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George Stroumboulopoulos
Born George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos
August 16, 1972 (1972-08-16) (age 37)
Malton, Ontario, Canada
Other name(s) Strombo

George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos (pronounced /strɒmbəˈlɒpələs/; born August 16, 1972) is a Canadian television and radio personality, and best known as the host of CBC Television's The Hour (a talk show about the world's current events) and being a VJ for Canadian music television channel MuchMusic. George studied Radio Broadcasting at Toronto's Humber College.

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Family

He was born in Malton, Ontario, Canada, to a Greek father from Egypt and a Ukrainian mother.[1] He was raised primarily by his mother, and a close-knit extended family.[2]

MuchMusic

From 2000-2004, Stroumboulopoulos worked at MuchMusic as producer and host of The Punk Show, host of The NewMusic, MuchLOUD and MuchNews.[3][4]

The Greatest Canadian

Prior to joining The Hour Stroumboulopoulos was featured on CBC television's The Greatest Canadian series as the advocate for Tommy Douglas. More than 1.2 million votes were cast over six weeks, as each of 10 advocates made their case for the Top 10 nominees. George made a personal and passionate case for Tommy Douglas, Canada's "father of medicare," and Douglas won.

Strombo Show

Stroumboulopoulos has hosted a long-running Sunday night talk radio show, The Strombo Show. Originally aired as a talk show on CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal, the show moved to the Corus network in November 2007 and the format changed to one of mainly music. The Strombo Show broadcast from 102.1 The Edge's Toronto studio and on other radio stations in the Corus Entertainment network, including CFOX-FM in Vancouver, Power 97 in Winnipeg, FM96 in London and Y108 in Hamilton.

The show moved to CBC Radio 2 on November 8, 2009.

The Hour

On January 17, 2005, the first episode of The Hour went to air. Currently in its sixth season, The Hour is a hybrid of news and celebrity and covers everything from politics, pop culture, the environment, human rights, entertainment, sports and more. Airing nationally at 11:00 pm on CBC, The Hour is Canada's only late-night talk show. It has won eight Gemini Awards. Stroumboulopoulos and The Hour have hosted a range of guests from world leaders to celebrities and politicians. Some of The Hour's more notable guests include: Gene Simmons, Al Gore, Sarah Palin, Tony Bennett, Tom Cruise, Ricky Gervais, Bono, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jane Goodall, Noam Chomsky, Matt Damon, Gordon Ramsay, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Tim Robbins, Gore Vidal, Spike Lee, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Richard Dawkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Anka, Richard Branson, Barbara Walters, Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Maher, Bif Naked, Adrien Brody, Ted Danson, Paul Potts, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Chris Jericho, Heather Moyse, Hulk Hogan, Georges St-Pierre, Dave Grohl, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, The Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay, Russell Peters, Michael Bublé, Tegan and Sara, David Suzuki and Stephen King.

add: Larry King. George conducted the last public interview given by Canadian journalist and social activist June Callwood just before she died. On December 31, 2008 The Hour hosted a New Year's Eve Special and interviewed Sarah Palin from Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Hour has won six Gemini Awards. 2006 - Viewers Choice Award, 2006 - Best Host, 2007 - Best Talk Series, 2007 - Best Host, 2007 - Best Production/Design and 2008 - Best Host.

George and The Hour have sponsored the 'One Million Acts of Green' Internet Website[5] challenge calling on Canadians to register environmental acts which they've done. They've now registered over 1.6 million acts. George and his family[6] have been devoted to this cause which is supported by Dr. David Suzuki.

Charity

Stroumboulopoulos has also been involved with numerous charitable initiatives, such as hosting the 'HipHop4Africa' Mandela Children's Fund Canada and CapAids February 2006 Toronto benefit. He has traveled to the Arctic for a special on literacy, youth culture and the loss of Inuit identity. He has been to Sudan with War Child Canada, and Zambia for a World AIDS Day special documentary. He also supports Make Poverty History.

Awards

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws, from the University of Calgary on November 13, 2007.[7] He was also awarded an honorary degree in communications from Humber College in June 2008.

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