Obituary: Terry Moore leaves behind remarkable 62-year long radio legacy
We've lost a member of the C-FAX 1070 radio family.
Terry Moore died Monday at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital after a battle with cancer, leaving behind wife Ramona and four adult children.
Terry was a regular voice on C-FAX 1070 since the early 2000's. He was often heard hosting the afternoon show, where he interviewed countless people both locally and globally as he covered current events with his signature flair and showmanship.
Former station owner Mel Cooper brought Terry to C-FAX, "he was one of the best radio personalities I've ever had the privilege of working around. He had a great sense of humour. He was an enthusiastic guy but he was also very serious about his work. And he was well read. He knew his subjects and that I really appreciated about him."
But, Terry’s radio career stretches back 62-years and far beyond Victoria. It began in 1956 at CKUA Edmonton and soon CKFH and CFRB in Toronto. He spent the early 1960's at CKLC Kingston, CJCA and CFRN TV Edmonton, CKSO TV Sudbury as a news anchor, and CFCN Calgary on their morning show. In the latter half of the 1960's he hit the United States and WSTC Stanford Connecticut. Then, Terry made it to the big city and WTFM New York where he worked morning radio and was Assistant Program Director. The 1970's saw Terry move to Vancouver, where he was heard on CKWX and CJOR radio before settling in for a long stay at CKNW. In the 1990's, he spent time at QR77 Calgary on their morning radio show and, briefly, as TV news anchor.
Terry's radio career was remarkable, but it's only part of the story. His talents took him beyond radio to both the small and big screens. He played roles in several TV series and movies, including 'My American Cousin' and 'My American Boyfriend.' He also wrote a Canadian best-seller 'Toothpaste and Peanut Butter.'
"There was never a dull moment with Terry. He was the original energizer bunny," said Ted Smith, Terry's longtime friend and fellow broadcaster. Smith is the former President and CEO of one of Terry’s former employers, the WIC Radio Group, but says he was a friend first and a boss second. "Terry was a great friend. He was a very kind person. Whenever there was a gathering Terry was always the life of the party - the center of attention. You'd go out to dinner with Terry, at any restaurant, and people recognized his voice right away."
Terry's life was full of interests and passions. He loved fine food, good wine (he once co-hosted C-FAX’s Wine Talk program), and music. "A lot people don't know this about Terry - he had a magnificent singing voice. He sang opera in New York at one time," remarked Smith.
One of Terry’s legacies will be the lasting impact on the generations of broadcasters he worked with. "The thing that impressed me over the last few days, with a lot of broadcasters from Victoria and Vancouver who were calling him and visiting him, a lot of them said that Terry was their mentor. Terry's been in the business 62-years so I guess he mentored a lot of people," said Smith.
Premier John Horgan was a listener but also someone who regularly found himself on the other end of Terry’s microphone. "Talking comes easily to me but talking really came easily to Terry. He was personable, he was open, he would talk candidly about himself. He would probe those who were in the studio or on the telephone to get a little bit more out of them. He had a unique ability to talk all the time but also to listen."
Terry Moore was 82.
Remembering Terry Moore
Audio feature celebrating the life and career of Terry Moore