Ross Porter is one of Canada’s most respected broadcast executives, a music authority, event producer, and published author. As President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as an on-air host at JAZZ.FM91, Ross Porter is acknowledged by jazz lovers from coast-to-coast as Canada’s preeminent jazz broadcaster. Before assuming the senior executive role at JAZZ.FM91, he was widely known for a distinguished career as a Radio and Television broadcaster and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For eleven years, Porter hosted a daily national show on CBC Radio 2, and covered pop culture for CBC Television’s The National and CBC Newsworld’s On the Arts, becoming integral to the careers of many of Canada’s most successful performers, including Diana Krall, Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, and Holly Cole.
Throughout his early career, he amassed an impressive list of commendations as a producer for network radio documentaries on music icons including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Chet Baker, and created critically acclaimed television documentaries on the lives of legends Oscar Peterson, Joni Mitchell, Moe Koffman, Quincy Jones, George Harrison, Brian Wilson, and Diana Krall.
His lengthy list of background credentials also includes stints as a respected print journalist, serving as a music columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and as a jazz reviewer for The National Post. In 2006, McLelland and Stewart published Ross Porter’s first book, The Essential Jazz Recordings: 101 CDs. A consistent best seller ever since, it is now in consecutive printings.
On June 28, 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for lifetime achievement.