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Wally Crouter, Canada's longest serving radio man, dies at 92

Last Updated Mar 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm EDT

Wally Crouter Photo via Broadcast Training Centre Facebook

Wally Crouter, known as Canada’s longest serving radio morning man, has died at the age of 92.

Toronto radio station NEWSTALK 1010 says Crouter passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

Walter “Wally” Crouter was born Aug. 5, 1923 in Lindsay, Ont.

He began his career as a broadcaster at CHEX Peterborough after serving with the Canadian Army in the Second World War.

He joined NEWSTALK 1010 — then known as known as CFRB — on Nov. 1, 1946, becoming the station’s top-rated morning host and most famous broadcaster.

Crouter retired on Nov. 1, 1996 — exactly 50 years to the day when he started at CFRB.

Following his retirement, Crouter was inducted as a pioneer into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.