- Peter Warren (radio)
Londonto an English family, one of three sons, himself, Tim Warren and John Warren. Warren worked briefly as a junior sports reporter on Fleet Streetafter being expelled from Dulwich College. He then moved to Canada where he wrote for various newspapers including the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Telegram, the Winnipeg Tribune, and the Saint John Telegraph-Journal. He has also written for Maclean's Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Manchester Guardian, TIME Magazineand the Hong Kong Star.
Warren rose to fame as an "open line" radio talk show host, a career he would enjoy for 35 years, the longest such tenure in North America. [ [http://www.bcbusinessmagazine.com/displayArticle.php?archive=ARC&artId=277 "In Your Face: B.C.'s fiercest radio talk-show host unmasked"] – Noel Hulsman, BCBusiness Magazine, May 2003] Warren moderated the popular "
Action Line" morning talk show on CJOB in Winnipeg, Manitobafrom 1971 to 1998 when he was replaced by Charles Adler. He moved to Victoria, British Columbiaand hosted a syndicated weekend radio program, " Warren on the Weekend" from 1998 to 2006. In March of 2006 he left radio to concentrate on his work as an investigative journalistprobing cold cases and wrongful convictions. [ [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060301.WARREN01/TPStory/?query= "From Radio Host to Gumshoe"] – Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail, March 1, 2006] An outspoken critic of the Canadian justice system, Warren had in the past used his show to campaign on behalf of wrongfully convicted persons such as David Milgaard, Steven Truscott, James Driskell, Thomas Sophonowand on behalf of the families of victims of alleged serial killer Robert Pickton. The final edition of "Warren on the Weekend" aired on March 5, 2006.
A list of cases Warren is currently working on is available on his website. [http://www.peterwarren.ca] He also offers services as a private investigator and as a
ghost writer. [http://www.peterwarren.ca/peterwarrenpages/services.htm]
Career highlights and trivia
Throughout his career, Warren has been noted for his bold editorials, aggressive interview style and nose for detective work. He has donated personal archives to the
University of Manitobajudged to be of "outstanding significance and national importance" by the Canadian Cultural Property Board. [ [http://www.900chml.com/station/chml_announcers.cfm?REM=11630 Host profile] – AM900 CHML] He has had the honour of interviewing seven Canadian Prime Ministers head-to-head. Former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeauonce said that an interview with him "was worse than Question Period." [ [http://www.peterwarren.ca/peterwarrenpages/bio.htm Biographical sketch] – at peterwarren.ca]
*He has gone undercover as a prisoner in a federal
penitentiaryand as a patient in a psychiatric hospitalfor investigative purposes.
*Four escaped convicts once gave themselves up to him on-the-air.
*In the 1980s, he carried on a lengthy correspondence with convicted serial killer
Robin Sharpewas a one-time guest on his show.
*His on-air demeanour was occasionally . "Get on with it!" became a trademark phrase he used to prod callers.
*In October, 1999 the
Canadian Broadcast Standards Councilfound that Warren was in breach of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethicswhen he stated on-air at CKNWthat " Born-again Christiansare the scum of the earth." [ [http://www.cbsc.ca/english/decisions/decisions/1999/991014c.htm "CKNW-AM re The Peter Warren Show ("Born-again" Christians)"] – Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, British Columbia Council, CBSC Decisions 98/99-0277, Decided October 14, 1999]
*He is a former boxer and accredited boxing judge, and has interviewed
Muhammad Aliand Rocky Marciano.
Warren has also dabbled in stage acting and narration for film and television.
Awards and honours
*Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Quarter Century Club
*The Province of Manitoba's
Order of the Buffalo Hunt
125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
*1997: Broadcaster of the Year, Western Association of Broadcasters
*1999: Inducted to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame
Notes and references
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/index3.html CAB Hall of Fame bio]
* [http://www.wab.ca/Downloads/Awards.pdf WAB award recipients]
* [http://www.peterwarren.ca/ Official website]
* [http://peterwarren.ca/peterwarrenpages/celebrityphotos.htm Pictures of Warren with famous guests]
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