Radio Personalities

Angelo Viola

Host of Outdoor Journal Radio Angelo Viola bio Photo Angelo Viola is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected outdoor enthusiasts. Having spent most of his life in pursuit of the ultimate outdoor and fishing adventure, it is only natural that his love of nature landed him the “best job in the world” as co-host of The Fish’n Canada Show, as well as The Outdoor Journal Radio Show.Today these programs air in 12 countries in six different languages. In North America the television shows air in over 200 markets weekly and according to Angelo “The best is yet to come!” His career as a broadcaster has blossomed to include several other non-outdoor related worldwide broadcast productions such as “The Last Cull”, fishing’s first ever reality television series. Angelo is always making his presence felt in the outdoor industry and is known as one of the leading designers of new and innovative fishing tackle and outdoor gear. His knowledge of what works and what doesn’t makes him one of the industry’s most sought after product endorser, and has had several very successful product campaigns affiliated with his name. His natural on air delivery has endeared him to audiences worldwide. As a public speaker Angelo is at ease whether he is talking one on one to a three year old or standing on stage delivering a seminar to several thousand people. social-twitter-button-blue-iconsocial-facebook-button-blue-icon


John Winters

Producer of Outdoor Journal Radio John Winters bio Photo I worked for 32 years, for the Ontario Provincial Parks program, with the last 14 years spent as the Superintendent of Algonquin Provincial Park. Working in Algonquin was a great privilege as Algonquin is one of the world’s icon parks, famous for its backcountry wilderness canoe route system. I love to fish speckled trout, but I also fish lake trout, walleye and smallmouth bass. I am in a canoe fishing phase…I like to get off the beaten track into solitude and plan to continue to do this until the body won’t let me do it anymore! My other interests are downhill skiing…I have skied most of the best areas of North America and gave the alps in Switzerland and Austria a try as well. In the summer when not fishing, canoeing, camping and hiking…I like to golf. My wife and I have golfed in PEI, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Ontario and Quebec, New York State, the Carolinas and the Hawaiian Islands. My golf game is a work in progress. I am married to Jane, live in Huntsville. I love the outdoors, and I am committed to getting kids interested in the outdoors. Their lives depend on it. social-twitter-button-blue-icon


Steven Labadie

Technical Producer of Outdoor Journal Radio Steven Labadie bio Steven is an Audio Engineer, Radio Station owner and founder of The Sound Lab which is a mixing mastering, live sound and post production company. Steven provides artists and/or company’s a way to get a amazing sounding product out into the market. Steven is the CEO and Station Manager at The Sound Garden, a four channel Internet radio station. Steven has worked with some big name djs, Producers and artists like Half Pint, Richie Stephens, Stacey Pullen, Maceo Plex, Mark Knight and more. Steven is also a Board Member and Head Audio Engineer at The Canadian Urban Music Conference, Canada’s first city-style music conference. In Steven’s spare time, he enjoys spending time in the great Canadian outdoors.  His favorite pass time is fishing and camping with his family and friends social-twitter-button-blue-iconsocial-facebook-button-blue-icon


Mark Bonokoski

Host of Moose Country Minute Mark Bonokoski Bio Photo Formerly a gritty award-winning columnist for Sun Media, Mark Bonokoski lives in two worlds — as a political communications advisor for part of the week, bunking into a basement apartment in one of the dodgier parts of Toronto, and then escaping to his country home on the shores of Baptiste Lake, near Bancroft. Described in Wikipedia as a “Canadian conservative editor and broadcaster,” Mark — or Bono to his friends — is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program. He started his storied career as a general assignment reporter with the Calgary Herald and then the Windsor Star before joining the Toronto Sun in 1974. He was promoted to columnist in 1977 and has served in various capacities with the Sun and its parent companies in the ensuing decades. He was Sun Media’s European Bureau Chief from 1988 to 1991, based in London, England. In 1991, he was appointed editor of the Ottawa Sun and then became the paper’s publisher and CEO in 1997. In 2000, he returned to writing as national affairs columnist for Sun Media and then returned to the Toronto Sun as a columnist in 2002. In 2010 he was appointed National Editorial Writer for the Sun chain of newspapers. In 2011, he also became a regular contributor on the chain’s all-news channel, the Sun News Network, appearing regularly as a commentator or substitute host on various programs. His final newspaper column appeared July 20, 2013. His freelance work has appeared in Maclean’s and Readers Digest. Bonokoski is also a fishing and snowmobiling enthusiast and contributes commentaries to Outdoor Journal Radio and, for hometown flavor, writes a must-read weekly column in the Bancroft Times. He has also been an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. Bonokoski won a National Newspaper Award for column writing in 2004, and has been a frequent winner of the Dunlop Award as Sun Media’s top columnist. social-twitter-button-blue-iconsocial-facebook-button-blue-icon View and Listen to all the Moose Country Minute


