Mike Judson, who recently announced he was leaving his job as Weather Analyst on CHEXNewswatch and as host of CHEX Daily after five years with the station, is joining Country 105 radio where he will co-host a new morning show called Mike and Miles in the Morning alongside current Country 105 co-host Miles Gibney.
Mike Judson on the Mic
Judson will be replacing the retiring Ron McFarland, who was at Country 105 for 22 years (and Peterborough radio for 40 years). They are big shoes to fill, but Judson is up for the challenge. "Ron is a local radio legend who has forever left his mark on his listeners," Judson tells PTBOCanada. "Obviously that is a lot of pressure on me coming into a show where the guy before me was so cemented in his role, but I am really, really excited for it. When it comes to the show's direction, I think we are going to let things happen organically and see what feels right."
The move is like coming back full circle for Judson, as he actually got his start in local radio with the Country 105/Energy 99.7/91.9 BOB FM family when he first moved to Peterborough. "I love radio as a medium and always have," he tells PTBOCanada. "TV was fun but I have been looking into getting back into radio for a while. I started my career in radio 10 years ago and it was always my dream to become a morning show jock. The dream has come true and I am looking forward to having a blast every morning with Miles and of course, the devoted Country 105 listeners."
Photo by Craig MacPhee
Judson will miss the adrenaline rush associated with tracking storms and relaying that important information to the public in a timely fashion as a weather analyst, but says he will continue chasing them. "Even though I've given up my post, I'll still be tracking storms. I've done that since before I was even the weatherman."
Judson, a terrific interviewer, will also miss the CHEX Daily—especially its current format which he loved. "When the CHEX Daily became my own show, it really became a passion piece. I got to interview whomever I liked and really dig into the interviews. I'm a very curious person and used the platform as an opportunity to try and ask questions that maybe weren't usual. I always want to know what makes people happy and how they use their time to make the most out of life. The people I interviewed on the CHEX Daily taught me about taking risks and being positive, and certainly helped prepare me for future life events."
Miles gibney & mike Judson
Judson says the CHEX family was terrific to him—"When my family faced a recent crisis, CHEX really stepped up to help make life a lot easier for me while I took care of my wife and son—I'll never forget that"—but is ready to seize the moment with this great opportunity at Country 105.
Aside from listening to him on the morning airwaves—Mike and Miles in the Morning debuts Monday, March 6th and airs 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday—you can also catch Judson regularly at the Gordon Best Theatre where he is a member of the well-known Citiots Improv troupe, at the Theatre on King where he plays Victor Marshall in the popular Crime City series, and in various other theatrical productions.