Veteran Morning Radio Host Rick Hodge Announces His Retirement from iHeartRadio Canada’s 105.7 EZ Rock; Final Live Broadcast to air Friday, Nov. 2
— October 31, 2018
– Morning radio staple to retire from 105.7 EZ ROCK’s morning show following six years with the station and 45 years on the air –
St. Catharines, Ont. (October 31, 2018) – As heard on iHeartRadio Canada’s 105.7 EZRock this morning, veteran radio broadcaster Rick Hodge has announced his retirement after 45 years on the air. Hodge’s six successful years co-hosting the station’s morning show will culminate in his final live broadcast this Friday, Nov. 2, beginning at 5:30 a.m. ET. The station invites listeners to leave messages of their favourite memories of Rick Hodge by texting 10570 or via social media.
Born and raised in St. Catharines, Hodge began his on-air career in 1973 and spent over 20 years as part of the iconic ROGER, RICK & MARILYN SHOW on CHUM 104.5 in Toronto. Prior to joining co-host Lori Love on the 105.7EZ Rock morning team, he taught courses as part of Niagara College’s RTA broadcasting program.
“It’s been a privilege to finish my career in my hometown alongside my on-air partner of six years, the talented Lori Love. Lori is a true professional and an entertaining broadcaster, and I will continue listening to her in the mornings,” said Hodge. “I’d also like to thank the entire staff at the building we call ‘The White House’ and the dedicated 105.7 EZ Rock listeners for all their support.”
“Rick Hodge remains a true staple in Canada’s radio industry and has connected with listeners in St. Catharines, Toronto, and beyond,” said Nikki Moffat, President, Radio and Local TV, Bell Media. “Though we will miss his thoughtful and inviting presence to kick off each day, I wish him the very best in his retirement and thank him for his contributions over four decades on the air.”
“Rick Hodge has added a brilliant energy to 105.7 EZ Rock mornings, offering a positive spirit and quality conversation alongside Lori Love,” said Lisa Vinc, Program Director, 105.7 EZ Rock. “On behalf of the entire team, I’d like to offer best wishes and thanks to Rick as we get ready for his final broadcast. Congratulations, Rick!”
EZ Rock 105.7 is available across Canada via live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app.
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