Sean Kelly

Black Angus Fine Meats & Game Sean Kelly Bio Photo Sean Kelly has been in the food industry since 1982, beginning at Loblaw’s and progressing through various other companies. The perspective he gained from this experience encompassed both the business side of the industry and the practical preparation of the product in the kitchens of the finest restaurants in the area. What began as an unexpected consulting project for Sean in 1996, quickly grew into a passion to be front and center in the market place for Game meats in Canada. Sean opened his present location in Mississauga in 2005 with the primary purpose of offering Game meats, not as a novelty, but rather as an alternative to the Big Three: Beef, Pork, and Poultry. This was the start of Black Angus Fine Meats and Game. The retail availability of Game meats was once limited to farmers’ markets, but has now become a day to day operation servicing both wholesale and retail throughout the GTA. Black Angus Fine Meats and Game’s mission is to educate the public on the healthy aspects of the “Wild Side”, and to demonstrate that Game meats are not new, but rather in style again. If sales are any indication (and they usually are), the mission is succeeding! To those people who are concerned with how to properly prepare Game meats, Sean has access to some of the areas finest chefs who are eager to demonstrate how easy it is to prepare and serve these fine products, not only in recipes that look and taste great, but also are often a healthier alternative to the Big Three. Sean is thrilled with the opportunity that Angelo and Friends and The Outdoor Journal Radio have provided to help him deliver his message. This has truly been a natural match from the beginning, and one Sean hopes will continue for many years. social-twitter-button-blue-iconsocial-facebook-button-blue-icon


Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor for OutDoor Canada Gord Pyzer Bio Photo Thirty-eight (38) time national award winning writer and multiple National Magazine Gold and Silver Medal Winner, Gord Pyzer, is widely regarded as Canada’s most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as “Doctor Pyzer”, Gord has a Master’s degree in Resource Management and worked for over thirty years as a senior manager with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, including Policy Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Northern Ontario. While serving as the OMNR District Manager in Kenora, Ontario, Gord established the first conservation-oriented, modern muskie management regulations (for Lake of the Woods) in North America. Using sonic tracking devices and scuba gear, Gord and his team of biologists also initiated one of the most extensive, multi-year tracking studies of smallmouth bass and largemouth bass ever undertaken. An internationally sought out speaker and seminar presenter, Gord is the Fishing Editor of Outdoor Canada Magazine; Field Editor of In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. Gord blogs weekly for Outdoor Canada Magazine and bi-weekly for Northern Ontario Tourism. A keen tournament angler, Gord has won numerous events across Canada and the United States. A two-time recipient of the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitter’s (NOTO) President’s Cup and winner of the Northwestern Ontario Tourist Outfitter Association’s (NWOTA) Conservation Award, Gord was named by The Fishing News as, “one of Canada’s most influential people.” In 2003, Gord was also recognized as one of 30 Canadians … “who have had the biggest impact on hunting, fishing and conservation in Canada.” In 2009, Gord was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the Spring Fishing and Boat Show at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “To be one of the first four people inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame is truly an honour,” Pyzer said, in receiving his award. “This is one of the proudest moments of my life.” social-twitter-button-blue-iconsocial-facebook-button-blue-icon

1 Comment

  1. by Vesti on May 31, 2014  10:32 am Reply

    Hay everyone,Sorry I have not posetd a comment lately. I've been having to much fun this summer on the river to spend any time on the computer, but it is raining cats and dogs today so here I go. The river and the weather have been awesome and the paddling has been so good. Everyday on the river is different and you never know what you will see. The bald eagles have been seen by most groups that paddle the river below our shop, and one guest even had a black bear run across the river in front of him. There is so much wildlife in the area that chances are you will see something as you float down river. With all the rain overnight and today the river should be running at a little high level for the rest of the week so there should be some fun white water for the next couple of days. Nows the time to get out here and have a wet and wild time.See you on the river,Jason

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