Greg Mackling is an on-air host and defending (only) “Talk Idol” Champion, at 680 CJOB in Winnipeg.
To call Greg’s road into broadcasting “unorthodox” would be an understatement. With a long work history in the hospitality industry and telecommunications sales, he answered the call from Winnipeg’s heritage station to audition for an on-air competition in the Fall 2008. The competition mimicked the ever popular “American Idol” format for a cash prize and a one-year contract; along with a weekly show in the coveted 9-Midnight time slot on Saturday nights.
After several years of hosting a variety of programs and being the “fill-in guy” for every show on the clock; Greg now co-hosts “Mackling and Megarry”, weekend afternoons, 1-4PM on 680 CJOB. He also continues to co-host “The Health Report” and “Sports Sunday”.
M&M focuses its content on everything from breaking news, current events, social commentary, local heroes and entrepreneurs to mental wellness, personal growth, sports, and your favourite sandwich or Canadian rock star. In short, we aim to be a voice for Winnipeg.
Greg is comfortable sharing stories from his personal journey through life, including his wide variety of work experience, business, travel, passion for sports, Winnipeg and his family. Greg freely shares his battle with brain injury and depression and has become an outspoken advocate for mental wellness.
As a proud husband and father of twin boys, his family is the source of his inspiration, pride and quite often fodder for discussion and perspective during on-air conversation.
A fierce defender of all things Manitoban, Greg has actually moved to Manitoba three times from Alberta (twice) and The Okanagan Valley… okay, that also means he moved away three times.
Greg is active in the community with a variety of special projects and events; including the role of spokesperson for the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation 2017 lottery, and also emcee’s a number of fundraising events throughout the year.
The Jets, Blue Bombers, his business interests, along with his children’s activities take up all his free time. This also means that along with silence, sleep is the most precious commodity in his life.