Hi. Ahem. Yes. Hello there. Who, me? Oh, I’m fine. Really. Everything’s fine. I just need a moment to collect myself. Why? Oh, no reason, only because today I’m going to be talking about one of my favourite (funny-named) forces in entertainment EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD.
I’m such a professional.
Ok. Here we go: today, my friends, it is my pleasure to introduce you to one of the great loves of my life: Mr. George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos . Who I will henceforth refer to, most affectionately, (as do his many fans) as Strombo. I mean, I love the guy, but let’s face it; “Stroumboulopoulos” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, and I’m trying to conduct some serious journalism, here.
Strombo was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1972 (which means he’s only eleven years older than me! Which I can totally work with!!). After graduating from Humber College, Strombo began his journalism career in 1993 at a radio station in the funny-named Kelowna, British Columbia. But the separation proved to be too much, so he moved back home to me – I mean, back to his hometown of Toronto – where he worked at two of the city’s largest and most popular radio stations, covering both sports and music.
In 2000, Strombo began sharing his delicious face with Canada – I mean, began his television career – as the producer and host of NewMusic and MuchNews on the popular specialty television channel, MuchMusic. He stayed at MuchMusic until 2005, when he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as host and co-executive producer of “The Hour”. In 2007, Strombo also began sharing his delicious voice with Canada – I mean, returned to radio – to host a syndicated music and talk show, the awesomely named The Strombo Show.
Today, “The Hour” has been revamped into “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight”, a primetime talk show where actors, musicians,
and newsmakers get to
swoon over Strombo, appreciate Strombo’s signature interview style. Lest you think I’m being totally superficial (and I can’t imagine where you could have possibly gotten that impression) I would just like to point out that Strombo is just as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside. In 2011, he was named the first Canadian National Ambassador Against Hunger for the world’s biggest humanitarian agency, the United Nations World Food Programme. In 2012, the World Economic Forum announced that Strombo had been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) for 2012 – he was one of three Canadians to receive the global honour.
One more thing. If you visit my home blog, Words Become Superfluous, you know that I have a tendency to swoon over my Imaginary Boyfriends (Ryan Gosling, Nathan Fillion, and Dave currently hold three of the coveted top slots) without actually having met them in person. I would like to reassure you that I have a clear-eyed, totally grown-up and mature understanding of my “relationship” with Strombo …
HE IS JUST AS SWOON-WORTHY IN PERSON. TRUST ME, I’M A PROFESSIONAL.
Swoon worthy for sure 🙂
Right?!? I’m SUCH a fan (obviously). 😉
Well,, now that I know he has good taste in women, I too will put him on the swoon-worthy list….;-)
😀 You make me so happy Mimi, have I told you that lately?
🙂 That makes me happy!
great name, great interviewer and a great show.
He’s got it all
Does he ever! Thanks so much for stopping by, Be!
I have not heard of him before, but I am definitely still swooning over the name, alone! 🙂
He’s not really known outside of Canada … but I’m on a mission to change that! Thanks bunches for coming over to visit, Lucky Wreck!
Liking how you closed with the photo of you both. (he’s totally in love with you, btw–I can see it in his eyes) Ups your credibility factor by a bazillion that you actually have met the guy. Great smile you have and nicely done with the reporting. (no air quotes on that last word 🙂 ) Seems an awesome guy, worthy of your swoon.
Thank you my friend! Upping the credibility factor is what I was going for … otherwise I’m just the girl around here who hits on Dave and watches a lot of TV. But now I’m the girl REPORTER who does those things! Much more respectable 😉
Strombo really is an awesome guy who supports some really worthy causes. I love when people use their positions in the public eye to try and better the world a bit.
agreed! nice to see celebrities put their fame to good use. That is how I hope we behave when we become famous.
Happy Tuesday! Already looking forward to tomorrow’s new superfluous word. They’ve been so awesome lately you’re making it harder for you to top yourself. But I’d bet you’ll swing it 🙂
Of course we will! Our fame will be used for forces of good, not evil 🙂
Happy Tuesday to you too! Tomorrow’s word is going to be fun. Here’s a hint: it’s actually inspired by Fannie, and you 🙂
Sooooo you really got to me Georgie boy eh???
I’m sure this is going to make Dave jealous,,,hhahaha,,,I know your secret,,,you just really want to make Dave jealous of our beautiful Canadian men,,,so he will defect here and be all yours!
Yes, I really got to meet Georgie boy, and I managed to keep from tripping over my own two feet when I did … but just barely 🙂
LOL Nikki! Shush! You’re going to get me in trouble!! Honestly, I have no ulterior motives today, I’ve been wanting to post about George for a while since I’ve been a fan of his for ages
I completely understand. George is a genuine legend.
Haha, to be honest, I actually understand completely… I’ve been swooning over Strombo for years myself! Back in the days before this blog came into existence, Arto and I used to make “100 coolest people in the world” lists every year. Strombo made each of our lists at least once or twice. He’s a really cool guy who I’ve been a fan of since the early 2000’s.
However, that does sound like a fantastic plan… I’d respect anyone who was devious enough to plan that and then carry it out 🙂
Please. You think I’d try to get you to cross the 49th parallel for me when it’s still snowing around here? Honestly, Dave, give me some credit … that plan doesn’t go into effect until May.
Hahaha, I wish they had an abbreviation for “LOL, then reread it and still LOL’d”. Life is so much better when I know I have something to look forward to!
Way to go Amb! Talk about upping the journalistic ante. By the way I love Kelowna, although the ginseng fields outside town look a little weird with all that netting. Probably why he went back to you, I mean Toronto.
What a great photo. Love your smile.
Thank you Fannie! Yup, a regular Girl Friday, that’s me.
I love Kelowna too, though I haven’t been in years. I hadn’t thought of the gingseng fields, but I’m sure you’re right and that’s why he left. I’m impressed! Who’s the journalist now? 🙂
Thanks for the lovely compliment about the photo. Not going to lie, that one was the background on my laptop for a long, long time!
Maybe the best last paragraph I’ve ever read in a blog entry… everything was awesome. I hovered over my own name and saw “Dave is my favourite” and thought it was a clue, and then I hovered over the other two and thought “… darn, what a tease!”
Then that last sentence. Pure gold!
*swoon* oh Dave, you say all the right things … you really are my favourite, you know. xo.
You probably tell that to Nathan, Ryan, and Strombo too… but I’m fine with that. I’m honored to be in their presence. 🙂 xo back!
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Amb… were you ever a Bradford How fan? Obviously he was no Strombo, but I enjoyed the fella, and was glad to see him (and his ridiculously fast-growing facial hair) grace American screens on VH1. I guess he’s now hosting a show on Nick at Nite, which I probably wouldn’t watch even if I did have cable.
I was! He reminds me a bit of Joel McHale, now that I think about it. Not quite the same level of dry wit – really, who is – but he could pull off sarcasm pretty well, without seeming petty.
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If I wasn’t a happily married heterosexual male, I’d be all over him.
Such is the power of Strombo! Thanks for putting up with my shameless self-promotion and coming to visit me over at BoFN, Ned! 🙂
My pleasure — I’ll be back to visit again soon!
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