Larry Solway, Canadian radio personality and author, died he was 83
Lawrence S. “Larry” Solway was a Canadian actor and broadcaster died he was 83..
(13 August 1928 – 9 January 2012)
During the 1960s he hosted radio programmes at CHUM in Toronto such as the early Canadian talk show Speak Your Mind. He left the station in 1970 due to a dispute with the station over a series of shows on sex. In the aftermath, he wrote The Day I Invented Sex about the controversy.
Solway was known nationally as a panelist of the CBC Television programme This Is the Law in the early 1970s. He returned to the radio talk show circuit later that decade with Talkback on Brampton, Ontario station CHIC until management there dismissed him without warning. He was seen in minor roles in films such as Meatballs and The Brood. In the late 1970s he was a columnist for the newly launched Sunday Star.
He was a candidate for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the 1999 Ontario general election but was unsuccessful in his campaign in St. Paul’s riding.
In a column written for Straight Goods, Solway lamented the “Christmas Envy” that he felt as a Jew.
Solway was diagnosed with bladder cancer
at age 83. In November 2011 he wrote a final blog post to say goodbye
to his readers. He died 9 January 2012, at Toronto General Hospital of
complications arising from his bladder cancer.
- 1960s: Speak Your Mind, 1050 CHUM
- September 1976 – January 1979: Talkback (CHIC)
- September 1986 – ?: Larry Solway Show, CFGM
- 1989 – ?: talk show, CFLY-FM Talk show host CFRB 1991-92, Talk 640 1995-97
- Flashback (1966–68), panelist
- various CBC Television news features (1971–74)
- This Is the Law (1971–75), panelist – CBC
- Juliette and Friends (1973–75), co-host
- Larry Solway Show (1974–76) – syndicated
- Our Fellow Americans (1976) – 8-part CBC documentary
- The Day I Invented Sex (McClelland and Stewart, 1971; ISBN 978-0-7710-8205-4)
- Don’t Be Blindsided by Retirement (2008; ISBN 0-9783286-1-2). Author Andrew Bertram; Solway was a contributor.
Returned to the stage 1979-1984. Appearances at Neptune Halifax,
Oakville, Red Barn, Teller’s Cage, National Arts Centre. Appeared in
leading roles in “Same Times Next Year” “Plaza Suite” “The Subject Was
Roses.” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”
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