…while he thrived on being contrary and cultivated the image of a reactionary curmudgeon, he always accommodated the opinions of others.
Gord Sinclair’s career spanned more than half a century. He landed his first job in radio at the age of 19 as an announcer at CHVC Niagara Falls, ON in 1947. He worked at several radio stations including CKOC in Hamilton, ON and CFNB in Fredericton, NB before moving to Montreal where he became the early morning DJ at CFCF Montreal. In 1960, Gord secured the financial backing to open his own radio station, CFOX which he sold in 1972 to Slaight Broadcasting (later Standard Broadcasting).
Sinclair returned to CFCF in 1975 where he developed his brand of ad-lib newscasting and opinionated commentary which resonated with Montreal listeners. Rival CJAD tried to poach the popular newscaster several times. In 1982 Gord Sinclair accepted CJAD’s offer and was named Director of News, Public Affairs and Information Programming, a position he held for 20 years. During that time, CJAD News won more than twenty national news awards.
When Gord Sinclair died in 2002, colleagues said while he thrived on being contrary and cultivated the image of a reactionary curmudgeon, he always accommodated the opinions of others.
Gord Sinclair was inducted into the CAB Hall of Fame in 2003.