Program(s): Maritime Express
Time(s): Tuesday 9:00am & Saturday 7:30am
Blain Henshaw has been a volunteer at Seaside-FM since July 2013, but his voice has been heard on the station through his music and in interviews with Paul Kennedy and Frank Cameron since the release of his first CD in the fall of 2011.
An award winning radio and television journalist, Blain spent over 20 years in broadcasting before going to work for 20 years as a senior communications advisor to the Nova Scotia government.
He is also the author of three books: All Hands Lost, Rescue at Moose River: Birthplace of on-the-spot reporting, and The Peddlers.
Blain has been writing songs and performing since he was a child, releasing his first record (a vinyl 45 rpm disc!) in 1975. Currently, he has three CDs to his credit and maintains a busy schedule performing in concerts, festivals and shows around the province and in Ontario.
At Seaside-FM, Blain’s regular shift is from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays and he occasionally does the 10 AM to 2:00 PM “Coffee Club” show when Frank Cameron or Gail Rice are absent.
With 20 years experience as a working journalist, Blain is a volunteer news advisor at Seaside and enjoys working with students in the newsroom.
He is the proud dad of two adult children, Kimberley and Christopher.
In September 2017, he was inducted as a member of the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.
Program(s): Evening Solitude
Time(s): Thursday 6:05 – 8:00pm
Hailing from Toronto, Charles hosts Evening Solitude and Specially Sinatra on 105.9 Seaside FM. Since 1988, Charles has been host and contributor to various radio programs throughout Canada including CHEV-FM, Radio Markham, Spirit One Radio, CJRT-FM, CKDU-FM, VoicePrint Canada, and Accessible Media Inc.
Currently, Charles works in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and volunteers in various charitable organizations including playing music for recreation therapy for veterans with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Charles is also an avid film, television, music archivist and historian contributing to various publications.
Program(s): Smooth 70s
Time(s): Saturday 4:00 – 6:00pm
Chris brings you favourites from the 50s, 60s and early 70s every Saturday, from 4:00-6:00 pm! It’s a chance to let your mind wander back to the days when AM radio ruled the airwaves. We feature This Day in Rock and Roll History, an Artist Spotlight, and all the oldies you need to keep you singing, dancing and reminiscing! Requests are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris has spent more than a decade working up and down the radio dial in metro, with stints at CBC, CKDU, CJCH, C100, 780 KIXX, Q104, KOOL FM and LITE 92.9. He’s found his home at 105.9 Seaside FM, where the great tradition of grassroots radio is alive and well!
Position: Voiceover & Announcer
Program(s): Music & Musings
Time(s): Wednesday 6:05 - 8:00pm
Program(s): The Coffee Club
Time(s): Monday, Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm
It all started at a 250-watt radio station in New Glasgow. While in high school, Frank hung out at CKEC and begged for work. He said, “my knees were full of scratches from being down on them so often.” Finally, after he got out of high school, the station hired him. He spent a year learning his craft, and he was lured to the Town of Truro in 1956. Frank spent three wonderful years at CKCL. In 1959, he moved to the big city of Halifax and went to work for the oldest radio station in the province. He spent eight years there and when the station went Top 40 (or Top 60), Frank enjoyed the notoriety and the station garnered 65 per cent of the available Halifax radio audience. While at CHNS, he was offered a Television show at CBC Halifax. The show was a national program called Music Hop and the Halifax version was known as Frank’s Bandstand.
In 1967 Frank traded in his 45’s for a full time job at the CBC. He did radio and television for almost 30 years until he retired from the Corporation in 1995. But Frank wasn’t finished. He returned to CHNS for another ten years. In 2005, he decided he had enough and left CHNS. Frank was 67 years old. Along came Wayne Harrett, GM of Seaside FM and asked if he would like to volunteer at the community station. Frank is now 76 and still enjoying every minute of it.
Program(s): The Coffee Club
Time(s): Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Gail Rice started in radio as a sports reporter at CHNS radio in 1973. While there she became the Nova Scotia Vees (Montreal Canadiens farm-team), reporter and also covered many National and International events, such as the Brier, Canadian Figure Skating championships and the Canada Cup of Hockey in 1976.
After 6 years, she moved to CFDR radio, where she became the first female radio sports director in Canada.She then moved into programming and was named the Program and Music Director of the station. She also hosted the mid-day show.
After 9 years at CFDR she moved on to MITV (now Global), where she did sports and became the Producer/Host of an interview show called Maritimes Today.
Gail has written for many weekly publications…and has been with Seaside-FM for 15 years. She still coaches high school girl’s basketball and is an honoured member of the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame.
