“Assertive, empathetic, and charismatic is how Alison describes herself. Having grown up listening to years of Motown in her parents red station wagon (“Soul Album Music” cassette collection anyone?), moving into modern-day R&B by stealing from her brother’s collection of CD’s (Stevie Wonder, New Edition, Prince), discovering “Martika” and the controversy around her song “Toy Soldiers”, it was in the late 1990s that Alison finally found her musical solace in rock (Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Big Wreck). Alison even took it a step further by marrying a musician, and has already made big plans for a family rock band (She’s kidding. Sort of).
Alison has strong opinions and is not afraid to share them with friends, family, and you. She loves to laugh and is incredibly naive. Alison is a community cheerleader, mother to our future leaders, an advocate for equal rights, and she looks forward to interjecting more “pink noise” into the County.
Baruch Zone is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, living part time in the County since 2003. In the spirit of community service he has previously volunteered his expertise in the design of the youth facility for the Picton Skate Park in the Fair Grounds. While attending university he hosted a late evening jazz program for Radio Waterloo and Grand River Cable Community Radio. Baruch passionately believes, as Albert Ayler had said, “Music is the healing force of the universe”. (Host of The Jazz Zone.)
Born in Holland but, at seven years of age, found myself in New Orleans, which is where I grew up. After attending college in the heart of Louisiana bayou country, I was more confused than ever and ascertained that it was time for a significant change of direction. Fast forward a couple of years and I’m in Toronto during the height of the Yorkville scene. I lived there until five years ago when I moved to the County full time. Besides reading the news on 99.3 County FM, I can occasionally be found fulfilling one of my childhood ambitions… making popcorn at the Regent and, of course, walking ’Sophie the dawg’. (Newscaster.)
Bill Roberts has spent several eons in the film, radio and TV world, including as Managing Director at TVOntario & as President & CEO of VisionTV. Bill has a Masters in film from the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris); and an MBA from St. Mary’s University (Halifax) . He has other academic stuff, but you get the idea. Bill sits on several Boards of Directors and is Councillor for Sophiasburgh in Prince Edward County. His favourite film is the 1982 classic “Blade Runner”. (Host of Reel County.)
Bobby’s interest in broadcasting is a throwback to his formative teenaged beginnings in radio that included stints on air in his hometown of Windsor (CJOM), not to mention, Detroit (W4), Winnipeg (CHIQ FM), Montreal (CHOM FM) and Toronto (Q107). When not “gliding” on the Voice of the County Sunday afternoons, Bobby’s main occupation surrounds music marketing & artist management/consulting. Bobby has been a proud resident of Picton for more than a decade now, and he promotes the beauty and richness of County culture as he travels across the country, enthusing about the sights of Prince Edward County to whomever he meets. (Host of Sunday Glide.)
Brent Timm is an Independent Financial Advisor here in Prince Edward County. He started his financial services career with CIBC in 1988. Most of this clients live and work in the “County”. He is married and has twin children. Brent’s mission statement is “to help clients prioritize their time and money”. One of his key principles is it is not how much money you earn, it is what you do with it. Brent specializes in conservative investment and financial strategies with a strong commitment to quality service. Brent is an active member of the Picton Kinsmen. The club just celebrated its’ 70th anniversary in 2014.
Winnipeg-born. Military brat: Kingston, Calgary, Germany. Long stints in Toronto, Stockholm and Ottawa; now Picton. Her harmony-duo Lark played Ontario folk clubs and festivals in the 80s. Fronted Ottawa trio Blue Rose. Served on boards and committees for the Ottawa Folk Festival and Spirit of Rasputins (SoR). Produced shows: all-day talent festival for a federal department, plus a unique open-stage-for-bands for SoR. Long career as creative graphic designer. Now pursuing fine-art “enhanced” photography, with her own wee gallery “Mixd Nutz Studio” in Picton. Loves playing music with friends… on stage and in rec rooms: vocals, guitar, various other stringed instruments, djembe/percussion, song-writing. Mediation practitioner: workplace and interpersonal. Never bored. (Host of Folk Roots.)
