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CJOB Shut Ins Program – Just for You

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Most Winnipeg folks my age remember the CJOB Shut Ins Program, which aired Sunday morning for many, many years. Most of all, we recall its genial gentleman host, George McCloy.

I often did the weekend morning shows on CJOB Winnipeg during the 1970’s. The Saturday morning show was busy and upbeat – similar to the weekday mornings. Except I did not do “Beefs and Bouquets”; that was Red’s domain. But Sunday mornings were more laid back. My on air stint ran from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Finally, during the last 90 minutes, I just played a tape and spun some discs.

George McCloy and the long running CJOB Shut Ins Program were featured on that recording. This show contained slower-paced vintage music and best wishes for Winnipeg’s most senior of senior citizens. During the week, listeners wrote or phoned George with short remarks of good health and musical dedications to older relatives and friends who were “shut in.” He arranged these messages and musical dedications. George always introduced each song with the phrase “just for you”. That was my cue to start the record.

Few radio announcers spend their entire career at one station. Most noteworthy, George McCloy did. He was on the air at CJOB from 1946 to 1987. “Hank” was one of the Royal Canadian Air Force veterans that joined J. O. Blick to start the station one year after World War II. As you can see in the two pictures above, this gentle man held up well over time. Early in his career, George played a big role in the CJOB broadcasts of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Since most of my on-air work at CJOB was evenings and weekends, I did not really know him very well, other than our professional relationship. George’s main program was the lunch hour shift on weekdays, including his “Ladies Choice”. I do remember though that he loved golf and spending weekends at the cottage. He passed away in 2007.

CJOB Shut Ins Program – Mixed Blessing

Elderly women over the age of 80 were the main demographic for this show. A lot of our younger listeners found the music and content depressing. To be honest, even I referred to the show as “Gentle Sounds for the Geritol Generation”. (Only off the air,of course. Bad boy.) But the CJOB Shut Ins Program served a worthy purpose. Radio stations tended to ignore this demographic completely, so we at least did something for them.

Another benefit of running Shut Ins was that we were able to avoid carrying a church service during this time period, something most radio stations did in the early years but discontinued.


  1. John Farrell says:

    Thanks for this reminiscence. My grandmother listened to this show every week. I remember thinking at the time that if I were a “shut in” the show would likely prompt me to string myself up in a closet. However, it also exposed me to the music of Debussy and other great composers. In the end it was a real gift. When I tell people about this show they think it’s hilarious.

    • John VE6EY says:

      Great question, Ron. But sorry, I can’t remember. George always recorded the music onto his voice track so I never saw it. Cheers, John.

  2. Austin says:

    I think the song was called “For You” – my wife had the music for her flute when we were still dating but would love if a recording with George’s voice introducing the program was posted.

    • Will Slowski says:

      Hello! Fascinated to hear the name of the theme song, “For You”, could you possibly pass along the composers name to me? My 90 year old father and I loved that song, the program for years ago and would love to try and find the actual song online somewhere!

    • Elaine says:

      I’ve been looking for the song, but I still haven’t found it. We listened to the show every Sunday morning while having our roast beef or chicken meal after church. We affectionately called the it “The Gravy Song”. If you can tell me specifically who the artist or composer is, I’d be very grateful. Thank you!

  3. Kim says:

    Mom elderly mother remembers coming in to Winnipeg to square dance on the Western Hour I think it was called. Around 1950-1951. George was the announcer. Do you happen to know the theatre it was held at on Main Street?

    • John VE6EY says:

      Hi Kim. With a bit of searching I found this: “The CJOB Western Hour was initially broadcast from the Starland Theatre on Main Street before moving to the Dominion Theatre at Portage and Main. The host for much of its run was George McCloy – one of his first gigs at the station.”

  4. ron kolesar says:

    Remember this program very well. My Mom would be making cabbage rolls at this time almost every Sunday. CJOB was the best station ever. Thank you for the memories

  5. george fraser says:

    Some pretty good singers were on stage at the Dominion Theater on Sat mornings for the “western hour” some of these were Art Young, Vern Ferris, Jimmy Bass,, Ray Drain and Ray St. Jermain. Hank ,,George McCloy was the announcer… I never see anything about this on the internet,, but it was a good show.

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