Canada AM launched on September 11th 1972, with former CBC weatherman Percy Saltzman and Toronto television personality Carole Taylor as co-hosts, and Dennis Macintosh as the newsreader. Starting as a 90-minute show, 7:00-8:30am, Monday -Friday, the program added a half-hour midway through the 1975-76 season. Then, in the fall of 1983, the start time was moved up to 6:30am, to provide a 2½ hour daily block of news, weather, interviews and lifestyle items from a Canadian point of view.
By then the program had gone through several changes in hosts, and the turnover
Marci Ien from CTV Newsnet added the Canada AM news anchor role to her duties in 2003, replacing Leslie Jones.
Canada AM had its own dedicated studios at the network's headquarters in Toronto, but drew on correspondents and contributors from across the country and around the world. In September 2007 it celebrated 35 years on the air, and showed no signs of slowing down.
Starting on January 28th, 2008, Canada AM began broadcasting live in each time zone. This meant providing six hours of live programming, and involved the establishment of a Western anchor team to work out of a new Canada AM studio in Vancouver. Mi-Jung Lee joined the program as a co-anchor, with Reena Heer hired to do weather and special reports, and Omar Sachedina to do newscasts.
This experiment was ended on June 9th, when the program reverted to a 3-hour package which ran live in the east and was delayed to local time zones elsewhere.
On November 8, 2011, CTV announced that Canada AM host Seamus O'Regan would bid a final good morning to viewers across the country on Thursday November 28th, and would join CTV National News as a Correspondent, effective Monday November 28th. O'Regan had already been putting his story-telling skills to use on the CTV National News series "Canadian Originals", profiling everyday Canadians from all walks of life.
On November 24th, it was announced that Marci Ien would be Seamus O'Regan's successor on Canada AM, taking on her new role Jan. 9th 2012, following maternity leave. Friday, Nov. 24 was O'Regan's last day at Canada AM.
Canada AM celebrated four decades of waking up Canadians with a special week of retrospective programming from Monday, Oct. 22 to Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Written by Pip Wedge - June, 2008