Photos: Gord Gibb signs off after 46-year career in radio broadcasting in Peterborough
Longtime Peterborough radio personality Gord Gibb signed off the air Friday afternoon with his final shift on 100.5 Fresh FM, ending a 46-year career in radio broadcasting.
He began his first radio shift in Peterborough at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, 1976 on CHEX-AM 980 when he was 19.
“The city has come such a long way (since then). Lansdowne Place wasn’t there, for example. Monaghan Road Sears was the only game in town. No Portage Place. It was basically farmland from Spillsbury up, you had the Rockhaven and Sir Sandford Fleming but nothing beyond that,” Gibb recalled in an interview with Teresa Kaszuba on “The Morning Show on CHEX.”
“Lansdowne was two lanes, one east, one west, no turn lanes. Can you imagine turning into a business with two lanes holding all the traffic? The city’s come a long way since then.”
He had his first taste of radio at age 15 when he was a high school student in Lindsay and was given a chance behind the mike.
“It’s a public service really. It’s like being an MP without a pension plan. You are serving the public, you are informing them, you are entertaining them, you are MC’ing their events. It really is public service,” Gibb told Kaszuba.
“The downside, at least lately, is that broadcasting has moved to a more corporate function. There’s a lot of out-of-market control. Radio has become a brand now. But it all boils down to the local guys like Pete and Dani (on Fresh) and Brian and Luke on The Wolf, entertaining the local community and serving the local community. And that has never changed and it never will.”
Gibb has been the longtime public address announcer at Ontario Hockey League Peterborough Petes games at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, often going straight to the arena from his radio shift, getting in naps while the teams do their warm-ups.
Gibb, who has worked from a home studio since the pandemic, is also an author and voice-over announcer. He has his own internet oldies radio station yourkawarthaoldies.com which was launched in 2015.
— Examiner Staff