Jake Edwards (radio personality)

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Jake Edwards (born in Moncton, New Brunswick), also known as Bro Jake or Brother Jake, is a Canadian radio personality based in British Columbia. Edwards has been best known for his fictional comedy character "The Champ". For his skill, Edwards won the 2001 Canadian Music Network Radio Personality of the Year Award.[1] For the same year, Edwards' show on Rock 101 was among the highest-rated in the BBM Canada ratings. Vancouver's Classic Rock 101 (CFMI) had been the home of Bro Jake for over 17 years. In 2013, Corus Entertainment (Rock 101) declined to renew the contract of its veteran radio personality. All-sports, CKST-AM (TSN Radio 1040), jumped at the chance to pair Bro Jake with veteran sport broadcaster, David Pratt, for a more entertainment oriented morning show.[2] The duo debuted the new morning show to the Vancouver market in September 2013.[3][4]

CFRQ (Q-104)[edit]

The veteran broadcaster was part of the original line-up of the album rock (AOR) format radio station Q-104[5] in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CFRQ, branded with its original slogan "The Rock of the Atlantic", signed on the air in November 1983 with Bro Jake as the premier host of the " Morning Zoo", which he hosted from 1983 to 1985. To commemorate Q-104's 20th anniversary, the radio station dedicated a segment of the 2003 anniversary to the broadcaster. It featured memorable stories and milestones from Bro Jakes' early days at Q-104; also, early recorded clips from regional Atlantic Canadian radio stations such as CKCW radio AM 1220 Moncton, Bro Jake's native city where he left his signature and accolades as an up-and-coming radio personality and entertainer from 1976 to 1979.[6] [5]

Broadcasting career[edit]

CJCB-AM Sydney NS 1970s
CKEC-AM New Glasgow NS 1970s
CKBC-AM Bathurst NB 1970s
CKCW-AM Moncton NB (1976-1979)
CITI-FM Winnipeg MB
CFRQ-FM Halifax NS (1983-1985, station's original line-up)
CILQ-FM Toronto ON (1985-86)
CKIS-FM Winnipeg MB
CILQ-FM Toronto ON
CFMI-FM (Rock 101) Vancouver BC (1996-2013)[7] his last day being July 19, 2013.
CKST-AM (TSN Radio 1040) Vancouver BC[3]

The Champ[edit]

The Champ is a fictional comedy character (created by the famed comedy duo MacLean and MacLean.[8] and licensed to Edwards) who has a penchant for overreacting to events in his life. The basic premise of The Champ is that he was a boxer, and got into too many fights, and took a few-too-many blows to the head, and as such, he no longer has the normal patience of the average man. The character's publicized life often involves him overhearing a conversation where he interprets some antagonist's statement as a slight against his wife, Mrs. Champ. Reverting to his old boxing ways, he overreacts and "loses it," unleashing a flurry of violence upon the unfortunate antagonist. Through his overreaction, The Champ remains the champ in his life.[8]

Syndication[edit]

The Champ is syndicated on many stations, such as:[9]

Q107 Toronto, Ontario
Rock 101 Vancouver, BC
Z99 Red Deer, Alberta
CFNO Marathon, Ontario
CKIQ Iqaluit, Nunavut
CJSS Cornwall, Ontario

The Champ has, in the past, also been featured on many other stations, including:

54 Rock Ottawa, Ontario
92 Citi FM Winnipeg, Manitoba
CFPL-FM London, Ontario
CHOM Montreal, Quebec
CIFM 98.3 Kamloops, BC
CJCB Sydney, Nova Scotia
CJMO (Rock 103) Moncton, New Brunswick (Syndicated in 1988-1989)
CJNE Nipawin, Saskatchewan
CJSD Thunder Bay, Ontario
CKCK Regina, Saskatchewan
CKNL Fort St John, BC
K97 Edmonton, Alberta
Q104 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Q92 Sudbury, Ontario
Rock 102 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Wolf Radio 101.5 FM Peterborough, Ontario

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2009-07-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Broadcast Dialogue newsletter, Feb 2002.
  2. ^ Mckenzie, Kevin Hinton & Ryan. "BCBusiness". BCBusiness.
  3. ^ a b Province, The; Sports; Mma; Email, Share Story of the Year: UFC Power Moves Tumblr Pinterest Google Plus Reddit LinkedIn; Tumblr; Pinterest; Plus, Google; Reddit; LinkedIn; Email; NHLJets move Trouba: Defenceman, first-rounder come back from Rangers; title, NBAMike Ganter: 15 Moments that led the Toronto Raptors to an NBA; rally, NationalFour people shot during Raptors championship (19 December 2010). "Story of the Year: UFC Power Moves - The Province".
  4. ^ "Radio websites in Vancouver - Websites.ca". websites.ca.
  5. ^ a b Wayne Harrett (24 January 2012). "Q104 - The Loudest Little 12 Year Old On The Block Part 4.wmv" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ CFRQ-FM
  7. ^ "RadioWest.ca • View topic - Bro Jake -out at Rock 101". www.radiowest.ca.
  8. ^ a b "Brother Jake and BC Radio History". www.bcradiohistory.com.
  9. ^ Nigel. ""The Champ" – No April fool!".

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