Ross Porter (Canadian broadcaster)

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Ross Porter CM is a Canadian broadcast executive and music writer.[1] Formerly a producer and host for CBC Radio 2, where he was associated with programs including Night Lines, Latenight and After Hours,[2] since 2004 he has been president and CEO of the Toronto non-profit jazz radio station CJRT-FM (JAZZ.FM91).[3]

During his time with the CBC, he was also a pop culture reporter for CBC Television's The National and CBC Newsworld's On the Arts.[4] He was named vice-president of the jazz television channel CoolTV in 2003.[4]

Porter also published a consumer guide to jazz recordings, The Essential Jazz Recordings: 101 CDs, in 2006.[5]

He is a two-time winner for Broadcaster of the Year at Canada's National Jazz Awards, in 2002[6] and 2004.[7] In the spring of 2009, the Jazz Journalists Association nominated Porter for the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting. In June 2014, he was made a member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to broadcasting.

Porter is married to Denise Porter, the former publicist with the Winnipeg Art Gallery. They live on a farm outside of Toronto.


  1. ^ "Variety key to new show covering all forms of popular music". Ottawa Citizen, March 29, 1992.
  2. ^ "CBC radio must renew itself or stagnate, top official says". Montreal Gazette, June 17, 1993.
  3. ^ "Porter to head CJRT-FM". National Post, June 8, 2004.
  4. ^ a b "Ross Porter joins CanWest: CBC jazz expert". National Post, May 27, 2003.
  5. ^ "The essential 101 for jazz lovers; A starting point for collections". Toronto Star, November 2, 2006.
  6. ^ "Hogtown grabs the spotlight". The Globe and Mail, February 26, 2002.
  7. ^ "Porter picked for jazz award". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, February 26, 2004.

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