Netflix Loses US$17 Billion in Value in One Day

Wall Street punished the leader in streaming media for announcing a day prior that it added only 2.7 million subscribers in the most recent quarter, far shy of the 5 million it had previously forecast.

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Published on July 18, 2019 at 2:57 pm by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Mama’s and The Papa’s

The Mama’s and Papas were a major group in the 1960’s with hits like this California Dreaming in 1966

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Published on July 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 18th

IT WAS JULY 18th …. when Saskatoon got its first radio station as CFQC signed on 400 metres with 200 watts of power….
When CKVU-TV was licensed as Vancouver’s third television station. It signed on 14 months later. Today it is known as City-TV…
When CBS radio introduced its experimental Columbia Workshop of the Air,..
..and when obits included one-half of Canada’s favorite comedy team Johnny Wayne; and veteran NBC & PBS newsman Paul Duke.
Details of ALL the July 18th milestones INSIDE.

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Victoria’s Ian Tyson & Sylvia to be Inducted Separately into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

The duo’s 1964’s hit, Four Strong Winds, has been deemed one of the most influential songs in Canadian history.

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The Workplace Listening Opportunity Is Bigger Than Ever in the US

The market for audio entertainment at work has never been bigger (or younger). Fully 60% of the ratings-susceptible respondents we’ve identified say they listen at work.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Hamilton

Roy between successful from 1954 – 1961. He had a number of hits including You’re Gonna Need Magic from 1961. Roy died a young man in July 1969 at 40 years of age

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Published on July 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 17th

Broadcast celebrities born July 17th include Canadians Art Linkletter (pictured) and Donald Sutherland, actress/singer Diahann Carroll and Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff.
Disneyland opened its doors in California, John Chancellor debuted as host of NBC-TV’s Today Show, Anne Murray scored another #1 hit, and Rod Stewart released his first solo single, “Maggie Mae.”
Obits for July 17th include broadcasters Walter Cronkite and Bernard Cowan, jazz greats Billie Holliday, John Coltrane and Peter Appleyard, author Mickey Spillane, and actors Larry Haines, Elaine Stritch and Geraldine Fitzgerald.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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R. Kelly Ordered Held Without Bail On Sex Crime Charges

R. Kelly has been ordered held without bond at a hearing Tuesday in federal court in Chicago. The singer entered a not-guilty plea.

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Saskatchewan Joins Media Country-wide in Losing Access to Police Scanners

The Regina Police Service (RPS) sent out letters saying it’s terminating the current Radio System Access Agreement and asking all stations to bring their radio scanner equipment to the police station to be deprogrammed by Aug. 6.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ralph Marterie

Ralph was a big band leader from Italy. He died in October 1978 age 63. He first played professionally at age 14 in Chicago. Skokiaan was a hit for Ralph in 1954.

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Published on July 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 16th

IT WAS JULY 16th … when Diana Ross & the Supremes guest hosted NBC-TV’s Tonight Show, while at the same hour Janis Joplin was the sole guest on ABC-TV’s Dick Cavett Show….
When Los Angeles disc jockey Rick Dees (pictured) debuted his late night TV show “Into The Night with Rick Dees” on ABC-TV…
When the Beach Boys appeared on NBC-TV’s Today Show, on the 37th anniversary of their signing by Capitol Records…
..and when the domestic TV diva Martha Stewart was sentenced to 5 months in prison.
ALL the milestones for July 16th INSIDE.

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John Plul “Goodbye Gala” Set for Tuesday July 23rd

It is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday July 23rd at Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring O.C. Smith

O.C.’s hit Little Green Apples made it to the #2 spot on the Billboard 100 in 1968. He became a pastor and founder of the City of Angels Church in Los Angeles, California where he ministered for 16 years. O.C. died at age 69 in November 2001.

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Published on July 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 15th

IT WAS JULY 15th … when “Music and the Spoken Word” debuted on KSL Salt Lake City. It is still heard today on radio & TV & online…
When radio station CKLN 1420 first went on the air in Nelson, B.C….
When 24-year old singer Patti Page made her TV debut in a CBS summer replacement series for Perry Como..
When ‘One Life to Live’ began its 42-year run on ABC-TV daytime…
..and when cable news network MSNBC began operations in Secaucus, New Jersey, a joint project of Microsoft & NBC TV.
ALL the milestones for July 15th INSIDE.

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Harvey Weinstein Trial Fuels Rebirth of Court TV

The new owners bought Court TV’s name, logo and library, and will revive its practice of airing trials virtually in their entirety for much of the day while talking about trials and all things legal for the rest of the day.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

At the age of 74 (as of this writing) Seger continues to entertain audiences. He sings rock and heartland rock. Against The Wind is one of hit many hits from 1980.

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Published on July 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 14th

IT WAS JULY 14th … when satirist Stan Freberg (pictured) debuted a weekly sketch comedy series on CBS Radio; it ran for 15 unsponsored weeks….
When one of the shock jock’s early forays into TV, “The Howard Stern Summer Show” premiered on WWOR-TV in New York City…
When TV trash-talk show host Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio…
..and when two distinguished network news anchors, CBS’s Douglas Edwards and NBC’s John Chancellor, were born.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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SF Giants’ women broadcasters signal change in baseball’s old boys’ club

Renel Brooks-Moon is at the center of an ever-growing circle of 5 women in on-air roles with the San Francisco Giants.

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Saluting Radioman Sparky Taft!

probably the two most successful broadcasters in the Northwest are Pat O’Day, and Sparky. His family are the pioneers of broadcasting in the state of Washington. He personally, has been General Manager of 8 radio stations. Sparky built KRKO in Everett to be one of the most successful stations in the Northwest, kicking Seattle radio’s butts for many years.

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The Mind-Blowing Amount of Time Americans Spend Watching TV

Netflix users streamed a whopping 52 billion-plus minutes of The Office in 2018, according to Nielsen figures, and 32.6 billion minutes of Friends.

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Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry sticking around and standing fast

Last weekend a report suggested Sportsnet might not retain Cherry – sending shockwaves through a country that’s watched the HNIC fixture since 1982.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jefferson Airplane

Based in San Francisco, the rock band known as Jefferson Airplane, started out in 1965. By 1967 they had the hit entitled White Rabbit.

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Published on July 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 13th

IT WAS JULY 13th .. when Allan Slaight bought rocker CFOX in Montreal and within two weeks turned its music to Country ..
When BBC Radio banned “No One Is Innocent” by the Sex Pistols….
When sportscaster Howard Cosell said that he was “tired of being tied to the football mentality” and asked to be released from duties on ABC’s Monday Night Football…
..and when Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (pictured) announced he was leaving FOX-TV’s American Idol after two seasons, to focus his attention back on the band.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Research Director Inc. Analyzes Latest Seattle Radio PPM’s

KISW moved back to #1 (18-34) for the first time since AUGUST thanks to its best share in over a year.

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$5 Billion Fine Approved for Facebook

The fine would be the largest the FTC has levied on a tech company. But it won’t make much of a dent for Facebook, which had nearly $56 billion in revenue last year.

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Joe Perkins Makes his CHEK Debut; O’Hara-Byrne Takes New Role

Perkins will anchor CHEK’s 6 pm News starting Monday.

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RIP Peace FM’s Leo Sabulsky, Beloved Chetwynd BC Fire Chief, 67

Leo was known far and wide as a selfless man whose sense of community knew no bounds. A man who,when told something couldn’t be done, went out and did it.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Washington & Brook Benton

A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around & Fall In Love)
This was the second pairing of them, with A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around & Fall In Love) in 1960. Dinah died at the young age of 39.

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Published on July 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 12th

IT WAS JULY 12th .. when the Toronto Daily Star’s pioneering radio station CFCA had its Grand Opening. Foster Hewitt broadcast his first hockey game on CFCA seven months later. ..
When The Adventures of Sam Spade was heard for the first time, on ABC Radio. Howard Duff (pictured) starred as the San Francisco detective in the summer replacement series which quickly won a year-round following …
When PBS began airing concerts by the Boston Pops Orchestra…
…and when the daytime game show “Family Feud” premiered on ABC-TV with Richard Dawson as host.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Movin’ 92.5 and KZOK Share 6+ Lead in New Seattle PPM’s

Former 6+ leader KUOW pushed down to #3.

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Genevieve Borne: Vive Le Difference

Genevieve Borne is really talented. I met her in 1992 after a concert and was enamoured with her immediately. She is a bridge to the province I love, and a broadcaster I respect and emulate where applicable.

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MEDIA BIAS: Global News Slammed For Horribly Deceptive Headline Misrepresenting Andrew Scheer On Conversion Therapy

Establishment media bias is heating up as the press does the bidding of the Trudeau Liberals.

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Postmedia Expects at Least $8 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies

Postmedia expects to get $8 million to $10 million this year from taxpayers under the federal government’s subsidy program to support “a strong and independent news media.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Russ Morgan Orchestra

The big band leader popular during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Russ had a number of hits including Cruising Down the River in 1949. He died at the age of 65

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Published on July 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 11th

Actors Tab Hunter and Sela Ward, announcer Harry Von Zell (pictured)l and Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd were born on July 11th.
Elvis had his final Sun Records session, Mac Davis debuted his summer CBS-TV variety show, Rupert Holmes hosted NBC-TV’s Midnight Special, and Frank Sinatra got married for the 4th time.
Orson Welles debuted his Mercury Theatre players as a weekly prime time feature of CBS radio.
Obits this date include Vancouver talk radio host Gary Bannerman, composer George Gershwin, singers Helen Forrest and Frances Langford, actors Laurence Olivier and Ray Collins, and iconic New York Yankee P.A. announcer Bob Sheppard.
All the milestones for July 11th are INSIDE.

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Accomplished Alberta Broadcaster Sounds “Alarm” About Youth Smartphone Addiction Causing Sleep Deprivation

Stats show that the majority of students are arriving at school extremely fatigued and 84% are sleeping with their smartphones on.

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Two Canadian cinema owners receive death threats ahead of Unplanned screening

Police are investigating death threats sent to two Canadian independent theatre owners because they are screening the pro-life movie Unplanned on July 12

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Documentary Film about Toronto’s The Edge CFNY & its Late Star Martin Streek

Ten years after Streek’s death, Wil Dunlop has decided to direct a documentary about him called Keep It Locked and Cranked, a phrase Streek often used while on the air.

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Rip Torn, Artie the Producer on ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ Dies at 88

The respected Emmy winner and Oscar and Tony nominee always aimed for authenticity but had a reputation as a trouble-maker.

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Published on July 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Aretha Franklin

Aretha was an actress, singer, songwriter, pianist, and was active from 1956 to 2017. Charted over 112 singles, and became the most charted female artist of all time. Respect was her song in 1967. Sadly she passed away in August 2018 at age 76.

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 10th

IT WAS JULY 10th … when a radio show of international intrigue ‘The Man Called X,’ debuted on CBS radio, beginning an 8-year run on the networks ….
When New York’s WINS Radio announced the hiring of pioneer rock deejay Alan Freed to be the host of their “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party’…
When the longtime radio hit ‘Your Hit Parade’ debuted on NBC-TV, starring two Canadian female vocalists, Dorothy Collins & Gisele MacKenzie (pictured)….
When the short-lived “Gladys Knight & the Pips” Summer Series premiered on NBC-TV…
.. and when Victoria’s first radio station CJVI AM900 cut costs by dropping its talk shows and went back to playing hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
ALL the milestones for July 10th are found INSIDE.

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Around 85 percent of Canadians haven’t taken an internet break in the last year

Around 22 percent of people surveyed found their job online. Similarly, around 10 percent found their spouse online. Further, 16 percent found their home online, while nine percent completed their education online.

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Longtime Breakfast Television host Riaz Meghji announces departure from CityTV show

He’s been a host on the show every weekday morning since 2008, but now Breakfast Television Host Riaz Meghji has announced he’s leaving the popular Vancouver morning show.

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PROSALESGUY – Stupid Mistakes I’ve Made As A Salesperson

I was recently discussing some of the stupid mistakes I’ve made as a Salesperson with our sales training colleagues in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto

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Former radio host launches independent bid for upcoming Manitoba election

Former Winnipeg host Dave Wheeler will run as an independent in the upcoming provincial election.

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RIP Former CKNW Promotions Ace John Plul

John had been in Peace Arch Hospital after a fall at his home a few weeks ago.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Bachelors

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, they started out in 1957 and still on the go today. In the 1960’s they had songs on the charts n Europe, Australia, South Africa, South America, U.S.S.R. and the United States. Charmaine was a hit for the trio in 1963.

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Published on July 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 9th

IT WAS JULY 9th … when 26-year old Dick Clark (pictured) debuted as host of the daily “Bandstand” on Philadelphia T-V station WFIL…
When Calgary’s CKRY-FM signed on at 105.1 MHz with 100,000 watts as “Country 105″…
When NBC-TV aired the sitcom “A Different World” for the final time, concluding its 6 year run…
..and when ABC aired a rare interview with CBS’ late night star David Letterman on the premiere of their new magazine show “Up Close.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Three Women Departing Q13 Newsroom

This is a big hit to the station’s diversity, as they lose two black female Anchors and one middle eastern Reporter.

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In Open Letter, Cineplex CEO Takes Strong Stand For Canadian Free Expression

While most Canadians believe in free expression, the far-left Liberal government has tried to rile up opposition to Cineplex showing the pro-life film ‘Unplanned.’

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RIP Former CBC Vancouver/Regina TV Executive Elie Savoie, 84

He enjoyed an accomplished 40+ year career in the performing arts which included acting, directing and producing in both theatre and television. He retired in 1987 after 36 years with CBC television.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dion

Dion had a major hit with Abraham, Martin & John in 1968

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Published on July 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 8th

IT WAS JULY 8th … when Storer Broadcasting Company purchased WINS radio in New York City for $10 million, the highest price paid for a radio station to that time…
When “The Everly Brothers Show” was launched on ABC-TV as a summer series, replacing Johnny Cash…
When the final episode of “Mr. Belvedere” aired on ABC TV…
…and when the televised Iran-Contra hearings made Lt. Col. Oliver North (pictured) a daytime TV star, outrating the serials and the game shows.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dead at Just 20

A rep for Boyce’s family said that he died in his sleep after a seizure due to an “ongoing medical condition.”

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My Favourite Flashback: Presenting Gerry Rafferty

Official video of Gerry Rafferty performing Baker Street from the album City to City.

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Published on July 6, 2019 at 9:59 pm by Radio Man

Foul play suspected in death of 36-year-old new media personality Joe Hagmann

The new media lost a prominent figure on June 29 when Joseph D. Hagmann, for eight years the Millennial co-host of the popular conservative internet TV and radio program The Hagmann Report, died suddenly at his home in Erie, Pa.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Guy Mitchell

Guy Mitchell had a number of Top 10 hits like Pittsburgh Pennsylvania from 1952. He died at age 72.

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 7th

IT WAS JULY 7th .. when ‘Flashgun Casey’ debuted on CBS radio. It evolved into ‘Casey, Crime Photographer’ and ran for 12 years!..
When ‘Escape’ (pictured) was heard for the first time on CBS. The critically-acclaimed anthology series continued on an erratic and largely sponsorless schedule (18 different time slots!) through 1954…
When Jack Webb’s ‘Dragnet’ was first heard on NBC radio. The program was the first to dramatize cases from actual police files…
..and when a live summer replacement for Dinah Shore, “The Eddy Arnold Show” debuted on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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UNPLANNED MOVIE: In Rare Display Of Corporate Courage, Cineplex Defends Free Speech Amid Radical Far-Left Liberal Criticism

Desperate radical-left Trudeau Liberals try to make people afraid of a movie

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Curtola

Canadian Teen Idol with hits like Aladdin in 1962. He was the first Canadian to have an album go Gold. He died at age 73.

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Published on July 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 6th

IT WAS JULY 6th … when Canadian soprano Sarah Fischer sang 30 minutes of excerpts from Carmen in the first opera telecast by the BBC…
When following on years in supporting radio roles with Rudy Vallee, Paul Whiteman and Edgar Bergen, Judy Canova (pictured) began her own weekly comedy-and-music show on CBS…
When a hidden microphone eavesdropped on unsuspecting people for the first time, as Candid Microphone hit the ABC radio airwaves. Allen Funt was the host…
When Garrison Keeler’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ had its premiere on National Public Radio ….
..and when Karen & Richard Carpenter hosted the debut of their summer series, Make Your Own Kind of Music, on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Kevin Spacey Accuser Drops Civil Lawsuit

Spacey still faces a criminal charge, related to the allegations by the busboy, who was 18 at the time of the alleged groping in 2016.

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First Indigenous Woman Appointed as CRTC Commissioner for B.C., Yukon

Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Minister Pablo Rodriguez has appointed Clare Anderson as full-time commissioner for British Columbia and Yukon at the CRTC.

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Roo Phelps Moves to Evenings on Bell’s EZ Rock network from Kelowna

As of this coming Monday July 8th she’ll be handling evenings across Bell Media’s EZ Rock radio network, originating in Kelowna. 

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Burton Cummings

Burton was doing well in 1977, with a hit like My Own Way to Rock

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Published on July 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 5th

IT WAS JULY 5th … when Ann Southern starred on CBS Radio as “Maisie” for the first time, beginning a six-year run ….
When “My Favorite Husband”, starring Lucille Ball (pictured), debuted on CBS Radio, laying the groundwork for the redhead’s later superstardom on TV…
When Fred Davis, the longtime host of CBC-TV’s ‘Front Page Challenge’ passed away at age 74 …
When Anne Murray hosted “The Midnight Special” on NBC-TV, singing five songs including “You Won’t See Me,” “Robbie’s Song For Jesus” and “He Thinks I Still Care”….
..and when the pilot episode of the landmark TV comedy”Seinfeld” aired on NBC.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Media Silent as Allison Mack’s Arrest Exposes Child Trafficking For Billionaire-Backed Sex Slave Ring (Video Added)

As more details emerge in the case of the elite Hollywood sex cult NXIVM, it seems that the story goes even deeper than was first reported

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Terry O’Reilly: Under The Influence

Terry O’Reilly is a radio guy. He will tell you on the show that he is an ad guy – and that might be partially true. However, it is apparent that when you listen to his take on the world of media, advertising, marketing and radio, that he is grounded in radio.

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Published on July 3, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Justis

Bill Justis was one of the many pioneers of rock & roll. He also did many compositions for film. Raunchy was his only hit, hitting the charts in 1957

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JULY the FOURTH in Broadcast History .. Thurs. 2019

IT WAS JULY 4th … when the radio panel show Life Begins at 80, with host Jack Barry, debuted on Mutual…
When L.A. deejay Casey Kasem launched the longrunning ‘American Top 40’ as a weekly four hour syndicated radio feature…
When the third episode of CBS-TV’s Sunday night talent showcase ‘Toast of the Town” hosted by Ed Sullivan, starred baseball icon Joe DiMaggio and dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson…
… and when the “Tony Orlando and Dawn” TV show debuted on CBS as a summer replacement for Sonny & Cher.
ALL the milestones for July the 4th INSIDE!

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Corus’ CuriousCast Adds ‘History Of The 90’s’ Podcast With Kathy Kenzora

“Not only will this podcast explore some of the biggest moments of the ’90s, KATHY will also take a deep dive into stories many listeners have likely never heard before.”

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Arte Johnson, Master of Manic Characters on ‘Laugh-In,’ Dies at 90

He played the German soldier Wolfgang (“Verry interesting”) and the lecherous old man who hassled Ruth Buzzi in the park on the popular 1960s NBC comedy show.

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Fox News Streaming Service Reeling After Misconduct Claim Goes Public

The network said it has “resolved” a claim that host Britt McHenry leveled against co-host Tyrus. She has hired an employment lawyer.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Julie London

Julie’s career began in 1944 and she continued to entertain until 1981. Cry Me A River in 1955, is probably the best known hit of hers

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Published on July 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 3rd

IT WAS JULY 3rd … when “Hawaii Calls” began its 60 years of radio broadcasts from the Moana Hotel on the beach at Waikiki. At its peak it aired on 600 radio stations around the world…
When the comic strip character, Blondie was first heard on CBS radio, starring Penny Singleton & Arthur Lake …
When Pamela Martin announced her departure from BCTV to join Bill Good as co-anchor of CTV Vancouver’s 6 pm news…
When the legendary comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted their own network radio show on NBC…
..and when “The Andy Williams Show” debuted as a summer replacement series on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Portland journalist Andy Ngo speaks out, says Antifa behind attack (Video Added!)

Andy Ngo shows injuries sustained during a protest in Portland, Ore. on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gene McDaniels

Gene had a number of hits to reach the top 100, including A Hundred Pounds Of Clay in 1961

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Published on July 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 2nd

It was the date the 1st million-dollar prizefight (Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier) aired on US radio.
“The Aldrich Family,” “The Adventures of the Thin Man” and the satire of “Bob and Ray” had their premieres on NBC radio.
Morning radio star Arthur Godfrey (pictured) signed to host a weekly prime time CBS show.
Lawrence Welk debuted his new dance show on ABC-TV.
Elvis recorded “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” Dean Martin recorded “Houston,” and Andy Williams recorded “Canadian Sunset.”
Obits on July 2nd include James Stewart, Betty Grable, Lee Remick, Fred Gwynne and Jan Murray.
Details of all the anniversaries for this date INSIDE.

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KUBE/Seattle Promotes Eric Rosado to PD

iHEARTRADIO Top 40/Rhythmic KUBE (KUBE 93.3)/SEATTLE has promoted APD/MD/afternoons ERIC ROSADO to PD, effective immediately.

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A Boston radio fixture is off the air after nearly four decades

Loren Owens, of the long-running “Loren & Wally” morning show on 105.7 WROR-FM, signed off last Friday, after failing to agree on a new contract.

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Does federal panel threaten net neutrality in Canada?

It will come as no surprise that in the absence of the CRTC’s guiding hand, creativity, innovation, Canadian content (ask Justin Bieber) and investment have flourished like never before. Janet Yale (Pictured) chairs the seven person panel

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TV’s Steve Harvey to cover 8 students’ college costs

The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation has worked with Kent State University to provide scholarships of about $23,000 per student.

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The Big Story’s First Year – Jordan Heath-Rawlings

It sounds easy. Produce a compelling 15 to 20 minute piece of audio every day about a Canadian news story. And then you find out it isn’t easy. For the last year, Jordan Heath-Rawlings has been doing just that with Frequency Network’s flagship podcast, The Big Story

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Published on June 30, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dolly Parton

Dolly has 25 songs reach #1. Including the one most remembered from 1981: 9 TO 5.

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CANADA DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. July 1st

IT WAS JULY 1st .. when Prime Minister Mackenzie King dedicated Ottawa’s Peace Tower carillon in the first Trans-Canada radio network broadcast hookup over telephone and telegraph lines…
When Hall of Fame sportscaster Jim Robson at age 17 (pictured) broke into radio at CJAV Port Alberni …
When an apparently sanitized Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV’s ‘The Steve Allen Show’ in a tuxedo and sang ‘Hound Dog’, to a real live Hound Dog…
When Vancouver’s country music station JR Country 93.7 signed on at 9:37 a.m….
…and when Toronto CTV flagship CFTO-TV transmitted the first colour television in Canada.
ALL the milestones for July 1st INSIDE.

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Mirko Bibic Named New CEO at Bell as of January

Prior to his role as COO, Bibic played an important role in the telecom’s regulatory efforts. He used his legal expertise to help secure government approval for many of the company’s recent acquisitions.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Coasters

The Coasters had a number of hits in the 1950’s, including Charlie Brown in 1959. This is the “name” I used on air for a number of years!

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Published on June 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 30th

IT WAS JUNE 30th … when CBS-TV debuted “The Guiding Light,” a daytime serial that had been on radio already for 15 years. Over the next 57 years it would become TV’s alltime longest running drama …
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured The Everly Brothers singing their debut hit “Bye Bye Love”…
When “The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour,” starring Jack Burns & Avery Schreiber debuted as a 10-week summer replacement series on ABC TV…
..and when Richmond (BC)’s CISL moved up the dial from 940 to 650 KHz. It is now branded Sportsnet 650.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Jay Richardson Returning to Power 97 as Afternoon Host

Longtime Winnipeg broadcaster Jay Richardson is returning to where it all began for him, at Power 97.

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Ottawa’s 1310 News cancels The Rick Gibbons Show

The 66-year old former CEO & publisher of the Ottawa Sun and host of The Rick Gibbons Show announced his departure over Twitter on Thursday.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kenny Rogers

Kenny had a great number of hits like Reuben James in 1969.

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Published on June 28, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 29th

IT WAS JUNE 29th … when just the second daytime serial on network radio, ‘Vic & Sade’ (pictured) made its debut on NBC Blue. Paul Rhymer’s scripted sly humour made the series unique for almost 20 years …
When radio’s “show with a heart” made its debut. “Strike It Rich” became a weekly Sunday night favorite on CBS radio…
When the radio version of “The Life of Riley,” starring William Bendix, ended its 7-year run on NBC Radio…
..and when Neil Diamond made his TV debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand,” performing his first Top Ten hit “Cherry, Cherry.”
ALL the milestones for June 29th INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Al Martino

Martino was also an actor, appearing in the “Godfather. His Spanish Eyes, carried him to the charts in 1966.

