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Our Hosts

Dean Belanger

Dean and wife Lana are parents to 6 children. Born and raised in Mattawa, they have made North Bay home for the last 26 years.

 

Dean is entering his 30th year in radio broadcasting in 2020, having spent the majority of that time at Rogers Radio stations.

 

Since 2011, Dean has been the morning show host and Station Manager at 103.5 KFM in North Bay.

 

Dean has been involved with the Lions Telethon for 16 years.

Vicki Tyler

After attending Humber College for Radio Broadcasting, Vicki worked as a Host and Assistant Producer in the GTA for Plugged In and Host of Politically Speaking in Orangeville, both for Rogers Cable.

She moved here with her husband and 2 daughters from Southern Ontario 14 years ago, and has called North Bay home ever since.    

 

Vicki has hosted ‘The Morning After with Mitch and Vicki’ on 101.9 ROCK for the past 11 years.

 

Vicki has been involved with the Lions Telethon for 13 years

Greg Estabrooks

Greg Estabrooks is the lead anchor and producer of Cogeco North Bay News which airs weeknights at 5:30pm on CogecoTV Channels 12 &  700.

 

Greg is a North Bay Native, is married with 5 kids and has over 34 years of broadcast experience in the community of North Bay and area.

 

He has been with CogecoTV for 18 years and is North Bay’s most trusted source for local news.

He has been involved with the Lions Telethon for 10 years.

Clarke Heipel

Clarke Heipel may not have been born in North Bay, but the city is without a shadow of a doubt, his home. He moved to the Gateway City from Burlington in the spring of 2011 and has not looked back.

 

Clarke pours his heart and soul into CogecoTV's daily LIVE newscast of Cogeco North Bay News, working alongside Greg Estabrooks & Mathew Sookram.

 

Outside of work he has volunteered his time with the Gathering Place and remains an active volunteer at the North Bay Humane Society. Clarke is proud to call Lions' Shorty Jodouin and Norah McKerrow his very best of his dear friends.

 

Don't be afraid to approach Clarke when he is out and about in the community on a daily basis, while he is committing his time to sharing your stories.

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Claude Sharma

Claude Sharma is a former journalist and anchor for Cogeco, CTV Northern Ontario, and TVO, Claude Sharma is proud to have lived and worked all over the province including six years in North Bay.

 

Now a Public Relations & Communications Specialist for Hard-Line in Greater Sudbury, Claude is thrilled to once again be a part of the Lions Children's Christmas Telethon working side-by-side with former co-workers and colleagues, and more importantly helping to raise money for local families and children in need. Claude has hosted telethons put on by the Lions before in Timmins, North Bay, and Sudbury.

Carrie Trownson

Carrie Trownson will never forget where she got her start; in North Bay working as a journalist for Cogeco North Bay News in 2008. After two years at the popular local news station, Carrie transitioned to CTV where she spent time covering stories and major events in the North Bay and Sudbury for 5 years.

 

She has since made a move as a proud employee of the provincial government. However, her commitment to Cogeco/YourTV has never wavered as Carrie still volunteers with the station covering community events. She loves covering Telethons and is excited to be back hosting once again in 2019.