The ultimate in breaks came for Robert Vairo when only at the age of 15, he called up CKSO Radio as he wanted to "file a report" on his basketball team having just won the collegiate championship. He proved to have a natural talent when he actually signed off his report like that of a professional. This impressed the people at the station and lead to his first job in radio. That was in the mid 1960's and lead to a career extending four decades.
Robert Vairo has served as an announcer, talk show host, producer, reporter and anchor. Following two years at CKSO, Vairo moved on to various radio stations in Montreal including CFOX, CKGM, CJAD 800, 940 News, and Q92 FM (CFQR). Adding to his credits, he is also available for freelance radio announcer and reader services.
Robert's experience lends itself to television where he spent time in North Bay on CFCH TV. He has also been on the Weather Network, and served as a reporter and anchor at Montreal’s major English-language television news station and CTV-affiliate, CFCF-TV for about 18 years until 1999. His next move was to work as Morning Host at CIQC in Montreal.
Vairo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a teaching degree. Collaboration with Concordia University’s Communications Department involved teaching courses as far back as 1984 including Writing for Radio and Television, Voice Production Techniques for Radio, News Sports and Public Affairs for Radio and Television, and Techniques of Public Communication for Radio, TV, and Public Relations.
Vario realized a great dream by establishing his own broadcast school, The Montreal Radio School, offering a fast-track intensive radio or TV course to get students launched into entry-level positions in the broadcast industry. Today the school boasts having graduates in every English language radio station in Montreal and three French stations in Quebec.