Dick Peplow was on the airwaves in the early to mid 1970's at CKSO AM. During part of his time here, Dick was also Program Director for the AM side.
Dick's on air radio days were right in the main stream of adult contemporary, Top 40, Drake format days of AM radio.
He, like so many of today's veterans, started early in his teens spinning records part-time for CJIC AM while he attended Grade 12 at Sault Collegiate Institute. He was full-time at CKCY in 1963. He also made stops along the way in at CKPR, Thunder Bay, Dawson Creek, St. Thomas, Kirkland Lake, Sudbury, Yellowknife and Winnipeg.
In Yellowknife, Peplow even found himself wearing another kind of hat when he was elected into municipal politics as a city alderman. If there was a particular issue of significant importance to him, he would often bravely stand alone in an effort to see it through. For instance, he would fight against secret meetings of Yellowknife City Council in a battle that eventually resulted in a precedent-setting territorial court decision forcing the city to end the practice.
Most recently Dick Peplow was President and General Manager and founder of a successful online news and information web site, SooToday.com. It is independently and locally owned competing with local printed newspaper in presenting Sault Ste. Marie news. The site includes sports, classifieds, police reports, editorials, columns, business directories and more. The web site started up on September 25, 2000 under a different domain name primarily to distribute discount coupons. At that time the web site was known as SooCoupons.com. Although the venture got off to a great and promising start, Algoma Steel's subsequent bankruptcy hit the local economy badly, negatively impacting the web site's bottom line. That's when Peplow re-invented the on line business turning it into an on line newspaper. Peplow acknowledged the efforts and support of former broadcast colleagues including Randy Russon, John Campbell, John David Cameron, David Helwig and Russ Hilderley. Dick Peplow then launched BayToday.ca on October 1, 2003. The sites would grow to become a success before he retired from it all at the end of October, 2004.
His retirement ended a 41-year career in broadcast, print and online media. It's a career that began and ended in the Sault.
In recent years, Peplow was a loyal volunteer at Sault Area Hospital.
Sadly, on July 13th, 2007, Dick Peplow passed away. He was 63. He is survived by his wife Joanne Peplow and his children Candice (Jake), Jason (Pam), Christine and Lindsay, and many relatives.
Proud grandfather of three. Dick was one of eight children in his family.