Rudy Blair lives and breathes music. From Beyoncé, Dolly Parton, Gordon Lightfoot and Anne Murray to music sensations like Michael Bublé, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. Rudy has an ear for the best in music and a talent for revealing their true personalities outside of the recording studio.
His conversational and engaging interview style has garnered praise from the artists he talks to and from listeners alike. Some of the artists he has chatted with include Phil Collins, Janet Jackson, Sting, Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Norah Jones, Nelly Furtado, Mary J. Blige, Bruno Mars, Shania Twain and Andrea Bocelli.
After graduating from Vaughan Road Collegiate (now Academy), Rudy majored in radio broadcasting at Humber College. Soon after, he was employed by several major market radio stations in Toronto, eventually landing at the number one AM music station All Hits Radio-CFTR, which changed format to 680News in 1993.
Rudy is the recipient of many awards and honours, including the Radio-Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Award several times over. He’s been one of the judges for the TTC subway musicians’ auditions since 1999, the Toronto Argonaut cheerleaders’ selection since 2002 and TTC Idol since 2006. Since 2003, Rudy has been the host of the Scotiabank Rat Race, which helps to raise money for United Way. From 2000 to 2003 Rudy was the in-house MC/host at Rogers Centre for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also was the five-time host of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.