Halina Balka's Bio

I began working in a small radio station in Kenora, Ontario while still in high school. It was at that point that I fell in love with radio and I have never looked back.

After highschool, I spent one year at York University studying theater but the pull of radio proved to be too strong. The following year I enrolled in the Ryerson University Radio and Television Arts program, and, after three years, received my Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA).

During my third year of studies I landed an overnight operator's job at the old "CKEY 590" in Toronto. I soon moved from overnights to afternoons and within a few years I was doing afternoon traffic as well as entertainment features and interviews.

While pursuing a career in radio I have always kept a hand (or should I say a voice) in the Toronto freelance voice-over market and have been the voice behind countless commercials and narrations for both radio and television.

Since one never knows what will happen in radio I figured that perhaps it would be wise to have a backup career, so a few years ago I returned to Ryerson on a part-time basis and earned a Bachelor of Social Work. So far I haven't needed a second career and hopefully never will. I really enjoy what I do and often feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to earn a living doing what I love.

In total, my radio career has spanned more than 3 decades. I have worked for almost every radio station chain in the city, including CFRB and the CBC. Currently I am at home with the Rogers family, working for Rogers Media. They own four radio stations in Toronto and each weekday morning I do traffic for three of the four. I am on 680 News between 5-6am and again from 9-10am. I am on the Fan 590 Sports Radio and CHFI FM between 6 and 9 each weekday morning as well. I also voice a variety of commercials and promos for each of these stations when required.

I live in Toronto's west end in a small house with my teenage daughter (who has also embarked on a voice-over career), and a sweet little black and white dog called Spencer.

Thanks for looking me up. I look forward to chatting with you on the Traffic Line at *680