Position: Chief Engineer & Announcer
Program(s): Look For a Star
Time(s): Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm and Sunday 6:00 – 8:00pm
Gordon has been with Seaside for most of its existence in the dual role of Chief Engineer and as well broadcast host of the program Look For A Star on 2nd Monday evenings and weekly late Saturday evenings.
Born in Halifax and in his sixties, Gordon has had an interest in radio since age 9. After a career in computer servicing and then again at CHUM Radio as an engineer, Gordon, now retired, loves to share his vast home music library through his Look For A Star program and heads the technical team at Seaside that keeps the station on air and sounding good.
Ian has been with Seaside FM for 10 years as an accountant, also sitting on the board of directors.
Program(s): Music Unlimited
Time(s): Saturday & Sunday 5:00am, Monday & Friday 9:00am
Ian MacPhee was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, but grew up in Truro from the age of 2. He fell in love with radio at an early age, listening to CKCL in Truro with morning man Frank MacDonald and Saesma Harry Dewer fighting over the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadians. Even back then, Ian was the first on mike with the Hi-Y Big Beach show on CKCL. He moved on to CJCH in November of 1969 hosting various shows. Then, he worked on the rock at CJON with Merv Russell in Newfoundland for a short time. Then in 1970, Ian went over to CKDH in Amherst where he hosted the morning show for over 18 years and raised his family of four. In 1988 Ian joined CHNS till 1990, and then launched SUN-FM on August 30th of 1990 where he met his pal Paul Marr. Ian said, “At present I enjoy Music Unlimited with 105.9 SEASIDE-FM. I haven’t felt like this about radio for a LONG time! It’s such a pleasure to play this kind of music for our listeners who are so appreciative. Thanks go out to Wayne Harrett, our GM for this opportunity.”
Position: Announcer, Sales and Online 50/50 Manager
Program(s): A Seaside Friday Night
Time(s): Friday 7:00 – 10:00pm
Jim is one of the original members of Seaside FM joining in January of 2000 with his first broadcast in July of that year in support of the Eastern Passage/Cow Bay Summer Carnival. Since that time, he’s settled in as the host of “A Seaside Friday Night” heard from 7 to 10 pm on Friday evenings. Jim’s show is a mix of lite favourites from the 60s, 70s, 80s and more. He encourages listener requests and ends every show with a double shot of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Jim also took up the challenge of managing the sales team in 2002. In July of 2020 Jim added to his duties at Seaside FM as the Manager of the online 50/50 fundraising program. Jim lives in Dartmouth with his partner Ann and sidekick little Luie.
Program(s): Tuesday Evening Rise N’ Shine Morning Edition
Time(s): Tuesday 6:05 – 8:00pm & Saturday 8:00 – 11:00am
Louanne MacRae has been a member of Seaside FM since November 2012.
Louanne has a Broadcasting Diploma from Atlantic Broadcasting Institute from back in 1993 and worked at Q104 as an overnight broadcaster for a short term. She lived in Eastern Passage for about 20 years and her 2 children grew up in the community. In her spare time, Louanne enjoys anything to do with the outdoors, traveling, and music.
Program(s): Jazz and Then Some & Seaside Sunday Morning
Time(s): Thursday 8:00 – 10:00pm & Sunday 10:00 – 12:00pm
Martyn is your host of “Jazz and Then Some” and 105.9 Seaside FM’s Sunday Morning. He was born in England and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Martyn moved to Nova Scotia in 1990 and began hosting “Jazz and Then Some” at Seaside FM in 2002. He enjoys playing your requests and favourites!
Position: Announcer & Assistant Program Director
Program(s): East Coast Feeling, Mellow Country & Top 40 Easy Memories
Time(s): Sunday 12:00 – 1:00pm, 1:00 – 2:00pm, 2:00 – 4:00pm
New Brunswick-born Paul Kennedy wanted to be a radio announcer when he was 12, and started his radio career at CJLS in Yarmouth in 1968. Although he spent some 25 years in country radio, he was initially impressed by Top 40 pop and easy listening music in the 50s and 60s. Over the years, Paul has developed a real passion for many talented East Coast artists. Some of his favourite interviews include Anne Murray (his first), Stompin Tom, Waylon Jennings, John McDermott, Shania Twain, Al Martino, Faith Hill, and John Denver. His favourite all time concert was John Denver in 1984. He is very proud of the fact that he has been with 105.9 Seaside FM from the very beginning, and he loves sharing a wide array of music every weekend with Seaside listeners.
