Vic Garbutt

VicGarbuttBorn and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Vic was exposed at an early age to country music when families gathered around the old ‘wireless’ radio to listen to stations WSM (Nashville) and WWVA (Wheeling, West Virgina).

Every Saturday night the house rang cheerfully with fiddle and country music.  Not wanting to work in the mines, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1959, to ‘see the world’.

Vic got into the radio business as a volunteer in the early 1960s at CFWH at Whitehorse, Yukon and hosted his first country radio program in 1962 at A.R.S. (now CHAR) in Alert, NWT.  He moved to the Ottawa Valley in 1965, but continued his country music programs intermittently until 1972.

After an early retirement, Vic began DJ’ing again with Pontiac Radio, CHIP in 1996.  In seven years at CHIP, he hosted traditional country music programs in English and French.

In 2003, after much urging from folks in eastern Ontario, Vic, with his wife Linda Mae, were key players in the founding of Valley Heritage Radio.

Vic has retired from Valley Heritage Radio’s board of directors, but still spends many hours collecting and preparing music for station databases and his own radio programs.   He continues to volunteer, attend and MC events in the community. In the fall of 2014 both Vic and his wife Linda Mae were inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.

Vic’s Classic Country
Vic’s Classic Country program specializes in the easier-listening ‘traditional’ sounds of country music, both old and new. The program also features treasures from the past (40s, 50s and 60s), which prompt memories of cherished days gone by.

Great regional music from all across Canada, including the truly unique music of the Maritimes and the Ottawa Valley will have you joining in and, some of the finest fiddle music in the world will get your toes a-tapping and your knees a-bouncin’!

Vic selects his music from an enormous personal collection of more than 15,000 recorded media including 78 RPM, 45 RPM and LP records, cassette tapes and CDs. So if you’re looking for that special old song or tune from the past, he can likely find it for you.

Vic is proud to announce that he plays more than 50% Canadian content on his program.

Join him Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m., and sit back, relax, put your feet up and enjoy!