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Lenny Lombardi is President and CEO of CHIN Radio/Tv International, Canada, which broadcasts in over 50 languages on three frequencies, AM 1540 FM 91.9 and FM 100.7 in Toronto and FM 97.9 in Ottawa. He is the Executive Producer of international television programming content that is broadcast on various tv stations in Canada and the USA . He is one of Canada’s most active concert promoters dedicated to presenting Italian artists in a range of musical genres, from Folk to Pop to Opera to Rock. 

 

As a graduate of  York University, Lenny has been involved in broadcasting for over forty years with CHIN Radio/TV International and has developed and expanded on ethnic radio and television broadcasting in Canada under the expert guidance and inspiration of his late father and founder, Johnny Lombardi.  CHIN RADIO now celebrating 55 years of broadcasting, 1966-2021, employs over 75 people in Toronto and Ottawa. 

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As a young man, Lenny grew up working in the family food business which was the first Italian supermarket in Toronto, as stock and delivery boy, service counter, butcher and cashier, however, the Lombardi family business soon moved into media and in particular, radio. Lenny’s first influences began with the nightly gathering around the dinner table experiencing the great Italian singing artists of the era blaring from the kitchen radio, listening to his father’s radio program, the “Johnny Lombardi Italian show”.  In June 1966 his father started CHIN RADIO and Lenny knew where his future was headed. At CHIN, he worked his way through all the various departments and showed particular talent for radio and television programming production and live concert and event production. By 1970 he was the producer and event manager for all CHIN concerts. Most famous is the CHIN International Picnic, a multicultural music festival that attracts over 250,000 people and features international artists from around the world as well as hundreds of local artists. 

 

In addition to radio and concerts he is executive producer of multicultural television programming which is broadcast on various television and media platforms in Canada and the USA. The list of programs produced by CHIN serves the Italian, Polish, Portuguese, South Asian and Latino communities. 

 

As executive producer of all programming on CHIN Radio, he oversees the production of over 100 hours of weekly Italian language programming in Toronto and Ottawa.  Now celebrating 56 years of broadcasting, CHIN is Canada’s foremost Italian media outlet carrying locally produced programming reflective of the Italo-Canadian communities served. CHIN RADIO, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Italian language and culture in Canada produces programming that includes, current and regional musical formats, cultural features, current affairs and news and views of Italian politics, all in the Italian language. CHIN programming includes local news and international news provided by RAI and features other direct collaborations such as the live-to-air broadcast of the San Remo Festival, political updates and Italian Senate election updates, providing an invaluable link to Italy, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. 

 

CHIN RADIO serves up a daily mélange of contemporary music,  reflecting current pop artists from Italy such as Eros, Ferro, Pausini, Zucchero and Jovanotti to name a few. In addition CHIN provides important regional programs daily with special service to the  Calabria, Sicilia, Napoli, Friuli, Veneto, Puglia, Lazio, Abruzzo and Basilicata communities served. 

 

Lenny Lombardi is also a leader in Italian concert promotion and presentation in Canada dating back to the 1950’s through his father Johnny Lombardi, and through to today. The name Lombardi and CHIN RADIO are synonymous with Italian musical entertainment and Italian artists performing in Canada. For five decades, generations of Italo Canadians have been entertained by a multitude of Italian artists presented by CHIN RADIO and Lenny Lombardi. From Modugno and Villa to Eros and Pausini, Italian music has been a part of the Italo-Canadian cultural experience through CHIN. ​

  • Fiercely proud of his Southern Italian heritage (Sicily & Basilicata) he travelled to his grandfather’s home town of Pisticci to cut the ribbon on the inauguration of Piazza Lombardi built and named in honour of his father by the municipality of Pisticci. 

  • He and his family established the Johnny Lombardi Creative Endowment, a $250,000 scholarship fund at Ryerson University that encourages multicultural studies in journalism, music and broadcasting.  

  • He is a recipient of the “Il Certificato di Riconiscimento” awarded by the North American Sicilian Confederation. 

  • National Congress of Italian Canadians “Order of Merit” for distinguished service to his community. 

  • Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association “Presidents Award”. 

  • Queens Diamond Jubilee medal.  

Lenny has served on many boards including:

  • Chairperson of the Little Italy Business Improvement Association and a producer/co-founder of “The Taste of Little Italy Festival” held each year on College Street. 
     

  • The Kensington Health Centre.  
     

  • Chief of Police Community Advisory Council. 
     

  • Columbus Centre
     

  • Toronto Rehabilitation Foundation

Lenny has helped raise awareness and funds for Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Villa Charities, Lions Club, Caritas and The Williams Syndrome Network..  

 

Lenny continues his dedication and commitment to ethnic broadcasting working alongside Theresa Lombardi, his sister and equal partner who is VP/GM of CHIN RADIO, with a focus on innovative initiatives directed to the ethno-cultural communities served on CHIN RADIO/Tv International. Lenny married the love of his life Grace Fusillo, who is also active in the company. Together they have Alessandra, their 25 year old daughter. 

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