A fond 'Ver-well' to Calgary radio icon

The gang reforms for one final show on Friday, September 23th, 2016 From L-R : George Canyon, Dan Carson, Doug Veronelly, Bobby Wills, Robyn Adair and Paul Brandt Credit : Michael Lumsden/Postmedia

 

MICHAEL LUMSDEN, POSTMEDIA
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You’d think after 23 years, 6,000+ shows, and thousands of laughs, the morning crew at Country 105 would have seen it all.

Well, that was until one of their own decided to hang up his headphones for the last time.

Doug Veronelly, the man lovingly nicknamed the “human water feature,” had his farewell shindig on Friday, and the calibre of surprise guests showed off just how much of an impact he had on not only Calgary, but country music in Canada.

Stars George Canyon, Paul Brandt and Bobby Wills were just a small sample of the list of people who took part not only in the celebration of nearly a quarter-century on air, which is a feat in itself, but to also remind listeners just how involved Doug and the team are in the community.

Veronelly, who took a leave of absence earlier this year to deal with family matters, says the time was simply right to wave goodbye to his radio family, and spend more precious time with his own.

“I think everybody has those times in their lives when the proverbial stuff is hitting the fan, and you have to carry on. But, there is still stuff to deal with and I think it’s the right time and the right reasons,” he said.

“My next adventure is to enjoy time with my wife, that’s what it’s all about. Time with my wife, and time with my family; we’ve got grandkids now and we’re just gonna make the most of it,” he added.

Veronelly, however, knows leaving his work family is going to be something that will take some time, but added a Corus Calgary tradition will be a little easier to get over.

“I will get past donut day, there’s no question about that. But, I will miss Dan and Robyn terribly. You know, we’ve bared our souls to each other every morning for 23 years, through the good times and the bad times. That’s going to be the hardest, not having that every morning. That’s going to be the toughest,” he said.

Veronelly’s slot in the Odd Squad has been filled by former Country 105 afternoon jock Roger Rhodes.

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