Program(s): Habourlights, The Tartan Hour and Music From The Heart
Time(s): Weeknights 10:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday 11:00am, Sunday 8:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm - 2:00am
Paul Marr was born and brought up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he attended schools including St. Patrick’s High in the 1970s and then on to St. Mary’s University for the arts program. Paul first went into Broadcasting in 1977 at CHNS radio and then on to CFDR for much of his career. He spent some years at SUN-FM and CHFX-FM. It has been a very enjoyable time over the years. He loves the music and the entire media scope in general. He says there’s a lot of very interesting people working in the broadcast industry. Paul hopes that you’re enjoying 105.9 Seaside FM!
Program(s): Musical Treasures
Time(s): Monday 8:00 – 10:00pm
Raymond (Ray) Hill and his wife of 64 years, Mary, reside in the HRM. They have 3 children: one daughter and two sons. Ray has been a broadcaster with N.W.B.C. radio for 13 years, serving the last four as President/manager. He resigned from that station in November 2009. Before getting involved in radio, he spent 6 years as a camera and audio person with Access Cablevision in Dartmouth, N.S. Ray is also well known in the music industry singing many years in bars, lounges, dancehalls, and private functions. He also has two CD’s to his credit. Ray also wears a kilt and played with well-known Highland Pipe Bands: The Black Watch Highlanders and the Wylde Thyme. He also served eighteen years with the Halifax Regional Police Service, and six years with the R.C.M.P. “H” Division. He completed 25 years participating with the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo as a bandsman. Ray retired in 1993 as Atlantic Regional Director, following 30 plus years in the Industrial Relations field. You can listen to Ray every Monday evening from 8:00–10:00 p.m. right here on 105.9 Seaside FM.
Program(s): The Matinee Show & Rolling Home
Time(s): Monday 2:00 – 6:00pm & Saturday 12:00 - 4:00pm
Robyn grew up on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore and graduated from MSVU in 1977. After living in Alberta, she returned to Nova Scotia in 2005. She volunteered at CKUA Radio in Edmonton and has been with 105.9 Seaside FM since 2011. Robyn helps in the Administration Office and has been reporting news since 2012.
Program(s): Classic Old Time Radio Show
Time(s): Sunday 10:00 – 11:00pm
Program(s): Rise N’ Shine & Candlelight and Memories
Time(s): Weekdays 7:00 – 9:00am & Saturday 6:00pm – 12:00am
Thom Leonard grew up on good music since he was able to talk. He joined 105.9 Seaside FM in 2001. He wanted to be a part of a great team to bring the ‘easy listening’ format to Halifax. Thom was always involved in music from 10 years old when he learned to play the piano. He also studied pipe organ at Dalhousie University and played in many churches including the Bascila. He was also an organist for a youth choir along with his mother at First Baptist in Halifax. He feels privileged to be a part of 105.9 Seaside FM where he considers the team here and the listening audience a part of his extended family.
When Thom’s not on the air, he enjoys hiking, uncovering local history, exploring seaside coastlines and weather forecasting. His biggest passion is gardening: hands in the dirt and the world can wait.
Program(s): Wayne Adams Gospel Hour
Time(s): Sunday 8:00 – 9:00am and repeated at 8:00pm Sunday evening.
The Host of the “Wayne Adams Gospel Hour” heard weekly on Sundays at 8am and 8pm.
Adams joined Seaside FM in the summer of 1999 as a part of Seaside’s Special Events broadcasting. He appeared on Christmas specials, Easter specials, and summer events. The Special Program Events as part of the licensing procedure for our founder and manager, the late Wayne Harrett.
It was Seaside 94.7, then 105.9 for Wayne Adams following a career in Provincial politics; MLA and Cabinet Minister, and before that Municipal Council and School Board.
A former business person, he began with the summer Seaside Festivals and the Christmas Specials; in 2002… Adams started an hour of Gospel music on Sunday mornings. After the passing of Lorne Fevens on Sunday evenings, Wayne’s Gospel Hour answered popular requests and was repeated in the evening
spot.Saturday mornings, Wednesday and Friday afternoons he read the Seaside news casts, with the late Wayne Harrett.
With a diverse background in business enterprises Adams also has a vast background in Halifax radio, television, and Newspapers. Wayne’s radio career began in part-time news and sports at CJCH where he was tutored by some of Canada’s best in broadcasting.