Cheryl is a classically-trained clarinetist, having obtained her BMus and MMus degrees from Western University. She is currently a part-time professor at Loyalist College in Communications and Sociology, as well as a qualified high school music and history teacher. As a freelance musician, Cheryl has performed in chamber ensembles and orchestras both locally and in Western Ontario. A native of Prince Edward County, Cheryl has lived in various areas of the province, but currently calls Bloomfield home.
Born and raised in Belleville, Chris is passionate about both community and music. As a result he is very excited that CountyFM exists, and he is enjoying seeing the effect the station is having on our county community. He saw his first rock concert(The Who) at a young age, and has gone on to see thousands of concerts since; including many of the rock, jazz, reggae/world, electronic and classical music greats of our time. He is glad to have the opportunity, through Global Grooves and Folk Roots, to share his passion for ethnomusicology, and to let these musical traditions be heard. He has a professional background in advertising/marketing, he has also worked many years as a vegetarian chef. Catch his segment on vegetarian cooking monthly on the County Cooks.
Craig Foster is a County boy come full circle. A Dean’s List graduate of Loyalist College’s Broadcast Journalism program, Craig left the region in the 1993 to pursue a career in broadcasting. Craig spent the majority of his radio and television career in Owen Sound, working as a Bureau Chief for CKNX, before turning freelance in 1998. In his career as a news broadcaster, Craig covered a number of high profile stories including the Walkerton Water crisis. Craig also spent ten years as the play-by-play voice of The Owen Sound Platers/Attack of the OHL, and hosted their weekly live television show. When not on the air Craig can be found rocking regional venues with his band The Zeds.
He’s also a family man, the proud father of three daughters; Summer, Jorja and Lucy. Join Craig Every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm and again on Fridays from 10 am until 2pm.
I started out as a stand-up then trained at the legendary Second City. I worked with The First Issue, The Comedy Zone and as a Master of Ceremonies for many solo projects. I have hosted several radio shows including The Cap’n Dave Comedy Hour and Dave after Dark. I am on the board of directors for Coed, helping adults with learning disabilities; I teach a financial workshop at Albert College; I host Money Matters on Cogeco; I mentor at Small Business Quinte and conduct regular workshops for business owners in our community. Several years ago, I re-invented myself as a successful financial planner at Investors Group which has allowed me to do two of the things I like most in life: Comedy and Finance. (Host of Cap’n Dave’s Comedy Hour.)
As General Manager of 99.3 County FM, Deb Simpson is in the third stage of her career. Following her undergraduate and graduate degrees in industrial microbiology, she joined Molson Breweries where she served in a variety of management roles in brewing, packaging, marketing, logistics, quality assurance and operational policy. After retiring from the brewing industry, joined a software start up where she became a senior consultant selling, designing, implementing and supporting web-based compensation systems. She moved to the County full-time in 2007 with her husband and whippet. If her role at the station left her time, she would follow her passion for quilting. (Heard on air in a variety of programs.)
DJ OMBUDSMAN has been dj-ing for the past twelve years. He has played venues as diverse as the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (M.O.C.C.A.) and the Solstice Festival (OM Reunion Project). Since moving to Picton five years ago he has held down residencies at local restaurants and bars as well as organizing and promoting his own County Un-square Dance Association (C.U.D.A.) parties and the Benson Park Beatdown series of free Sunday afternoon all-age dances. He also donates his services to the local community and pursues a parallel career as a new media artist, working in video, sound, print and installation. Hobbies include camping, cooking, activism and surfing the web ? (Host of Global Grooves.)
“Drummer Dave” Wheatley
David Wheatley had a professional career in radio until 2006, including five years at Z103.5 in Toronto. He also plays drums, guitar, bass guitar and sings, and was a drummer in a bar band for almost ten years, playing all over Ontario and a year in Bermuda. He has been casually studying popular music, Rock in particular since he was 13. He married Meghan Van Horne in 2011 and they bought The Regent Café in Picton very soon after. He is looking forward to many more years in Beautiful Prince Edward County getting to know the community and being on the air! (Host of Regent Rock.)