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Published on June 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 28th

IT WAS JUNE 28th … when an old favorite of radio audiences ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ made the switch to TV. Two years later, criticism from the NAACP about ‘stereotyping’ forced CBS-TV to drop the show…
When ‘The Quiz Kids’ (pictured) began a 13-year run on radio as a summer replacement for the blind piano virtuoso Alec Templeton…
When ‘The Alan Young Show’ debuted on NBC radio featuring the Vancouver-raised comedian. He would later be the human star of the talking horse TV show, ‘Mr. Ed’…
When CKUA-FM signed on in Edmonton, and ‘Sunny 94’ took to the air in Lacombe Alta….
..and when “The Helen Reddy Show” debuted as an eight-week summer replacement series on NBC-TV, with Flip Wilson, The Pointer Sisters, and Seals & Croft as guests.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CTV News’ Anchor Lisa LaFlamme named to the Order of Canada

“Lisa is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting, and has continually demonstrated excellence in her work while tirelessly advocating for democracy in journalism and human rights in Canada and abroad.”

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Matthew McBride on the CRTC Hot Seat in September

Sept. 5th is the date for McBride to learn the ramifications of the CRTC non-compliance by his stations in Tofino, Ucluelet, Pemberton and Port Moody.

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Swift Current Broncos’ New Broadcaster Comes via Powell River, Penticton

The Swift Current Broncos announced Craig Beauchemin as the new voice of the Broncos play-by-play broadcast, podcast member and the face of Broncos community engagement activities.

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Bob Ley Retiring After 40 Years With ESPN

Ley has been off the air since September, when he announced he would be taking a six month sabbatical. On Wednesday, he released a statement saying that he would retire from the company at the end of this month.

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Cumulus Sells New York’s WABC AM for $12.5 Million

“Today’s agreement with Red Apple Media is yet another step in the execution of our portfolio optimization priority to drive CUMULUS’s long-term success.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Lloyd Price

Price started out in 1952 and continues today. In 1959 he had a #1 hit Personality.

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Published on June 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 27th

JUNE 27th is the birthdate of Captain Kangaroo and Khloe Kardashian, and also gave birth to an ABC-TV soap called “Loving.”
Red Robinson held his first rock concert at the Kerrisdale Arena starring Bill Haley, Elvis began taping his first TV special, and Billy J. Kramer guested on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jim Pattison got the okay to buy six Van. Island radio stations.
Hugh Grant was arrested for ‘lewd behaviour’ with an L.A. prostitute, and John Lennon was finally granted his Green Card.
Gale Storm and Don Grady and Canadian teen idol Terry Black breathed their last, as did the TV shows Miami Vice, The Flip Wilson Show (pictured), and the NBC Matinee Theatre.
Details of these and dozens more milestones for June 27th INSIDE.

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Beth Chapman dead: ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star dies of cancer at 51

Duane (Dog) Chapman confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Bee Gees

Stayin’ Alive is one of their major hits in 1978. Barry is the only surviving member of the group

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Published on June 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 26th

IT WAS JUNE 26th … when Ted Rogers Sr. invented the alternating-current tube which facilitated plug-in batteryless radios. Until then, all radios had been battery operated…
When comedian Fred Allen ended his 17-year run as host of his own radio show. Allen was (unsuccessfully) attempting a transition to TV…
When Canadian folksinger/songwriter Joni Mitchell guested on ABC’s Mama Cass TV special from Los Angeles…
..and when CKNW ‘s Bill Hughes (pictured, right) qualified for the Guiness Book of World Records as he broadcast the 12,000th edition of “Roving Mike.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Sportsnet Jettisons Number of Off-Air Jobs in Rogers ‘Repositioning’ for the Future

An emailed statement says Sportsnet is repositioning for the future by changing how it delivers content to audiences.

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Fact-Checking Snopes: Website’s Political ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Just A Failed Liberal Blogger

Popular myth-busting website Snopes originally gained recognition for being the go-to site for disproving outlandish urban legends -such as the presence of UFOs in Haiti or the existence of human-animal hybrids in the Amazon jungle.

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Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit now open

Board chair Brian Farrell, MP Amarjeet Sohi and Jerry Forbes’ son Marty Forbes cut the cake…

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5G Could Wipe Out Humans, Plants, Animals – Dr. Martin Pall

5G involves All of US! It’s time to check out the truth and this man has the facts
Dr. Martin Pall holding talks on 5G dangers across southern BC

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Published on June 24, 2019 at 9:29 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

Voted the most highly acclaimed male vocalist of all time. Ol”MacDonald from 1960 shows his ability to sing anything.

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 25th

IT WAS JUNE 25th .. when Vancouver radio station CKWX moved UP the dial from AM 1010 to AM 950, and increased its power to 1000 watts….
When ‘The Imogene Coca Show’ and two years later ‘The Jonathan Winters Show’ aired their final telecasts on NBC…
When the gothic horror daytime serial “Dark Shadows” began its run on ABC-TV…
..and when “The Dave Thomas Comedy Show” starring the Ontario-born SCTV alumnus, was seen for the last time on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for June 25th INSIDE.

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Whistle Blower Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam (Update)

Youtube has removed the video from their platform!

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Platters

The Platters had a number of Billboard @1 hits, including My Prayer from 1956.

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Published on June 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 24th

IT WAS JUNE 24th … when ‘A Date With Judy’ starring Louise Erickson aired for the first time on NBC radio as a summer replacement for Bob Hope…
When “The Steve Allen Show” was seen for the first time on NBC-TV, while “Ed Sullivan’s 8th Anniversary Show” captured the ratings for CBS-TV…
When the iconic early sitcom “I Love Lucy” aired its last original episode in CBS-TV prime time, before beginning a record number of reruns in syndication…
When Victoria’s CKDA Radio narrowed its Oldies format down to just the hits of the ’70’s …
… and when Front Page Challenge (pictured) debuted on CBC-TV as a 13-week summer replacement program. It would eventually become North America’s longest-running game-interview TV show.
ALL the milestones for June 24th INSIDE.

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Manager for Joni Mitchell & Neil Young, Elliot Roberts Dies at 76

Roberts’ most famous manager-client relationship was with Young, which began in 1969 and continued until Roberts’ death.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Hank Snow

I’ve Been Everywhere
A country classic by Canadian born Hank Snow in 1962

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Published on June 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 23rd

IT WAS JUNE 23rd … when Chilliwack’s first radio station CHWK signed on at 1210 KHz with 5 watts. At first it only broadcast an hour or two a day…
When Don McNeill took over as host of Chicago’s ‘Pepper Pot’ program, and renamed it ‘The Breakfast Club’ which ran on the networks for 35 years…
When ‘The Jimmy Durante Show’ concluded its run on NBC-TV, and ‘The Pat Boone Show’ ran for the last time on ABC-TV…
When 2,200 CBC broadcast technicians ended their 5-month strike …
…and when ‘The David Letterman Show’ began its torturous 4-month run on NBC-TV daytime.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Prince George Station Hosts Summer Radio Camps for Teens

Payment for the camp works on a sliding scale, ranging from $40 to $400 depending on the camper’s financial situation.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Steve Lawrence

Steve is a singer actor. A number of his songs hit the top 10 including Footsteps in 1960

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Published on June 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 22nd

iT WAS JUNE 22nd … when radio station KVL 1370 Seattle debuted on the air at 6:30pm with more than 6 hours of musical celebration featuring live orchestras playing jazz, classical and Hawaiian music…
When the final episode of “You Bet Your Life”/”The Groucho Show” aired on NBC-TV…
When the 22-year old Barbra Streisand signed a 10-year contract with CBS-TV worth about $200,000 a year…
..and when the 134th & final episode of “Xena: Warrior Princess” aired in North America.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Kelly Jay Fordham, founding member of Crowbar, dead at 77

The singer, songwriter, and pianist who helped to co-write the famous 1971 hit Oh, What A Feeling had been in hospital in Calgary since early June after suffering a stroke.

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Alex Robertson gets call to Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

On CHEK TV from 1974 to 2003, his focus was always the local sports scene.. He produced over 14,000 stories, almost all featuring local athletes, coaches and teams. He was the top TV host on the Island and covered sports that did not normally receive notice.

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Toronto’s Talia Schlanger Stepping Away As Host Of NPR’s ‘World Cafe’

“Call it an occupational hazard, but talking to people about creativity and courage has inspired me to take a leap and return to my own creative roots.”

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Bob McCown Confirms he’s Leaving Sportsnet after 30 Years .. but NOT Retiring

Sportsnet program director Dave Cadeau called McCown “an icon in the business and a legend of our format” and said he “will be missed but his legacy will remain with us for years to come.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

Those Lazy Hazy Days of Summer was a big hit for Nat from 1963

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Published on June 20, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 21st

IT WAS JUNE 21st … when the first telecast of a political convention took place, from the Republican Convention in Philadelphia …
When Nick Frost brought a brand new Kelowna radio station CILK FM (Silk FM) to the air at 101.5 with effective radiated power of 11,000 watts…
When Victoria’s CKXM FM 91.3 switched from a country station to modern rock under a new name “The [email protected] FM”…
..and when two years before WW2, the BBC televised the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time.
ALL the milestones for June 21st INSIDE.

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Sportsnet Prepares for Massive Layoffs

The only name we will confirm at this time is Bob McCown. The current reports are that today – Thursday June 20th 2019 – will be the final show with McCown at the microphone.

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PROSALESGUY – What Smart People Do Before July Starts

It’s coming.  Summer vacation season.  We’ve prepared all our sales training clients in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto to realize that the final few days of June are the last chance to get sales closed before the B2B decision making process seems to grind to a halt.

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The Art Of Voicetracking

The best thing that you can do to get better, is to aircheck yourself. You will always be your biggest critic.

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Stingray’s ‘Casey Clarke Show’ to Take Over BC Southern Interior Mornings

Longtime KELOWNA broadcaster CLARKE will have two co-hosts.on his four-station network.

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CKNW PD Larry Gifford Named to National Corus Post

He’s been named National Director of AM Radio for Corus Entertainment.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ray Price

Ray was a songwriter, guitarist, and singer. In 1971 he had the hit For The Good Times. He helped make country music more popular. Ray died at the age of 87 in December 2013.

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Published on June 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 20th

IT WAS JUNE 20th … when American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute prime time ABC-TV special. Paul Anka, Neil Diamond, Frankie Avalon, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Little Richard, Three Dog Night, and Cheech & Chong were among the performers appearing….
When the last of the original CBC-TV-produced Don Messer’s Jubilee shows aired, following a Saturday night hockey game…
When “Price is Right” model Janice Pennington was knocked out when she was struck by a TV camera during a taping of the show at CBS Television City in L.A.…
…and when Howard Stern (pictured) began his 30-minute TV show, a digest version of his morning radio show, on the E! cable network.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Fox News beats CNN, MSNBC combined in ratings, tops all of cable

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during the hours of 8-11 p.m. ET from June 10-16, while MSNBC finished second with an average of 1.5 million. HGTV, A&E and USA joined them among the top five, while CNN averaged just 744,000 to finish 14th.

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Bob Harris – Serious Fun

Bob Harris has had an incredible radio journey that has spanned Peterborough, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Hamilton. Along the way it has been about the people. He’ll be the first to admit that he made mistakes along the way and learned on the job through the mentorship of General managers like Rob Braide, the late Gary Russell, Tom Peacock and Pat Holiday. Bob also worked with Canada’s two biggest morning shows in Gerry Forbes in Calgary, and Terry Dimonte & Ted Bird in Montreal

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How the US Got Its First Black Radio Station

Memphis’ WDIA initially featured white male radio personalities playing country and pop hits that appealed to white listeners, like “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Tex Williams and “Time After Time” by Frank Sinatra.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring April Stevens & Nino Temple

Deep Purple by the brother & sister act known as April Stevens & Nino Temple, was a big in 1963. Though it was considered “rock ’n roll” it ended up #1 on Billboards Adult Contemporary charts

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Published on June 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 19th

IT WAS JUNE 19th … when Gillette became the first-ever network TV sponsor on NBC-TV’s coverage of the Billy Conn-Joe Lewis heavyweight boxing match,…
When the Goodson-Todman game show ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ with Garry Moore as host (pictured), debuted on CBS-TV…
When at the height of the folk music boom, the Kingston Trio debuted their own weekday show on CBS Radio…
and when Roberta Flack hosted her ABC-TV musical special, “Roberta Flack… The First Time Ever,” with The Blossoms and Seals & Crofts as guests.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Bob Simmons, stellar KING-TV pundit, RIP: A life to appreciate

Simmons, 88, was one of the cerebral but fearless pundits who defined KING-TV in the last years of ownership by its founding family, the Bullitts.

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Trudeau Government Directs CRTC to “Drive Down” Wireless Prices with Competition

The government says Canadian bills for telecommunications services “continue to be high when compared to other nations, and affordability is an ongoing concern for many Canadian families.”

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Former Seattle/Spokane Radio Personality J.J. Hemingway Dead at 65

During his lemgthy radio career JJ worked at KJR-FM Seattle from 2001-06, and most recently hosted evenings at Spokane’s Shine 104.9.

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Toronto’s G98.7-FM in Financial Peril, according to Court Records

The station is unable to pay its liabilities and is at risk of losing its broadcasting licence, allegedly due to the financial mismanagement of Fitzroy Gordon (pictured), the station’s founder and president, who died on April 30.

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RIP Doug McIlraith, aged 83.

He moved to Vancouver in the mid-1950’s, where he joined the recently rebranded C-FUN and CJOR, then went to CKOV in Kelowna. But most of his broadcasting career was spent on the prairies with the CBC.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marvin Hamlisch

Composer, conductor. He is one of only 15 people that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. The Entertainer the charts with this number in 1973.Marvin died at the age of 68 in August 2012.

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Published on June 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 18th

IT WAS JUNE 18th .. when ‘The Adventures of Ellery Queen’ debuted on CBS radio in a 60-minute format for the first six months …
When the adult western ‘Gunsmoke” wrapped its 9-year run on CBS radio…
When the luminescent Nanette Fabray (pictured) made her final appearance as co-star of NBC-TV’s ‘Caesar’s Hour’…
When Vancouver’s CKNW AM 980 launched the Western Information Network ..
.. and when Dan Rather’s final report for CBS aired on the network’s feature weekend news magazine ‘Sunday Morning.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Nielsen: In US, Radio is Still the ‘King of Reach’

Across age, gender and ethnicity, radio consistently connects with a large number of consumers.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Crew Cuts

Named after the popular crew cut, they became a big hit. The Canadian Quartet charted Earth Angel in 1955

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Published on June 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 17th

IT WAS JUNE 17th ..when NBC’s WNBT-TV, channel 4 in New York City, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the United States…
When ‘Suspense.’ radio’s outstanding theatre of thrills, began its 20-year run on CBS…
When Seattle’s KOL-FM 94.1 switched from automated background music to “Progressive Rock”…
When Vancouver’s CKWX (now News1130) moved to new studios at 2440 Ash Street…
..and when “The Discovery Channel” first appeared on U.S. cable systems. First program was “Iceberg Alley.”
ALL the milestones for June 17th INSIDE.

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Canadian Actor Sean McCann (‘Night Heat’) Dies at 83

Later in his acting career, McCann’s Canadian patriotism led him to turn down some roles in American TV shows and movies.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes

Diana and the Supremes kept putting hits on the charts, including Stop! In The Name Of Love in 1965

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Published on June 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FATHER’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Sun. June 16th

IT WAS JUNE 16th .. when the first network TV news aired in the US on Dumont’s “News from Washington”…
When the great Dave Garroway was fired as host of NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show’….
When the sitcom ‘My Little Margie’ debuted on CBS-TV…
When the Vancouver-filmed TV series ‘The Dead Zone” debuted on the USA cable channel …
When “The Dean Martin Summer Show” featuring the comedy team of Rowan & Martin, debuted on NBC-TV…
..and when the CRTC authorized the XM & Sirius satellite subscription-based radio/music services for Canadian consumers.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Morley Safer’s ’60 Minutes’ Producer Succumbs to Cancer at 45

“Katy Textor was a scrupulous journalist and a wonderful storyteller. Her energy and personality will be impossible to replace at 60 Minutes.”

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Country legend Loretta Lynn to Spend Her Last Days in Nursing Home after Stroke

“She needs a walker or a wheelchair to get around now, and on top of that, she suffers from glaucoma, so her vision is severely compromised.”

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‘American Bandstand’ executive producer who launched Dick Clark’s career, Lew Klein Dies at 91

A native of Philadelphia, Klein served as executive producer of “American Bandstand,” the popular music performance and dance television show hosted by Clark.

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Raptors vs. Warriors Game 6 was Watched by a Record 15.9 million Canadians

Thursday’s game saw a record 15.9 million Canadian viewers tuned in to watch some part of the game — which represents 44 percent of Canada’s population.

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Delilah Adopts a Boy Nearly Two Years after Son Zack’s Suicide

The popular Seattle-area personality blamed antidepressant pills for her teen’s death.

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Celebration for KING Seattle’s Frosty Fowler July 16th

It will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16th, on what would have been Fowler’s 97th Birthday, at Cristwood Park Activity Center Auditorium, 345 N. 190th Street in Shoreline.

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Wartime correspondents inducted into CBC News Hall of Fame

“We owe a debt to those who sent back descriptions that were so acute, so haunting … that Canadians listening in were virtually transported to those battlefields of Europe.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmy Dean

Jimmy had a good number of hits. Steel Men in 1962 is all about the collapse of the 2nd Narrows bridge in Vancouver

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Published on June 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 15th

IT WAS JUNE 15th .. when the first-ever radio broadcast of live music took place from Chelmsford, England, featuring Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba…
When the rural TV comedy/musical show “Hee Haw” with Roy Clark, Buck Owens & Canadian Don Harron, premiered on CBS…
When Rev. David Mainse broadcast the first “100 Huntley Street” program out of its studios at the said address in downtown Toronto…
..and when 83-year-old Bob Barker’s final appearance as emcee of CBS TV’s”The Price Is Right” aired. He had hosted the game show for 35 years!
ALL the milestones for June 15th INSIDE.

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Nick Cannon Returns to Radio Hosting LA’s Power 106 Mornings

CANNON, a TV/Radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, philanthropist, children’s book author and activist, hosted mornings on then-CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WXRK (92.3 NOW)/NEW YORK from JANUARY 2010 to FEBRUARY 2012. He also was first host of NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent.

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Is Radio Ready for a Sports Gambling Network?

The network will launch in August and include sports betting news, insights and analysis around the sports betting markets.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Day

Bobby Day best known for this hit from 1958: Rockin’ Robin. Day died at age 60

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Published on June 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 14th

IT WAS JUNE 14th … when a U.S. President was heard on the radio for the first time. President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Francis Scott Key Memorial and was heard on Baltimore’s WEAR …
When “The Happy Gang” troupe of musicians, led by Bert Pearl, made their first broadcast on station CRCT, the C-B-C flagship station in Toronto. It became a NATIONAL listening habit 4 months later…
When after 13 years Harold Peary played the role of The Great Gildersleeve on NBC radio for the last time …
When Toronto’s CHUM Radio published its final hit music chart …
..and when NBC-TV’s action-adventure series “A Team,” aired for the last time.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Press Sect’y Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” tweeted the President.

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CTV to Carry Raptors Game 6 on its Main Network

Bell’s decision to carry Thursday’s Game 6 in Oakland on CTV and TSN could possibly top 7 million viewers on this side of the border.

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Stanley Cup Game 7 Scores 25-Year High for NHL TV Ratings (US)

The Blues’ 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals delivered a 6.2 household rating in metered markets, the highest such number for an NHL game since 1994.

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Dave Pratt returns: Veteran radio personality launching podcast

Next Wednesday, just over three months after he was fired by TSN 1040, Pratt will launch a podcast, titled the Prattcast and will live in your favourite podcast players and at prattcast.ca.

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CTV Rebrands Four Popular Specialty Channels this Sept.

Bell Media has confirmed the debut of rebranded specialty channels CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Sci-Fi Channel, CTV Drama Channel, and CTV Life Channel on Sept.12.

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New radio station in Assiniboia turning up the country heat

The first radio station broadcasting out of Assiniboia is officially on the air, and owner — and current radio personality — Steve Huber is impressed with the response he’s gotten from the community

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Published on June 12, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Louis Armstrong

Satchmo was a trumpeter 1st, vocalist next with hits like What A Wonderful World in 1964

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 13th

IT WAS JUNE 13th … when the Rolling Stones made an appearance on ABC-TV’s “Hollywood Palace,” during their first tour of North America ….
When John Lennon made his last TV appearance on an ABC-TV salute to UK entertainment mogul Sir Lew Grade that had been taped in April….
When NBC’ late night TV host Tom Snyder interviewed serial killer Charles Manson on what has since become the most famous edition of his “Tomorrow” Show…
..and when Garrison Keilor (pictured), host and storyteller on the award-winning US public radio series, A Prairie Home Companion, left the show and its delightful shores of Lake Wobegon for Denmark where he intended to spend his time writing (he returned to the U.S… and the program … two years later).
ALL the milestones for June 13th INSIDE.

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Joe Aiello Named Program Director for Power 97, Peggy @ 991

Longtime Winnipeg broadcaster Joe Aiello has been promoted to program director for both of Corus Winnipeg’s FM radio stations.

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CRTC Approves Sale of Roundhouse Radio Frequency, Assets to South Fraser Broadcasting

The CRTC says the station can be sold, but the purchaser has taken over a big debt it will not forgive. And a waiver of Canadian music requirements was turned down.

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Research Director Inc. has Demo Breakouts for Seattle Radio May 2019 PPM’s

Despite audience erosion, KQMV (Movin’ 92.5) continues to dominate the Demos.

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Is Radio Podcasting’s Best Promo Ally?

When Tom Webster released the Infinite Dial Canada 2019 study at Canadian Music Week, one slide caught my eye.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tony Joe White

Tony was a singer-songwriter, guitarist. He wrote “Rainy Night in Georgia” for Brook Benson. Polk Salad Annie from 1969. He died October 2018 at the age of 75

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Published on June 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 12th

IT WAS JUNE 12th … when pioneer Toronto radio station CFCA had its Grand Opening. Foster Hewitt broadcast his first hockey game on CFCA eight months later….
When Pittsburgh’s KDKA became the first 50,000 watt radio station…
When the Sunday night TV extravaganza that would be must-see family viewing for the next twenty years, “Toast of the Town,” (later the Ed Sullivan Show), made its debut on CBS…
..and when the early TV comedy hit “Mr Peepers” starring Wally Cox with Tony Randall, aired for the last time on NBC.
ALL the milestones for June 12th INSIDE.

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KUOW, Movin’ 92.5 and KZOK in Virtual Tie Atop Seattle Radio 6+ May PPM’s

100.7 The Wolf and News/Talk KIRO FM round out the 6+ Top 5.

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SURVEY: In Clear Rebuke To Liberals, Just 10% Of Canadians Want The Government To Decide What News Is ‘Real’ Or Not

The Liberals’ authoritarian approach is disturbing to many Canadians, and goes against what our country stands for

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Bell Fibe TV customers lost connection during the final moments of Raptors’ game five

Some Bell customers did not know what happened in those last few seconds as Raptors’ Kyle Lowery tried to make the final shot before the buzzer hit and the ball missed the bucket.

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KING 5 Hires Veteran San Fran Broadcaster as News Director

As managing editor at KPIX, Peter Saiers led editorial coverage with a focus on enterprise reporting. Prior to his extensive tenure as managing editor, he held the role of nightside executive producer.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Clark

A singer, a musician. Probably best known for this hit Yesterday When I Was Young in 1969 and for hosting the television program “Hee Haw”. He also used to be a guest host on the Johnny Carson “Tonight Show.” He died at age 85.

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Published on June 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 11th

IT WAS JUNE 11th … when Hank Williams made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. His performance, with the audience demanding several encores of “Lovesick Blues,” is still considered one of the Opry’s greatest moments…
When the all-black TV sitcom “Amos ‘n Andy” was driven from the air in the heat of the civil rights movement, for its so-called stereotypical characterizations, though the radio version continued for 7 years more …
When the first episode of “Fear Factor” with host Joe Rogan, aired on NBC-TV…
..and the final episode of ‘The Sopranos’ aired on HBO.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CBC/Radio Canada Announces New Commitment to Diversity

By 2025, CBC/Radio-Canada aims to ensure that at least one of the key creatives in all scripted and factual commissioned programs will be held by a person from a diverse background.

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AT&T And Dish Network Stocks Gain On DirecTV Merger Speculation

Rumblings are getting louder about a potential merger of leading US satellite TV distributors DirecTV and Dish, with stocks in both services’ parent companies gaining ground in Friday trading.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

1957 was a big year for Elvis, many of hits songs hit #1 on the charts, also this one from the movie Jailhouse Rock in 1957

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Published on June 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 10th

IT WAS JUNE 10th … when Ed Sullivan’s 19th Anniversary Show on CBS-TV featured Spanky & Our Gang with their big hit, “Sunday Will Never Be the Same”….
When Gary Lewis and the Playboys (pictured) performed their biggest hit “This Diamond Ring” on NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”
When the TV horror anthology series “Tales From The Crypt” aired the first of its 93 episodes on US cable channel HBO…
..and when the quirky TV serial drama “Twin Peaks” (the original series) aired for the final time on ABC.
ALL the milestones for June 10th INSIDE.

