Fair and Balanced Reporting from CNN??? you’ve got to be kidding!

Why did CNN not carry the Trump Teams response to Democrat Impeachment charges???

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Published on January 26, 2020 at 9:40 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Foundations

A British soul band, that had this number one hit in 1969: Build Me Up Buttercup

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 27th

The highbrow drama series ‘CBS Radio Workshop’ debuted on the radio network.
Much lower on the intellectual scale was the debut of the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Davis Rules’ featuring Jonathan Winters.
Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Senor Wences headlined CBS-TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.’
The hour-long ‘Singalong with Mitch’ began its 3-year run on NBC-TV.
And two decades later the sitcom ‘Laverne & Shirley’ (pictured) debuted on ABC-TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 27th INSIDE.

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KOMO 4’s Janene Grafs Named GM of KTLA Los Angeles

Drafs comes to Los Angeles from Seattle’s KOMO, where she started as an entry-level account executive in 1992 and steadily rose through the ranks. In 2012, she was named GM of the ABC-affiliated station.

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Penticton community radio celebrates first year of over-the-air broadcasting

Hosts will be asking listeners to make donations while tuned in to the station during this celebratory broadcast.

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CBC TV is a shambles: Nobody watches TV out of patriotism

It is increasingly difficult to take CBC TV and its management seriously. It offers a lot of mediocre content. It seems to pay no attention to ratings. The flagship national news program is a continuing shambles.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Eagles

The band had a great number of hits, and in 1975 they made it on the charts with Take It To The Limit

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Published on January 25, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 26th

The medium of television was first demonstrated on Jan. 26th, in London by John L Baird.
Singer & radio star Jack Smith took over from Art Baker as host of one of early TV’s most popular shows, “You Asked for It.”
The Global Television Network began operations as a six-transmitter regional service covering southern Ontario.
‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ made its debut on ABC-TV in the post-midnight slot formerly filled by Bill Maher.
And we lost the long-faced Abe Vigoda (pictured) who added so much to ABC’s ‘Barney Miller’ police station sitcom.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 26th INSIDE.

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The Future of Canada – United versus Separated! (All Five parts)

Earlier this week, our friends over at Howe Street Media, Jim Goddard and Executive Producer and owner, Tom Allen brought together a western separatist and a federalist to discuss The Future of Canada – United vs Separated.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

The Chairman of the Board, Sinatra with a classic from 1955

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 25th

The daytime soap opera. ‘The Guiding Light,’ began its 72-year broadcast run on this date on NBC radio, later moving to CBS-TV.
Vancouver’s CBR 1130 moved down the dial & became CBU AM 690.
B.J. Thomas sang his current Top 20 hit “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
President John F. Kennedy’s first press conference became the first such event to be carried live on radio & TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 25th INSIDE.

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Research Director Inc. Breaks Out Seattle Radio PPM Demo Leaders

It was a good book for another all-Xmas station, The Sound 94.1. And Warm 106.9 also led in the 25-54 demo.

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Lori Lewis: Remedial Social Media

Lori Lewis is back on our show for the third time? Why so often? Because the world of social media moves that quickly. The last time we had Lori on the show, Instagram Stories was just starting to become a thing and Tik Tok wasn’t even a thing.

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John Karlen, Star of Dark Shadows, Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues, Dies at 86

Karlen won an Emmy in 1986 for his role as Harvey Lacey in the Cagney & Lacey series.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tony Orlando

Now it was Tony Orlando & Dawn as he could add his name to the group. Knock Three Times came out in 1971.

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Published on January 23, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 24th

Vancouver radio station CKWX (AM980) opened a new 5,000 watt transmitter on Lulu Island (now Richmond.)
The UK’s ‘The Animals’ and ventriloquist Shari Lewis headlined CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
The short-lived Norman Lear sitcom, “Hot-L Baltimore” debuted on ABC TV.
The O.J. Simpson murder trial got underway, making CNN must-see TV for the next 8 months.
It was also Jan. 24th when legendary Canadian broadcaster and author Peter Gzowski (pictured) lost his battle with emphysema at age 67.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 24th INSIDE.

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Seattle Radio PPMs: All-Xmas Delivered Again for KWRM

Warm 106.9 jumped to a clear #1 in the 6+ book, dethroning fellow Hubbard outlet Movin’ 92.5.

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Famed PBS News Anchor Jim Lehrer Dies, 85

“He always told those who worked with him: ‘It’s not about us.’ Night after night, Jim led by example that being yourself — journalist, writer, family man, citizen — can be a high calling.”

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Fox News Tops Broadcast Networks in Impeachment Ratings (Day 1)

The cable news channels stuck with coverage throug the early hours of Wednesday, but broadcasters ABC, CBS and NBC aired regular programming in Tuesday primetime.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ann Murray

Another hit for the Nova Scotian with Danny’s Song in 1972

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 23rd

The outstandingly popular miniseries “Roots” by Alex Haley debuted on ABC and ran for 8 consecutive nights.
Radio station WOR moved from Newark New Jersey to New York City.
What would become an iconic police station sitcom, ‘Barney Miller’ premiered on ABC-TV.
Mr. T became a TV action celebrity as ‘The A Team’ began its 5-year run on NBC.
The ‘Donny & Marie’ variety show debuted on ABC-TV.
The sitcom ‘about nothing’ Seinfeld’ began a nine-year run on NBC-TV.
And it’s the date we lost TV superstars Johnny Carson and Bob Keeshan (Capt.Kangaroo.).
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Rosemary Barton dropped from CBC’s The National, 4-host format scrapped 

The CBC cited negative audience feedback for the decision to scrap the new format, according to the Globe and Mail. The National had been losing tens of thousands of viewers over the past two years, as fewer and fewer Canadians have been tuning in.