Debbie MacDonald Moynes
A life-long resident of Prince Edward County, Debbie MacDonald Moynes has been a volunteer since she was 3 years old. She served as President of the Rotary Club of Picton in 1996-97 (she’s now Secretary); President of the Quinte Educational Museum & Archives, helping to raise $50,000.00 to move the 100 year old Victoria Schoolhouse; and President of the Regent Theatre Foundation. She was an adjunct professor with the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Human Services Management at Loyalist College, teaching courses on government and politics. Debbie is Executive Director of The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association. She writes weekly columns for 2 local newspapers (one column for 33 years) along with hosting and co-producing a cable TV show for seniors, now in its second season. (Host of Aging Well.)
Eric has lived in Picton most of his life. He went to school at Queen Elizabeth & PECI. As a young man he travelled to Alberta where where he became a Journeyman Plumber & Gasfitter before returning to Picton in 1984. He graduated from Loyalist College in Belleville as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. After working in Toronto, he returned to the County & worked at Loyalist College as a Technologist looking after the environmental systems for 15 years. He recently retired & is now “A Gentleman of Leisure.” Music has always been a major part of Eric’s life. “I listen to music as much as I can. I have gone to sleep with the radio on since I was a little kid, . . . . & still do.” Eric has been hosting the Saturday Morning Show almost since County FM began.
Franco Caré, host of “The Lost Planet of Sound”, splits his time between his home in The County and Toronto and is someone who truly appreciates a great song! On his show he uncovers rarities from Rock’s decades-old history, playing long lost gems and spotlighting songs and artists that need to be heard again. Franco has played in numerous bands over the years and is currently guitarist and singer for power folk outfit, The Swillbilly Heroes and garage rockers, The Bad Wheels.
Janice has lived on “The Island” her entire life, and worked for many years in office administration. Janice has owned dogs all her life, and has been involved with many training classes. A career change, for the better, brought her to Winstead Dogs Training and Boarding in Bloomfield, as business manager and associate trainer; a position she has held since 2007. (Co-host of Let’s Talk Dog.)
Jesse was born in Toronto and spent his summers in Grey County – half bush kid, half computer nerd. A product of Humberside Collegiate’s music program, he is an amateur musician and life-long music worshipper. Jesse attended McMaster University and was active in campus radio there, and worked in the summers as a treeplanter in Northern Ontario. After studying biochemistry Jesse spent his career in software development, with a sabbatical year sailing to the Caribbean and back with his wife. While sailing, he saw how powerful a force local radio could be in uniting a community. Jesse now teaches digital electronics and 3D design, tends an overly-ambitious garden, and operates a bed and breakfast with his family in Milford. He hopes to explore topics in sustainable development, socio-economics, and rock and roll. (Host of Morning Drive.)
Jim (JJ) Johnston
Jim (JJ) Johnston had a highly successful career in radio including GM roles in Corus Radio Ontario East, Corus Radio Toronto, Corus Radio Vancouver, VP/GM/P.D. of Mix 99.9 Toronto, VP Programming Standard Broadcasting Canada, National Rock Program Director W.I.C. Canada, and National Program Director for Moffat Communications Canada. He started his career on the air in Kingston at CKLC, and piloted the airwaves at legendary stations such as CFGO, CKLW, CFTR and CITI-FM. JJ has the distinction of being Canada’s Program Director of the Year Award nine times in a variety of radio formats and his radio stations have won countless Station of the Year awards over the years. (Host of Morning Drive.)
John Ferguson had a 40+ year career in radio and television news in Ottawa,Hamilton, Bermuda and Belleville. As News Director his responsibilities included hiring and training staff, arranging shifts, delegating news assignments, collecting, writing and reading local and international news stories, covered city council, hospital and police board meetings. He served for nearly 30 years on the Loyalist College Broadcast Journalism Advisory Board, was a Director of the Southeast LHIN and is currently on the Board of 99.3 County FM. (Newscaster.)
John Mather started his broadcasting career in 1957 at CFCO in Chatham, Ontario. Following a stint with CHLO in St. Thomas-London, he went to CKNX-TV in Wingham where he was nighttime on-air news host. After a year in TV he accepted a position with WVFM in Lakeland, Florida as their morning man and afternoon news reporter where he was also Central Florida Correspondent for the American FM Radio Network. After several years in Florida, John returned to Canada, working for several Years as Program Director at CKOT-FM in Tillsonburg. He spent his last 10 years before retiring as Farm and Agricultural Director at CKPC in Brantford. (Newscaster.)