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Edmonton Radio PPM Demographics June 2019

102.3 NOW! dominates with Women 25-54. (#2 Sonic has half their audience.) With the Male Demo CRUZ-FM wins the race, ahead of The Bear and Sonic 102.9.

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Vancouver Radio PPM Demographics June 2019

Despite losing a chunk of listeners QM/FM continues to be a dominant monster with Women 25-54. CBC Radio One,99.3 The Fox, CKNW and Rock 101 are the leaders among Demo Men.

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Calgary Radio PPM Demographics June 2019

KOOL 101.5 almost overtook 95.9 CHFM for the lead in Demo Women, as Country 105 dropped a bundle.
Meantime X 92.9 continues to lead the Men 25-54 book over 2nd place XL 103 by a wide margin.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Robert Mitchum

Died July 1997 at the age of 79. He was an actor, author, composer. Ballad Of Thunder Road was a modest hit in 1958.

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Published on June 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 9th

IT WAS JUNE 9th … when Barbra Streisand made her third appearance on CBS TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show,” and later that night Andy Williams signed in as the Mystery Guest on the same network’s “What’s My Line”…
When Chilliwack’s CHWK AM1270 received CRTC approval to flip to 104.9 FM….
When Canadian party leaders (pictured) debated policy on television for the first time (Pierre Trudeau, Robert Stanfleld, Tommy Douglas and Real Caouette)…
.. and when Green Day was the musical guest on NBC-TV’s Last Call With Carson Daly for the first of four consecutive nights.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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New Orleans musician Dr. John dead at 77

Dr. John — who was born Mac Rebennack — had not been seen in public much since late 2017, when he cancelled several gigs. He had been resting at his New Orleans area home according to his publicist last year.

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Ten Questions for Entercom’s AC Format Captain

Nikki Nite offers her insight on the delicate balance of programming the various niches of Adult Contemporary.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beatles – Yellow Submarine

Who would have believed that the Fab Four would have so many hits in such a short time. Yellow Submarine from 1966 another big hit for them.

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Published on June 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 8th

IT WAS JUNE 8th .. in the earliest experimental days of television when WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY revamped its regular program schedule. While continuing to broadcast three days a week, there were only two times each day that viewers could watch TV: 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and 11:30 to Midnight…
It was a different June 8th …..when ‘Lassie’ debuted on ABC radio. It was a 15-minute show about an extraordinary collie…
When the future ‘Mr. Television’ Milton Berle made his debut as host of NBC-TV’s ‘Texaco Star Theatre’….
When Saskatoon radio listeners were first treated to programming from CKOM …
..and when the show that introduced us to John Travolta, “Welcome Back, Kotter” aired its final episode on ABC TV.
ALL the milestones for June 8th INSIDE.

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Why Doesn’t Bill Carroll have a Greater National profile?

Carroll’s politics appear to skew right (he’s no fan of Justin Trudeau), he has a ready sense of humour, he sounds energetic, his monologues spout readily from his lips so that should make him desireable on the majority of talk stations both south and north of the border.

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America’s rural radio stations are vanishing –

At a time when local newspapers are disappearing, the loss of a radio station leaves a community with another cultural and informational gap.

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If Canadian Radio Is Losing Audience Faster Than Other Countries, What Can They Do About It?

While the decline of commercial radio may be a bit faster than elsewhere, many Canadian broadcasters are better equipped than most in other parts of the world to reposition themselves from towers in a field to multi-platform audio content providers.

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Big Rick Daniels from Goober 95.1 Bowling Green, Kentucky

Big Rick Daniels grew up in Indiana. If you had to name famous people from the state, there’s the obvious like John Mellencamp, the Jackson’s and the sitting Vice President of the United States. Perhaps you are fan enough to mention David Letterman or David Lee Roth

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Thoughts on the Toronto spring ratings

First off from David Bray: Bragging rights at the top of the ratings heap go to CBC Radio One delivering a 13.3% share for A12+ (up from 12.3%). CHUM-FM trades places with CHFI-FM grabbing the #1 spot with ladies 25-54 delivering a 17.7% share (up from 13.6%).  BOOM-FM holds the #1 spot for males 25-54, posting an 11.1% share (down from 12.6 % in the last 13-week book). CHUM-FM leads the way for M18-34 with an 11.6% share. For F18-34, CHUM-FM leads, posting a 14.7% followed closely by CHFI-FM at 14.6%. 

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Dual format flip in Lethbridge

94.1 CJOC and 98.1 The Bridge have changed formats. CJOC is now 94.1 Juice FM and The Bridge is now 98.1 2day FM. I don’t know much about the flip, I just had come across a post by Murray Brookshaw, National Director of Programming at Vista Radio Ltd on Facebook

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Guy Mitchell

Guy had many hits in the ’50’s including this one from 1952: She Wears Red Feathers.

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Published on June 6, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 7th

IT WAS JUNE 7th … when NBC radio presented The Lux Radio Theatre for the final time. For almost all of its 21 years it had brightened the CBS Radio schedule …
When children’s puppet show stars Kukla, Fran Allison and Ollie (at right), along with the Boston Pops Orchestra, were stars of the first network TV broadcast shown in “compatible color”…
When the “Johnny Cash Show” debuted as a summer series on ABC-TV …
..and when bandleader Ricky Minor jumped from FOX-TV to NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” replacing Kevin Eubanks.
ALL the milestones for June 7th INSIDE.

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Radio PPM Analysis/Demo Leaders – June 2019 – courtesy David Bray & Partners

The Demo Leaders for Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary are INSIDE.

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Seattle’s KCPQ Launching a Prime Time 8 pm News Show

Insiders at Seattle’s KCPQ say that the station is launching a new 8PM show in less than a couple of weeks and no one knows much about it.

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Seattle’s KUOW Staff Ratifies First-Ever SAG-AFTRA Union Contract

The bargaining unit, composed of 43 reporters, producers, announcers, hosts, web editors, production engineers, community engagement employees and board operators, overwhelmingly approved the agreement with 94% voting in favor.

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Calgary Radio PPM Ratings .. Feb 25 – May 26 2019

CBR takes top spot, jumping up from #4 in the winter12+ book.

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Edmonton Radio PPM Ratings .. Feb. 25 – May 26 2019

Stingray’s Breeze has taken dive from 1st place down to 6th, with Now returning to the number One spot. Gains for the Bear and KiSS

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Vancouver Radio PPM Ratings .. Feb. 25 – May 26 2019

CBC Radio One returns to a dominant Top Spot in the 12+ book.

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One of Canada’s Leading Broadcasters STINGRAY Reports 4th Quarter Financials

“Market conditions in the Canadian radio industry have remained somewhat soft but our strong portfolio of radio stations has been clearly outperforming the industry.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Lymon

A couple of Frankie & the Teenagers reached the charts. Including Goody Goody in 1957. Sadly Frankie died at the young age of 25

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Published on June 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 6th

IT WAS JUNE 6th … in fact D-Day on the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago today, when 44-year-old Toronto Star reporter Gordon Sinclair (pictured) began a daily series of popular broadcasts on CFRB Radio, that continued until his death…
When CBC TV aired the first program in the long-running news-panel show “Front Page Challenge.” It continued for 38 years…
When after 23 years The Ed Sullivan Show left CBS-TV. Gladys Knight & The Pips and singer Jerry Vale appeared on the final show…
..and when CHUM 1050 Toronto, the station with North America’s longest-running hit record chart, abandoned its Top-40 format for a mixture of soft rock and oldies.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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102.7 The Peak’s James Sutton and Casey Jo Loos have been fired

102.7 The Peak FM hosts Casey Jo Loos and James Sutton were let go from the radio station on Tuesday according to posts made to Facebook and Instagram. 

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Published on June 4, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Brian Cook

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marcie Blaine

The only hit Marcie had was Bobby’s Girl back in 1962, and has not been heard from since.

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 5th

IT WAS JUNE 5th .. when after 22 years, Canada’s longest running radio program, “The Happy Gang,” was heard for the last time…
When Toronto newsman Gordon Sinclair wrote and first broadcast one of the most popular spoken-word recordings of all time: “The Americans”…
When CBS-TV premiered the summer replacement show “The Bobbie Gentry Happiness Hour”….
..and when Edmonton’s CISN-FM signed on with 100,000 watts on 103.9 MHz as “Kissin’ Country”.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE>

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L.A. Radio Legend ‘Humble Harve’ Miller Passes At 85

HUMBLE HARVE moved to L.A. in 1965 and initially established himself in the market at KBLA/BURBANK (AM 1500) then achieved his greatest fame working as the nighttime disc jockey for “Boss Radio” KHJ.

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The CBC has no business chasing ad dollars with low-brow game shows

Making a shameless play for ad dollars is part of president Catherine Tait’s goal of making the CBC less vulnerable to the whims of federal politicians, some of whom don’t believe Canada even needs a public broadcaster.

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‘Jeopardy’ Champion James Holzhauer Defeated After 32-Game Winning Streak

Ken Jennings remains the all-time undefeated champion of ‘Jeopardy,’ having earned more than $2.5 million in regular play proceedings over 74 games.

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Published on June 3, 2019 at 9:55 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Washington

Dinah was active from 1941 to 1963. She died in December 1963 at the young age of 39. What A Difference A Day Makes was her first big hit on the charts in 1959

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 4th

IT WAS JUNE 4th …. when NBC-TV’s “The Monkees” won an Emmy award for outstanding comedy series.
When ABC-TV’s “Bobby Sherman TV Special” aired, featuring guest performers The 5th Dimension…
When the final episode of “The Waltons” aired on CBS TV, though six TV movies followed over the next 15 years …
When the CBC’s prairie radio powerhouse CBK AM 540 lost its transmission tower in a severe windstorm …
.. and when the final episode of the sitcom “Married With Children” aired on FOX.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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PROSALESGUY – The 3 Questions You Must Answer To Make A Sale

Customer-focused selling is always a topic of our Sales Training Workshops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto.   Decision makers concentrate on getting their needs met and don’t have the time or desire to hear you drone on about your company or new product line.  Getting in the mind of your buyer and thinking like them is the first step toward making a sale.

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Amazon launching Streaming service in Canada designed to Mimic Cable TV

Service will be like existing Prime video service but with more TV channels on top of that, for an added fee

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Despite Massive Injection Of Taxpayer Money, CBC’s ‘The National’ Is Getting Terrible Ratings

CBC has received a massive injection of taxpayer money under the Trudeau government.

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iHeart CEO Not Happy With NAB Comments

“I was surprised and disappointed to read the NAB characterization of those of us who oppose radio deregulation.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Orbison

Roy had a powerful voice as you can hear on this hit from 1964: Oh, Pretty Woman. Roy died at the age of 52 in December 1988.

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Published on June 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 3rd

IT WAS JUNE 3rd …when Dragnet (with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday) was first heard on radio (KFI in Los Angeles), a month before it went nationak on NBC…
When Victoria and Vancouver got their first ‘local’ TV service as Bellingham’s KVOS-TV signed on from Mount Constitution …
When the Hollywood Palace on ABC-TV hosted the first North American performance by The Rolling Stones…
When the characters of Nancy & Chris Hughes returned to CBS-TV’s ‘As the World Turns’, after an absence of 5 years…
and when the final episode of the original ‘Star Trek’ series aired on NBC.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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‘I’m Going Home’: Jeff Douglas bids an emotional goodbye to As It Happens

Douglas sits down for an interview with co-host Carol Off before taking on his new gig at CBC Nova Scotia.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roger Whittaker

Roger is a British singer, songwriter best known for baritone voice & trademark whistling ability and also his guitar skills

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Published on June 1, 2019 at 10:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 2nd

IT WAS JUNE 2nd … when TV broadcasting started in Canada as Radio Canada’s Channel 2 in Montreal began airing a test pattern…
When the coronation of 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was broadcast around the world…
When Barbara Walters interviewed the legendary Katharine Hepburn on TV (pictured) and asked what kind of tree she would be…
..and when the final episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” aired in syndication.
ALL the milestones for June 2nd INSIDE.

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Journalist Questions Why Trudeau Government Is Ratting Out Reporters To Irving

“If you are a reporter in Ottawa and ask questions about Irving shipbuilding, the government will turn your name and question over to Irving who have then threatened reporters with lawsuits”

Mercedes Stephenson (Photo)

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Raptors Set Canadian NBA TV Record, but Weigh Down US Ratings

Toronto’s 118-109 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Thursday night attracted an average audience of 3.3 million viewers, a record for an NBA game in Canada.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Four Lads

A Canadian quartet that many gold singles, including Down By The Riverside in 1953
1953

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Published on May 31, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 1st

IT WAS JUNE 1st .. when the first seeds of the CBC were sown as Canadian National Railways formed the CNR Radio Department under W.D. Robb..
When the soon-to-become-legendary Lux Radio Theater moved from New York City to Hollywood…
When “The Mask of Medusa,” on ABC-TV’s Twilight Theater, featured the US network-TV acting debut of New Westminster’s Raymond Burr (pictured), soon-to-be TV’s ‘Perry Mason’…
When CNN first began presenting it’s all-news format via US cable systems …
..and when the CBS/CBC Sunday night TV showcase which drew families together for 22 years, the Ed Sullivan Show aired for its final time.
ALL the milestones for June 1st HERE.

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Winnipeg Radio Ratings: David Bray & Partners Provide the Demo Breakouts

With the CBC out of the equation, 680 CJOB grabs the #1 spot for A12+ with a 11.3% share of hours tuned (up from 11.0%). Taking the top spot for F25-54 was 103.1 Virgin Radio, posting an 11.4% share (down from 12.0% last fall).
92 CITI maintains its strong male presence grabbing the lead for M25-54 listeners, delivering a 10.5 % share (down from 12.2%).

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Victoria Radio Ratings: David Bray & Partners Provide Demo Breakouts

Bragging rights at the top of the ratings heap go to The Q delivering a 15.2% share for A12+ (down from 15.6% in the fall. The Zone grabs the #1 spot with women 25-54 delivering a 17.8% share (up from 12.5%). The Q holds the #1 spot for males 25-54, posting a 21.8% share followed by The Zone with 18.8%.

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New York Times Steers Writers Away from Cable Shows it Deems Too Partisan

Alongside MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Don Lemon, Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on MSNBC is also apparently a no-go, as are Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson’s programs — though Times reporters were typically never seen on those shows anyway.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Browns

The Bells were three Browns. Best known for The Three Bells in 1959.

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Published on May 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 31st

IT WAS MAY 31st … when the first Canadian TV signal on the prairies took to the air as CBWT Winnipeg signed on…
When the weekly Odessa Texas TV show featuring Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings boasted Elvis Presley as their singing guest…
When Bobby Darin appeared on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show singing his two top pop singles “Mack the Knife” and “Dream Lover.” And Canada’s Wayne & Schuster did a takeoff on TV crime shows…
..and when Mel Cooper (pictured) received approval to acquire 71% of Victoria’s CFAX 1070 from Clare Copeland. Cooper kept CFAX at the top of the Victoria radio ratings for the next 30 years, before selling to CHUM in 2004.
ALL the milestones for May 31st INSIDE.

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Singer/guitarist Leon Redbone Dies, Aged 69

Redbone retired from performing in 2015 because his health had “been a matter of concern for some time” — a spokesman for singer said at the time — and it was “too challenging for him to continue the full range of professional activities.”

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The mystery of Calgary’s unlicensed reggae radio station

The station could be heard by drivers all over downtown Calgary, at least as far south as Peigan Trail on the Deerfoot and as far west as 37th Street S.W. and Bow Trail.

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Fox’s Hannity Is No. 1 In May Cable News Ratings; MSNBC’s Maddow Has Worst Month Since Trump Inauguration

The Trump era has been very, very good to Sean Hannity. The Fox News Channel host finished May as the top-rated host in cable news, with an average total audience of 3.138 million viewers

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Published on at 11:23 am by Voice Over

CBC, QX 104 Take Top Spots in Winnipeg’s Radio Wars

Winnipeg’s radio landscape has dialled up a successful roadmap in the latest ratings book to cap off the Spring 2019 period.

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Winnipeg Radio Ratings … Diary Spring 2019

CFQX  Country has dropped a couple of points. Radio One continues to lead the pack, with Newstalk coming in second place.  

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Victoria Radio Ratings … Diary Spring 2019

CBC Radio One leads the Victoria 12+ chart, followed by The Q and C-FAX. Nice gains were scored by The Zone and the newly rebranded Virgin Radio.

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Broadcast Journalist Byron Christopher Was Spied On…

Former 630 CHED, as well as CBC Edmonton reporter Byron Christopher has covered some incredible stories in his career, including the Talisman. 

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Published on May 29, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kay Star

Kay was popular in pop and jazz circles. She started out in 1939 and entertained until her death in 2016 at age 94. Bonaparte’s Retreat was a hit for her in 1950

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 30th

IT WAS MAY 30th … when America’s Town Meeting debuted on NBC Blue (the predecessor to ABC radio). First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the debaters on the opener…
When the first major league baseball network telecast saw Cleveland down the Chicago White Sox 7-2…
When future Canadian superstar Anne Murray (pictured) signed a contract with C-B-C-TV’s “Singalong Jubilee.’ She would be paid between $71.50 and $99 per show …
When an early experiment with sports talk radio came to an end on Vancouver’s AM 730 …
..and when CKPG-AM (Prince George) and its news-talk format gave way at noon, to replacement FM station CKDV 99.3 “The Drive” with a classic rock format.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Bell Canada Wants Piracy Crackdown, Tax on Netflix (But Not CraveTV)

The telecom’s proposals would risk starting a trade war with the U.S., a University of Ottawa professor is warning.

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Sportscaster Jim Hughson to Receive Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

Hughson, a longtime Surrey resident, was announced Tuesday as winner of the award, as selected by the National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association for “outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.”

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VOCM Seeks News Director – Programming Director – St. John’s, NL

Stingray is on the search for a News/Program Director in Newfoundland….

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Kelly Alexander: Going Beyond Radio

Kelly Alexander is a team player, and great interviewer and knows her audience. It doesn’t matter what radio station she is on, or what platform she is immersed with – she understands her audience and is the conduit between what is happening in the studio, and what is going on in her listeners lives.

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Alex Trebek says He’s Winning the Battle Against Cancer

The Canadian-born “Jeopardy!” host is cautiously optimistic after learning his stage 4 pancreatic cancer is in near-remission and responding well to chemotherapy treatment.

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Pure Country replaces all Bell Country stations and 98.9 The Drive Kingston

Pure Country is Canada’s national country brand of stations from Bell Media. It launched May 28th at 1pm. The launch took place 24 hours after 98.9 The Drive started stunting with a hybrid format that featured Drake, Eminem, Anne Murray, Michael Bolton and more

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Published on May 28, 2019 at 9:45 pm by Brian Cook

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Glen Campbell

Glen had a number of #1 hits, including Witchita Lineman from 1968. He died at the age of 81 in 2017.
1968

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 29th

IT WAS MAY 29th … when the soon-to-be #1 daytime soap ‘When a Girl Marries’ debuted on CBS Radio. It moved to NBC in 1941 and to ABC in 1951 for a total run of 18 years….
When Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” which began on radio as “Candid Microphone,” debuted on NBC TV….
When 20-year-old Barbra Streisand made an appearance on CBS TV’s “The Garry Moore Show”…
..and when 16-year-old Michael J. Fox (pictured) made his professional acting debut in the CBC TV series “Leo and Me.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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DISTURBING: Speaking At House Of Commons Committee, ‘Adviser’ Tells MPs To Use Government Power To Shut Down Social Media

With the elites losing control over the narrative, they’re now straight up demanding authoritarianism. Roger McNamee, right

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kenny Rogers

As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kenny feigned in 2017. Lucille hit the charts for him in 1977

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Published on May 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 28th

IT WAS MAY 28th … when The Temptations headlined CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, along with pop singers Robert Goulet and Jane Morgan …
When The Association made their TV debut on CBS’s ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ …
When the ‘Dave Thomas Comedy Show’ debuted as a summer replacement for CBS-TV …
When NBC announced that Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of the network’s ‘Nightly News’ …
When Vancouver’s NW 2 AM 730 gave up its 15-months-long All-News radio battle with News 1130 ..
..and when bandleader Kevin Eubanks (pictured) left NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ after 16 years of supporting Jay Leno.
ALL the milestones for May 28th INSIDE.

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Anthony Scaramucci, aka The ‘Mooch’ joins Jim Goddard on ‘This Week in Money’

Anthony Scaramucci – Trade Negotiations Between US and China. Quantative Easing

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel considered folk rock singers. They were active from 1956 to 1970; then had many reunions, the last was 2010

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Published on May 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

US MEMORIAL DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. May 27th

IT WAS MAY 27th … when Frank Sinatra (pictured) made his TV debut as he guested on NBC’s “Star-Spangled Review,” hosted by another show biz legend, Bob Hope…
When Toronto’s CHUM AM 1050 became the first Canadian fulltime top-40 radio station and published its first hit record chart…
When the final episodes of the sitcoms “Mork and Mindy,” “Punky Brewster” & “Bosom Buddies” aired on ABC-TV…
..and when Jim & Tammy Bakker appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” following their evangelical TV scandal.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Scott Pelley: ‘I was Fired from CBS Evening News Over My Complaints to the Boss’…..

Pelley said that while the “last several years” have been a “dark period” of “incompetent management and sort of a hostile work environment in the news division” he’s optimistic about the future of CBS News, now being led by Susan Zirinsky.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Mary Hopkin

Welsh singer Mary was one of the first to sign with the Beatles Apple label. Those Were The Days was produced by Paul McCartney in 1968.

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Published on May 25, 2019 at 10:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. May 26th

IT WAS MAY 26th … when Canadian radio pioneer Reginald Fessenden was granted a patent for the liquid barretter microphone…
When Carl Perkins finally appeared on NBC-TV’s “The Perry Como Show” singing his milion-selling version of “Blue Suede Shoes,” two months after he was injured in an MVA enroute to the show ….
When the Rolling Stones were guests on ABC-TV’s weekly music showcase “Shindig!” along with Sonny & Cher, Jackie De Shannon, and Jimmy Rodgers ..
..and when Fantasia Barrino (pictured) was named winner of the third edition of Fox TV’s “American Idol,” edging out Diana DeGarmo.
ALL the milestones for May 26th INSIDE.

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CBC program that hosted Omar Khadr suspended from Twitter for “glorifying terrorism”

A disgruntled user took credit for the account suspension claiming the program was “glorifying terrorism” and that it was a “terror apologist”.

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On the ‘NW Newshound’s Pit Stop in Trail

“I lasted just five months there and was fired. Ownership of CJAT felt I was not doing a good job.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Eagles

Original members included Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meiser. They had 5 number 1 hit singles got 6 Grammy awards, plus 5 american Music Awards, six #1 albums; sold more than 150 million records. Tequila Sunrise from 1973. They disbanded in 1980, only to reunite in 1994.

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Published on May 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 25th

IT WAS MAY 25th … when the 16th Annual Emmy Awards saw top honors go to “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and its stars, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore…
When “The Brady Bunch Hour” aired for the final time on ABC-TV…
When after a 20 year break CBS Radio resumed weekly Major League Baseball playbyplay …
When the final episode of Tim Allen’s ‘Home Improvement’ aired on ABC ..
When Jay Leno took over NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show,” replacing Johnny Carson as regular host. Leno’s first guest was Billy Crystal…
..and when Ringo Starr was a guest on CBS-TVs “Late Show With David Letterman.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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‘Celebrations’ Planned for the late Vancouver Radiomen Jason Botchford, Ed Jurak

Jurak will be remembered June 1st, while Botchford gets a reverential salute on June 20th..

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CBC uses Snapchat to promote sex, drugs, polygamy to kids!

Warning: This content contains subject matter that is not suitable for children, no matter what the CBC thinks.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Lavern Baker

Lavern had a number of hits, including Tweedle Dee from 1955

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Published on May 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 24th

IT WAS MAY 24th .. when the Canadian Parliament passed a bill establishing the CBC as a national broadcasting system …
When Nanaimo BC got its own 250 watt radio station, CHUB 1570, with the first day featuring live coverage of the Empire Day Parade …
When Randy Bachman and his Canadian band the Guess Who made their U.S. television debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand”…
..and when Dean Martin (pictured with The Golddiggers) concluded his 9-year run as star of a weekly variety show on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for May 24th INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chuck Berry

Another of the many hits of Chuck Berry from 1957: Oh Baby Doll.

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Published on May 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 23rd

IT WAS MAY 23rd .. when pioneering Seattle radio station KOL first signed on ….
When CBS gave Johnny Carson a summer TV game show called ‘Earn Your Vacation’…
When ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ and the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Full House’ aired their final episodes …
When ABC televised its third Barry Manilow Special, with John Denver as special guest …
,,and when Jordin Sparks (pictured), at age 17, became the youngest-ever winner of FOX-TV’s American Idol on its season-ending telecast.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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2.75 million Canadians watched Game of Thrones’ finale on Crave

Roughly seven percent of the entire population of Canada watched the final episode of Game of Thrones through Crave.