His previous stint as a Freelance writer for the Dartmouth free Press prepared him well for broadcast journalism. When Halifax landed Canada’s 1 st Summer Games, Adams was recruited to the all-station broadcast crew. The sports crew from stations CJCH, CHNS and CBC/ CBHT, and other regional stations
including the Guns out of Quebec and Ontario were universally assigned specific events. Adams did track & field at Beasley’s field in Dartmouth and diving events at the Halifax Centennial Pool. “I shall always recall the honour of working with the best in the business.” Fred Arenberg, the president of CHNS said he was impressed with Adams’ authoritative coverage of events for the Games, and asked him to be the evening news editor at CHNS. It was at CHNS in 1971 the Radio Magazine Black Journal was born. More successful than I ever imagined, in 1975 we won the National B’nai B’rith Award for Broadcast Journalism, in the area of Human Rights.
We won over Laurier LaPierie with his Quebec radio show “LaPresse” and Barbara Frum with CBC radio’s “As it Happens.” A great night for Halifax at the Bonaventure Hotel in Toronto.
Wayne also worked as a local-events reporter with the ‘Dartmouth Free Press,’ and was a regular Columnist with the former ‘Halifax Daily News’. Wayne holds an Honouary Doctor of Laws Degree- (SMU), an Order of Canada, and an Order of Nova Scotia citations, a Certified Consultant, and an Honourable member of the Provincial Executive Council
“Something to think about, on the Wayne Adams Gospel Hour.”
Position: General Manager
Time(s): Weekdays 4:00 - 6:00pm
Riley is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the station, including support and oversight for technical, commercial, production, on-air, and administrative aspects of the job.
Riley is A native of Eastern Passage and a graduate of Cole Harbour High School. He is also a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College, where he studied Music Arts and Radio / Television / Journalism, majoring in radio. In the past, he worked at Seaside as a summer student where he was mentored by the late Wayne Harrett before spending more than three years with Maritime Broadcasting System in production, music scheduling, as well as news writing and announcing.
Position: General Manager, Program Director & Founder
Born in the town of Shelburne in good old Nova Scotia, Wayne was the founder of 105.9 Seaside FM, which started in a small room of his home back in 1999. Previously, Wayne volunteered for six years at another community radio station. Wayne had a passion for radio and loved how it connects listeners to their communities. He once said that the listeners are the true stars.
Program(s): Down The Road Apiece
Time(s): Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00pm
Rodger has been with Seaside FM since 2004. Rodger has volunteered in many capacities at Seaside over the years including annual fundraising events; events greeter, party organizer, and as a Master Gardener providing help with the landscape surrounding the home at Seaside FM.
As a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces Bands, Rodger has performed and hosted many events across Canada. As a broadcaster on Seaside Rodger hosted the “Big Band Show” for thirteen years; “Anything Goes” for over two years and now “Down The Road Apiece”, a special program that promotes any genre, any artist and any year, choosing exceptional music from around the world.
Rodger resides with his wife Patricia in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Please join Rodger on Wednesday evenings at 8PM. If you would like to contact Rodger please send him an email at email@example.com
Dave has been with Seaside FM for over 15 years, working behind the scenes as a crucial member of the Seaside team. We’re happy to have him here with us
Program(s): The Matinee Show
Time(s): Tuesday - Friday 2:00 - 4:00pm
Rod has experience working on-air in Germany with the Canadian Armed Forces and is still following his passion for broadcasting with us! How cool is that?
Program(s): Musical Memories
Time(s): Monday 6:05 - 8:00pm
Peter Woods is a long-time Volunteer at Seaside-FM. Originally starting out behind the scenes, he made his way to the newsroom where he spent many years before moving on to host his own show on Monday evenings. His mix of music and wholesome personality compliment the station as he stays true to the easy listening format.
Program(s): News, Sports & Weather
Time(s): Various weekdays 4:00-6:05pm
Ken Sanders is no stranger to broadcasting. He spent many years behind a microphone in various parts of the country. Ken is a veteran and has worked in law enforcement. He now volunteers his time in the Seaside-FM newsroom bringing you the latest news, sports, and weather throughout the week. Truly a great asset to the team.
Position: Sales Team, News
Sandy Buchan, Host, News Reader and an Ad Sales Consultant on Seaside FM, currently resides in Halifax, NS with his wife Cindy of 43 years. Originally from Norwich, Ontario, Sandy has spent the last few decades making his home in Nova Scotia working in the transportation industry and raising his family. you might know him or his alter egos “Cookie”, “Flatfoot” or “Sundae” from a parade or a festival, as he has been an active 20 year member of the Philae Shriner Clown Unit. A proud Grandfather in semi-retirement, Sandy enjoys spending time with family when he is not pursuing his love for radio or creating television content Executive Producer for SGP Film Productions.