Our Founder Jerry Forbes
Santas Anonymous was founded in 1955 on 1080 CHED Radio by Jerry Forbes. While Jerry’s real name was Murray McIntyre Forbes, he adopted the alias “Jerry” for his on-air work. Jerry started broadcasting career at CFRN in 1947. He is also known for his CHED Good Guy program, his daily humanity editorials “Thought for the Day,” and for his amazing singing voice.
When 1080 CHED signed on in 1954, Jerry was their first Production Manager. He worked his way up through the years to become the station’s General Manager. CHED moved from 1080 to the familiar 630 dial position a few years later as 630 was a better frequency, and reaches virtually 75% of the Province of Alberta.
Jerry has been recognized with several broadcast industry achievements including the highly regarded Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the honor of having four City of Edmonton streets named after him in Falconer Heights and Riverbend.
When asked why he was first compelled to start Santas Anonymous, Jerry replied: “Wouldn’t it be great if there would be no needy kids…and every kid had a present…not a used present…with wheels stuck on and repainted….but a brand new present. From that modest start we said well…let’s do it. So we went ahead and for the first few years we ran it up on the second floor here just with my staff and from there it just grew and grew.”
Jerry spent 28 years at CHED and retired in June of 1981. He passed away in September of 1981 and is buried in his birth place of Innisfail, Alberta.
Jerry Forbes was once asked how he would like to be remembered after he died. His response was simply: “Just to be remembered as a decent guy.” Jerry would never know how many people he has helped since that simple beginning of Santas Anonymous in 1955.
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