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Trudeau Liberals Slammed For Corrupt Media Bailout Plan

“This is actually worse than anyone could have imagined. An “independent body” staffed entirely by unions and industry lobbyists. What a disaster.”

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What Happened To The Shock Jock Format?

According to Fred Jacobs, “No one wants to offend advertisers or audiences. The king of the shock radio movement – Howard Stern – is now apologizing to the many people he’s managed to offend. What does THAT tell you? And finally, Donald Trump is the “shock jock in chief.”

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Sammy Kohn from the Watchmen

Sammy Kohn is the drummer for Canada’s the Watchmen. He will contend that he is a realtor in the Greater Toronto Area, but so long as the Watchmen keep getting played on the radio and the band continues playing a few shows a year, he will be known first as the drummer of the Watchmen.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Paul and Paula

#1 one hit in 1963 for Paul & Paula: Hey Paula

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Published on May 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 22nd

IT WAS MAY 22nd … when Jack Benny signed off his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years…
When the Seattle-based Brothers Four sang “Greenfields” on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. And Canada’s Wayne & Schuster did a skit from the Old West called “Frontier Psychiatrist” …
When the game show ‘To Tell the Truth’ aired its last weekly show on CBS-TV …
When New Westminster-born actor Raymond Burr (pictured) starred in the title role as the last original Perry Mason episode titled ‘The Case Of The Final Fade-Out’ began filming….
..and when ABC-TV’s ‘Hart to Hart’, and the NBC-TV sitcom ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ , as well as ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,’ aired their finales.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Beloved Toronto radio personality Dave Bookman, a.k.a. Bookie, has died: Alan Cross

Dave Bookman, a fixture on Toronto radio and one of the best friends Canadian music could ever have, died peacefully at 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday. He was just nine days short of his 59th birthday

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Four Preps

The Four Preps were mostly popular from 1950’s to the ’70’s

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Published on May 20, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 21st

IT WAS MAY 21st … when Kamloops B.C. got its first FM station as CFFM 98.3 signed on …
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show aired from Montreal’s Expo 67, and featured Petula Clark and The Seekers, with comedian Alan King…
When after 18 years of losing Susan Lucci finally won Best Daytime Actress Emmy ….
When after a 5 year run, the final episode of ‘Miami Vice’ aired on NBC-TV…
.. and when after 8 seasons the finale of the sitcom ‘Newhart’ was seen on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Three Handwritten Wills Found in Aretha Franklin’s Home

When the soul legend died last summer, her family said she left no will divvying up her $80 million estate — it turns out she left behind three, including one tucked under a cushion in her living room.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sets All-Time HBO Ratings Record (USA)

HBO says season eight is averaging an unheard-of 44.2 million US viewers through Sunday. That’s more than 10 million people ahead of the average for season seven.

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The Car Radio Keeps us Connected

From pop hits to preachers, and pretty much everything in-between, the car radio has been part our lives for almost 100 years.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin had number of hits including Dream Lover from 1959

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Published on May 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. May 20th

Happy Victoria Day!
It was May 20th … when the Canadian Marconi Company station X-W-A, later CFCF, in Montreal aired a musical concert, the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and possibly the world…
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Peggy Lee, The Brothers Four (from Seattle), and retired baseball great Jackie Robinson ….
When the 25th Emmy Awards gave top honors to The Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore…
..and when the final episodes of ‘Barney Miller’ and the original run of ‘Roseanne’ aired on ABC-TV… and the ‘Cheers’ finale was seen on NBC.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Trudeau launching Digital Charter to Combat Hate Speech, Disinformation

The Prime Minister said his government plans to create a framework that will make citizens feel more comfortable with social media sites and have more faith in them.

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Police Scanners Become an Endangered Species

The RCMP control the message, they talk to the media only when they want to, or reach out only to tell us when we are wrong.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Brenda Lee

At 4 foot 9 inches she was comfortable singing rockabilly, pop and country. Brenda may be small, but her voice captured hits like Sweet Nothin’s in 1960

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Published on May 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. May 19th

IT WAS MAY 19th ….when the 20th Annual Emmy Awards gave top honours to Get Smart, Mission Impossible & best actress Barbara Bain …
When NBC-TV celebrated the 50th anniversary of Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater with the 2-hour special “Motown Returns To The Apollo”…
When the final episode of LA Law aired on NBC, after a wildly successful 8 year run…
When Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Selleck sparred over gun control on Rosie’s syndicated TV talk show …
..and when the final episode of Angela Lansbury’s “Murder, She Wrote” aired on CBS, after 12 seasons.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Seattle’s Ron & Don Returning via Weekly Podcast

Don O’Neill, who for 13 years had the afternoon show on KIRO-FM with longtime partner Ron Upshaw, says they’ll start doing a weekly one-hour podcast at RonAndDonRadio.com.

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Abbotsford Campus Station Approved for Chilliwack Transmitter

The radio station based out of University of the Fraser Valley has become the first such station in Canada to be approved to broadcast on multiple frequencies in multiple municipalities.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Olivia Newton-John

Olivia still going strong since 1963. A four time winner of Grammys. Married twice. Her career soared after starring the Broadway musical Grease.

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Published on May 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 18th

IT WAS MAY 18th … when radio’s espionage adventure drama Counterspy premiered on the Blue Network, beginning a 15-year run…
When 18-year-old singer Jackie DeShannon made her network television debut on CBS-TV’s Jackie Gleason Show…
When the final episode of “Baretta” aired on ABC TV, and the last of the original “Murphy Brown” series ran on CBS …
..and when after 50 years with the station Jack Cullen aired his final “Owl Prowl” on CKNW as it moved to a fulltime news/talk format.
ALL the milestones for May 18th INSIDE.

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Longtime Canadian Music Champion Deane Cameron Dies at 65

Cameron was visiting his cottage in northern Ontario when he suffered a heart attack while walking in the woods.

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Maurice Foisy Celebration of Life Announced, +Official Obit

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. June 2 at Point Grey Golf Club, 3350 SW Marine Drive,

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Steve Kroft Retiring from 60 Minutes

The longest-tenured 60 Minutescorrespondent will retire at the end of his 30th season on the iconic newsmagazine. Kroft’s last piece — about what could be the biggest money laundering scheme ever — will air Sunday on the show’s 51st season finale.

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Larry Gifford joins Planta on the Commentary

Corus Vancouver’s Senior Program Director Larry Gifford talks about how he copes with Parkinson’s, his podcast When Life Gives You Parkinson’s, how he raises awareness, as well as his career in and love for radio, CKNW’s 75th anniversary and more, with Joseph Planta.

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Published on May 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

Nat had over 100 songs that became hits. Unforgetable was one of them in 1951

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 17th

IT WAS MAY 17th … when the quiz show for the intelligentsia “Information Please!” began its 10-year run on radio, the first 2.5 years on the NBC Blue Network…
When the final episode of Groucho’s radio/TV quiz show “You Bet Your Life” was taped …
When the Elton John TV special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things” aired on ABC…
When Barry Manilow guested on the season finale of ‘Murphy Brown’ on CBS-TV …
..and when NBC-TV paid $5 million for the rights to air the 1939 movie blockbuster “Gone with the Wind” just one time.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Stingray Seeks General Sales Manager – St. John’s, NL

Are you the next General Sales Manager for one of Canada’s Iconic stations?

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PROSALESGUY – Are You Dialing For Dollars?

This is a question I always ask in our Sales Training Workshops in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.  Do you find that your motivation to pick up the phone or stop by to see a client is largely motivated by the prospect of making a new sale?

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Milwaukee radio station bans Drake music for Bucks-Raptors NBA Playoff

“We pledge, until the series is over, to take a break from Drake.”

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Canadian Radio: Let’s Get Together

This week, Matt talks about his time at Canadian Music Week and after years of everyone staying mum on regulatory issues, there is a consensus that it’s time to install the latest Radio update. Left unanswered is the who, how and when, but the why answers are transparent. Declining revenue, changing audio consumption habits and new players and platforms have left radio in a weakened position

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Published on May 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roger Williams

An American popular artist, that played the piano to a #1 hit in 1966: Born Free.

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 16th

IT WAS MAY 16th … when the first radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was heard via Louisville’s WHAS …
When the popular radio thriller ‘The Whistler’ debuted on Columbia’s West Coast network, sponsored by Signal Oil …
When ‘Cross Canada Check Up,’ the national open line show, debuted on CBC Radio. It has continued for 54 years so far…
When ABC aired what turned out to be the final TV special from The Carpenters …
When the popular series ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and ‘Baywatch Nights’ ended their first runs on US national TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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RIP Maurice Foisy, ex-CHQM at 86

Foisy was one of the original announcer/personalities hired at CHQM in 1959, brought in from CBC Halifax by founder Bill Bellman, staying until 1991.

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Research Director Inc.’s Analysis of Seattle Radio PPM’s – April 2019

Movin’ 92.5 continues to dominate the demo breakouts. 710 ESPN lept from 17th position into 6th, boosted by the Mariners’ very hot start.

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Shaw Sells Off its Stake in Corus for $548 Million

The cable and telecommunications company will sell 80.63 million class B Corus shares at a price of $6.80 per share through a secondary offering.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

My wife and I had the privilege of visiting Sinatra’s home, now owned by Jimmy Pattison. Summer Wind hit the airwaves in 1966

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Published on May 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 15th

IT WAS MAY 15th … when Victoria radio station CJVI 1480 moved to AM 900 and doubled its power to 1,000 watts …
When 16 year old Brenda Lee guested as struggling singer “Tina Davis” on an episode of the CBS-TV sitcom “Make Room For Daddy”…
When the 91st and final episode of the original series”Starsky and Hutch”(pictured) aired on ABC-TV…
..and when one of Canada’s most successful entertainment exports, “SCTV Network, ” a 90-minute variety/comedy show debuted on NBC.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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MOVIN’ 92.5 Beats Out KUOW, Regains Top Spot in Seattle Radio PPMs

It was also a good 6+ book for KZOK and 710 ESPN (KIRO AM).

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Tim Conway, Comedian and ‘Carol Burnett Show’ Star, Dies at 85

“I’m heartbroken. He was one in a million, not only as a brilliant comedian but as a loving human being,” said Carol Burnett.  “I cherish the times we had together both on the screen and off. He’ll be in my heart forever.”

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Canada’s millennials most willing to admit that Fake News has fooled them

Ask Canadians whether fake news has fooled them and millennials are most likely to confess they’ve been taken in by a false story or an alternative fact, according to an Ipsos Survey.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmy Rodgers

Still active today, Jimmie had a #1 hit in 1957: Honeycomb

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Published on May 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 14th

IT WAS MAY 14th .. when the Ernie Kovacs Show, a highly innovative TV variety show, debuted on NBC…(Kovacs is pictured)…
When ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In’ ended its sensational 5-year run on NBC-TV …
When CBC TV stations in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto were linked for the first time, the first step in creating a national network …
When Victoria radio station CFAX was sold to Clare G. Copeland, who changed it from a daytime only station to 24/7 at 1070 KHz ..
When 84-year old Lowell Thomas wrapped up his 46-year career as a nightly radio newscaster …
..and when Paul McCartney and John Lennon were guests on NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show” .. but with Joe Garagiola as guest host.
ALL the milestones for May 14th INSIDE.

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Tearful Felicity Huffman pleads guilty; Prosecutors recommend four months in jail

Huffman pleaded guilty in Boston federal court Monday afternoon to charges in the nation’s largest college admissions scandal, becoming the highest-profile defendant to admit to crimes in the blockbuster case.

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‘Empire’ Cancelled After Season 6 with ‘No Plans’ for Jussie Smollett to Return

Last month, Fox Entertainment announced Smollett would not return to the series next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a supposed racially motivated attack

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Dana Perino’s Tips For Democrats Considering Whether to Appear on Fox News

Democrat politicians are aware that Fox News draws the largest audience of the cable newsers. But they’re also oftentimes leery of speaking with the network’s hosts, some of whom may have insulted them in the past and most of whom lean conservative.

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RIP Doris Day, America’s Archetypal Girl Next Door, 97

Doris suffered the agony of watching her beloved only child die of an untreatable tumour. She retreated to a house in California, surrounding herself with animals and campaigning for their welfare.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Drifters

The Drifters were formed by Clyde McPhatter in 1953. One of their big hits was Under The Boardwalk in 1964

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Published on May 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. May 13th

IT WAS MAY 13th ….when “Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch” ended its 16 years as a Sunday afternoon staple on CBS Radio (Gene is pictured)…
When the ‘Kraft Music Hall,’ now starring Milton Berle, ended a record 26 years on NBC radio & TV ….
When the game-changing ‘Pat Burns Hotline’ debuted on AM 600 CJOR in Vancouver …
When the 200th episode of the sitcom ‘Murphy Brown’ aired on CBS TV ….
..and when the CBC’s flagship TV news shows The National and The Journal were moved from 10 pm to 9 pm. (The move was a failure & was soon reversed.)
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Peggy Lipton, Actress in TV’s ‘Mod Squad,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 72

Previously married to composer and record producer Quincy Jones, Lipton was the mother of Rashida Jones.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tennessee Ernie Ford

Sixteen Tons in 1955 was an unexpected hit for Ford

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Published on May 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MOTHER’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Sun. May 12th

IT WAS MAY 12th .. when syndicated gossip columnist Walter Winchell (pictured) made his radio debut on New York’s WABC…
When after 46 years Toronto-born Morley Safer announced his retirement from CBS TV’s 60 Minutes …
When Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (just back from his military service in Germany) appeared on the ABC TV special ‘Welcome Back Elvis”…
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show was headlined by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, along with comedians Richard Pryor and Rodney Dangerfield …
When shares in CHUM Radio were first traded on the Toronto stock exchange …
..and when the final episode of “The Incredible Hulk” was first telecast on CBS.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Jim Fowler of TV’s ‘Wild Kingdom’ Dead at 89

Jim Fowler was a towering wildlife enthusiast who brought pumas, anacondas and birds of prey to prime-time television in the long-running “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gilbert O’Sullivan

Claire in 1972 was one of the many hits for this young Irishman

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Published on May 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 11th

IT WAS MAY 11th …. when the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) was formed as a non-profit Canadian radio ratings service…
When the pioneering kids TV show, The Pinky Lee Show, aired for the final time on NBC-TV…
When Buddy Holly and the Crickets auditioned for CBS-TV’s “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” but were rejected and didn’t get to the air…
When the Monty Python comedy troupe was formed in the UK….
..and when John Lennon appeared (with wife Yoko Ono) on ABC TV’s “Dick Cavett Show” (pictured).
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Jared Fallon moves from Q102 Philadelphia to 106.1 KISS-FM Seattle as Program Director

Fallon takes on the day-to-day programming duties of KBKS from Tim ‘Romeo’ Herbster, who continues as Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Pacific Northwest.

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Alex Trebek opens up about dealing with staggering cancer pain while taping ‘Jeopardy’

The longtime “Jeopardy!” host discussed working through agonizing cancer pain while trying to make it through taping sessions.

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After 36 Years, Anchor Lori Matsukawa is Retiring from KING 5

During her tenure Lori faithfully served Seattle on-air and behind the scenes, educating viewers, telling the stories of our region and supporting local nonprofits.

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Published on at 12:32 pm by mikedup

CTV News Cutting Jobs in Five Provinces, says union

Unifor, which represents local television staff across the media chain, said in a release that CTV News’ parent company Bell Media has told journalists and field technicians to expect a mix of retraining, layoffs and new “digital” jobs.

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Video Tribute of the latest Canadian Radio Hall of Famer Gerry Forbes

Here’s a Tribute Video of Gerry Forbes who was just inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at CMW.

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Published on at 11:50 am by Voice Over

Nat & Drew: Once Fired To Be Hired

Yes it happened way back when. Nat & Drew were fired and then were hired as their own replacements. I’ve been dying to hear the story since the day it happened back in 2008. But there’s so much more to the story in the conversation we had recorded from the QM 103.5 studios one Friday […]

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Stingray Buys Up Two More Stations, in Welland Ont.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to enter the Welland market, where GIANT FM and COUNTRY 89 already have a strong presence in the community,” commented Ian Lurie, President, Radio Operations of Stingray.

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Brand New Radio Station in Saskatchewan looking for talent!

Cat Country 98 is now accepting applications for the following positions:

Local Sales, News Director and On-Air Host.

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Published on May 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

Elvis had many a number one hits including Don’t Be Cruel from 1956

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 10th

IT WAS MAY 10th … when future legendary radio announcer & voice actor Gary Owens (pictured) was born in Mitchell South Dakota…
When The Jackson Five made their second appearance on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, together with comedians Don Rickles and George Carlin…
When Top 40 formatted radio station WABC New York played its last record before adopting a Talk Radio format. It was John Lennon’s “Imagine”…
When a long-anticipated wedding took place on NBC Radio’s ‘Great Gildersleeve’ …
.. and when the last episode of “Laverne & Shirley” aired on ABC-TV.
ALL the milestones for May 10th INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Boston sports talk radio host hangs up on Hockey reporter because he had a southern accent

“He had a southern accent. I can’t take it. Hockey and southern accents,” Fred Toettcher said on the air, to laughter from his co-hosts.

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Published on at 4:35 pm by boredop

BBC Host Fired after Tweet Compares Royal Baby to a Chimp

Danny Baker’s original tweet, since deleted, showed a black-and-white photo of a couple, with the woman holding hands with a young chimpanzee wearing a hat and a jacket.

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“All I’m Thinking Is, ‘I’m Going to Die'”: Howard Stern Reveals Cancer Scare, Trump Regrets

After a health crisis that had him “scared  s***less,” the $90 million-a-year radio legend opens up about retirement, the one time he lied to his listeners and his metamorphosis from shock jock to insightful interviewer.

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Published on May 8, 2019 at 9:31 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann was a English rock band from London. Do Wah Diddy Diddy was a hit for them in 1964

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 9th

IT WAS MAY 9th .. when two Canadian musical superstars, Hank Snow and Don Messer, were born …
When a fire caused extensive water damage to New Westminster radio station CKNW, which was forced to use studios in downtown Vancouver while their building was renovated….
When the final episode of the hit TV sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’ aired on NBC…
When Bruce Springsteen (pictured) made his TV debut, singing three songs on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” …
and when Victoria radio stations The Q and The Zone were sold to Jim Pattison.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CFAX, Virgin FM and CTV Van. Island Evacuate Downtown Victoria Studios

It would appear only a minimum staffing remains at the home broadcast location in an effort to minimize the adverse health effects of the toxic air situation caused by a major fire.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Eartha Kitt

This hit C’est si Bon was a big hit for Eartha in 193. She also had a novelty Christmas hit Santa Baby. Eartha died at age 81 in 2008

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Published on May 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 8th (V.E. Day in 1945)

IT WAS MAY 8th … when V-E Day was celebrated, marking the end of WWII in Europe, and radio carried the news …
When the BBC banned the song “Such a Night” by Johnnie Ray after listeners complained about its “suggestiveness” ….
When radio station CKGO AM 1490 Hope BC went on the air with 250 watts…
..and when Edmonton’s CHQT was heard in its last live day as Cool 8-80, before switching twelve days later to All News as iNews880.com.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Former CFMI/CKNW Producer Glen Livingstone Dead at 66

His job for many years was producing Discumentary on CFMI and syndicated to stations across Canada and the US.  Both Dave McCormick and later Terry David Mulligan were involved in hosting the widely-acclaimed series, but Glen did much of the research and writing on the scripts.

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Global Okanagan Anchor Rick Webber Retires after almost 30 Years

“While I will greatly miss my regular connection with the viewers, it is the right time in my life to step away from full-time broadcasting and make room for the next generation of journalists,” said Rick Webber, Executive Editor, Global Okanagan. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect with the local audience and I hope to continue my involvement in the community in the years ahead.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nancy Sinatra

Eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra. Did several collaborations with Lee Hazelwood. Nancy had a brief acting career. Born June 1940. These Boots Are Made For Walking from 1966

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Published on May 6, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 7th

IT WAS MAY 7th …. when one of the great dramatic showcases of early LIVE TV “Kraft Television Theater” began an 11-year run on NBC…
When the instrumental group The Champs appeared on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand to perform “Tequila” and “El Rancho Rock”…
When the CBC banned all tobacco advertising on their national radio and TV networks…
When Vancouver’s AM 1040 CKST turned all-sports and became Team 1040…
and when Shelley Long, as Diane Chambers, made her last appearance as a regular on NBC TV’s hit sitcom “Cheers”.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Anchor Jeff Glor odd man out after massive CBS reshuffle of ‘Evening News,’ ‘This Morning’

Norah O’Donnell will replace Glor as anchor of “CBS Evening News,” while Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil will join Gayle King as co-hosts of “CBS This Morning.” John Dickerson has been removed from the morning show and will report for “60 Minutes” and help anchor political coverage, while a role for Glor is currently uncertain.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gary & Dave

Canadian duo made of Gary Weeks and Dave Beckett. Toured with the Stampeders in the 1970’s. Could You Ever Love Me Again from 1973

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Published on May 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. May 6th

IT WAS MAY 6th … when Fishers Blend radio stations KJR & KOMO in Seattle swapped frequencies. KOMO was moved to 1000 kc where its power could be increased, while KJR, now at 950, was sold two years later to the department store Marshall Field …
When the final episode of “I Love Lucy” aired for the first time on CBS-TV…
When Johnny Carson signed a new deal with NBC which had his Tonight Show cut from 90 minutes to one hour, and his work week reduced to just 4 nights, while his pay was boosted to about $5 million a year…
When after 5 years the finale of “Jake & the Fatman” ran on CBS-TV ..
..and when the 100th episode of “The Golden Girls” aired on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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L.A.’s Chuck Cecil, Host of “The Swingin’ Years”, has Died at 97

He launched “The Swinging Years” in 1956 while at KFI and only hung up his headset in 2016. The show became nationally syndicated in 1973 and was heard on hundreds of stations at its peak.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

Elvis does it again, another hit with Little Sister in 1961

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Published on May 4, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY (Cinco de Mayo) in Broadcast History .. May 5th

IT WAS CINCO DE MAYO (May 5th) WHEN…. ‘Rhythm at Eight’ starring 24-year old Ethel Merman debuted on NBC radio ….
When the 300th episode of syndicated TV’s ‘Soul Train’ was broadcast …
When NBC-TV’s ‘Quantum Leap’ starring Scott Bakula aired for the last time..
When the same network ran the 100th episode of ‘Night Court’…
When CBS-TV aired the 200th episode of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’…
..and when the sitcom ‘Married With Children’ aired its final episode on Fox TV.
ALL the milestones for Cinco de Mayo INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

‘Coaches Corner:’ 10 Radio Myths …

When asked what business I’m in and I say, “Radio,” often the comeback is, “Cool, so what else do you do?” They say it as if radio is one of my hobbies. It’s a reminder the average person can’t conceptualize what the radio business does other than talk, play music and air commercials.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Lloyd Price

An R&B artist, still performing today. Stagger Lee hit the charts in 1959

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Published on May 3, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 4th

IT WAS MAY 4th …. when radio station KNX Los Angeles, the longtime West Coast flagship of the Columbia Broadcasting System, signed on for the first time…
When ABC-TV debuted the weekly “Alan Freed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue,” which was cancelled after 4 episodes…
When Canada’s Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster (pictured) made their first of a record 67 appearances on CBS TV’s Ed Sullivan Show…
When the 100th episode of the syndicated TV musicfest ‘Soul Train’ aired …
..and when two long-running daytime TV dramas debuted on the same day. “Another World” on NBC, “As the World Turns” on CBS.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Gayle King Wins, Norah O’Donnell Loses at ‘CBS This Morning’

King — riding high off her big interview with R. Kelly — has demanded O’Donnell be sent elsewhere, The Post has learned.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Patti Page

Page was a singer of pop and country music. She had 14 million sellers between 1950 and 1965. One was Tennessee Waltz in 1952.

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Published on May 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 3rd

IT WAS MAY 3rd… when National Public Radio began operations in the US with 112 affiliates ….
When President Ronald Reagan began a series of 5-minute Saturday morning radio broadcasts, which most successive presidents have continued ….
When the final episode of the original prime time TV soap opera “Dallas” aired on CBS…
and when the British group Gerry & the Pacemakers made their US TV debut, performing “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
ALL the milestones for May 3rd INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

PROSALESGUY – 2 Ways To Prospect for B2B Sales

Our B2B sales training clients in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto are always looking for new techniques for B2B sales prospecting.  Most Salespeople agree that prospecting tends to be the most difficult part of the sales process – even more than qualifying and closing

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Published on at 12:51 pm by Dave Warawa

Dave Hall, a 41-year veteran of KPUG Bellingham, Dead at 88

David hosted the “Swinging Dave Hall” show at KPUG. He retired from KPUG after 41 years in 1995.

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Published on at 12:40 pm by Radio Man

CNN Sees Its Ratings Crater in April, Reports Say

CNN’s ratings saw a significant drop in April 2019 as compared with last year, said Nielsen Media Research

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Published on at 9:12 am by Voice Over

Burnaby Native Nabil Karim Joins ESPN

Karim joined TSN at the end of 2011, and departed about six weeks ago.

