Bob McAdorey - Arts and Culture Wall of Fame
Bob grew up in Niagara Falls and attended Stamford Collegiate, where he was in the same graduating class as
CBC news anchor Barbara Frum. As a teenager, he won a province-wide public speaking contest and was very
popular with his fellow students.
He started his radio career in 1953 when he signed on with CHVC near the Falls, introducing listeners to his
unique style of easy-going patter. After additional stops in London, Guelph, Hamilton, and Dawson Creek, Bob
ended up at Toronto's popular rock 'n' roll station, 1050 CHUM.
Bob arrived at CHUM in the early '60s when many consider rock programming was at its finest and the DJs
were the stars. CHUM was the station to listen to and McAdorey was the man who told you if the songs were
going places. He introduced The Beatles on stage at Maple Leaf Gardens as well as The Rolling Stones. For
years he hosted CHUM's 4 to 7 p.m. slot and could often be seen on the cover of those collectable CHUM's
McAdorey joined Global TV in the '70s producing humour segments and entertainment commentary. He
became one of Global's most popular personalities, hosting a hit noontime telecast with Mike Anscombe and
John Dawe which became known as "The Three Nice Guys at Noon." Bob also interviewed celebrities as the
laid back host of Global's daily afternoon series "Entertainment Desk."
In 2000, at the age of 65, Bob reluctantly retired from Global. He had a farm at Gormley and a place in
Niagara-on-the-Lake. Despite his TV success he still yearned for the golden days of radio. Sadly, Bob died
February 7, 2005 at the age of 69.