TJ Connors Elected to the White House of Rock
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
TJ Connors and I have crossed paths a few times. The first was he travelled to Winnipeg in 2009. Then he was the morning host at the Wolf in Peterborough. He asked to come down and see the station I was programming at the time, Power 97. It was the same building where his dad, the legendary Scruff Connors, had pulled the infamous Miami Superbowl Stunt. TJ is now working afternoons at HTZ-FM in Saint Catherines, Ontario at the legendary "White House of Rock". It is the station that his dad helped make famous in the early 90''s when Rock Radio was going full throttle.
In 2012, I hired TJ to be the morning host at Power 97. It was really a no-win situation for him having to follow the popular morning show that had left an indelible mark on the station. Combine that with a company that was clearly in radio programming free fall, and TJ found his footing programming Country 103 in Kamloops, British Columbia. (Disclosure: I was consulting the NL Radio group at that time, but not a part of the hiring committee)
His dad passed away a few months ago; the podcast paid tribute in episode 28 of our series. We spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of following his dad on a station he helped make famous, and what makes HTZ-FM so legendary in the Niagara region.
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