Veteran Q107 personality and longtime Toronto radio announcer John Derringer will join the ranks of Canada’s broadcasting elite in the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Derringer 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 Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala being held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel as part of Canadian Music Week’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

“John Derringer has been a mainstay of Toronto radio longer than Canadian Music Week has existed,” says Canadian Music Week President Neill Dixon. “Few have commanded the loyal listenership that he has and continues to build. His ability to connect with an audience along with his sharp sense of humour and community spirit make him one of Canada’s most loved and respected broadcasters. And for that, we commend him and welcome him to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.”

“I am honoured to receive the Allan Waters Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Music Week. It’s been a fun ride for the last 30-odd years and I’m thrilled to enter a Hall of Fame for which I don’t have to pay admission,” remarks Derringer.

Although he originally started in 1979 as an operator for Jim Brady and Mike Cooper at Toronto’s CFTR (then a strong Top 40 rival to 1050 CHUM) it wasn’t until 1984 that John Derringer’s career officially launched with the afternoon drive slot at Classic Rock Q107. Here, he was recognized with his first of ten “Personality of the Year” awards by Canadian Music Week’s Industry Awards and hosted the popular and first of its kind “Six O’Clock Rock Report” – a show that gave rise to many Canadian and International artists.

Almost a decade later, Derringer found himself in the coveted radio slot, hosting the morning show at CHOM FM in Montreal and soon after The Fan – Canada’s first all-sports radio station – working alongside personal idol and sports media legend Pat Marsden.

Today, John Derringer is home at Q107 with “Derringer in the Morning” where he has cemented his reputation as a dominant force in Toronto morning radio for the past 12 years.

As a broadcaster, Derringer has served as an inspiration for many young broadcasters, influencing careers from coast to coast.  As a spokesperson for the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, he has raised over $5 million through the annual Derringer’s 13 Days of Christmas fundraiser. His charitable work has contributed to the success of several fundraising initiatives including North York General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Camp Oochigeas, and Autism Speaks.

Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at

Canadian Music Week, proudly celebrating 30 years, is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit

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