Carl Banas (born January 23, 1929) was/is a Toronto born radio personality and actor. As a TV actor he appeared in the series Wojeck as police detective Byron James, and provided voices for numerous TV series and features. He was also known as a radio personality on Toronto radio station CKFM-FM, later and more famously known as MIX 99.9, (currently known as Virgin Radio 999) in the 1970s and 1980s. He mainly hosted weekday evenings, and was known for his deep voice, smooth manner and vignettes about Toronto featured during his show. In 1987 he moved to CJEZ-FM 97.3 "Easy 97" (later known as 97.3 EZ Rock and currently as CHBM-FM, better known as "Boom 97.3") where he continued hosting weekday evenings until he left the station and retired from radio.
Banas continues to be active in commercial work (voice-overs/narrations); most recently lending his considerable talents to "Talking Books" readings for international Christian development organization, cbm Canada, based in Stouffville Ontario.
Banas also performed live readings of Dickens' A Christmas Carol every year before Christmas utilizing his voice skills to play multiple characters. One such performance was recorded and published by Polydor Records under the title Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Other Yuletide Favorites. He also recorded voices for numerous TV commercials and cartoons. He is also one of three surviving cast members from Spider-Man, the other two being Paul Soles (Spider-Man), and Alfie Scopp (Stan Patterson), all three of whom were also voices for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (in which Banas played the head elf among other voices).
Roles[edit | edit source]
Characters he voiced on The Raccoons were the following: