CKDA [Victoria] 1969
CKVN [Vancouver] 1972
CFUN [Vancouver] 1973
CFUN [Vancouver] 1978
CJCH [Halifax] 1986
CKKS [Vancouver] 1990-2000
CKBD [Vancouver] 2001
CKBD promo announcement - 2001
The affable and
enthusiastic Jeffries brings a wealth of radio knowledge and life experience to
his new show, having worked right across
May 11/01 - The Province
After having his services called upon at 600AM following the sudden passing of the legendary Rick Honey, Tom Jeffries' strength as a power hitter has earned him a regular spot in the starting rotation as the station's new morning host.
With 32 years of
experience under his belt, the 52-year-old has worked the local dial tirelessly
and spent a number of years in
Jeffries had been a strong presence in the afternoon spot at KISS- FM for a decade before being booted last May following a management shuffle at the soft- rock outlet.
Jeffries then focused his efforts on the Internet, knowing that good things do indeed come to those who wait.
While Jeffries is
ecstatic to have a regular shot at mornings in
"Rick Honey was one of the best and hardest-working guys you'll ever meet in radio. He was a real pro and he made a lot of people happy for a lot of years."
Jeffries is particularly excited about the caliber of his ensemble players and co-workers at 600AM.
"Cam McCubbin, Greg Douglas, Joy Metcalfe, Larissa Lindberg and Mark Patric and the rest have made these days the happiest of my career," he says, "and if I've learned one thing after 33 years, it's the people you meet along the way that make all the difference."
Jeffries, married to actor and writer Julie Brown, is not only still getting over the loss of Honey but has had to face further adversity with a death in his own family.
"My dad died in April and in all my years on the air, he hadn't really heard me at all," says Jeffries. "The fact that he got to hear me do some shows on 600AM, knowing I was the morning man and working with Dal Richards, he knew I finally made it.
"That means more to me than I can express in words."
August 11/03 The Province
In what can only be described as a ballsy move, 600AM morning man Tom Jeffries quit on the spot last week, citing displeasure with management in the wake of what he felt was a clandestine search to find a new morning-show host to replace him.
"I left on a
matter of principle," said Jeffries. "I bear no ill will to anyone
and want to say thanks to the folks in the
Jeffries, who assumed the position of 600AM morning-show host in February 2001 following the untimely death of Rick Honey, had tired of hearing rumblings that several high-profile names -- including Fred Latremouille, Red Robinson and even Frosty Forst -- had been approached by management to take over the position.
In an all-too rare demonstration of personal integrity, when the rumblings became deafening, Jeffries felt compelled to take a stand.
"My 35-plus years as a pro has taught me that, in the end, it's the people you work with and the audience you come to know and love that matters," he said. "Not all that other stuff that goes on in the boardrooms."
Coincidentally, Jeffries replacement is Bob Saye, who abruptly pulled the plug himself at ROCK 101 and similarly resigned, citing the direction the station was going in was in conflict with his own personal Christian values.
Tom Jeffries works now for Gold FM - a stock market and financial world reporting agency
where his radio talent is used.