Year Born: 1940
Year Died: 2021
Larry Green was born in Toronto on April 8, 1940. He studied music for many years, including at Toronto’s Oakwood Collegiate. He began work delivering mail at CBC Toronto and got his first radio announcing job at CHVC-AM Niagara Falls. Larry would move on to stations in Guelph, Vancouver, Penticton, Winnipeg, Toronto and several other stations. In time, he wound up doing afternoon drive at Toronto’s CHUM-FM (1968-72), and was named creative director for the CHUM group of stations. Green became the first Canadian recipient of the Armstrong Award, “for excellence in FM broadcasting”, given out by Columbia University.
Larry hosted the first music show on CITY-TV Toronto, and co-hosted “After Four” with Jan Tennant on CBC-TV in 1977-78. Larry then moved into the music business, becoming marketing director for GRT Records, and then national promotion manager for WEA Music. He then joined CFNY-FM Toronto (Brampton) to do a weekly jazz program. The show, “Out of the Blue,” was then syndicated across the country. His next move was as program director/operations manager for Telemedia Radio in Toronto. He was there in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Through the years, Green maintained his connection with CBC Radio. He was the jazz host on Catherine O’Hara’s “Later The Same Day,” and produced and hosted a national series. Larry created, produced and voiced a successful jazz show on the internet for theiceberg.com. He created a program for the Learning Annex – Putting Your Voice To Work. It was designed to teach techniques for developing voice talent for commercials, animation and announcing. Larry also taught at Humber College (Broadcasting). He joined JAZZ FM91 (CJRT) Toronto on April 1, 2002, to host the afternoon drive program.
Green was the winner of The National Jazz Broadcaster of the year award for 2006, and was nominated for the same award a year later. While at JAZZ FM 91, Green created the program idea, Jazzology, and was nominated for an honorary degree at the University of Toronto as a result. He left CJRT on September 27, 2010. Larry Green died of a heart attack on January 2, 2021.