Ken Campbell is the owner, trainer and canine behaviourist at Winstead Dogs Training & Boarding. He began training in the County around 2002, and opened Winstead Dogs Training & Boarding in 2007. He started his dog training career over 40 years ago when he joined the K-9 Unit in the Edmonton Police Department. Ken is recognized in the courts in Alberta and Ontario as an expert witness on dog behaviour and training applications. (Co-host of Let’s Talk Dog.)
Lynn Pickering has had a varied career as a radio/television producer, researcher, writer and interviewer. While working at CKFM and CFRB in Toronto in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Lynn interviewed several prominent writers of the time including Timothy Findley, John Grisham, Ruth Rendell, John Mortimer, Scott Turow, Frederick Forsythe, Dominick Dunne, Dick Francis, etc. Today, Lynn lives in a log home near Cressy with her husband, artist Ron Pickering, and keeps busy writing and producing videos for www.historyliveshere.ca, working as a member of a media training team for the Canadian Armed Forces and writing stories about life in the country for her grandchildren. (Producer/Host of The County Writes…The County Reads; Supervising Producer/co-host of The County Grapevine.)
Mark Campbell resides in Bloomfield and is licensed as a Registered Optician at Dr. Billi Prinzen Optometry practice in Picton. A friendship with JJ Johnston since childhood and a passion for music like so many 99.3 County FM listeners spurred Mark to volunteer for local community radio. A graduate of Picton’s Queen Elizabeth Public School and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Mark returned to Prince Edward County after a corporate career that took him and his family to 3 provinces and 6 communities. Mark is thrilled to be helping his home community of Prince Edward County stay connected over the airwaves. (Host of Friday Afternoon Drive Programme.)
Mike has been actively involved in the Canadian music scene for as long as he can remember; from campfire classics to 20 years being the chief songwriter and frontman for Toronto street rock mainstays, The Pariahs, (sharing the stage with the likes of The Ramones, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip) and, now, the mastermind behind campus charting indie pop act The International Zombies of Love. Though he only recently moved with his family from Hog Town to beautiful Sophiasburgh, Mike is no stranger to The County and environs having studied at Queen’s (DJing there at CFRC) and living in Kingston for the better part of a decade.
Pamela Stagg is passionate about nature. She started bird-watching fifty years ago when her uncle gave her Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds and lent her binoculars. After a time-out for a workaholic career, she returned to bird-watching in retirement. She is now the co-ordinator for the Prince Edward Point Christmas Bird Count and a popular speaker at field naturalist clubs. “Being the host of a radio program about nature is a dream come true.” Pamela says. “It is a great joy exploring nature in, around and sometimes outside the County with 99.3 County FM listeners.” (Host of County Naturally.)
Pat Larkin moved to the County in 1998 and hasn’t looked back. Pat has been involved in many aspects of life here in Prince Edward County, from helping start the Jazz Festival to teching computers to community theatre. Pat loves what the County has to offer his family, friends and the world. Raised in a military family, radio played a huge role in Pat’s early years. As a kid he would listen to the many shows and hoped that one day, he might be the voice behind the mike. This desire combined with his love of many genres of music lead to his volunteering at 99.3 County FM. (Morning Drive and Saturday afternoon host.)
Patrick Headley is a classical musician who performs frequently as a bassoonist and a singer. Originally from London Ontario, Patrick earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance and Literature from The University of Western Ontario. A winner of multiple awards for woodwind performance, Patrick’s first professional position came at age 18 and he continues to perform extensively across Ontario as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician and clinician. As an educator, Patrick has taught at the University of Western Ontario and has held positions at several private schools throughout Ontario. (Host of 4 o’Clock Jump, County Classics.)
Paul Snepsts is a creative multi-careerist. A comedy nut, he’s the co-creator and Executive Director of The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and is the guy behind Comedy Country – a festival of funny right here in the County, and The County’s Artisanal Improv Troupe, TASTE THAT!. He’s a Gemini Award winning actor and an avid fan of Alt Pop and Canadian Indie, having performed and toured with his band Juniper Daily in the mid 90s. Paul also runs DvNT Design, a web and graphic design studio. He lives in Picton with his wife and two son. (Host of Sneptic Tank.)
