Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Erik Lacitis interviews Informercial Pioneer Ron Popell

Erik did this interview with Ron Popeil on November 14th, 1995

Radio Mans Fave with A-ha…

A-ha (usually stylised as a-ha; Norwegian pronunciation: [ɑˈhɑː]) is a Norwegian synth-pop band formed in Oslo in 1982

Thursday in Broadcast History .. July 29th…

IT WAS JULY 29th … when the CBC’s prairie powerhouse CBK-540 signed on with 50,000 watts from Watrous, Saskatchewan, as the only CBC radio outlet between Winnipeg and Vancouver… When decades later Toronto's CBC Radio One service was approved for a move to FM.... When Jack Paar (pictured) began his five-year run as host of NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show”… When Jim Hartz was named to join Barbara Walters as co-host of the Today show on NBC…. …and when millions around the world watched on television as Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were wed in London. ALL the milestones for July 29th INSIDE.

Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72

Dusty Hill, the bassist for blues-rock trio ZZ Top, has died. He was 72.

Radio Mans Fave with Desmond Dekker…

Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006[1]) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group The Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard)

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. July 28th…

It’s the date of birth of radio announcer Bill Goodwin and TV announcer Art Hannes, producer Dick Ebersol and 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley. Judy Garland recorded her iconic ‘Over the Rainbow,’ Regina got Saskatchewan’s 1st TV station, Toronto’s Crew Cuts had their only #1 song hit, Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut, Kathie Lee Gifford (pictured) made her last appearance on TV’s ‘Live with Regis & Kathie Lee’, and Rosemary Clooney had a #1 hit with ‘Come On-a My House.’ Obits include radio announcing heavyweights Truman Bradley and Jackson Beck, actress Eileen Brennan and radio’s first Lone Ranger, George Seaton. Details of these and scores more milestones for July 28th INSIDE.

The Olympics Opened With Ratings at a 33 Year Low — a Look Behind...

Based on the ratings that have come in, this could be considered a Breaking Story as few people watched the event.

Trudeau government claims the CBC is under immense financial pressure

Despite receiving $1.2 billion annually from Canadian taxpayers, the Department of Canadian Heritage claims the CBC is under immense financial pressure.

Jack Benny’s Last TV Appearance on the Johnny Carson Show with host Canadian Comic...

August 21, 1974. This is the last known TV appearance of the great Jack Benny, four months before his death.

Stop Saying “Sorry” When Vaccine Refusers Fall Sick or Die, Agree or Disagree, please...

Agree or Disagree with Harvey Oberfeld. Let’s hear from you in our comment section – Stop Saying “Sorry” When Vaccine Refusers Fall Sick or Die

Radio Mans Fave with Taco…

Taco Ockerse (born July 21, 1955), known mononymously as Taco, is an Indonesian-born Dutch singer[5][6] and entertainer who started his career in Germany

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. July 27th…

IT WAS JULY 27th .. when Moose Jaw radio station CJRM signed on with 500 watts at 665 KHz. It was later moved to Regina and became CKRM …. When Okanagan Broadcasters Ltd. was incorporated, as Kelowna’s first radio station (CKOV) was moving from experimental to commercial status…. When Steve Allen (pictured) began a local late-night TV talk show in New York City that the following year went national on NBC-TV as ‘The Tonight Show’ …. When a summer replacement series “Dean Martin Presents The Bobby Darin Amusement Company” debuted on NBC-TV… .. and when NBC-TV removed the daily Dinah’s Place from its programming roster. The move brought Dinah Shore’s 23-year association with the Peacock Network to a close. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

RIP Peter Trueman – He was a CBC reporter, then a Global News anchor.

End of an era: Journalist Peter Trueman dies at 86

CBC still under ‘immense’ financial pressure despite BILLIONS in taxpayer funding

Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC, is under immense financial pressure despite millions in federal funding and massive staff cuts to the tune of 55 percent in some divisions, reports Blacklock's Reporter.

