April 28, 1958
First Media Job
1975 - CKSO FM (Operator)
Like so many who wanted to get the proverbial foot in the door, Doug McCann got his chance to get started as a board operator on the FM side in June of 1975. It was suppose to be a temporary summer job, but turned into a permanent part time arrangement for the next five years. He had an undying interest to get on the air, but also enjoyed the production end of radio and seized any opportunity to experiment in the production studio. By 1976 Doug was also operating on the AM side. Towards the later part of the 1970's CKSO AM and CIGM FM were preparing to become disaffiliated with the CBC Radio Network. This meant that more local programming would be required and that's when Doug got his chance to do some on air hosting over nights on AM and some fill-in FM programming during evenings.
In 1979, McCann went to Ottawa to CFGO for a short stint in the Radio Production department but missed the on air work and returned to CKSO for a short while before working full time, doing mid-days in Parry Sound at the then CFBQ AM. Doug next went to CFOR in Orillia to do swing in 1982, but returned before the end of that year to open a record retail store in Parry Sound. Doug also kept busy with a mobile disc jockey business originally established in 1977. After selling the store and trying a hand at newspaper advertising sales, it was 1989 when Doug was back at the Parry Sound station, now CKLP FM, with a much greater audience, reaching most of Muskoka, East and West Parry Sound and Georgian Bay. Hosting various time slots and handling a bit of sales, Doug eventually hosted mornings over four years before resigning in December of 1996.
He went on to write software, handle computer consulting (with one of the clients as CKLP), did some freelance voice tracking but eventually Doug and a business partner and relative, David Witt, initiated an Internet company that provided hosting, web design, e-commerce and related services. McCann & Cambrian sold its clientele and web related services to another Parry Sound company, Sound Software. McCann & Cambrian retained its company name and continued in the field of audio and visual production. Now under the banner of AirFlight Creative, Doug's company offers an on-line radio production company providing services where needed anywhere in North America.
Doug and his wife, Josey reside in Parry Sound, Ontario.