Talent: CHUCK McCOY
Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: August, 1970
Time: 31:04 (unscoped)
How do you replace a legend? That was the question Chuck McCoy faced in February, 1969 when he took over from Jack Armstrong in the coveted 7-11 p.m. shift at CHUM. Not only that, but McCoy was stepping into a time slot that had previously been occupied by Brian Skinner, Dave Johnson and for a time, Dick Clark. But McCoy did just fine, to say the least, staying in evenings at CHUM for several years until departing for a very successful career in radio management.
The Chucker started in radio in 1965 as a jock at CKY Winnipeg. He was Merv Clark at CKY, but changed his name to Chuck McCoy when he moved to CJME Regina in 1966 (Chuck came from deejay Chuck Dann, McCoy came from the group that had the hit Hang on Sloopy).
McCoy went CJRN Niagara Falls, Ontario, later in 1966, then to CHLO London, Ontario, in 1966 and 1967. He was at Toronto's CKFH in 1968 before moving to CHUM and taking over Armstrong's shift. After leaving CHUM, he headed to CFUN Vancouver in 1973 where as PD he helped that station to the top spot in the market. From there he moved to Winnipeg, where in 1979 he began a seven-year stint as National Program Director for Moffat Communications. After, four years as a partner with McCoy Bohn Media, McCoy began a long career in management for Rogers Communications in the early '90s.
In his tenure at Rogers, McCoy has been general manager for Vancouver stations CKWX and 97 KISS FM, VP and GM for CHFI, KISS 92, 680 News and the Fan 590 in Toronto, and executive VP, programming and marketing for all the Rogers radio stations. In addition, McCoy has served on the board of several industry stations. In 2009, McCoy received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Canadian Music Week Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.
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