Produced at CKCO from 1983 to 1988
Johnnie Walters is a Canadian-born broadcaster best known for his long affiliation with CKCO-TV in Kitchener, Ontario.
Walters hosted Trivia Company on CKCO from 1983 to 1988. This half-hour show was done in a game show format, and featured Walters taking a mobile unit on the street asking various people trivia questions for cash prizes that were often accompanied by a “Certificate of Genius”. On the latter was written a brief but grandiloquent speech, read on-air by the prize-winner, which proclaimed them “A genius, and certainly not a jerk.” Walters frequently reacted exuberantly whenever contestants indicated they might have an inkling of what the answer might be (and sometimes even when they didn’t), bellowing his catchphrase, “This guy (or lady) knows the answer!” stentoriously to draw in passersby to the spectacle in front of the camera. The show was revived in 1992 by CFPL-TV in London and CFTO-TV in Toronto and finished production in 1994.
Walters was also an occasional fill-in weatherman on the late edition of CKCO news, becoming one of those who wore the classic CKCO red jacket.
Courtesy Danny Bailey