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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918345-2
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 252 pages
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
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    • 252 pages
  • Keywords
    • entertainment journalism,
    • career paths in television,
    • MuchMusic VJs,
    • Bill Welychka biography,
    • TV journalism behind the scenes,
    • Canadian musicians,
    • Tragically Hip

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A Happy Has-Been
Exciting Times and Lessons Learned by One of Canada's Foremost Entertainment Journalists
by Bill Welychka

Since first stepping in front of MuchMusic’s national cameras in 1992, Bill Welychka has become one of Canada’s most enduring, recognizable, and respected television personalities. He has over 5,000 interviews under his belt - including film and TV stars, royalty, politicians, athletes, and the planet’s biggest music legends. He is renowned for his thoughtful interview style and his love and knowledge of a wide range of topics from pop-culture to politics. Bill is very respected among his peers and his arduous work has been rewarded by many exclusives and awards. Bill Welychka has been hearing for decades “You should write a book!” Well, that book is here, and you are holding it in your hands. The celebrated media icon also shares the important life-lessons he has learned during his blessed life. Partial proceeds of the book will be donated to the White Ribbon Campaign and various women’s shelters across Canada.

“An extremely intimate, genuine and unshakeably honest journey into pop culture fame and the unstoppable path to selfrealization, truth and happiness.” —Kris Abbott / Musician, (Kris+Dee, The Pursuit of Happiness) “Bill’s memoir is both a creative workbook and an authoritative musical reference. 35 years after it all began, he shares his richly textured and personal music memories. It is a fanfreakintastic reminisce of yesteryear. This notable novel is a must-have to add to your collection of highly addictive reads. It will thrill all his fans!” —The Wire MEGAzine “Bill has proven to be an exceptional writer. This book will excite any fan of music or Bill’s fans. This novel is chalk full of information about the music business.” —Rick Revelle/ Author Algonquin Quest series “I love that he chronicled his story in book form. There were laughs and there were lessons, tales and tears. And Bill is the same guy from all those years ago – charming and genuine. You’ll love this book. I sure did!” —Kevin Shea / Hockey historian and Author “If you grew up with MuchMusic, you understand the impact the VJs had on your life. Bill Welychka was one of the greats. We’re blessed with inside access to the life and times of Bill, who it turns out is much more than a beloved VJ. He’s a beloved human being.” —Toronto Mike'd Podcast

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Bill Welychka is an award-winning Canadian entertainment journalist, television personality, and television editor and producer. Welychka is most widely recognized for his work as a show host and VJ for MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic from 1992 to 2005, but he has also since hosted Breakfast Television in Edmonton, been a weather anchor in Ottawa, and written a monthly column for The Kingston Whig-Standard. His distinctly disarming interview style and genuine interest in the people around him, whether they are internationally celebrated musicians or local event organizers, has endeared him in the hearts of many around the world. Welychka is now the co-host and co-producer of Global News Morning in Kingston, Ontario, where he resides with his fiancé, Amanda.


Bill Welychka
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