Glen Woodcock took over The Big Band Show in 1976, and it has been on the air with the same host longer than any other current program on Toronto radio. Glen plays a broad mix of big band recordings, from the early 1930s to the present.
- with Glen Woodcock
Glen Woodcock, the current iron man of Toronto radio, grew up in the city and fell in love with big band music as a teenager, at the height of the rock ’n’ roll craze. He bought as many big band and jazz LPs as he could afford, and those records formed the basis of the collection he still uses on The Big Band Show, which has been on the air since 1976. During his years as a broadcaster and journalist, he got to meet some of the greats in the world of jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and many more. In the 1990s, Glen and his wife Connie launched their own small record label to preserve the sounds of Canadian big bands in the 1940s. In 2017, he received the Ken Page Memorial Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Programs: The Big Band Show