CFRB/Toronto Legend Wally Crouter Dies
March 28, 2016 at 7:30 AM (PT)
WALLY CROUTER, who woke up generations of TORONTO listeners on CFRB-A for 50 years, died TODAY (3/28) in TORONTO at 92.
CROUTER joined the station in 1946 from CHEX-A/PETERBOROUGH, ON and stayed on the air at CFRB for exactly 50 years, retiring in 1996. He was inducted into the CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS' HALL OF FAME that year.
“If you grew up in TORONTO, chances are you grew up listening to WALLY CROUTER in the mornings. He was a constant,” said CFRB's current PD MIKE BENDIXEN. “When Hurricane Hazel hit the city, it was WALLY who spent six straight hours on air calmly guiding Torontonians through the devastation. While the city and the world around WALLY were always changing, he was always the same old WALLY – and to listeners, that was comforting.
“The longevity of WALLY’s career speaks to who he was as a broadcaster and person. WALLY was a stalwart, a gentleman, and one heck of a storyteller. To say he left a lasting legacy on the city, on CFRB, and on Canadians, is an understatement. On behalf of all of BELL MEDIA, we offer our heartfelt sympathies to the CROUTER family, and we sadly bid farewell to a true pioneer of our industry. ”