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Published on at 8:57 am by Ron Robinson

Brad Karp – Country 93.3 Fort McMurray

Brad Karp is the winner of the 2019 Alan Waters Young Broadcaster of the year award in memory of Steve Young. Born and raised on Montreal’s West Island, Brad grew up with a steady dose of Terry Dimonte and Ted Bird on CHOM. After Algonquin College, Brad found himself working in Thompson, Manitoba and later Fort McMurray, Alberta where he does the morning show at Country 93.3

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Published on at 8:42 am by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Laine

Mr Laine’s career spanned six decade with a load of hits including Mule Train from 1949

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Published on May 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 2nd

IT WAS MAY 2nd … when comedian Jack Benny (pictured) made his radio debut as star of ‘The Canada Dry Program’ on NBC Blue …
When Calgary’s heritage radio station CFAC (now Sportsnet 960) first aired as CQCA with 10 watts of power …
When radio station WLS Chicago (AM 890) switched its format from Country to Top 40…
When Phil Donahue taped the final episode of his syndicated TV talk show…
and when Ed Sullivan abandoned his vow not to have this British rock group back, and allowed Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones to make a second appearance on Sullivan’s popular Sunday night showcase on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Longtime Canuck Beat Reporter Jason Botchford Dies Much too Young (48)

Jason was a highly respected hockey journalist, prominent in the Vancouver area and across Canada for his coverage of the Vancouver Canucks and the National Hockey League for The Athletic Vancouver and for TSN radio and television.

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Published on at 11:08 am by Turn Table3

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Conway Twitty

A country singer that hits on with rock ’n roll and country, including this hit from 1958: Danny Boy. Conway died at the age of 59.

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Published on April 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 1st

IT WAS MAY 1st … when Edmonton got its first radio station. The Edmonton Journal’s CJCA broadcast on 450 metres with 50 watts….
When Vancouver’s CKMO moved down the dial from 730 kilocycles to its longtime home at 1410…
When Brooklyn’s Larry Zeiger made his first radio broadcast in Miami after his boss renamed him Larry King…
When C-ISL signed on as Richmond BC’s first radio station at 940 on the AM dial ..
When both of Kamloops heritage radio stations CFJC & CHNL debuted, though some 44 years apart ..
and when country comedienne Minnie Pearl (pictured) was the surprised honoree on NBC-TV’s This Is Your Life.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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How Salem Radio is Quietly Becoming a Conservative Media Giant

Salem’s conservative-leaning digital arm, Townhall Media now reaches more than 15 million unique visitors a month, and is a “nicely profitable business.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmy Dean

A country singer who was very popular with many many hits including Big Bad John in 1961. He was active 1953 to 2010. He passed on at age 81

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Published on April 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 30th

IT WAS APRIL 30th … when television was demonstrated for the first time in the US, as President Roosevelt spoke at the opening of the New York World’s Fair ….
When after 27 years, the final broadcast of ‘Arthur Godfrey Time’ aired on CBS Radio, a decade after most network entertainment radio had ended ….
When host Jack Bailey (pictured) introduced the so-called daily agony show “Queen For a Day” on Mutual radio…
and when the 208th & final episode of “The Cosby Show” was seen on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the last day of April INSIDE.

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Larry King in Hospital, Recovering from Heart Procedure

King, 85, was set to have a scheduled angioplasty Thursday when he began experiencing “angina and went to the hospital early to be examined.”

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Published on at 6:42 pm by boredop

Jon Manley Exits KNDD (The End 107.7) Seattle after Five Years

/SEATTLE APD/MD/afternooner JON MANLEY has exited after five years at THE END 107.7.

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Published on at 10:54 am by Ron Robinson

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roger Miller

Roger was a singer, songwriter, musician and actor.. He did mainly novelty songs like this King of The Road in 1959. He started out in 1957 going until 1992. Roger died at the age of 56 in October 1992

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Published on April 28, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. April 29th

IT WAS APRIL 29th …. when Toronto radio station CFRB aired its first program from the Columbia Broadcasting System in the US ….
When the enduring nighttime soap “One Man’s Family” debuted as a weekly 30-minute radio series in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle …
When the 15-minute daytime drama “Young Dr. Malone” began its 21-year run on CBS radio …
When Canada’s Fletcher Markle debuted his drama anthology Studio One on CBS radio ..
and when ‘Wide World of Sports’ began its remarkable 37-year long Saturday afternoon run on ABC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Behind The Continuing Decline of Female Singers on Country Music Radio

“The results show that programming decisions have a direct impact on the success of songs, and that women are not afforded the same opportunities as their male colleagues.”

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Published on at 12:09 pm by Radio Man

C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb retires

For 40 years C-SPAN has aired live footage of Congress—“your unfiltered view of government.” For the past 30 years, Mr. Lamb has hosted a Sunday night program, interviewing everyone from Richard Nixon to the leftist historian Howard Zinn. Mr. Lamb says he hasn’t missed a week since 1989.

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Published on at 9:41 am by clockwatcher

Bell’s $150 Million Claim against Quebecor an ‘Abuse of Process’

Quebecor called the court filing a “maneuver to evade the substantive issue” in the ongoing dispute over TVA’s specialty channels.

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Published on at 7:59 am by boredop

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tommy Dorsey

Dorsey was known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” with his big band. One hit was The Huckle Buck in 1949.

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Published on April 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. April 28th

IT WAS APRIL 28th … when Bill Drake installed ‘Boss Radio’ as the soon-to-be-dominant Top 40 format on KHJ AM 930 in Los Angeles …
When Mike Wallace first became a Sunday evening TV star as host of the syndicated ‘Mike Wallace Interview’ across the US…
When Arthur Godfrey concluded a decade of TV stardom as his weekday show returned to CBS radio only status…
and when sportscaster Ted Reynolds (pictured) passed away after decades of playbyplay (& Olympics) broadcasting first at CFJC & CJVI and then with the CBC in Vancouver.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

PROSALESGUY Dave Warawa reviews Canadian Media book by Richard Stursberg

Dave Warawa just reviewed a book on Canadian Media, by Richard Stursberg, who believes the industry is in Serious Financial Jeopardy… 

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Published on at 11:01 am by Voice Over

Meet the New Saskatchewan Roughriders Play-by-Play Guy Derek Taylor

Derek is about as fluent in football analytics as anyone in this country — he made a cottage industry out of it with his ‘Details’ segment on TSN — but he also brings a true joy and excitement for the CFL game.

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Published on at 10:50 am by clockwatcher

Rhino Records’ Gary Stewart, Master of the Compilation Reissue, Dies at 62

Stewart worked behind the counter from the mid-‘70s at Rhino Records’ store on Westwood Boulevard, a music hub not unlike the one depicted in the book and film “High Fidelity.” He was an archetypal “record store guy” who loved little more than “turning people on” to music or films that he thought they would love.

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Published on at 10:05 am by boredop

Medicine Hat Hockey Voice Bob Ridley in Another Hall of Fame; Also Winnipeg’s Boyd Kozak

The only voice the Medicine Hat Tigers have ever had was named to the Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Thursday, following up his induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this month.

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Published on at 7:37 am by Radio Man

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Fleetwoods

Mr. Blue Fleetwoods a couple of #1 hits including Mr. Blue from 1959. 1959 The Fleetwoods … Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now called the Juno) for Top Disc Jockey for Canada. From there, […]

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Published on April 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Voice Over

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. April 27th

IT WAS APRIL 27th … when Seattle radio station KIRO first began broadcasting as 50-watt KPCB at 521 meters (580 khz.)…
When the first broadcast of (pictured) Canadian director Fletcher Markle’s drama anthology ”Studio One’ aired on CBS radio…
When NBC TV’s “Today” show went abroad for the 1st time .. to Paris France…
When, after a lengthy career as Peck’s Bad Boy of Vancouver radio, Jack Cullen passed away…
and when the final episode of “Green Acres” aired on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WABC graduate Sydney McEvoy now graces the airwaves of My 96

Sydney McEvoy hits the airwaves with the “hot hits”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ray Charles

In 1961 the number one hit was Hit The Road Jack by the talented Ray Charles

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Published on April 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. April 26th

IT WAS APRIL 26th … when the Ozarks comedy ‘Lum & Abner’ was broadcast for the first time on Arkansas radio station KTHS…
When the daytime drama ‘Lorenzo Jones’ debuted on NBC radio…
When ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ appeared in prime time on NBC-TV, starring former Beatle Ringo Starr…
When John Wayne, Bob Hope, and Tom Jones were guests of Raquel Welch on her NBC-TV special …
.. and when the 200th episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired on FOX-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Canuck-themed Episode of ‘The Simpsons’ Airs Sunday

“I thought Bart was sort of like America: brash, unreflective, much more sure of himself. And Lisa was sort of the intellectual, quiet, thoughtful, rational one. And I’ve always felt like that was sort of the relationship between America and Canada, too.”

So when it came to this Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode, it felt natural to make Lisa the one who spends time on this side of the border.

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Jimmy Kimmel Re-Creates ‘All In The Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons’ Episodes For Live ABC Primetime Special

Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All In The Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ will air on ABC Wednesday, May 22, 8-9:30 PM ET.

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Published on at 7:25 am by boredop

Steve Anthony: The Boy In The Box

Steve Anthony retired from active broadcasting about a year ago, moved to Prince Edward County, and took his business ventures with him for the ride. He and a wife Tanya who has been riding shotgun with Steve since 1997, have enough stories for a book he says he will never write

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Published on April 24, 2019 at 9:36 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Joey Dee & the Starlighters

Joey Dee & The Starliters are best known for Peppermint Twist from 1961

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. April 25th

IT WAS APRIL 25th .. when the future iconic broadcast news pioneer Edward. R. Murrow (pictured) was born in North Carolina…
When the New York experimental TV station that preceded WCBS aired the first circus on television….
When Vancouver’s CKST AM 1040 dropped its adult contemporary music format and began airing commercial free Classic Rock, enroute to adopting an all-sports format two weeks later…
and when the TV-movie “Dukes Of Hazzard: Reunion!” aired on CBS, 12 years after the series left the air.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

KGO’s Jim Dunbar, Newstalk Radio Pioneer, Dies at 89

Dunbar, who survived an assassination attempt while on the air, died peacefully on Monday, Earth Day, an event that he helped create. He passed away of the infirmities of old age, said his daughter, Brooke Dunbar.

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Published on at 5:38 pm by boredop

‘Dallas’ Heavy Ken Kerchival Dead at 83

The stage-bred actor who portrayed Cliff Barnes, the oil tycoon who was repeatedly bested by Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing, on the long-running CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, died Sunday evening.

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Published on at 1:28 pm by Turn Table3

Seattle’s KISW Extends its 13-Year Morning Show with BJ & Migs

“2019 will mark the 13th year BJ & Migs have been with us on The Rock, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership,” said Entercom Seattle Senior VP/Market Manager Jack Hutchison.

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Published on at 12:48 pm by mikedup

Upcoming Signal Frequency Changes will Impact Viewer Access to CTV2 Victoria, etc.

Viewers using over-the-air rooftop or indoor antennas to access these channels will need to re-scan their television channels to restore service..

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Published on at 9:08 am by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon was very popular in the ’60’s and 70’s with hits like Bitter Green in 1968. He is still entertaining today.

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Published on April 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 24th

IT WAS APRIL 24th .. when Jack Webb introduced his short-lived pre-Dragnet detective-adventure radio show ‘Johnny Madero: Pier 23’ on Mutual, with Gale Gordon and William Conrad in the cast …
When Dick Powell (pictured) appeared for the first time as ‘Richard Diamond, Private Detective’ on NBC radio…
When ‘X-Minus One’, a quality show for science fiction fans, was first heard on NBC radio, offering some of the best drama of the era…
and when ‘Your Hit Parade’ ended after a nine-year run on NBC TV and many more years on network radio.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Paul Larsen Exits Global Okanagan

My TV career was short lived as I resigned today. Realized that after 12 years building then selling Clear Sky Radio and 32 years in local media, it would be good to take some time to unwind and discover what else is out there. Maybe “semi” retirement isn’t such a bad plan after all! The team at Global Okanagan are true professionals and I wish them every success.

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Published on at 6:30 pm by Michael Easton

RIP Radio Broadcaster Doug Linn, 79

Doug Linn died Saturday in Chilliwack. He’d been in hospital for about 1 month. He was in his late 70’s, having worked in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Chilliwack.

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Published on at 11:51 am by Ron Robinson

Canadian households with streaming TV to eclipse traditional cable next year

The report estimates that about 32 per cent of Canadian households will not have a traditional TV subscription by the end of 2020.

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Published on at 11:22 am by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Vaughn Monroe

Vaughn was a singer, a band leader from the 1940’s and ’50’s. This hit from 1949: Riders In The Sky.
1949

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Published on April 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 23rd

IT WAS APRIL 23rd .. when Lucille Ball made the first of her 34 appearances on the cover of TV Guide …
When Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and Vicki Carr, with comedian Bob Newhart were Glen Campbell’s guests on his weekly CBS-TV variety show…
When NBC-TV aired the pilot of ‘Baywatch,’ the show that introduced the world to Ladysmith BC’s Pamela Anderson …
and when Toronto-born conductor/composer Robert Farnon (pictured), who got his start in the 1930’s playing trumpet on CBC Radio’s “Happy Gang,” died in England at age 87.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

DISGUSTING: Taxpayer-Funded CBC Puts Omar Khadr On Easter Sunday Show

The argument for defunding CBC got another justification, as the forcibly taxpayer-funded CBC invited Omar Khadr onto their Easter Sunday show

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Published on at 11:07 am by Voice Over

Huckabee Calls For April Ryan’s W H Credentials to be Revoked For Saying Sarah Sanders’ Head Should be “Lopped Off”

Mike Huckabee sprung into action Friday to defend his daughter, White House Press Sec Sarah Sanders after CNN’s April Ryan called for Sanders’ head to “lopped off.”

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Published on April 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Petula Clark

A British singer and some time actor, but best remembered for Don’t Sleep in The Subway in 1967

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. April 22nd

IT WAS APRIL 22nd … when the Army-McCarthy hearings became a big hit in the daytime for peviously little-watched ABC-TV….
When Barbara Walters was officially named a co-host of NBC-TV’s Today Show, after doing the job without the title for 5 years…
When the final episode of the “All in the Family” spinoff, “Maude” aired on CBS-TV…
and when Johnny Carson gave advance notice that he intended to retire from NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show” the following year.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

My Pillow Guy, Mike Lindell’s Incredible Testimony about his 40 year addiction to drugs…

My Pillow guy Mike Lindell visits Mark Levin and talks about his 40 year addiction to drugs and how he got out of it. An incredible story!

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Published on April 20, 2019 at 9:20 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Sam Cooke

Chain Gang Known as the King of Soul. Sam was shot & killed in 1964 at the age of 33. Chain Gang hit the airwaves in 1960. 1960 Sam Cooke … Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold […]

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EASTER SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. April 21st

IT WAS APRIL 21st .. when the quiz show with a top prize of $64, ‘Take it or Leave it” made its debut on CBS radio …
When ten-year old Leonard Ross became TV’s youngest big money prize winner with $100,000 won on NBC-TV’s“The Big Surprise”…
When Canada lost the original voice of hockey as Foster Hewitt died …
When the Beach Boys (pictured) appeared on ABC-TV’s pop music showcase “Shindig!” performing “Help Me Rhonda” and “Do You Wanna Dance”..
and when the final episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” aired on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry kept everyone rockin’ and dancing in 1957 with School Days!

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Published on April 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. April 20th

IT WAS APRIL 20th … when Radio Specialties Ltd opened the predecessor to Vancouver’s C-FUN & CKMO using 40 watts of power on 450 meters (666 khz). The studios of CFCQ were at 791 Dunsmuir….
When “Your Hit Parade” debuted on NBC Radio as a one-hour Saturday night program, featuring 15 of the week’s top songs…
When “The Big Show” with hostess Talullah Bankhead (pictured) completed its two year run on NBC Radio…
and when the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave approval for FM stereo broadcasting.
ALL the broadcast milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

CRTC orders Quebecor to maintain TVA Sports signal to Bell subscribers

The CRTC held a hearing Wednesday to hear Quebecor’s justifications for scrambling the signal of TVA Sports to Bell subscribers on the first night of National Hockey League playoffs before a Quebec judge forced it to restore the signal last Friday.

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Published on at 3:57 pm by mikedup

Author Ian Howarth – Montreal’s Rocking Radio Days

Ian Howarth taught in Montreal for many years, and one of his passions was radio. He knew one day he would want to write a book about all those wonderful moments and sounds that emanated from great radio stations like 1490 CFOX, 980 CKGM, and later CHOM 97.7 once AOR became a thing in the early 70’s

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National Enquirer Sold to US Magazine Distributor (US $100 Mill.)

AMI said it had reached an agreement in principle to sell the title’s US and UK editions, along with the Globe and National Examiner.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Haley and the Comets

Bill Haley and the Comets were formed in 1952. From 1954 to 1956 they placed 9 singles in the Top 20 including this one in 1954. Originally Haley was a country performer. He changed musical direction that became known as rock and roll.

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Published on April 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

GOOD FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. April 19th

IT WAS APRIL 19th … when the Chicago Barn Dance first aired on WLS. In a few short years it became the National Barn Dance on NBC radio…
When the ABC Television Network began operations, only in Philadelphia and Washington at first…
When New York AM station WINS became the world’s first all-news radio outlet…
and when our TV screens were filled with images of destruction from Oklahoma City, after a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

The Shakeup at 98.9 KNUC The Bull Continues

Morning host Tim Leary has rejected his suggested move to afternoons and will instead exit the station to pursue other opportunities.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis, son of comedian Jerry Lewis, formed this popular band. This Diamond Ring hit the harts in 1965.
1965

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Published on April 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. April 18th

IT WAS APRIL 18th … when future late night TV host Johnny Carson played a bored New Jersey husband with a gift for picking horse-racing winners, in a Playhouse 90 production on CBS-TV…
When the reality TV show “Real People” debuted, featuring John Barbour, Sarah Purcell, Byron Allen, Skip Stephenson, and Bill Rafferty…
When the TV movie “Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys” aired on ABC…
and when Arsenio Hall (pictured)l announced (for the first time) he would end his five-year-old late-night TV talk show the following month…
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Seattle Radio PPM’s: Research Director Inc. Breaks out the Demos

Movin’ 92.5 (KQMV) dominates the demographic breakouts.

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Netflix adds 9.6 million subscribers in first quarter as competition heats up

The first-quarter surge left Netflix with nearly 149 million subscribers worldwide through March.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Neil Diamond

Neil a good composer, entertainer and singer with such a hit as Cracklin’ Rose from 1970

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Published on April 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 17th

IT WAS APRIL 17th .. when San Francisco radio station KPO (now KNBR) took to the airwaves with 50 watts of power…
When writer/producer Wyllis Cooper brought Lights Out to NBC radio for what would be acclaimed as the medium’s ultimate horror show…
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Petula Clark singing “Sign of the Times’, and The Animals performing “Don’t Bring Me Down”…
and when comedian Joey Bishop (pictured) got the opportunity to try to unseat the king of late night, Johnny Carson, courtesy of ABC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Cumulus Sells KLOS Los Angeles for $43 million

“The sale of KLOS to MERUELO MEDIA at an attractive multiple allows us to generate substantial cash, which can be used to further pay down debt and invest in high-potential business opportunities.”

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Published on at 3:42 pm by Turn Table3

KUOW FM (NPR) Continues Atop Seattle Radio PPM’s

News/Talk KUOW edges Movin’ 92.5 for top spot, with KSWD The Sound consolidating its hold on 3rd place.

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Published on at 2:39 pm by boredop

Georgia Engel, who played Georgette on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ has Died, aged 70

The cause of death was undetermined, because Ms. Engel, a Christian Scientist, did not consult doctors.

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Published on at 11:47 am by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Rooftop Singers

The singers were a progressive folk singing trio from the 1960’s. Best known for Walk Right In from 1963. Only active from 1962 to 1967. Group disbanded in 1967.

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Published on April 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 16th

IT WAS APRIL 16th … in the early years of radio when Vancouver’s CNRV became CRCV 1100 as the Canadian Radio Commission took over operations from the CNR…
When the soon-to-be highly popular “Fibber McGee & Molly” radio program debuted on the N-B-C Blue Network from Chicago…
When Polly Bergen (pictured) starred in “The Helen Morgan Story” on CBS TV’s live drama showcase Playhouse 90…
and when Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere watched by Record 2.9 million Canadians

Sunday was also the biggest night for Crave’s digital platforms ever. The number of Crave sign-ups also spiked 1000 percent in the week leading up to the show’s debut.

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Published on at 6:34 pm by Radio Man

Radio host Delilah shares her private grief with listeners

Any given day, 55,000 people try to call in to vent, ask advice or dedicate a song to someone they love; her shows are a dialogue between Delilah and the 80 to 100 who actually get through. After listening to callers pour out their problems, Delilah finds a song that matches their situation.

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Published on at 1:50 pm by Ron Robinson

Hubbard/Seattle Names Fitz KNUC (The Bull) Morning Host

“The Country audience in SEATTLE has been without their favorite morning show host for too long. I believe the dynamic duo of FITZ, backed by SCOTT MAHALICK, will change the face of radio in SEATTLE.”

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Published on at 1:17 pm by mikedup

Vernon’s Sun-FM Gearing Up for Radiothon for VJH Maternity Ward

The 16th annual Sun FM Have a Heart Radiothon runs Thursday, April 25, with on-air personalities Jerhett Schafer and Betty Selin broadcasting live from the main entrance of the Village Green Centre from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Published on at 11:40 am by Turn Table3

Radio station rakes in revenue from ads it never aired

Numerous federal government departments and agencies revealed to Radio-Canada they have paid Rafale FM for advertising over the past four years. Walmart and Ford also purchased air time.

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Published on at 9:00 am by Ron Robinson

South Surrey’s Jim Hughson is the Canadian Voice of the NHL Postseason

“There are years where I’m out doing the playoffs and I haven’t got home for 35 days,” the 62-year-old Hughson told Black Press Media’s Indulge magazine, during a rare day off between broadcasts.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jay and the Americans

Popular in the 60’s the band were a rock group of six members. They were “discovered” at a university in New York in the 50’s. A number of hits in the top 10 were reached including this one from 1965. An active group from 1960 to 1973, and again from 2006 to the present

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Published on April 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. April 15th

IT WAS APRIL 15th .. when the world’s first all colour TV station was dedicated. Chicago’s WNBQ-TV has since evolved into WMAQ-TV…
When CFRO FM 102.7 Vancouver Co-Op Radio signed on, after three months of trials…
When “In Living Color,” FOX-TV’s sketch comedy show starring its creators Keenan Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans,and introducing Canadian Jim Carrey (pictured), began its four year run…
and when Bill Rancic beat out Kwame Jackson to win the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

RIP Seattle Morning Man Frosty Fowler, 96

Fowler hosted a morning show in the 1960s on the old KING-1090 AM from a booth on the observation deck of the Space Needle, from which he could watch, and comment on, such sights as rush-hour traffic, and ships entering and leaving the port.

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Published on at 12:43 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jerry Keller

A pop singer and songwriter. He is best know for this hit single from 1959. He ultimately became number-one-call vocalist for television jingles in the 70’s & 80’s. Jerry born June 1937

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Published on April 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. April 14th

IT WAS APRIL 14th .. when Robert Ripley hosted his first ‘Believe It or Not Broadcast’ on NBC, the beginning of an 18 year radio run…
When WGN radio carried the first play-by-play broadcast of a regular season Chicago Cub baseball game…
When Chilliwack’s CHWK moved up the dial from 1340 to 1230 KHz, enroute to its longtime home at 1270…
When piano virtuoso Van Cliburn appeared on US national TV for the first time, as Jack Paar’s guest on NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight Show’…
and when CBS-TV aired the Johnny Cash special ‘Spring Fever’ in prime time, with guests Waylon Jennings, June Carter Cash, and Rosanne Cash.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Judge orders Quebecor to reconnect TVA Sports signal for Bell TV subscribers

Bell lawyer Francis Rouleau said that Quebecor planned well in advance to cut the signal on Wednesday as the National Hockey League playoffs began.

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Published on at 5:37 pm by boredop

Dave “Bookie” Bookman is in hospital

“Bookie” (Dave Bookman) of indie 88 is now in hospital after not showing up for his midday shift on Friday. He was found in his home and rushed to the hospital

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Published on at 2:21 pm by Brian Cook

Radio & Music man Bobby Gale killed in car crash

The radio and music industry lost a good one last night. Bobby Gale, the legend, a friend of thousands and a personal friend for 45 years was killed last night on the highway back from a concert in Montreal. He was devoted to music right to the end

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Published on at 2:04 pm by Voice Over

Inside Fox News, The TV Show

Built from journalist Gabriel Sherman’s 2014 book The Loudest Voice in the Room, the series will begin in the mid-1990s, when Roger Ailes hatched his plan for a conservative competitor to CNN and MSNBC.

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Published on at 9:58 am by mikedup

‘Trivago Guy’ Tim Williams arrested for DUI in Texas

The 52-year-old Houston native failed a field sobriety test and submitted to a blood draw to test for booze.

