(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Canadian broadcaster Duff Roman will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame as part of CMW 2006, taking place March 1-4 at The Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto. “With a voice that is recognized by thousands and a persona that touches everyone who crosses his path, Duff is an obvious choice to join the ranks of unforgettable Canadian music industry icons,” said Neill Dixon, president of Canadian Music Week. “Duff has a deep rooted history in the Canadian music industry.”
“Duff Roman has given so much of himself to our industry. A music man and a gracious ambassador to the cultural industries at large, Duff has taught us all how to mix fun, politics and policy to our mutual benefit. A true class act – he’s my number one radio man!” said Jim West, Chair of FACTOR.
“It’s truly an honor to be included in the ranks of the incredible Canadians who have been inducted before me,” said Roman.
Over the past 20 years, Roman has held many important positions at CHUM Limited. He currently stands as vice president, Industry Affairs and Digital Radio Operations. In addition, he has served as a past chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), past president of Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. (DRRI), past chair of the CAB Radio Technology Committee and is currently Canada’s representative on the WorldDAB Steering Committee.
A trailblazer in the industry, Roman has been the recipient of many accolades including the Major Market Radio Executive of the Year Award presented at the Annual Industry Conference, Broadcaster of The Year presented by The Ontario Association of Broadcasters and he has also been inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.
Roman is the founding president of FACTOR, the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records. One of the most important organizations to Canadian music, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. Roman currently serves as director emeritus and is the only director to have served on the board continuously since the organization’s inception in 1982. He has also served as acting president and a director on the board of CARAS, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Roman has also left his mark as a record producer and label owner in the fledgling Canadian music industry of the 1960s, releasing a string of five consecutive Top 40 Hits for David Clayton Thomas on Roman Records, including Boom Boom, Walk That Walk, Take Me Back, Out of the Sunshine and ultimately topping the CHUM Chart with Brainwashed in 1966. Today, two tracks from Duff’s early work with Levon and The Hawks can be heard in the recent world-release of the ultimate multi CD/DVD retrospective The Band: A Musical History.
Roman’s induction will take place during the 23rd Annual Canadian Music Industry Awards on March 2 as part of CMW. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen