Matt Hayes - Broadcasting, TV Communication, 1981
2005 Creative Arts & Design Recipient
Matt Hayes, Weathercaster for CH News at Noon and News at Six, is one of the busiest and most recognized men in the Hamilton community. Radio, television, theatre, newspaper, advertising, Matt does it all. A true media personality, his winning style has been the basis for a successful and fulfilling career. For the past several years, Matt has won accolades as Favourite TV and Radio Personality in the Hamilton Spectator's annual Reader's Choice Poll. In addition to his famous, roving weather reports on CH, Matt also gained recognition as the press room host at the annual Juno Awards ceremony.
In 1981, following his graduation from Mohawk College's Television Broadcasting program, Matt entered the broadcasting industry with CHEX-TV in Peterborough. Six months later he joined the CH team as a news reporter. After three years of strictly reporting news, Matt began reporting the weather. Over the years, his on-location weather reports have become a staple for the station and a favourite with viewers. Matt's strong connection with CH was further cemented when he became the face of the station's 50th Anniversary in 2004. That year he hosted The First Fifty Years: A Half Century of CH, a one-hour documentary on the station's history.
Matt has complimented his success on television with an equally impressive radio career. Initially a host with CHML 900, Matt is currently the co-host of the region's #1 radio morning show Sunni and Hayes on K-Lite FM. For 10 years - an almost unheard-of run in radio - Matt and Sunni have owned the distinction of the region's most popular morning radio show. Sunni and Hayes also make regular appearances on CH Morning Live and quarter to each hour.
His many accomplishments also embrace the world of music and theatre. Matt has sung the National Anthem at games for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hamilton TigerCats, Buffalo Sabres, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matt has also teamed up with award-winning singer Jim Witter to perform under the name The Weather Boys. Proceeds from their recordings have gone to Jimmy Lomax’s Operation Santa Claus Fund.
An actor, Matt has also appeared in a number of Hamilton Players' Guild theatre productions. He received a Best Supporting Actor award in 1986 for his portrayal of Ben Silverman in The Sunshine Boys. In 2003, he shared Best Actor accolades with his father, Chuck Hayes, for their performances in Over the River and Through the Woods. He has also done countless radio and television specials, commercials and promotions.
Matt's gives generously of his time and talent to the community. In 2004, he was Honourable Co-Chair of Week of the Child, the Honourary Chairman for the Super Cities Walk for Multiple Sclerosis and the Ontario Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Each year, Matt participates in the annual Celebration telethon in support of McMaster Children's Hospital. In January 2005, CH Television devoted one full day's news programming to raise money for tsunami relief efforts in partnership with the Red Cross, Matt Hayes hosted the relief effort along with a number of his CHTV colleagues.