Ismalia Alfa takes over from Matt Galloway on Metro Morning

Matt Galloway and Ismaila Alfa

CBC radio’s Metro Morning is the most listen to morning radio show in Toronto. Hosting the  talk show is one of those jobs that come around only about once every ten years.

So when veteran announcer Matt Galloway left his morning gig to take over hosting the national morning public affairs show, The Current, the industry held its breath, wondering who would take over the CBC Toronto’s flagship show.

Well, the waiting is over. Yesterday, the CBC announced that Ismaila Alfa will be the new host of Metro Morning. starting Monday, August 24.

A CBC Radio broadcaster and journalist since 2008, Alfa most recently served as the host of CBC Winnipeg’s current affairs program Up to Speed.

According to a CBC  news release, Alfa was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and Canadian mother. He was raised in Nigeria and Winnipeg where he studied civil engineering at the University of Manitoba. He toured Canada and the United States as a hip-hop musician for almost a decade before joining CBC Radio in Winnipeg in 2008. In June 2013, Alfa took the helm as the host of Up to Speed, taking the show to number one in the Winnipeg afternoon radio market.

Alfa says that ever since he performed in Toronto as a musican, he has wanted to live in this city.He’s excited to explore the food and music scene as well as the many ravines and green spaces

Galloway, a Jamaican Canadian, has spent almost 10-years with Metro Morning and 15 years with the CBC. Prior to joining the CBC, the 57-year broadcaster worked for NOW Magazine and CHRY, York University radio.