Renay Weissman-Stanners brings the skills honed after 35 years of teaching to preparing and reading the news. This has been a lifelong dream of hers, as well as singing in a band, and she has been able to embark on both endeavours now that Prince Edward County is her new home. (Newscaster.)
Richard began his media journey in June 1966 at the former CFJR in Brockville Ontario. He went on to Ryerson and worked at CJRT (now JAZZ-FM) while a student. He worked for the CBC as a radio technician for programs including The World at Six and Eight, and as Story Producer for As It Happens and Metro Morning, and took part in Vancouver CO-OP Radio. He also had many different theatre and film experiences and in 1989 he joined the staff of ACTRA Toronto where he administered the union’s collective agreements with CBC, TVO and Independent Production. He retired in 2013 and moved to the County with his lovely wife. (Afternoon Drive host.)
Rob Leek moved with his wife Gillian to the County in 2010 to become innkeepers at a Bloomfield B & B under the name of Loyalist Landing. He had a 30-year career in the human resources and executive search industry based in Hamilton Rob retired in 2006 to become more actively involved with Rotary International. His interests include rugby, vexillology (the study of flags), and four grandchildren Rob is Chair of the Bloomfield Arts Centre, Past Chair of the Bloomfield & Area Business Association, and President-Elect for the Rotary Club of Picton. (Newscaster.)
Sam St. Omer
Sam was born in the UK and immigrated to Canada in 1975, living in Montreal, Kitchener and St. Catherine’s before heading to Guelph for university and a job in a family-owned business. His radio career started at 21 when he joined CJRN 710AM in Niagara. He then worked in manufacturing and spent several years in community TV, including interviewing then PM Paul Martin and soon to be PM Stephen Harper. He has also done extensive voice over work, most recently as one of the voices for the proto-type video game version of the X-MEN film trilogy where he played MAGNETO, the arch-villain of the story line.
Suzanne is stoked to be doing the news on her favourite Radio station. Although new to radio, she’s not a stranger to media, spending twelve years in the television industry in Public Relations, Production and Program Distribution a couple of decades ago. When not writing and reading the news, Suzanne is a Reflexologist and loves animals, painting and travelling off the beaten track. And like a lot of folks in the County, she volunteers in her community. A big fan of the radio station, her favourite shows are the informative ‘Grapevine’, Folk music, the Blues and the good ole Rock n’ Roll on Saturday’s Shinanigans!
Terry Culbert was born and raised in southwestern Ontario’s Irish- Canadian village of Lucan, his family immigrating from Tipperary, Ireland in 1840. He spent 42 years as a TV news journalist working for CFPL London, CBC Television and the Global Television Network. Terry has written and illustrated two books: County Roads (Around Ontario with Global Television’s Terry Culbert) and Lucan, Home of the Donnellys. In 2002, Terry and his life partner Barb Hogenauer moved to Amherst Island just east of the County where, having painted all their lives, they created second careers as full-time artists. In 2013 they moved to Ameliasburgh where Terry is currently Chair of Art in the County. (Host of Friday Morning Drive.)
With an M.A.Sc. in management from the University of Waterloo, Treat spent much of his career as a management consultant and, later, as marketing VP for 2 global companies and a software start-up. After sailing here for over 20 years, Treat and his wife bought a property in the County in 2005 and moved here full-time in 2007. Treat believes strongly in public service and since moving to the County he has served as a candidate for MPP, Director of the PEC Community Foundation, Past Chair of the Board of Directors of 99.3 County FM and newly-elected councillor for Ward 1 – Picton. (He hosts Getting Down to Business.)
Vanessa’s 30-year love affair with glass started in European cathedrals, became a hobby while working in Toronto’s film and television industry and transformed her life when she got the keys to her first studio & eventually her own gallery, Shattered, on Queen Street West. She moved Shattered to PEC in 1999 to focus on her glasswork and immediately became involved in the arts community (how could she not?!). Past Vice-Chair of the Arts Council, founding member of Arts on Main Gallery, the Erotic Art Show, Wild Turkey art collective, Vanessa is thrilled to be showcasing the arts community on the radio. (Host of Friday Grapevine and ‘Artscene’.)