From the archives: Max Ferguson on his life and work

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Max Ferguson, one of CBC's most beloved hosts, passed away today at the age of 89.

Ferguson began his on-air career at CBC in 1946 in Halifax when he was 21. After being assigned the job of hosting After Breakfast Breakdown, a cowboy music show, he invented the character Old Rawhide. As his popularity grew, so did his roster of radio characters. In 1949, Ferguson made the move from the local Halifax station to national radio, and soon became known across the country.

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In 1962, the Max Ferguson Show launched. It was a daily show until 1971; after that it became a Sunday morning fixture for more than 25 years, until Ferguson's retirement in 1988.

Ferguson wasn't just a talented broadcaster, he was a talented writer as well. His memoir, And Now...Here's Max (the title was taken from his show's famous introduction by Allan McFee), won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1968.

On September 9, 1986, Ferguson spoke to the Voice of the Pioneer about his long and illustrious career. You can listen to that interview in the audio player above.


For another Ferguson fix, check out the 2010 Rewind episode featuring the best of his work.