HOWIE THE HITMAN COGAN
Howard Cogan - CJBQ Belleville ON 1983; Todd Howard CKWS Kingston, ON 1983-84; Todd Chase CJBK London ON 1985-86 & CKSL London 1986-87; Howie the Hitman evenings/PM drive CKLG Vancouver 1987-93; Hungryman Cogan PM drive CFBR-FM Edmonton 1993-94; Howie Cogan evenings/middays CFMI-FM Vancouver 1994-95; Howie the Hitman weekends CKZZ-FM Vancouver 1996-97; Hungryman Cogan evenings/PM drive CILQ-FM Toronto 1997-2000; producer Digital Survivor Guide 2000-03; voice imaging for JACK and other stations Canada/US 2002-current.
(Copyright ‘The Province’ 2005) Joe Leary
just may be the most listened-to broadcaster in
His name is Howard Cogan but to scores of listeners he's Jack -- the laid-back big-buck voice-over guy behind the mega-successful radio format's image campaign.
operated the board for a Belleville Bulls hockey game," he says. "The
program director said if the game ended early I could go on the air. The game
ended at , I played the
Boomtown Rats' 'I Don't Like Mondays,' and taped my 40-minute show, which got
me a job in nearby
logged some years in the '80s behind the mic of
quite often heard sports reports out of
Cogan realized that nobody of his generation had reached superstar status as a radio DJ. So, at the urging of co-worker and local voice-over god Jim Conrad, he pursued the lucrative voice- over market when he was at ROCK 101 (101.1 FM).
"I could see the role as the DJ in a music-driven format diminishing, not to mention that I've spent my entire career figuring out how to make a living without having to get up at I remembered Conrad encouraged me to give voice work a try because he thought I had a sound that would work."
It most certainly did and, some years later, Cogan's voice-over career and subsequent income took a massive leap forward with the arrival of JACK-FM.
sent a tape to Pat Cardinal, who was the program director at Xfm (now Clear-FM 104.9 FM). He passed it on to the folks
pipes now resonate on some 33 radio stations across