July 1, 1958
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Education||Bachelor's degree of Radio, television and Advertising|
|Alma mater||University of Idaho|
|Occupation||Daytime talk show host, radio personality|
Early life and education
She began her broadcasting career at a local radio station in Moscow, Idaho, and later moved to Calgary where she worked at CHFM & CJAY-FM. In addition, she was a sports and entertainment reporter and weather announcer at CFCN-TV and TSN.
From July 2, 1986 until present, Denis has been one of the co-hosts of CHUM-FM's morning show Roger, Rick and Marilyn, now "Roger and Marilyn" after the departure of Rick Hodge in June 2008 (Hodge's replacement, Darren B. Lamb, departed from the station in September 2015). From September 1989 to May 2008, she also hosted the syndicated daytime talk show Cityline on Citytv and A-Channel.
With the CTVglobemedia purchase of CHUM Limited, and the subsequent sale of five Citytv stations to Rogers Media mandated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, Denis temporarily found herself working for two separate media competitors. To resolve this situation, Denis announced that she would be leaving Cityline after 19 years to pursue current and future projects with the CTV Television Network. Denis hosted her last show on May 23, 2008.
In June 2008, Denis announced she would be hosting a new show, The Marilyn Denis Show, on CTV, which was scheduled to premiere in fall 2010. However, due to studio construction, the program premiered on January 10, 2011 on CTV.
Denis was awarded an honorary PhD in Humane Letters from her alma mater, the University of Idaho. Denis also delivered the commencement speech at University of Idaho on May 13, 2017.
In 2005 and 2006, Marilyn won the Viewer's Choice Award at the Gemini Awards.
In 2007, she won the Gemini for Best Host in a Lifestyle/Information series for Cityline.
The Marilyn Denis Show was awarded Best Talk Program two years in row at the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.
In April 2017, Marilyn became the first female broadcaster to receive the Allan Waters Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at Canadian Music Week during the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto.
- Denis, anyone? You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to be perkier than Marilyn Denis, the grande dame of the dawn patrol - Toronto Star, July 8, 1995
- Marilyn Denis mouthing off gently - Toronto Star, September 15, 1989
- CityNews: Marilyn Denis Leaves CityLine After 19 Years Archived 2010-10-18 at the Wayback Machine. - CityNews.ca, May 23, 2008 (accessed June 11, 2008)
- The Marilyn Denis Show- New Studio Under Construction For The Marilyn Denis Show - CTV.ca, August 13, 2010(accessed August 22, 2010)
- Marilyn Denis just got engaged to her prom date, Yahoo Canada. May 8, 2018.