Former GM Sentenced To 15 Months

Stephanie McNamara Bitis was sentenced to 15 months in jail for racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses on the company credit card,

Terry Dimonte with Matt Cundill talk about ‘The Master of The Morning’, Don Percy…

Terry is in my dining room. He is on vacation and we thought we would take to the internet to see if it works in Winnipeg.

Radio Mans Fave with The Sweet…

The Sweet, sometimes also shortened to just Sweet,[1][2][3] is a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s.

Monday in Broadcast History .. July 26th…

IT WAS JULY 26th .. when the Abe Burrows Show premiered on CBS radio, as the comedy writer got his own 15 minute program… When UBC radio station CiTR was approved for operation on 650 KHz via AM carrier current, to cover the Point Grey campus only…. When the ABC-TV daytime soap General Hospital taped its 7,000th episode… ..and when legendary radio personality Don Percy (pictured) did his last morning show on Vancouver’s oldies station CISL AM 650, before returning to Winnipeg. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Christian Hall is heading to Vancouver, Alex Carr is heading to Calgary!

Christian Hall is packing his bags and heading to Vancouver

Family of James Brown settles 15-year battle over his estate

The family of entertainer James Brown has reached a settlement ending a 15-year battle over the late singer’s estate, an attorney involved in the mediation said Friday.

Radio Mans Fave with England Dan & John Ford Coley…

England Dan & John Ford Coley were an American soft rock duo composed of Danny Wayland "England Dan" Seals and John Edward "John Ford" Coley,

Sunday in Broadcast History .. July 25th…

IT WAS JULY 25th … when the Canadian Marconi Company made the first trans-Atlantic two-way radio broadcast from Signal Hill, Newfoundland, to the S-S “Victoria” 1200 miles away… When 2XAG in Schenectady, NY (later known as WGY) became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter…. When in pre-WWII New York City TV station W2XBS presented television’s first musical comedy. The show was Topsy and Eva …. ..and when NBC-TV’s “Midnight Special” featured songs by Neil Sedaka, Janis Ian, Jessi Colter, and Kraftwerk. Hostess for the week was Helen Reddy (pictured). ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Zero jobs created for Canadian media from Trudeau’s $595 million bailout: report

In recent years, 41 daily newspapers have disappeared, and 10,000 jobs have been lost, indicating a "crisis" for the struggling industry.

Veteran Vancouver Broadcaster Wilf Ray Obit

It is with much sadness and deep sorrow we announce the passing of this legendary man, Our Father, Wilf Ray. Dad took his last breath peacefully as the sun shined brightly early Sunday morning July 11, 2021.

Radio Mans Fave with Alan Parsons Symphonic Project


Saturday in Broadcast History .. July 24th…

IT WAS JULY 24th .. when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (pictured) stopped in the middle of his 4th ‘Fireside Chat’ on national radio and asked for a glass of water, which he then sipped… When the melodramatic serial “Romance of Helen Trent” debuted on US midwest regional radio before becoming a CBS network staple three months later, and running daily for the next 27 years!… When NBC correspondent Edwin Newman became news anchor of the TV network’s ‘Today Show’…. ..and when the independent sales of three BC radio stations.. CJAT Trail. CJAV Port Alberni, and CKAY Duncan .. were approved by the CRTC. ALL the milestones for July 24th INSIDE.

Sean Penn won’t return to set of new show unless all cast, crew get...

Sean Penn will not return to the set of his new show "Gaslit" until the entire cast and crew have received COVID-19 vaccinations, the star's representative confirmed to CNN on Friday

All Access interviews Roger’s Paul Kaye about Radio and Talent…

Paul Kaye is Vice President - Product & Talent at Rogers. In his role, Paul is the head of programming, content and talent strategies for the company across all music & spoken word formats.

The Early Show debuts August 9th on 102.7 The Peak…

Charis Hogg and Jeremy Baker start their new venture waking up Vancouver with miles of smiles...