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Published on at 9:36 am by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Glenn Miller

During WWII, Glenn Miller Orchestra entertained the troops with numbers like Chattanooga Choo Choo from 1941.

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Published on April 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. April 13th

IT WAS APRIL 13th .. when the weekly radio crime drama ‘Bulldog Drummond’ began its 8-year run on the Mutual Broadcast System…
When the CRTC’s first public hearings on Cable Television were held…
When “The Grand Ole Opry,” a Saturday night radio staple from Nashville that holds the longevity record for any live broadcast, came to cable TV (Nashville Network) …
and when the cast of “The Andy Griffith Show” reunited for the NBC-TV film “Return To Mayberry.” It attracted the largest audience of any TV-movie that year.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Disney+ Streaming Service Will be Coming to Canada

Disney held a major Investor Day webcast on April 11th to detail Disney+ which is coming to the United States first on November 12th, with a North American launch set for the first quarter of 2020. 

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Keynote Speaker Hayley Wickenheiser Joining Us at WAB 2019!

We are excited to extend a one-time special rate to NEW attendees to experience the WAB Conference in 2019

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Published on at 10:06 am by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Laine

Laine did not sing High Noon in 1952 for the movie of the same name, it was by Tex Ritter, though Laine’s became the biggest hit

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Published on April 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. April 12th

IT WAS APRIL 12th when Canadian broadcaster J. Frank Willis began his legendary 69 hour marathon coverage from a mine surface in Nova Scotia (pictured), after an explosion trapped three miners down below …
When ‘The Life of Riley’ family comedy was heard for the first time on the CBS radio network, as a Saturday morning half-hour…
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Brook Benton singing his first hit, “It’s Just A Matter Of Time”…
and when the first episode of “21 Jump Street” starring a young Johnny Depp, aired on the Fox Network.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Sinclair Signs Lara Logan to Report on the Border

“Lara is a resilient force who represents the best of our industry, and we are beyond thrilled to have her join our award-winning news team.”

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CMW 2019 Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award Has Been Announced!

Brad Carp, is the chosen recipient. Brad is an amazing talent, who on his watch has became an important part of the fabric of Fort Mac, Alberta

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The McGuire Sisters

The trio performed from 1952 to 1968. McGuire Sisters hit big with Sugartime in 1958.

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Published on April 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. April 11th

IT WAS APRIL 11th .. when the first live sports event on radio, a boxing match, was heard blow-by-blow over Pittsburgh’s pioneer station KDKA…
When hockey play-by-play legend Danny Gallivan (pictured) was born in Montreal…
When Lesley Gore and Paul Anka headlined the final broadcast of NBC-TV’s pop music showcase, ‘Hullabaloo!’…
and when the Tommy Hunter Show, after a nearly 27 year run, was seen for the last time on CBC TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

PROSALESGUY – The Sense of Urgency Closing Technique – Done The Right Way!

Sales closing techniques are always a contentious issue with our sales training clients in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto.  Some Salespeople feel that they are a necessary part of the sales process

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Published on at 11:54 am by Dave Warawa

Alyssa Page from 107.7 The End joins Matt Cundill on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Alyssa Page grew up in Connecticut, found her way on to the radio by doing everything. Then worked her ass off to get to Atlanta and then a dream position on the legendary 107.7 The End in Seattle. This podcast marks the third member of the radio station to appear on the podcast, and with good reason.

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Published on at 9:30 am by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Vinton

Bobby Served in the United States Army. His most famous song was Blue Velvet 1963. Bobby was active from 1959 to 2015.

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Published on April 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 10th

IT WAS APRIL 10th .. when Art Baker hosted ‘People Are Funny’ in its debut on NBC radio …
When 16-year-old Ricky Nelson sang for the first time on his family’s radio show ‘The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet’ ..
When legendary Toronto newsman Dick Smythe ended an 18-year run at CHUM-FM and walked across the street to CFTR-FM…
and when Charles Kuralt (pictured) hosted his last broadcast of CBS-TV’s ‘Sunday Morning.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Sara Gilbert Leaving ‘The Talk’ After Co-Creating The Show 9 Years Ago

The “Roseanne” actress, who co-created and has been a host on the series since it started in 2010, announced the news on Tuesday’s show.

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Published on at 12:36 pm by Turn Table3

The Former KPLU (NPR) Looks for a New News Director

After 22 Years it’s back to reporting for KNKX news director Erin Hennessey.

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Labor Lawyer Marie Kelly Replacing Top Canadian Actors Union Negotiator

Stephen Waddell, who is retiring, drove a hard bargain for local actors in labor talks with major Hollywood producers shooting in Canada.

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Published on at 9:06 am by clockwatcher

How Turner Classic Movies Built a Marquee Brand by Catering to Film Fans

TCM has spent 25 years building up a community of film fanatics who love the channel itself, not just the movies it screens.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kenny Rogers

Singer, songwriter, actor, record producer. He has charted more than 120 singles across various music genres. The Gambler is from 1978

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Published on April 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 9th

IT WAS APRIL 9th … when Bob Hope made his network TV debut, hosting the 90-minute “Star-Spangled Review” on NBC…
When the Ed Sullivan Show’s eclectic playbill on CBS-TV included Zippy the Chimp rollerskating and riding a bike, a comedy routine by vaudeville veterans Smith & Dale, ventriloquist Ricky Layne & Velvel, singers Julie Wilson, Oscar Brown Jr. and Jan Peerce…
When The Rolling Stones made their first live TV appearance on ITV’s Friday night music showcase “Ready Steady Go!”…
and when CBS radio & MSNBC shock jock Don Imus was suspended (and later fired) after he jokingly referred to members of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos”.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Smallville TV Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty In Bizarre Case Of Secretive Sex Cult

Allison Mack Admits to Keeping a ‘Slave,’ Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges in NXIVM Case

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Investigative broadcast journalist Lara Logan speaks out on Life, Liberty & Levin!

What an incredible life this woman has had, something to be greatly admired. The interview ran last night on the Mark Levin show on Fox.

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Published on at 3:23 pm by Voice Over

Felicity Huffman to Plead Guilty in College Cheating Scandal

“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”

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Published on at 2:46 pm by Turn Table3

What do these Broadcasters Have in Common?

Lots and lots of people in the industry have passed through these doors…

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Published on April 7, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Hilltoppers

The group was only active for five years: 1952 – 1957. Three students made up the Hilltoppers. A number of their recordings reached the Top 10, including this one from 1953

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. April 8th

IT WAS APRIL 8th … when the original radio voice of ‘The Lone Ranger,’ Ontario-born Earl Graser, was killed in an auto accident at age 32 …
When country singer Jimmy Dean began a morning show on CBS in what would be a futile effort to defeat NBC’s Today Show …
When UK singer Petula Clark starred in her own NBC-TV prime time special, with guest Harry Belafonte (pictured) …
and when the last original episode of ‘All in the Family’ aired on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bert Kaempfert Orchestra

German orchestra leader, music producer, arranger and songwriter. This instrumental was a big hit in 1960. Bert passed on at age 56 June 1980

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Published on April 6, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Voice Over

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. April 7th

IT WAS APRIL 7th … when the first national rock and roll series, Alan Freed’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’, made its debut on the CBS Radio network…
When San Francisco deejay Tom Donahue (pictured) turned KMPX-FM into what is considered to be America’s first alternative “free-form” radio station, playing non-commercial music by album-oriented bands…
When Rickie Lee Jones was the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, performing her soon-to-be smash hit “Chuck E’s In Love”…
and when the 100th episode of “Married With Children” aired on Fox TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

A Tory MP resigns then blows the lid on the myth of BBC impartiality

On 1 April, MP Nick Boles quit the Conservative Party. He claimed this was “because my party refuses to compromise”

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Published on at 2:33 pm by Radio Man

Bob Cole Hangs Up Mic After Saturday’s HNIC

The iconic voice millions of viewers in this country associate with hockey will hang up his microphone after calling Saturday’s regular-season finale between the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lead vocalist was John Fogerty, and others in the group included his brother Tom, plus Tom Cook and Doug Clifford.

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Published on April 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. April 6th

IT WAS APRIL 6th .. when the comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ came to life for the first time on NBC radio …
When ‘This is Your FBI’ debuted as a weekly 30-minute drama on ABC radio ..
When Swanson & sons introduced their frozen ‘TV Dinner’…
When Bob Hope (pictured) hosted the 31st Annual Academy Awards that named ‘Gigi’ best picture…
and when singers Peggy Lee & Tony Bennett, and comics Rodney Dangerfield & Joan Rivers headlined the Easter Sunday edition of CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Premier League Soccer moves to ‘Pay Streaming;’ other Sports Poised to Follow

If you’re a big soccer fan who lives in Canada and you don’t have a DAZN subscription, the company has pretty much forced your hand to fork over its $20/month fee ($150 if you buy a whole year).

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Published on at 6:36 pm by boredop

East Coast Canadian Radioman Arrested on US Sex Charge

Fredericton, N.B., radio morning show host Trevor Leslie Doyle of Capital FM has been arrested in Puerto Rico for the alleged attempted sexual enticement of a minor.

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Published on at 3:41 pm by Turn Table3

N.Y. Sports Talker Gets ‘First time, Long Time’ from Judge, then Jail

When the judge got serious she sent Craig Carton to prison for 3 1/2 years for fleecing investors who gave him and his cohorts millions of dollars to buy and resell tickets to prominent concerts, musicals and sporting events.

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Published on at 3:16 pm by Ron Robinson

Former Winnipeg broadcaster gets prison time after admitting to bank holdups

A former Winnipeg television sports anchor has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of bank robberies in Saskatchewan. (Photo: Stephen Vogelsang)

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Published on at 2:26 pm by Radio Man

Times Colonist Publisher Buys Okanagan’s Castanet News & Radio Station

Glacier Media has acquired Castanet Media, a leading source of local media and related information in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.

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Published on at 1:33 pm by clockwatcher

Hallmark Channel and News Networks Reverse US Basic Cable’s Slide

Fewer and fewer Americans are watching cable entertainment programming on a live-plus-same-day basis these days, a fact which maims their Nielsen ratings.

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Brandi Olson graduated from WABC, now works @ Regina’s The Wolf 104.9

Lots of smiles over the airwaves from Western Academy Broadcasting College’s BRANDI OLSON powering up the hits at “The Wolf 104.9fm”.

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Published on April 4, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Eddie Cochran

Eddie performed rockabilly music like Summertime Blues in 1958. At age 21 Eddie died in Britain as a result of a car accident.

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. April 5th

IT WAS APRIL 5th … when less than five months after the first NBC network broadcast from New York, the Pacific Coast-based NBC ‘Orange’ network aired its first programmming from temporary studios in San Francisco….
When 19-year old Barbra Streisand (pictured) made her first network television appearance on NBC’s late night “Jack Paar Show” with guest host Orson Bean…
When the final episode of the original ‘Hawaii Five-0’ aired on CBS-TV…
and when the FOX Broadcasting Company debuted coast-to-coast in the US with two Sunday night comedy shows, Married..With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

RIP Calgary broadcaster John Clark, 67

John started in broadcasting at CHNL Kamloops before moving to CKXL in 1974. and CJAY in the ’80’s.

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Western Academy Broadcasting College graduate Isaac Wihak covers news on 730 CKDM

One of our great sponsors is Don Scott and the Western Academy Broadcasting College who introduce one their recent graduates…

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Published on April 3, 2019 at 9:04 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Conway Twitty

Twitty was know more for country hits, but he rocked Mona Lisa in 1958

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Published on at 9:03 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. April 4th

IT WAS APRIL 4th .. when Kate Smith began a new daily quarter-hour talk show in the noon hour at CBS radio…
When the ill-fated CBC-FM Network signed on, with connected stations only in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal…
When Johnny Carson quit The Tonight Show in a salary dispute with NBC. He returned three weeks later with an additional $30,000 a week!…
and when, after six years, the final episode of the WWII prison camp sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes” aired on CBS TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WAB Keynote Speaker Paul Jacobs on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast with Matt Cundill

Paul Jacobs – Stop Selling Radio

In this episode we spend time discussing the challenges involved with selling at a radio station in this digital revolution. His solution is rather simple: Stop Selling Radio

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Published on April 2, 2019 at 9:12 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gale Storm

An actress and singer. Gale starred in two television programs: My Little Margie and the Gale Storm Show. Her hit Memories Are Made of This came out in 1956

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 3rd

IT WAS APRIL 3rd … when two staples of NBC radio made their debuts three years apart, ‘Mr. District Attorney,’ and ‘People Are Funny’…
When the comedy team of (Dean) Martin & (Jerry) Lewis (pictured) began their own weekly series on NBC radio …
When radio station CKSA Lloydminster had its official grand opening, with 1000 watts at 1450 KHz…
and when John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the The NBC Nightly News, to be succeeded by the team of Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw as coanchors.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Boyd Leader leaves CFWE for Kelowna and Bell Media

I am moving to Kelowna to take on the Group PD Role for Bell Media – BC Interior

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CHEK Manager Rob Germain to receive RTDNA Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Rob Germain, the station manager for CHEK, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) west regional meeting.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

The Teenagers with Frankie Lymon were an American-Puerto Rican doo top group. They were rocks first all teenager act and still going today

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Published on April 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcasting History .. April 2nd

IT WAS APRIL 2nd .. when the newspaper-based docudrama ‘The Big Story’ began its 8-year run on NBC radio..
When two very successful & long-running daytime dramas ‘The Edge of Night’ and ‘As The World Turns’ premiered on the same day on CBS TV…
When CBS Radio began to produce News On the Hour 24/7…
When the sci-fi soap opera “Dark Shadows” concluded an almost 5 year run on ABC TV…
and when J.R. Ewing and the clan arrived at Southfork, as ‘Dallas’ debuted in prime time on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Chiffons

  He’s So Fine Chiffons 1963 The group originated in the Bronx of New York in 1960. They have been active since 1960 to the present. This was their biggest hit, in 1963. … Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he […]

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Published on March 31, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Voice Over

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY in Broadcast History .. Monday April 1st

On APRIL FIRST .. Victoria’s first radio station CFCL went on the air for the first time, broadcasting the Easter Sunday sunrise service from the top of Mt. Tolmie. The same day the predecessor to Vancouver’s CKWX went on the air in Nanaimo .. with a whopping 10 watts of power,
23 years later on April 1st, Port Alberni got its own 250 watter, CJAV AM 1240.
It was April 1st when Chet Huntley (pictured) began his career with NBC News..
and when ‘General Hospital’ began its record-setting run (56 years so far) as a key part of the ABC-TV daytime schedule.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Judge Jeanine Returns to Air on Fox News With No Mention of Her Two-Week Absence

Pirro’s show hasn’t aired since March 9, when she questioned on-air Rep. Ilhan Omar’s loyalty to America because she is a Muslim.
The comment sparked a bipartisan cascade of outrage, including from Fox News personalities, and the network condemned her.

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Published on March 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Carl Douglas

Carl is a Jamaican born artist who came to prominence with this tune in 1974. He has been active from 1961 to the presen

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. March 31st

MARCH 31st … was the birthdate of legendary radio entertainers Arthur Godfrey (pictured) and Henry Morgan.
It was the date Quebec City FM radio station CJMF was ordered off the air by the CRTC for playing contemporary hit music in contravention of the terms of its licence.
And when Madonna’s appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman” caused headaches for C-B-S censors. The network deleted 13 offending words from the audio track before the show aired.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Zager and Evans

Zager & Evans never had another big hit after In The Year 2525 in 1969.

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Published on March 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. March 30th

IT WAS MARCH 30th … when legendary deejay Red Robinson was born in Comox BC, 82 years ago today….
When Bette Davis starred on the premiere of the anthology series ‘Academy Award’ on CBS Radio…
When the TV game show ‘ Jeopardy,’ developed by Merv Griffin, began an 11 year daytime run on NBC…
When the final episode of “Police Woman” starring Angie Dickenson aired on NBC-TV…
and when the season-ending episode of CBS-TV’s ‘The Waltons’ featured the return to the household of Grandma after a stroke that had left her (actress Ellen Corby, pictured) virtually speechless.
ALL the milestones for March 30th INSIDE.

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TV Ratings: Sean Hannity’s Trump Interview Leads Big Night for Fox News

The show has its biggest audience in six weeks as the president called in to discuss the Mueller report and other matters.

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Published on March 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm by boredop

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Shore

Dinah was an accomplished singer, actor and Television personality. Many will remember her variety shows, sponsored by Chevrolet. One of her hits was Shoo-Fly Pie & Pan Dowdy from 1945.

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. March 29th

IT WAS MARCH 29th when Jack Benny appeared on radio for the first time, on newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan’s interview show in New York City…
When the melodramatic radio serial ‘Our Gal Sunday’ debuted at 12:45 ET on CBS Radio, where it would remain for the next 22 years!…
When the great frequency switch of 1941 sent Vancouver’s CKWX 950 to AM 980, CFCT 1450 Victoria became CJVI 1480, and Vancouver’s CBR 1100 moved to AM 1130….
When the CBC first announced it would be removing all commercials from its radio stations…
and when Jack Paar (pictured) left his wildly-popular NBC-TV ‘Tonight Show’ after five years.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Dying CNN Lost Almost 30% of Primetime Audience

In the arenas of credibility and viewership, CNN is a dying brand. Over the last week, the news has been especially bad for the far-left outlet. CNN chief Jeff Zucker (pictured)

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Irish Dave from U93 in South Bend, Indiana on The ‘Sound Off’ Podcast with Matt

I missed my first chance to meet Irish Dave. I wasn’t going to miss my second. In the days after a Saint Patrick’s Day that fell on a Sunday, I caught up with the U93 morning show host and learned a lot about the show host I have listened to on and off over the last 6 months. Now I knew that he was marrying his co-host Christine, but learned more about how they met

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Haley & His Comets

Bill Haley & His Comets did rock ’n roll like no one else, with Rip It Up in 1956

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Published on March 27, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. March 28th

IT WAS MARCH 28th when one of Chicago’s great radio stations, WGN 720 first took to the air…
When the New York Times classical music station WQXR banned singing commercials from its schedule…
When UK pirate radio station Radio Caroline began broadcasting from a ship off the British coast ….
When we lost a Toronto radio legend Wally Crouter ….
And when New Westminster’s Raymond Burr (pictured) starred in an NBC movie ‘Ironside,’ which became (after Perry Mason) his second longrunning TV series.
ALL the milestones for March 28th INSIDE.

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Russia Hoax Queen Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Take 20% Dive

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lost a whopping 20 percent, 500,000 viewers of her audience after the release of the Mueller Report proved she shamelessly deceived her audience for more than two years

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PROSALESGUY – Don’t Take Key Accounts For Granted

Storytelling is a key attribute we incorporate into our sales training programs in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. Great Salespeople tell great stories to communicate their message

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Fresh Radio Hamilton is done, will others follow?

Today marked the return of Energy 95.3 in Hamilton. But that leads to a big question. Will Energy return to Barrie, London, and other fresh stations?

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Published on March 26, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Brian Cook

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Blondie

Blondie was a band with lead singer Debbie Harry. Heart of Glass was a hit for the band in 1979.

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 27th

IT WAS MARCH 27th when ‘Blue Ribbon Town,’ the radio show that starred Groucho Marx was first heard on CBS….
When the daytime serial ‘Myrt & Marge’ ended its 11-year run on CBS radio
When a young Steve McQueen (pictured) made his network TV debut on NBC’s Goodyear Playhouse…
When a huge tsunami wave nearly demolished Port Alberni’s CJAV radio ..
When David Letterman hosted the 67th Academy Awards on ABC-TV …
and when Vancouver’s CFUN 1410 once more scrapped its music format to go all-talk under the slogan “Talk with Attitude.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Not Virgins Anymore…

Popular on-air personalities Scott Tucker and Maura Grierson make their triumphant return to morning radio today, as their new showTucker and Maura in the Morning kicks off the relaunch of much-loved Hamilton & GTA radio brand Energy 95.3

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Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett

“He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Orbison

Roy had a powerful voice as you can hear on this hit from 1964: Oh, Pretty Woman. Roy died at the age of 52 in December 1988.

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Published on March 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 26th

IT WAS MARCH 26th when comedian Red Buttons made his serious acting debut on CBS-TV’s Studio One…
When the TV special ‘Welcome Home Elvis,’ with Frank Sinatra as host, was taped in Miami Beach ….
When CBC Radio listeners chose Four Strong Winds written by Victoria’s Ian Tyson as the greatest Canadian song …
When the daytime drama ‘The Young & the Restless’ began its long run on CBS-TV …
When Johnny Carson was the headlining comedian on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show …
and when radio’s original Marshall Dillon on “Gunsmoke,” William Conrad (pictured) starred in the TV movie “Cannon” on CBS which spawned a weekly series.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Apple launches Apple TV+, its premium streaming service offering many new original TV shows and films

Apple revealed two major new products around video entertainment: Apple TV+, a premium video-streaming subscription service, and Apple TV Channels, a new offering inside the Apple TV app that offers à la carte subscriptions to existing television and film services.

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Former CTV Anchor Tamara Taggart Running for Fed Liberals in Van-Kingsway

“I do think a big part of being a good candidate is being able to communicate and being telegenic and all those sorts of things, and obviously someone like Tamara Taggart has all those qualities.”

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Published on at 4:18 pm by Ron Robinson

Dershowitz Rips Media That Misinformed The American Public: “A Very, Very Bad Day For CNN”

CNN’ — ‘They should be hanging their head in shame

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Connie Francis

Who’s Sorry Now….Connie was a top concert draw in the ’50’s and ’60’s. Hits like this in 1958 Who’s Sorry Now kept her on the pop charts.

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Published on March 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. March 25th

IT WAS MARCH 25th … when Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore (pictured) premiered their joint variety show on NBC radio, replacing another comedy team, Abbott & Costello…
When New York’s WNBC became the first radio station to ban Brewer and Shipley’s biggest hit “One Toke Over The Line” due to its apparent marijuana references…
When the 58th and final episode of “The Monkees” TV show aired on NBC…
When the final episode of “Bewitched” aired on ABC…
and when NBC aired the 136th and last episode of ‘Sanford & Son.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Rap Radio Is Playing More Women, But Streaming Playlists Lag Behind

In the wake of Cardi B, more women are are breaking nationally on rap radio than ever before. Streaming services are not, so far, catching up.

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Broadcasters Blast 2019 Canadian Budget as Unfair

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is disappointed that the federal government has excluded broadcast media from journalism support tax credits announced in Budget 2019.

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Published on at 9:59 am by Ron Robinson

A Little Berner in the night to appear with Drex on Sunday Tonight!!!

Former all-night radio host David Berner joins Drex in studio on Sunday night 10pm to 2am

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Published on March 23, 2019 at 9:27 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bertie Higgins

Bertie had this #1 hit Key Largo in 1982. He is comfortable singing country, pop and soft rock. In recent years he has moved on to film production with his sons

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. March 24th

IT WAS MARCH 24th when one of the most powerful signals from the US mountain west, KSL radio of Salt Lake City began broadcasting….
When Major Bowes’ Original “Amateur Hour” went national on the NBC Radio Network, after a year airing locally on WHN New York…
When “Hannah Montana” with Miley Cyrus debuted on the Disney Channel in the US ..
When ABC’s late night Iran Hostage crisis program was renamed “Nightline with Ted Koppel”….
and when Whoopi Goldberg (pictured) was host for the 74th Academy Awards telecast.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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The American Media Destroyed Themselves over the Mueller Investigation

With only a few exceptions — Fox News, the editorial pages (not the front pages) of the Wall Street Journal, and a handful of websites — the better part of the American media has spent the last two years fulminating about Trump-Russia collusion we now know never existed.

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Talk Host Bill Carroll replacing Evan Solomon on Bell Media Talk Network .. on Fridays only

He sounds like he’s taking Solomon’s national slot. (But turns out it’s Friday only.)

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Bare

Bobby is a country singer and songwriter. Active from 1956 to the present. He has recorded a multitude of albums and singles, including this hit from 1962

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Published on March 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. March 23rd

IT WAS MARCH 23rd .. when the Vancouver World newspaper launched the BC city’s third radio station…
When 20-year old Foster Hewitt (pictured) called his first hockey game over the Toronto Star’s pioneer radio station CFCA…
When two radio classics, ‘Truth or Consequences’ and ‘ Beat the Clock’ first appeared, ten years apart ..
When Elvis Presley auditioned (unsuccessfully) for Arthur Godfrey’a Talent Scouts on CBS radio & TV…
When after 15 years Hugh Downs hosted the final NBC episode of the daytime quiz show ‘Concentration’…
and when the 30-minute daytime drama “The Bold & the Beautiful” had its premiere on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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How Very Meredith Geddes of Her on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast with Matt

She answered the very first question I asked her correctly. She was supposed to get it wrong.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Rita Coolidge

Rita’s hits made it to charts like adult contemporary, jazz, country and pop. This tune from 1977. Won two Grammys with then husband Kris Kristofferson

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Published on March 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. March 22nd

IT WAS MARCH 22nd when NBC Radio’s “Voice of Firestone”, a 30-minute showcase of semi-classical music, became the first commercial radio program to be carried simultaneously on both AM and FM stations…
When Vancouver’s CFMI 101.1 FM signed on with an automated rock/country hybrid format …
When Barry Manilow made his first television appearance, performing “Mandy” and “It’s A Miracle” on ABC’s “American Bandstand”…
When Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash & Roger Miller guested on an ABC John Denver TV special …
and when two disparate music acts Bob Dylan and Liberace played NBC-TV’s Late Night with David Letterman.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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After 20 years in Edmonton, Stephen Keppler & wife are on the move, to Kelowna

We are uprooting and moving to the Okanagan!

