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Bob Laine

Broadcasting legend and a veteran of CHUM Radio for 45 years, Bob Laine, will be posthumously inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on Friday, March 23, 2012. Laine's memory and career will be honoured with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding success in broadcasting. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon being held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

"Bob Laine is inextricably woven into the fabric of the CHUM Radio legend", said Duff Roman, retired head of CHUM Radio. "As an on-air personality, he personified the exuberant baby boomers who were coming of age in Toronto in the 60s. Later, as a senior executive, he did a lot of heavy lifting for CHUM and nothing fazed him. He was always cheerful - a genuinely warm and wonderful individual and a great comrade-in-arms. I am honoured to call him my friend."

"Bob Laine was more than just a great friend for 46 years, he was also a wonderful mentor to me and to many other fledgling broadcasters over the years," remarked Doug Thompson, CEO of Douglas Communications Inc. "As a teenager, I used to keep my transistor radio under my pillow and fall sleep listening to Bob all night on CHUM, never dreaming that one day, we'd be working together and become chums ourselves. Bob's passion for radio was just as strong at the end as it was at the beginning of his career. He was simply the best."