J.J. Clarke Biography – J.J. Clarke Wiki
J.J. Clarke, whose legal name is Ron Rowat, is a longtime television personality in Ottawa. He is a former CTV Ottawa weatherman. He joined CTV Ottawa (CJOH) in 1985. Following a leave of several months to deal with health issues related to liver disease, Clarke retired on May 4, 2020, after 34 years at the station.
“As you all know I have been away from my duties as CTV News Weather Anchor for some time. Unfortunately the problem has been my health, so I have decided it’s time for me to retire,” said Clarke announcing his retirement. “CTV and Bell Media have thankfully made it possible for me to make this difficult decision. I am also thankful to all of you for allowing me to come into your homes for so many years as part of the CTV Ottawa News team.”
CTV Ottawa Director of News and Information Programming Peter Angione said: “For 34 years J.J. Clarke has been welcomed for dinner into homes in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and west Quebec. He’s one of the most popular broadcasters this area has ever had and he will definitely be missed by CTV Ottawa News viewers young and old.”
Richard Gray, Bell Media Regional VP/GM, Ontario and Atlantic Canada said, “No one is more deserving of a happy retirement than J.J. Clarke. His passion for community and support for local charities was unrivaled during his time with CTV Ottawa.”
J.J began his broadcasting career in high school. A student at McMaster University, he landed a part-time job as a Radio Announcer at CHAM in Hamilton. After hosting morning radio shows in Hamilton and Ottawa at CKOY, Max Keeping invited J.J. to join CTV Ottawa (CJOH) as a weathercaster and staff announcer.
In a 2015 interview, Clarke said: “Max and I would run into each other at events. He was representing the television station, I was representing the radio station. We’d be judges on panels for talent competitions and that sort of thing. And we talked about it for a year, or two, before I came on board. Thanks to him, I’ve had this wonderful, wonderful 30-year career.”
Along with his role as weatherman, he was hosting Homegrown Cafe, an enormously popular local-talent show that aired on CTV Ottawa in the 1980s and 1990s. It was a stage for the region’s gifted performers; some of whom went on to pursue professional careers. They include Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling, country singer Amanda Wilkinson, and operatic performer Leah Gordon.
Clarke supported a variety of charities in Ottawa and was a regular fixture as an MC at community events. He participated in annual telethons for CHEO and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He also raised money for The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and was an honorary chairman of the Foundation for the Children’s Treatment Centre. In 2019, the City of Ottawa named a park in Kanata after Clarke.
J.J. Clarke Harassment Charges
J.J. Clarke is facing seven charges of criminal harassment related to three complainants. He was arrested Jan. 28 and taken to the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre the following day. The charges include allegations he stalked, threatened and harassed an Ottawa Valley woman. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
A publication ban has been ordered on the identities of two women and one man, as well as a witness. Clarke’s identity was put under an interim publication ban on Jan. 31, but the ban was lifted March 23 after CBC, CTV and Postmedia contested it.
Clarke was granted bail on Feb. 3 with restrictions on communicating with people involved in his case who cannot be named because of the publication ban. The conditions of his release also include that: He surrender his telecommunication devices; Not use such devices without the supervision of his surety; and Not access or use social media, weapons or non-prescription drugs.
J.J. Clarke Age
J.J. Clarke’s age is 66.
J.J. Clarke Wife
Is J.J. Clarke married? It is unclear if he is married or not. Details about J.J. Clarke’s wife are unavailable.
J.J. Clarke Family
J.J. Clarke has a family in Burlington. He once talked about how it was like be television and how his family “made their own fun.” He said: “Back in the day, before television, everybody made their own fun. So on a Saturday night, you’d have the kids and the dads and the moms and the aunts and the uncles and they’d all finish dinner, and then it was time to have a little fun.
“So grandma would play the piano, and junior would fiddle, and Darlene would step-dance, and you’d all have yourself a great, old party. I think that’s what the charm of the show is all about.”
J.J. Clarke Health Problems – J.J. Clarke Illness
J.J. Clarke has been dealing with health issues related to liver disease.
J.J. Clarke Weight Loss
Following a six-month absence to deal with health issues related to liver disease, Clarke returned to CTV Ottawa in October 2019. His weight loss was significant and his once-booming voice notably strained.