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Research Director Inc’s Analysis of Seattle Radio PPM’s (Feb. 2019)

KQMV Movin 92.5 continues to dominate the demo breakouts.

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Published on March 20, 2019 at 9:48 pm by boredop

Rogers Media sells Maclean’s, Chatelaine and other magazines

Rogers has struck a deal with the company that publishes Toronto Life to sell the company’s remaining magazine brands for an undisclosed sum.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jack Scott

This Canadian started out in 1957 and still performing today. He had a number of hits including this one: Burning Bridges from 1960.

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. March 21st

IT WAS MARCH 21st .. when Portland radio station KGW began broadcasting….
When Shirley Booth (pictured) made her TV acting debut in “The Hostess with the Mostest” on Playhouse 90 on CBS….
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show starred Gary Lewis & the Playboys singing “This Diamond Ring”….
and when on the CBS-TV prime time soap “Dallas,” JR was shot.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CHEK Loses Rising Star Ceildh (Kaley) Miller to Global Regina

CHEK’s weekend weather anchor, weekday community reporter and host of CHEK Around is leaving CHEK TV for a position with GLOBAL News Regina. The announcement was made at the end of CHEK’s Sunday newscast.

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Seattle Radio PPM’s for Feb. 2019

In the 12+ chart KUOW 94.9 (NPR) showed more audience growth in first place, followed by Movin 92.5 and KIRO News/Talk. KSWD The Sound jumps up to 4th.

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At Trudeau’s behest, Gould instructed Google News to limit Canadian access to foreign press

In the days approaching former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould‘s testimony to the House of Commons’ Justice Committee on February 27, at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s behest, Karina Gould, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, reached out to social media giant Google to pressure the firm to curtail political criticism of the Trudeau government on its platform.

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Published on March 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Ford

Best known as a rock ’n roll and rhythm and blues singer. Had this hit in 1959: Sea Cruise. Frankie died at the age of 76 in September 2015

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 20th

IT WAS MARCH 20th … when the original Lucky Strike Hit Parade premiered on NBC radio, featuring the top 15 tunes of the week…
When Eugene Ormandy conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra on CBS in the first symphony concert to be televised in North America…
When a protege of Dick Clark Bobby Rydell (pictured) made his first TV appearance, during the second season of Clark’s daily “American Bandstand” on ABC…
When Gibsons BC’s CKAY began testing at 91.7…
and when Edmonton public radio station CKUA went dark for five weeks after it ran out of money.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE;

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Global News Out First Revealing Alberta Election Coverage

Leading up to, during, and following election night, Global News Decision Alberta is the go-to destination for coverage, providing the full story across television on Global Calgary, Global Edmonton and Global Lethbridge; via radio on Global News Radio 770 CHQR, Global News Radio 880 Edmonton and 630 CHED.

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More US Households Subscribe to Streaming than Traditional TV

69% of respondents have at least one streaming video subscription, compared with 65% who have a traditional pay TV subscription. The finding underscores the continued popularity of services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

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Campus radio stations in Ontario worry about losing funding

Campus radio stations in Ottawa — and across the province — are trying to determine how to survive if the Ontario government moves forward with its plan to slash the student fees that fund them.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ray Charles

Born To Lose This hit Born To Lose in 1962 came from his best selling album Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music. 1962 DONE Ray Charles … Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now […]

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Published on March 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Voice Over

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 19th

IT WAS MARCH 19th … when the first televised prize fight aired in ‘living color’ saw Joey Giardello knock out Willie Troy on NBC ….
When Vancouver’s C-FUN AM 1410 flipped to a Top 40 format ….
When singer Lesley Gore guest-starred on the last episode of the ABC-TV sitcom “The Donna Reed Show”…
And when the final episode of the iconic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” (pictured) aired on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jim Lowe

American singer, songwriter. Best remembered for this number one hit from 1956. He was also a disc jockey, and radio host.

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Published on March 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. March 18th

IT WAS MARCH 18th when a daytime drama based on the Bible “Light of the World” was first heard on NBC radio….
When Joan Rivers made the first of some 62 guest appearances with Johnny Carson on NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight Show’…
When the debut episode of “The Greatest American Hero” aired on ABC-TV…
When a KOMO-TV news helicopter crashed near the Space Needle, killing the pilot and a photographer..
and when Pat Cashman (pictured) left KJR-FM after 12 years doing morning drive at various Seattle stations.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Canadian-born YouTube star Lilly Singh to host NBC late-night show

With her new post-midnight show, Singh will become the only woman currently hosting a late-night show on broadcast TV.

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Published on at 4:51 pm by boredop

Dick Dale, Surf Guitar King, Dead at 81

Dale’s self-released records with his band the Deltones led the way for countless other acts — the Chantays, the Surfaris, Eddie and the Showmen and the Pyramids among them — who emulated his reverb-soaked, “wet” sound and aggressive attack.

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‘Fight hard for Jeanine Pirro!’ Trump calls on Fox News to ‘bring back’ the host

President Donald Trump has called on Fox News to ‘bring back’ Jeanine Pirro after her weekly show was replaced by a documentary following her remarks suggesting that Rep Ilhan Omar’s hijab meant that she subscribes to sharia law.

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Numeris to measure all radio markets year-round starting this summer

Data will be collected over 24 weeks, essentially every other week, excluding the last two weeks of December and first two weeks in January, during a 12-month period and reported in the Fall and Spring.

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Published on March 16, 2019 at 9:30 pm by Ron Robinson

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Sherman

Bobby Sherman was considered a teen idol in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Had this hit in 1970. He retired in the 1970’s to become a paramedic, then later a police officer

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

ST. PATRICK’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Sun. March 17th

IT WAS MARCH 17th when Kate Smith (pictured) came out of vaudeville to begin a 3-decade radio career with Kate Smith Sings, a quarter-hour several times a week on NBC.
When the live country TV program “Five Star Jubilee” premiered on N-B-C…
When Pres. George W. Bush took to TV to issue an ultimatum to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein ..
And when CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured singers Paul Anka, the Chad Mitchell Trio and the McGuire Sisters.
ALL the milestones for St. Patrick’s Day INSIDE.

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Corey Feldman: I can no longer defend Michael Jackson

Actor, Corey Feldman, a long-time friend of Michael Jackson tells HLN’s Mike Galanos about the man he knew and how that jibes with the startling allegations made in the controversial HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

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Rock star Burton Cummings tells Moose Jaw dance studio to turn down the music

Fitness class operator says Cummings has called police several times and even gone to city council to get a zoning bylaw changed.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Returning to TV Following Sex Misconduct Investigation

The astrophysicist has been accused of inappropriate behavior by three women, but Nat Geo and Fox say they’re ready to put ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos’ back on their schedules.

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Published on March 15, 2019 at 9:33 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beach Boys

Beach Boys were formed in 1961 in California, and became one of the most influential bands of all time. Original group consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; plus cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardin

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. March 16th

IT WAS MARCH 16th … when the president’s daughter, Margaret Truman (pictured), made her professional singing debut in an ABC Radio broadcast from Detroit that attracted 15 million listeners ….
When the big winners at the Emmy Awards were The Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young and Loretta Young …
When the musical headliners on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show were singers Janis Joplin and Ed Ames, plus Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and Boots Randolph…
And when Bell Canada acquired another 84 radio stations and 35 cable TV channels from Astral Media for $3.38 billion ….
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Steve Huber’s new radio station Cat Country has just launched

Friday at 1PM, our friend Steve Huber launched Cat Country 98! The Grand Opening and public access of the studio will be held in May (TBD) Come inside to hear the launch

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Another Firing at TSN 1040 .. Football Analyst Lowell Ullrich

After returning from a trip to Australia, Ullrich learned that he won’t be back in the TSN 1040 broadcast booth covering B.C. Lions football games.

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New TSN 1040 Sked Announced, Absent Dave Pratt

Mike Halford and Jason Brough will fill the void left when breakfast host Dave Pratt was fired midweek.

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Lori Loughlin fired by Hallmark over admissions bribing scandal

‘We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries.’

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‘Sound Off’ Podcast! Corey Dylan from Kicks 101.5 in Atlanta

Corey Dylan understands resilience. The longtime Tampa Bay radio personality was let go from Cox owned WFLA in the summer of 2016. In that time since, she continued working her voiceover clients, hosted a few television shows, and tried her hand at podcasting.

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Published on March 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Archies

The Archies a fictional garage band. Still they had a hit in 1969 with Sugar Sugar.

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. March 15th

IT WAS MARCH 15th… when BC got its second radio station, this one operated by The Vancouver Sun, two days after The Province station debuted…
When future Montreal rock radio powerhouse CFOX hit the airwaves, under the ownership of Gordon Sinclair Jr…
When CBS television introduced its ‘Morning Show’ (pictured), hosted by future iconic news anchor Walter Cronkite…
When the first episode of the sitcom ‘Mr. Belvedere’ aired on ABC…
and when CBS announced it was cancelling its Sunday night lynchpin ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ after 23 seasons.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Gerry Forbes to be inducted into Hall of Fame!

Our friend Gerry Forbes, of CJAY fame has announced on his facebook page, he will be inducted into The Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame!

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Published on March 13, 2019 at 10:03 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

Ol Blue Eyes does it again in 1957 with Witchcraft

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. March 14th

It was March 14th when Pete Parker, on radio station CKCK Regina, called the world’s first play-by-play of a complete professional hockey game, just days ahead of Foster Hewitt…
when comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny (pictured) began their 12-year-long ‘feud’ in an NBC broadcast from the Hotel Pierre in New York City, attracting the second largest audience in the history of radio…
when Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley for his CBS TV Talent Scouts Show. Instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone…
and when ABC-TV aired the final episode of the original Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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PROSALESGUY – Great Salespeople Paraphrase Feelings

Our sales training workshops in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Calgary always focus on the power of paraphrasing in understanding your buyer’s needs.  While repeating what your client said in your words is the definition of paraphrasing, capturing their feelings goes one step further.   It rises above the words to the heart of what your buyer is expressing.  […]

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TSN 1040’s Dave Pratt out as Bell Media makes cross-Canada cuts

Change is coming, again, to Vancouver sports radio. Pratt out at Bell, could he be heading to 650?

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Steve Young CMW Award deadline has been extended to this Saturday March 16th (midnight EST)

Thanks to those who have submitted and a reminder there is still time for the rest who haven’t. This is a great for you to honour your young talent. Thank you

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jo Stafford

You Belong To Me Jo Stafford again with You Belong To Me hit in 2952. 1952 … Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now called the Juno) for Top Disc Jockey for Canada. From there, […]

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Published on March 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Voice Over

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 13th

It was a March 13th when the radio era officially began hereabouts as the Vancouver Province newspaper started testing its new 2000 watt radio service with music .. and a newscast at 8:30 pm…
…when the Manitoba Givernment Telephone service put Winnipeg’s CKY radio on the air for the first time ….
…when Edward R. Murrow (pictured) was first heard on radio, reporting for CBS from Vienna…
..when UK pop singer Tom Jones made his TV performing debut on the BBC
..and when the Merv Griffin TV Show made its debut in daytime syndication across the US. In Southwest BC it was seen in prime time via KVOS-TV Bellingham.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CNN Sued for $250M, Accused of ‘Vicious’ Attack on Covington Student in MAGA Hat

Reports went out that Nick Sandmann and other schoolmates were confronting Native American activists and the Black Hebrew Israelites who were at rallies that day. However, after a later video surfaced, some called Sandmann a peace-maker for calmly attempting to ease the escalating tensions.

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TV Stars Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 indicted for College Entrance Bribery

The elaborate conspiracy involved cheating on the SAT and ACT and parents paying coaches of elite colleges and universities hundreds of thousands of dollars to accept students who fabricated their athletic credentials.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jerry Jeff Walker

Mr. Bojangles is the best known of his songs, reaching the charts in 1968. Jerry Jeff Walker started out in 1967 and is still entertaining today

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Published on March 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 12th

It was March 12th when the newly elected President of the US Franklin Roosevelt used radio to deliver his first Fireside Chat…
..when singer Fabian (pictured) was named “Most Promising New Talent” in a poll of “American Bandstand” viewers…
..when the TV movie “Wonder Woman” starring Cathy Lee Crosby came to ABC ..
..when Bob Dylan cancelled an “Ed Sullivan Show” television appearance after being told he could not sing “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues” because it was too political…
..and when syndicated TV’s venerable Entertainment Tonight aired its 3,000th show.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Scott Fee Returns to CHEK-TV as News Director

Scott said farewell to his audience with the supper hour news at Global Calgary four days ago, making no secret of his returning to the warmer climes of Vancouver Island.

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CBC apologizes for broadcasting fake news on the Covington boys, upon request

In the January 20th edition of one of CBC’s flagship news programs, The Weekly, hosted by longtime CBC reporter Wendy Mesley, the national broadcaster falsely reported that the #MAGAKids were harassing and bullying a peaceful indigenous elder by crowding him and chanting, “Build that wall!”

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Steve Young Deadline tonite, Monday Mar 11 at midnight EST

Thanks to those who have submitted and a reminder there is still time for the rest who haven’t. This is a great for you to honour your young talent. Thank you.

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The ‘Sound Off’ Podcast – featuring Drex: Nothing to Lose

Drex joins Matt on this weeks podcast. By the way, Drex tells us his show is going well. Number 2 in Vancouver, Number ONE in Calgary and Edmonton. Congratulations!

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Published on March 10, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Hollies

A British rock group that charted many singles and albums, including this hit single from 1967. They started out with five members in 1962 and are still going strong today

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. March 11th

It was a March 11th when Charles Van Doren (pictured) finally lost on NBC-TV’s rigged game show “21.” He left with $129,000. The scandal over leaked answers to Van Doren had not yet erupted…
When the FCC decreed that 8 to 11 pm would be TV’s prime time controlled and programmed by ABC, CBS and NBC…
When Aerosmith was featured on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes…
and when talk show host Glenn Beck singled out Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” as a perfect example of the progressive politics he said were destroying the country.
Details and many more milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CBC Singer/Actress Betty Phillips Dies at 95

She is remembered by most for the CBC Radio shows Make Mine Music, Leicester Square to Broadway, Betty Phillips Sings and the folk series CBC television production of Lolly-too-dum. 

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RIP CKNW Engineer John Mair

John worked at ‘NW and sister station CFMI from 1970 until the early 2000s. 

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Burl Ives

Singer actor, plays a banjo. Cigar and Pipe smoker.Worked in radio, television, theatre, and film. This tune from 1962. Died at the age of 85 on April 1995

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Published on March 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. March 10th

It was March 10th when 20-year old Julie Andrews (pictured) made her US television debut on NBC’s Ford Star Jubilee….
When Bobby Darin appeared on television for the first time, singing “Rock Island Line” on CBS-TV’s “Dorsey Brothers Stage Show”…
When Sonny and Cher guest-starred as “Jerry and Ramona” on ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ on NBC-TV….
and when Willard Scott became the weatherman on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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To Play King of Pop or not? A ‘Delicate Situation’ for Radio

“We’re not in the business of censorship and we’re not in the business of being the moral compass for the community standards. We try to be reflective of those things, not a dictator of them.”

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Vancouver Sun: Feature Story re George Garrett Autobiography

“It was a lot of luck, but I guess also I might have had an intuition on some things. Others were just pure serendipity that I happened to be there at the right time.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jo Stafford

Jo was a sometime actor, but most of her time was spent singing and making the charts, like Shrimp Boats in 1951.

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Published on March 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. March 9th

It was a March 9th (more than 9-and-a-half decades ago) when Seattle’s KJR began radio broadcasting…
when Edward R. Murrow on CBS-TV’s ‘See It Now’ exposed Senator Joseph McCarthy for the bullying fraud that he was…
when New York’s WNBT broadcast the first local TV commercials in colour…
when the Grand Old Opry aired its final Saturday night brodcast from the Ryman Auditorium …
and when Dan Rather took over as CBS-TV anchorman, replacing Walter Cronkite.
Specifics, and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts by Chicago Grand Jury

“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time … there was no reasonable ground for believing that such (hate crime) offenses had been committed,” according to section of the indictment cited by CBS Chicago News.

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Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of ‘Airwolf’ and ‘The Mechanic,’ Dies at 74

The actor passed away on Feb. 10.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roger Williams

Roger was active from 1955 to 2011 when he died at the age of 87.  Autumn Leaves was a #1 hit for him in 1955.

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Published on March 7, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. March 8th

It was March 8th when ”Transit Through Fire: An Odyssey of 1942,” the first opera commissioned by the CBC, was aired on radio coast-to-coast.
When Vancouver’s CKWX adopted a country music format.
When CBS-TV’s General Electric Theatre featured the only joint television appearance by The Marx Brothers in an almost-silent 30-minute episode called “The Incredible Jewel Robbery.”
When the UK’s Dave Clark 5 made their first appearance on CBS TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show,” performing “Glad All Over.”
And when the last original episode of “The Brady Bunch” was televised on ABC.
Details and many more milestones for the date INSIDE.

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KGO AM 810 San Francisco Shuffles On-Air Lineup

KGO has revamped its on-air talk lineup, bringing in MARK THOMPSON to do 10a-noon, then moving PAT THURSTON to noon-3p and JOHN ROTHMAN to 6-9p.

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David Bray’s Radio PPM Analysis & Demo Breakouts

The breakout of leaders in all the demographic subgroups for Vancouver, Edmonton & Calgary.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline started her career in 1947 until her death at age 30 in 1963. She had many hits including Crazy in 1961.

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Published on March 6, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. March 7th

It was a March 7th when radio station KARI 550 signed on the air from Blaine, Washington with a Christian-spoken word format…
..when the “Beatles” made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio in England.
..when ”Peter Pan”, with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard, was presented as a live TV special on NBC’s Producer’s Showcase.
..when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosted the 82nd Academy Awards telecast ..
..and when Vancouver’s CKWX 1130 dropped its adult contemporary music and became a country music station.
Specifics, and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Calgary Radio PPMs … Nov. 26 2018 – Feb. 24 2019

News/Talk CHQR is back in its familiar #1 spot, after one 12+ book where Country 105 took top honours. But Oldies XL 103 made the biggest gain, jumping into the #2 spot.

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Vancouver Radio PPMs Nov. 26 2018 – Feb. 24 2019

A great book for QM/FM which jumped to the top.

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Edmonton Radio PPMs – Nov. 26th – Feb 24th 2019

New Breeze format in Edmonton moves into first place, edging out Now who has held the reigns, it seems like forever…. CHED has dropped significantly.

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‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Diagnosed With Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

“I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” the longtime Canadian-born host says in a video message.

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Sportsnet promotes Bart Yabsley to network president, succeeding Scott Moore

Sportsnet turned to an in-house successor to fill the vacancy created by Scott Moore’s departure by promoting Bart Yabsley to network president. Yabsley most recently served as senior vice-president of sports and entertainment partnerships and content distribution.

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Half of L.A.’s KROQ Morning Show ‘Kevin & Bean’ Leaving After 30 Years

On the air, Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter noted that he is a British citizen, having been born there, and visits England quite often given he has friends and family there.

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CMW’s Steve Young Broadcaster of the Year Award Nominations – ‘Deadline is Monday March 11th midnight EST’

Please take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on one of your rising stars, as CMW and “Friends of Steve Young” once again salute Steve with the “Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award in Honour of Steve Young”. 

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In Gayle King CBS Interview, R. Kelly Screams “I’ve Been Assassinated”

The R&B singer — who is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving three minors — broke his silence in an explosive interview where he denied the claims on ‘CBS This Morning.’ “I’m not a devil and by no means am I a monster,” he says.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gordon Lightfoot

Black Day In July Gordon Lightfoot taking a bad day in Detroit . Recorded in 1968

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Published on March 5, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 6th

It was March 6th when the first US telecast from an airplane was aired from the skies over New York City…
when NBC-TV aired the musical special “An Evening With Diana Ross” (pictured) ….
when the 100th episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man” aired on ABC-TV…
and when Walter Cronkite signed off the CBS Evening News for the final time, to be replaced by Dan Rather.
Specifics, and many more March 6th milestones INSIDE.

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Three takeaways from Oprah Winfrey’s interview special with alleged Michael Jackson sex abuse survivors

Winfrey hosted the hour-long special “Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland,” in which she interviewed the two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and director Dan Reed.

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The ‘Sound Off’ Podcast – Tom Leykis – Blow Me Up Tom

Tom Leykis understands how radio works. He understands people and how they engage with radio. The Long Island kid who spent his first radio show playing Glen Pitney (and loathing it), became one of America’s most renowned talk show hosts.

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Published on March 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm by Voice Over

SNOPES throws in the towel with Facebook “fact checking” after being caught fabricating LIES and covering for fake news media

Snopes has announced that it is giving up “fact checking” for Facebook as controversy swirls over its handling of the Nathan Phillips case and other high-profile blunders

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beatles

Can’t Buy Me Love
Beatles
1964
Another big hit: Can’t Buy Me Love from 1964 for the Beatles.

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. March 5th

It was a March 5th when Milton Berle was the mystery guest on CBS-TV’s ‘I’ve Got a Secret.’
When Dionne Warwick, Gwen Verdon, Rodney Dangerfield and Alan King headlined the Ed Sullivan Show.
When singer Smokey Robinson appeared in a dramatic role on NBC-TV’s ‘Police Story.’
When US President Jimmy Carter took 42 questions on a radio call-in program moderated by Walter Cronkite.
And when Vancouver radio legend Fred Latremouille (pictured) died at age 69.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Luke Perry, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ Star, Dies at 52

The actor was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday and had been under observation.

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The Intrepid Reporter George Garrett talks with the Commentary’s Joseph Planta

The legendary reporter George Garrett discusses his new memoir

This is George Garrett’s fifth appearance on the program. It was our mutual friend George Orr who said to me four years ago last month, you should talk to Garrett. I said, I admired and grew up listening to him, and Orr told me to contact him. A day or two later, I tweeted that I had just talked to George Garrett about setting up a time to meet, and that if somebody had told me that as a kid, I wouldn’t have believed it. Soon after George sat in front of me for a chat, as he does now, he emailed and said he was thinking of writing a memoir. And four years later that book is out. It’s aptly titled George Garrett: Intrepid Reporter. George wrote this book from memory from an illustrious career covering news in Vancouver and beyond. He was a good reporter, who broke stories big and small, who worked hard, and had the loyalty and trust of the listeners of radio station CKNW

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Rick Nelson

Rick was a rock ’n roll star, musician, singer songwriter and starred in the popular TV series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” Rick was active in the music business from 1949 to 1985. He died in a plane crash on New Years eve 1985 at the age of 45. His hit from those years included Teenage Idol from 1962.

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Published on March 3, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

BBC Radio Bans Michael Jackson’s Music

The nationwide UK radio station has “quietly dropped the King of Pop’s music from its playlists” due to the shocking allegations in “Leaving Neverland.”

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Are TV Networks Just Dreaming in an era of Streaming?

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have seemingly bottomless wallets and a stranglehold on how a new generation wants to consume television. For the first time, streaming services made more scripted shows than either broadcast or cable networks last year.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Della Reese

Della was a jazz and gospel singer as well as an ordained minister. Her career really took off with this hit in 1959. She charted many singles over the years. And you may remember from the television show “Touched By An Angel” that ran from 1994 to 2003. Della passed on at age 86 in November 2017

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Published on March 2, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. March 3rd

It was March 3rd when Detroit was first introduced to radio station WWJ.
When Elvis Presley made his TV debut on the syndicated ‘Louisiana Hayride’ (pictured).
When Vancouver’s CKWX AM 1130 published its last Top 40 Survey, relinquishing the field to CFUN 1410.
When Andy Griffith first introduced the character ‘Matlock’ on NBC-TV, and four years later the same network aired the 100th episode of ‘Alf.’
And when ‘Nova’ began its 45 year (so far) run on PBS.
Details and many more milestones for March 3rd INSIDE.

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Trailblazing Canadian television producer and philanthropist Sandra Faire has Died

Faire’s TV credits during a near-50 year career included So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Comedy Inc. and Comedy Now, which aired between 1997 and 2001.

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My Favorite Flashback with Coldplay…

The third single from Coldplay’s second album A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2005)

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Season

Formed in 1960 and still going strong today under the leadership of Frankie Valli. Also known as the best selling musical group of all time, selling over 100 million records world-wide. Hit is from 1975. Members then and now include Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Guadio.

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Published on March 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. March 2nd

Howard Stern (pictured) started broadcasting at WWDC Washington DC, where he developed his ‘shock jock’ format.
The Beatles’ next smash hit ‘Let it Be’ was previewed via film on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
‘The Barry Manilow Special’ aired on ABC-TV, attracting a viewership of 37 million.
The Supreme Court of Canada allowed its proceedings to be televised for the first time; a hearing on taxation.
And U2 began a five-night weeklong run on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.
Details and many more milestones for March 2nd INSIDE.

