Marilyn Denis Bio

Marilyn Denis is one of the most fun-loving – and quite honestly, one of the nicest people in broadcasting – as host of her own and Canada’s #1 daytime lifestyle series, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. The veteran broadcaster also co-hosts Marilyn & Jamar weekday mornings on Toronto’s #1-ranked radio station 104.5 CHUM FM. A dominating presence in Toronto radio and Canadian television, Marilyn’s quick wit, connection with the audience and charm have made her a much-beloved figure in CHUM FM’s 30 year history and a favourite among viewers nationwide.
Recently awarded Best Talk Program for the second year in a row at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on CTV and the CTV GO app. Now in its eighth season, the show brings Canadians quality programming with a mix of expert and celebrity guests. Marilyn places fans at the centre of it all, as she provides a unique blend of entertainment and topical lifestyle information, from fashion, food and fitness, to viewers across the country.

A definite trailblazer, Edmonton-born Marilyn became the first female DJ at KRPL in Moscow, Idaho. She then moved to Calgary where she held various radio and television positions including programmer, music director, and traffic reporter. But it wasn’t until she auditioned to become Roger Ashby’s co-host, that Marilyn found her niche. After interviewing dozens of broadcasters and actresses, Marilyn breezed into CHUM FM in July 1986. After chatting with her for a few brief minutes, Roger immediately remarked, “I think we’ve found the right one.” 
Marilyn has always balanced her dynamic radio career with her candid television presence. She first began her career in television by reporting on sports, weather, and entertainment at CFCN-TV (CTV Calgary) and working as a freelance reporter for TSN. Marilyn also shared hosting duties on Bravo!'s Gemini Award-winning concert series LIVE AT THE REHEARSAL HALL and was host of the popular daily show CITYLINE for nearly 20 years.
A triple Gemini Award-winner (including back-to-back Viewers Choice Awards), Marilyn received The Rosalie Award, honouring Canadian women who have paved the way for others in radio broadcasting in 2006. Marilyn was also listed as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by WXN, where she accepted her award in December  2013 at a gala ceremony celebrating female leaders and role models in Toronto.  Marilyn is also the 2017 recipient of the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award, where she will accept her award at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards April 20th, 2017 in Toronto. Marilyn was recently selected as the University of Idaho’s (where Marilyn studied broadcasting) 2017 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree recipient, where she will accept her doctorate in Moscow on May 13, 2017. 

Marilyn is committed to many Canadian charities. An advocate for the fight against ovarian, colorectal and breast cancer, Marilyn supports and encourages organ donation and was one of the first members of the SickKids Constellation, a premier group of stars who support the efforts of the SickKids Foundation. She also donates to Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto annually and in September 2016, she lent her support in the Canadian broadcast portion of the Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) telecast.