Gloria Martin is the Entertainment Editor for 680 News, Toronto’s number one all-news radio station, as well as its affiliates across the country including News 1130 Vancouver, 570 News Kitchener and News 95.7 Halifax. Gloria’s day ranges from talking to movie stars and fascinating personalities to helping out her favourite community groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto and The Famous People Players.
Website: Globiz.ca; 680news.com/listen/globiz
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
No, I didn’t always want to be in the media. I was always into acting and writing from the time I was very young (grade one!). I have a BFA from York University in theatre, have done TV commercials, and written and starred in several of my own TV productions.
I love music so, while unemployed as an actress for a spell, I took a job as a disc jockey at a local club. I became one of the first female DJs in Toronto and the first to play “black” music from soul to reggae to rap when I jumped to radio as a late night DJ at CHIC in Brampton. I have been in radio ever since (CBC, CFGM, CFTR, 680 NEWS).
I have always had a passion for promoting our own incredible Canadian talent and have done that on every station where I have been employed.
Where would you like to be five years from now?
I would like to be writing and producing more extensive articles about interesting people everywhere as well as Canadian stories.
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Mickey Rooney. Love the guy. He’s a legend. But a terrible interview. I tried three times. He’s very cranky.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Love yourself.” My mother told me that over and over. It’s important for young people to understand that means having confidence but NOT feeling entitled.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Work hard at what you love. It’s a privilege. Live every minute of every day to the fullest. Smile. Have respect for others. Help those in need as often as you can.
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Don’t be a pest. If I say no, understand it’s impossible for me to help you at the moment.
Present your information concisely and clearly. Target me if you know it’s something suitable. Don’t just put me on a list that sends out everything you’re working on.
Kim Kardashian. She’s nothing. And I really hate phony advice experts who pretend to dish out advice to movie stars and celebrities and tell them what to do with their lives. Ick!
I’m reading the first two books in Toronto writer Ron Base’s new series, The Sanibel Sunset Detective, published by the late, great Brian Vallee. I’m also reading Italian Days by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, a travel journal with lots of food highlights. And of course any cookbook, anytime.
Best place on earth?
Manitoulin Island, British Columbia and Italy.
Canadian actors Carlo Rota (24, Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway) because I know they both love to cook and have an incredible sense of humour. We would have a hard time trying to eat between the laughs!
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Diane Dupuy, founder of the Famous People Players.
Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?
I always download anything by Trombone Shorty or Esperanza Spalding and Toronto’s Bill King. I just downloaded his new album, Five Aces.
Voicemail or email?
Email!!! (Ed. note: exclamation marks intended.)