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Mira Laurence returns to Vancouver Island to join New Pro Soccer Team

Former CTV Van. Island sportscastert and Sportsnet Vancouver Canucks’ reporter Mira Laurence is coming back to Victoria to lend her talents to Pacific FC as part of the soccer club’s management team.

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Darren “dude” o’Donnell of c103 moncton passed away after battling cancer…

Darren “dude” o’Donnell of c103 moncton passed away. He was a weekend guy. Was on air last weekend and passed away from his cancer battle

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Katherine Helmond, the Man-Crazy Mother on ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Dies at 89

Helmond earlier starred as the wide-eyed socialite sister Jessica Tate on another popular ABC daytime-serial spoof Soap. She died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Streaming Music Now Accounts For 75% Of U.S. Label Revenues

Monthly fees for SPOTIFY, APPLE MUSIC and other streaming services were the biggest moneymaker, at $4.66 billion, up 33%.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads

Johnnie died at age 63, but left us with a number of hits including Cry from 1951

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. March 1st

The radio sitcom based in a bar ‘Duffy’s Tavern’ began its 10-year run.
Vancouver saw Canada’s first jazz radio station hit the airwaves in CJAZ FM92.1
CHQB AM 1280 signed on in Powell River BC.
Seattle-Tacoma’s channel 11 (then KTNT) began operations as an independent station.
The 150th episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ aired on CBS-TV.
And The Beatles (on film) made their final appearance on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Details and many more milestones for March 1st INSIDE.

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Published on February 28, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Comedians Cheer as Sirius Radio Channel will Stay 100% Canadian

News that a channel called “Canada Laughs” was being re-tooled by Just For Laughs (JFL) to incorporate performers from the U.S. and around the world sent ripples of anxiety through the Canadian comedy industry over the past week.

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Pianist/composer Andre Previn, Master of Many Musical Genres, Dies at 89

The Oscar-winning composer and former husband of Mia Farrow turned his back on Hollywood and gained further renown as a conductor, composer and jazz pianist.

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Kelowna’s Power 104 Losing Morning Man Bob Mills

Mills (pictured w/former co-host Jasmine Doobay) will end 17 years doing mornings at CKLZ-FM in about six weeks on May 10.   Power 104 is planning a weeklong celebration of Bob’s 48 years in radio.

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Dean Blundell joins with Matt Cundell on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Dean Blundell was the host of the morning show on 102.1 the Edge in Toronto starting in 2001. As the internet age progressed, and social media took hold, the very things that elevated the Dean Blundell show to great heights became a part of its downfall

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Published on February 27, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Richie Valens

Ritchie was a Mexican American singer. His hit Donna in 1959 reached #2 on the charts. He died in a plane crash in February 1959 along with Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 28th

A former favorite AM signal from Eastern Washington KHQ Spokane began broadcasting at 590 KHz.
The first basketball game to be televised was seen on only a handful of New York TV sets almost a decade before the so-called TV era began.
Some 125 million people were tuned in for the much anticipated finale of the TV series ‘M*A*S*H’ on CBS.
And the iconic ABC radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (pictured) signed off for the final time, dying at age 90.
Details and many more milestones for Feb. 28th INSIDE.

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Global News Radio 640 Toronto Announces New Programming Amidst PPM Ratings Success

A simulcast of Global News at 6, & new shows hosted by veteran broadcasters Alan Carter and Jeff McArthur to premiere March 4

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Laine

Moonlight Gambler became a hit for the late Frankie Laine in 1957. He had many more hits. He died at the age of 93 in February 2007

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Published on February 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 27th

The first CNR radio station, CNRO was opened in Ottawa. The CNR network would eventually evolve into the CBC.
The Rolling Stones’ rise to fame was underway as they appeared for the 2nd time on the BBC-TV’s ‘Top of the Pops’ (pictured).
The Supremes (with Diana Ross) were the mystery guests on CBS-TV’s ‘What’s My Line?’
And ABC aired Part One of their “The Beach Boys: An American Family” TV movie.
Details and many more Milestones for Feb 27th INSIDE.

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RIP Former CKWX/CJOR & Montreal Radioman Ross Crain, 86

The funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale with an obituary to be published in the Vancouver newspapers.

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Toronto Radio’s Erin Davis pens book on Overcoming Loss

Davis’ daughter died in her sleep on May 11, 2015, Lauren, who was only 24 years old, left behind a seven-month-old son and her husband.

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101.5 Today Radio Signs on in Calgary, Replacing KooL FM

At 6 this morning Calgary’s CKCE ended its 8.5 years as KooL FM and was rebranded as 101.5 Today Radio.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Supremes

The Supremes were the premier act for Motown Records in the 1960’s. In fact, they rivalled the Beatles in popularity. The group disbanded in 1977. They had a good group popular hits including this one from 1964. They were active from 1959 to 1977

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Published on February 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 26th

Future TV stars Jackie Gleason, William Frawley and Tony Randall were born on this date.
The 100th episode of the original hit TV series ‘Macgyver’ aired on ABC.
Drew Lachey was declared winner of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
And the CHUM group announced their intention to acquire Vancouver radio station ‘The Beat.’
Details and many MORE broadcast milestones INSIDE.

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US TV Ratings: Oscars Rebound with Double-Digit Gains

ABC’s broadcast of the awards averaged 29.6 million viewers, a 11.5 percent gain over a year ago.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gene McDaniels

Gene was a singer & song writer. Greatest success came in the 1960’s including this hit from 1961. McDaniels lived as a self-described hermit in the State of Maine. He died at the age of 76 in July 2011.

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Published on February 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 25th

The US Federal Radio Commission issued the very first television license to an experimental laboratory in Washington D.C.
Still before WWII, in TV’s infancy, the first hockey game was televised in New York City, 12 years ahead of Canada’s first hockey telecast.
Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca (pictured) starred in the first ever ‘Your Show of Shows,’ which became a Saturday night sensation for NBC-TV.
A Led Zeppelin concert at the Paris Theatre in France was broadcast live on UK television.
And Frank Sinatra’s guest appearance as a retired detective gave CBS-TV’s ‘Magnum PI’ its highest rating ever.
Details and many more milestones for Feb. 25th INSIDE.

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Hundred Year old Former CKWX-er Dick Williams Passes

Dick Williamscelebrated his 100th birthday at Cherry Park Retirement Residence in Penticton last September. Earlier that month, he attended the Penticton Jazz Festival … all 3 days of it. It was a tradition with him.

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Interview: Bernier, Tyler Thompson discuss Burnaby South by-election with David Menzies

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to finally win a seat. Meanwhile, this by-election also serves as the first true test for the brand new People’s Party of Canada.

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Cord Cutting Hits Another US Record, as Pay TV Begins to Unravel

About 985,000 more customers dropped cable or satellite in the quarter than signed up for new service industrywide.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Ames Brothers

Joe, Gene, Vic & Ed made up the Ames Brothers. They were famous in the 1950’s and had a good number of hits. And this hit came out in 1955. Ed Ames eventually went out on his own

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Published on February 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 24th

The Voice of America shortwave radio service signed on as a US propaganda tool during WWII and the Cold War.
Kay Starr, Bert Lahr and The Mills Brothers were the guests on NBC-TV’s hourlong ‘Perry Como Show.’
Talk show host Larry King was stricken with a major heart attack, and underwent quintuple by-pass surgery.
‘The Second Barry Manilow Special’ aired on ABC-TV with guest star Ray Charles.
And radio/TV headliners Dinah Shore, John Daly, Don Knotts, Dennis Weaver and Vancouver deejay Rick Honey (pictured) passed away.
Details and many more milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Alaska Governor would End Funding for Public Broadcasting

The governor’s press secretary said the cut is not based on the merits of the public broadcasting aid but is simply part of the governor’s effort to cut costs statewide amid a $1.6 billion budget deficit.

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Troy Reeb Upped to Executive Management Team at Corus

Troy Reeb has been promoted to Executive Vice President Broadcast Networks and joins Corus’ ELT. This new portfolio brings all of Corus’ broadcast networks under one umbrella to facilitate innovation and collaboration across its TV, Radio and digital platforms.

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People’s Party of Canada vs. Establishment Media Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson

Contentious By-election in Burnaby South Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson is the People’s Party of Canada Candidate for Burnaby South

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R. Kelly in Chicago court facing 10 Sex Abuse Charges

3 of 4 alleged victims were minors, but defence lawyer calls singer an’innocent man’.

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RIP Stanley Donen, Director of Golden Age Musicals Still All Over TV, 94

He helmed ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘On the Town’ with Gene Kelly as well as ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ and ‘Funny Face,’ taking his films beyond studio walls.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Buddy Holly & The Crickets with Oh Boy from 1957.

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Published on February 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 23rd

It was Feb 23rd when The Beatles made their third appearance in as many weeks on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show,
When The Fifth Dimension guested on ABC-TV’s action series ‘It Takes a Thief.’
When the first Juno Awards were handed out, celebrating the best in Canadian music. (The first year they were ‘The Gold Leaf Awards.)
And when 65 million Americans tuned in to NBC-TV for the Spielberg movie ‘Schindler’s List’ with minimal commercials.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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An Icon of Midwest Radio Ken Nordine Dead at 98

Nordine, of Edgewater, Ill., was famous for a velvet baritone voice that was featured in many commercial advertisements and movie trailers. He hosted the show “Word Jazz” on WBEZ in Chicago for 40 years.

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Only female and white candidate gets deplatformed from Breakfast Television appearance in Burnaby South byelection

PPC candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was excluded from a Thursday appearance on Breakfast Television Vancouver.

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Published on February 21, 2019 at 9:06 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Harry Belafonte

Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
One of the most successful Jamaican-American in history

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 22nd

One of the oldest three-letter call signs in the US, radio station WOR went on the air from studios in Newark N.J.
The first presidential address on radio from the White House was delivered by Calvin Coolidge.
Vancouver’s CKLG AM 730 dropped its experiment in talk radio and returned to contemporary hit music.
And Sportscaster Al Michaels (pictured) was at the mike as the USA scored its ‘Miracle on Ice,’ upsetting the USSR, enroute to Olympic hockey Gold. Bernie Pascall called the game live to Canada.
ALL the milestones for Feb. 22nd INSIDE.

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Seattle Radio PPM’s (Jan.) Analyzed by Research Director Inc.

KQMV Movin’ 92.5 retained its dominance in all the Demo breakouts.

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Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO for More Than $100 Million Over ‘Leaving Neverland’ Doc

“HBO will move forward with the airing of the two-part documentary on March 3 and 4. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”

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Monkees Bassist Peter Tork Dies at 77

The musician was best-known as the wise-cracking dummy in the fictitious TV rock band. He became a teenage heartthrob in the late-1960s thanks to his endearing personality and lovable character.

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CBS considers replacing Jeff Glor with Norah O’Donnell as anchor of its evening news

O’Donnell would follow in the footsteps of Diane Sawyer at ABC and Katie Couric at CBS in the anchor seat of a top news show should the move go ahead.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Willie Nelson

Willie is a musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist. He started out in 1956 and is still entertaining audiences to this day. On The Road Again was a hit for him in 1976. Willie was born in April 1933.

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Published on February 20, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 21st

The first TV soap opera ‘A Woman to Remember’ debuted on the shortlived Dumont network.
The 200th episode of “Perry Mason” (starring New Westminster’s Raymond Burr) aired on CBS TV.
Neil Diamond’s first TV special aired on NBC-TV.
The 200th episode of the hit sitcom ‘The Jeffersons’ was seen on CBS-TV.
Montreal’s Leonard Cohen made a rare TV appearance guesting on NBC’s ‘Miami Vice.’
And David Letterman (pictured) returned to his CBS Late Show some five weeks after having emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery,
ALL the milestones for Feb. 21st INSIDE.

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‘Empire’s’ Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing a False Police Report

Such a charge occurs when a person makes a report of a crime to peace officer while knowing that the information isn’t true.

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NPR’s KUOW New #1 in Seattle PPM 6+ Chart

Perennial leader Movin’ 92.5 numbers grow, but not as much as KUOW 94.9. News Talk KIRO FM is in third place.

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PROSALESGUY – Smart Salespeople Use Technology To Make More Sales

Part of the sales training that we offer our clients in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto involves the use of technology to improve the likelihood of making sales now and in the future.  The latest advances offer many benefits to Salespeople

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Kolter Bouchard joins Matt on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Kolter Bouchard was on the list to be on this podcast last summer. He had an interesting tale to tell about going from Dawson Creek to Dubai, and his program director Blair Bartrem was excited to get this talent on the air a Q107.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Sarah Vaughan

Sarah was an American jazz singer. Won 4 Grammys including a Lifetime Achievement Award. She was active from 1942 to 1990.

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Published on February 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 20th

It was a Feb. 20th when 8-year-old Ricky Nelson and his older brother David began portraying themselves on ABC Radio’s ‘Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.’ Until then their roles had been played by actors.
When Vancouver’s CHQM AM 1320 dumped its ‘Lite 1320’ format for ‘Memory Music’ from the 1930s to the ’60s.
When The Platters made their only appearance on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand.’
When the Dave Clark Five and The Supremes headlined CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
And when the original host of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ David Hartman (pictured) left the daily program.
ALL the milestones for Feb. 20th INSIDE.

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Ex-CBS Reporter Lara Logan Praises Fox News and Breitbart in New Interview

Logan also criticized what she said was the lowering of newsroom standards during the Trump era, in particular, the practice of publishing articles based on single anonymous administration sources.

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Retiring Voice of the LA Clippers Ralph Lawlor Wins Hall of Fame Honor

“As we celebrate Ralph’s final season calling Clippers games, it is only fitting that we also get to celebrate him as a recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award,” said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer.

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The Red & Al Show

Interview with Al Murdoch recorded Friday!

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Netflix to Make Toronto a Major Production Hub

The Canadian expansion comes after the streamer in 2017 committed to investing $500 million (Canadian) in content production in the country over a five-year period — a goal Netflix says it’s on track to exceed.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Barbra Streisand

This talented singer is a songwriter, actress and filmmaker. Still very active today. This popular song probably the most associated with Barbara and was a hit in 1964

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Published on February 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 19th

It’s the date the late iconic voice of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus was born.
Sammy Davis Jr. kissed the biggotted Archie Bunker to great hilarity on CBS-TV’s ‘All in the Family’ (pictured).
Dick Clark staged the first “American Music Awards” on ABC TV.
The Four Tops, Pat Boone and Pearl Bailey headlined ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS-TV.
Toronto radio station CFRB was officially launched.
And Calgary was introduced to radio station Q-107 as CKIK-FM switched to Classic Hits.
ALL the milestones for Feb. 19th INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Media needs to listen to Maxime Bernier answer the questions – Could this man be Canada’s Next Prime Minister?

Maxime Bernier to campaign in Burnaby South by-election

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Grand Jury convenes to Hear Case Against R. Kelly re 14-Yr. Old Girl

A grand jury has been convened to hear evidence against R. Kelly in the wake of a new sex tape that reportedly shows him having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

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George Garrett Autobiography Due in Two Weeks

In this memoir, Garrett shares the behind-the-scenes tales of his harrowing, humorous and occasionally humiliating investigative tactics for CKNW, and delves into the personal details of his life.

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KJR FM (The Jet) Interviews Legendary Radio Man Pat O’Day

Radio royalty Pat O’ Day is visiting the 95.7 The Jet (KJR FM) studio. He interviewed the biggest stars in music history

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Published on February 17, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ian & Sylvia

A Canadian rock & country duo (with Victoria roots) who started out in 1959. They married in 1964 (the year this single hit the charts) and divorced & stopped performing together in 1975.

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FAMILY DAY/PRESIDENTS’ DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. Feb. 18th

Canadian-born movie star Glenn Ford was the subject of NBC-TV’s ‘This is Your Life.’
The Everly Brothers sang their latest hit. ‘Cryin’ in the Rain’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Career broadcasters Harvey Kirck and Harry Caray died, while Gordon Lightfoot was falsely reported to have died.
A US religious group cancelled Pat Boone’s weekly gospel music show after he appeared in black leather and fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show.
And the mini-series ‘Roots: the Next Generation’ began its 7-night run on ABC-TV.
ALL the milestones for Feb. 18th INSIDE.

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Gene Kiniski – J B Shayne & John Tanner. THEN & NOW

1980s Vancouver personalities Canadian wrestler Gene Kiniski and the “Nite Dreams” TV team of Vancouver deejays J.B.Shayne and John Tanner are interviewed

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Gay Star of “Empire” Denies Orchestrating an Attack on Himself

Multiple sources said Jussie Smollett orchestrated his own assault in Chicsago’s tony Streeterville neighborhood. Also on Saturday, CNN reported a story with their own sources stating belief that Smollett’s account was untrue and he allegedly paid two men money to stage the attack.

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Bob Costas: “Criticizing NFL safety got me pulled from NBC Super Bowl coverage.”

An NBC spokesman told ESPN: “We have historically given our commentators a lot of leeway to speak on our air about issues and controversies, and Bob has benefited most from this policy. We’re very disappointed that he has chosen to mischaracterize and share these private interactions.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Youngbloods

Group consisted of Jesse Colin Young, Jerry Corbitt, Lowe Levinger and Joe Bauer. Never to receive widespread popularity in the US. However one hit, this one from 1967 make it on the charts.

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Published on February 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 17th

Johnny Cash was Ralph Edwards’ surprised guest of honor on NBC-TV’s ‘This Is Your Life’ (pictured).
After five years on Minnesota radio only, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” was first broadcast nationally on NPR.
Aerosmith were the musical guests on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
An L.A. radio station played two unreleased Rolling Stone songs non-stop for 48 hours.
And FOX-TV attracted 40 million viewers for its finale of the reality series ‘Joe Millionaire.’
ALL the milestones for Feb. 17th INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Evening Anchor Amanda Grace Leaves KING TV

 Yesterday she worked her final shift at the station after 4.5 years in Seattle.

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Buzz Knight: Healthy Paranoia and the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast with Matt Cundill

Beasley Media Group EVP Strategy & Innovation, Buzz Knight (Photo)

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Rod Stewart

Rod is a singer & songwriter. Born in London in January 1945, he is one of the best selling artists of all time. Sold over one million records including this one from 1970

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Published on February 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 16th

It was Feb. 16th when Foster Hewitt broadcast his very first hockey play-by-play, Toronto Argonauts vs. the Kitchener Greenshirts, over the Toronto Star’s pioneer radio station CFCA.
When Vancouver’s (predecessor to CBU Radio) CRCV increased power from 500 to 5,000 watts, and moved into new studios in the new Hotel Vancouver,
When for the first time host John Daly presided over an early TV Sunday night institution, ‘What’s My Line?’ It lasted 17 years!
And when during a week co-hosting the syndicated ‘Mike Douglas Show,’ John Lennon sang two duets with his hero, Chuck Berry.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Cox Sells Majority Stake in KIRO-TV & its 13 Other TV Stations

Private equity giant Apollo Global Management has cut a deal with Atlanta-based CoxEnterprises to buy a majority stake in Cox’s 13 TV stations as well as three newspapers and a handful of radio stations in Ohio.

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‘Cosmos’ Bumped from Fox as Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation Continues

Two women, Dr. Katelyn Allers and Ashley Watson, have accused Tyson of inappropriate sexual advances.

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Us and Them premieres on CHEK

CHEK is donating the airtime and studio time and using sponsorship from the Victoria Foundation and Island Health to cover the license fee and to advertise widely the showing of the film.

Victoria is dealing with a housing crisis and an opioid epidemic. This film and the panel discussion aim to help the community understand those problems better and to aid in the search for solutions.

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 15th

On this date ‘My True Story’ began its daily, almost 19-year run on ABC Radio.
“The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show,” a musical variety half-hour, debuted on ABC-TV.
Vancouver’s CFBT-FM (The Beat, now Virgin Radio)) first began testing its transmitter on 94.5 KHz.
The ‘Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special’ aired on NBC-TV.
And one of the stars of the CBS- TV sitcom M*A*S*H, McLean Stevenson (pictured), suffered a fatal heart attack at age 68.
ALL the milestones for Feb. 15th INSIDE.

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Published on February 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

The deeper reason for drug ads on television, by Jon Rappoport

Television viewers are inundated with drug ads from Big Pharma.  It’s a flood

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New Content Manager for Vista Radio’s Vancouver Island stations

Kent Schumaker takes over as of March 4th.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Mills Brothers

Originally known as the Four Kings of Harmony. They were active from 1928 to 1982. They made more than 2,000 recordings, sold about 50 million copies and achieved at least a dozen gold records. Get A Job is one of them from 1958

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Published on February 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

VALENTINE’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Thurs. Feb. 14th

It’s the date that Vancouver’s CKMO AM 1410 became C-FUN, under new ownership.
The first lady, Jacqueliine Kennedy gave a televised tour of the White House to both CBS and NBC.
CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, the ‘most trusted man in America,’ announced his retirement.
The musical special, ‘Barbra Streisalnd: Timeless’ aired in prime time on FOX.
John and Yoko were in Philadelphia to begin a week co-hosting “The Mike Douglas Show.”
And music legend Frank Zappa appeared on NBC-TV’s “Miami Vice” playing the head of a drug ring.
ALL the milestones for Feb 14th INSIDE.

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The Pac-12 TV Networks are Struggling Worse than you Imagine

Some schools are receiving annual payouts from the networks that are a fraction of what they’d hoped for — and a fraction of what has been reported in the media.

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A Fond Farewell to Ed Jurak, He Kept Vancouver’s KHz Humming

The beloved engineer had a MacGyver-like talent for keeping stations on air.

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Our fellow broadcaster and friend, Gord Leighton needs our support with his new project

I am asking a favour of my broadcasting colleagues, whether retired or still working, young or old, rookie or seasoned  After 53-years in commercial broadcasting, my position was eliminated two years ago.  One door closed, but another opened!

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Today, Feb. 13, is World Radio Day. Hug a DJ.

World Radio Day is a UNESCO-sponsored event that acknowledges the effect, impact and importance radio has had on society since it emerged as a consumer technology more than a hundred years ago.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Hamilton

Active from 1947 until his death at age 40 in July 1969. He had charted songs on the Billboard R&B and popular charts. This one from 1958

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Published on February 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 13th

Jack Webb’s (pictured) first popular radio series, ‘Pat Novack for Hire,’ went national on ABC, following a successful West Coast run.
The pre-school children’s show ‘Mr. Dressup’ with Ernie Coombs began a nearly 30 year run on CBC-TV.
ABC-TV announced it had renewed ‘NYPD Blue’ for a tenth seaason.
And campus radio station CJSF FM 90.1 signed-on from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
ALL the milestones for Feb. 13th INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

David Spade’s New post-“Daily Show” Program will Trend Away from Politics

Spade and a rotating group of his comedian and celebrity friends will break down the pop culture news of the day.

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Sean Dilworth from 99.9 BOB-FM in Winnipeg joins Matt on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Sean Dilworth is half the man he used to be. Figuratively only. In whole, he is stronger, smarter and more confident than ever. He made a life decision to get physically stronger, which led to a number of other changes in his life.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Everly Brothers

Duo consists of Don and Phil. Phil pass on in January 2014 at the age of 74. The brothers caught the eye of one Chet Akins, and the run of hits began

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Published on February 11, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 12th

It’s the date that Calvin Coolidge made the first US presidential political speech on radio.
When Winnipeg’s CKY moved up the dial from 910 KHz to 780.
When Vancouver’s CKWX was authorized to increase power from 100 watts to a whopping 1,000 watts.
When the comic strip superhero ‘Superman’ made his first appearance on radio via New York’s WOR.
And when actor Nicholas Colasanto (pictured), who played Coach on NBC-TV’s Cheers, died of a heart ailment partway through the the third season of the sitcom at age 61.
Details and ALL the milestones for Feb.12th INSIDE.

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CBC’s Joe Schlesinger, one of Canada’s foremost journalists, has died at 90

He covered some of the key events of the 20th century as a foreign correspondent for CBC News: the Iranian Revolution, the Contra war in Nicaragua, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Persian Gulf war, among many others.

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Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande: ‘We Were Bullied’ by the Grammys Producer

Nicki Minaj is speaking out against Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich just days after Ariana Grande called him out for statements regarding her not performing at this year’s Grammy Awards.

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US Talk Hall Of Famer Bruce Williams Dies, 86

Williams was 81 years old when he hung up his head phones for the final time in 2013, signing off as he always did by saying, “Keep in touch.”

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A Chicago Vinyl Factory is Making Records for the First Time in Decades

Inside the former Hammond Organ Factory on Chicago’s North Side is the city’s first vinyl pressing plant in decades.

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Grammys: Ryan Seacrest slammed for Cringeworthy Lady Gaga interview

It didn’t take long for the presenter to be roasted on social media.

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It’s the return of Flow 93.5

It’s back. That’s right, Flow 93.5 is back after a nearly three year absence. Congrats to everyone at Stingray Toronto on bringing back this legendary station.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring B.J. Thomas