Edge's Toronto studio and on other radio stations in the Corus Entertainment network, including CFOX-FM in Vancouver, Power 97 in Winnipeg, FM96 in London and Y108 in Hamilton.
The show moved to CBC Radio 2 on November 8, 2009.
George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight/The Hour
On January 17, 2005, the first episode of The Hour went to air. In the show's seventh season, in 2010, the show's name changed to George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and it was shortened from one hour to half an hour. George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight is a hybrid of news and celebrity and covers everything from politics, pop culture, the environment, human rights, entertainment, sports and more. It has won eight Gemini Awards. There are a range of guests on the show from world leaders to celebrities and politicians.
The One: Making a Music Star
In July 2006, George Stroumboulopoulos hosted the American reality television talent show, The One: Making a Music Star that aired on ABC in the United States, and CBC Television in Canada. It was advertised as a similar show to American Idol and Rock Star but with the twist that contestants would "live together in a fully functioning music academy", with their actions documented similar to the Big Brother format.
The show was reportedly the most expensive summer series in the history of the ABC network. Its first episode, on July 18, 2006, scored a low audience of 3.08 million viewers, and subsequent episodes had even fewer viewers. The series was cancelled after just two weeks (four episodes) with the final results undecided on July 27, 2006 with no plans for any further episodes.
Stroumboulopoulos on CNN
On June 9, 2013, Stroumboulopoulos' talk series for CNN, Stroumboulopoulos, made its debut. New shows air on Fridays at 11PM ET / 8PM PT. The program is a series of ten one-hour shows taped before a live audience in Los Angeles and featuring interviews in a format similar to his CBC show.
Charity and public awareness
George Stroumboulopoulos and The Hour sponsored the 'One Million Acts of Green' Internet Website challenge, calling on Canadians to register environmental acts they've done. The campaign registered over 1.6 million acts on the website. George and his family have been devoted to this cause also supported by Dr. David Suzuki.
Stroumboulopoulos has also been involved with numerous charitable initiatives, such as hosting the 'HipHop4Africa' Mandela Children's Fund Canada and CapAids February 2006 Toronto benefit. He has traveled to the Arctic for a special on literacy, youth culture and the loss of Inuit identity. He has been to Sudan with War Child Canada, and Zambia for a World AIDS Day special documentary. He also supports Make Poverty History. He joined other prominent Canadians in sharing views on global issues in the March 2010 issue of Upstream Journal magazine.
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- The Hour has won six Gemini Awards.
- In 2006 - Viewers Choice Award - Best Host
- In 2007 - Best Talk Series - Best Host - Best Production/Design
- In 2008 - Best Host
- George Stroumboulopoulos was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws, from the University of Calgary on November 13, 2007.
- He was also awarded an honorary degree in Communications from Humber College in June, 2009.
- In September 2011, George received the inaugural 'Swarovski Humanitarian Award' at the 5th annual Playback Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Gala in Toronto.
- On March 6, 2012, the World Economic Forum announced that George had been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) for 2012, and was one of three Canadians to receive the global honour.
- Our Public Airwaves - This Hour has a nose ring
- "The Case for George". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Summer 2007.
- "The Man Behind The Punk - Interview with George Stroumboulopoulos". Happygrrls.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
- "George Stroumboulopoulos - Summary". TV.com. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- "CBC News - Arts - George Stroumboulopoulos departs MuchMusic - November 12, 2004". CBC. November 12, 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
- Some of The Hour's more notable guests included: Gene Simmons, Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Tony Bennett, Tom Cruise, Ricky Gervais, Bono, Jane Goodall, Noam Chomsky, Matt Damon, Gordon Ramsay, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Tim Robbins, Gore Vidal, Spike Lee, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Richard Dawkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Anka, Richard Branson, Barbara Walters, Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry King, Bill Maher, Bif Naked, Adrien Brody, Ted Danson, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Chris Jericho, Hulk Hogan, Georges St-Pierre, Dave Grohl, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, The Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay, Russell Peters, Michael Bublé, Tegan and Sara, David Suzuki, Stephen King and Engelbert Humperdinck. On December 31, 2008 The Hour hosted a New Year's Eve Special and interviewed Sarah Palin from Fairbanks, Alaska.
- Canadian version of The One still possible: CBC executive, CBC.ca, July 28, 2006
- 'One' Miserable Showing: 'Idol' Knockoff Sets a Record, John Maynard, The Washington Post, July 26, 2006
- "Strombo comes to CNN". CNN. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos to host CNN show". CBCNews. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Welcome to GreenNexxus". Greennexxus.com. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
- "Saving Water". GreenNexxus. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
- "Hockey Night Online". CBC.ca. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Convocation: Nov. 13/07 | University of Calgary". Ucalgary.ca. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
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