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Hallmark Head Bill Abbott Turfed in wake of Same-Sex Ad Fiasco

Abbott’s Hallmark found itself in hot water in December when the cable network pulled four commercials that featured a same-sex wedding. The move ignited a media firestorm at Hallmark’s most financially important and visible time of year.
The cabler has also been criticized for its lack of diversity.

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Ousted Grammys CEO accuses former Academy chief Neil Portnow of raping female artist

Iin a discrimination complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Deborah Dugan claimed that Portnow “allegedly raped a female recording artist, which was, upon information and belief, the real reason his contract was not renewed.”

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Monty Python star Terry Jones Dead at 77

Jones was a major creative force behind the surrealist troupe’s pioneering works, which flitted between styles and tones and cemented the six-man group as one of the most influential acts in the British cultural canon

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Johnny Cash

Cash was known for his deep bass-baritone voice, on such hits as Get Rhythm in 1956.

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Published on January 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 22nd

CKNW threw the switch boosting power from 250 to 1,000 watts on 1320 KHz.
One of Irna Phillips’ early daytime dramas ‘The Right to Happiness’ moved from the NBC Blue network to CBS radio.
The hilarious ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In’ began as a weekly series on NBC -TV.
And New Westminster’s Raymond Burr starred for the 1st time as Captain Lee Quince in the debut of “Fort Laramie” on CBS radio.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 22nd INSIDE.

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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne Opens Up on his Battle with Parkinson’s

“It’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

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Troy Scott joins Rogers with a move to Calgary…

I have some news that I can finally share (it’s Paul Kaye official now)

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Ontario ‘Pure Country’ Station Vows to Play 50% Women

Pure Country 99 in Kingston Ont, is trying something a little different: giving female country artists equal time.

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Report: Deborah Dugan demanded ‘millions’ to resign as Recording Academy boss

Dugan, the Academy President, reportedly submitted a memo detailing her concerns about practices she had discovered including voting irregularities, financial mismanagement, “exorbitant and unnecessary” legal fees and “conflicts of interest involving members of the academy’s board, executive committee and outside lawyers.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Brooks and Dunn

Asleep AT The Wheel also recorded this tune, but Brooks & Dunn hit the charts with their version of Boot Scootin’ Boogie. in 1992.

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Published on January 20, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 21st

It’s the date the legendary deejay Wolfman Jack (pictured) was born.
The portly detective show ‘The Fat Man’ began its 5-year run on ABC radio,
Patsy Cline sang ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ on ‘Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts’ on CBS and became the winner for the week.
ABC-TV aired the debut of ‘The Johnny Cash Show’ in a regular season primetime slot, after 15 successful weeks as a summer replacement.
And singer Jackie Wilson and Canadian comedians Wayne & Schuster headlined ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 21st INSIDE.

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Singer-songwriter David Olney dies on stage at 71

Olney, whose music was recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Emmylou Harris and others, died of an apparent heart attack while performing on stage in Florida Saturday.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Orbison

Orbison was a very talented singer and sold millions of his records. . Blue Angel hit the charts in 1960.

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Published on January 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 20th

Radio Tuktoyaktuk went on the air, serving the Northwest Territories in English and Inuktutuk.
This was the date a US television show was transmitted live through an outlet in Canada for the first time, when CBS TV’s “Studio One” was fed from Buffalo to CBLT in Toronto.
Singers Sonny James and Ivory Joe Hunter headlined the ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
And Fred Silverman (pictured) quit as boss of programming at ABC-TV to become president of CBS.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 20th INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

Not much more can one say about the great Nat ‘King” Cole. L-O-V-E came out in 1964.

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 19th

Joe Chesney (pictured) got his own Langley (BC) radio station CJJC on the air at 850 KHz.
The first episode of the soon-to-be-iconic ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ was filmed.
68% of all US TV sets were tuned in as Lucy gave birth on CBS-TV’s ‘I Love Lucy.’
Two years later, CBS-TV debuted ‘The Millionaire” with Marvin Miller.
And three decades later, that same network introduced the first edition of the newsmagazine show ’48 Hours.’
ALL the milestones for Jan. 19th INSIDE.

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The station that would become Montreal’s CFCF made radio history 100 years ago

An association of antique radio aficionados are presenting a series of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Canada.

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Published on January 17, 2020 at 9:15 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Brook Benton

Brook Benton had a hit in 1959 with Endlessly. You might remember his stage name

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 18th

This was the date that Canadian content music quotas first came into effect for AM radio stations.
Victoria’s second radio station CKDA started broadcasting, some 27 years after the first station debuted.
Lee Majors’ starring vehicle, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ premiered on ABC-TV.
CBS-TV aired the 100th episodes of both the sitcom ‘Good Times’ and ‘Northern Exposure,’ 17 years apart.
And prolific producer Norman Lear scored yet another sitcom spinoff as ‘The Jeffersons’ (as pictured) debuted on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 18th INSIDE.

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Christian Hall – National Program Manager at Harvard Broadcasting & Program Director of X929

There’s a reason why Christian Hall thinks differently. He has to. He is the National Program Director for Harvard Broadcasting which is a radio company first. He oversees multiple alternative stations; a format which doesn’t even exist a number of top ten markets in Canada, and he believes that talent development is about airchecks, and feedback.

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A Tribute To Rush’s Neil Peart Is Being Offered Free To Rock Radio

VANCOUVER, BC based MOMENTUM MEDIA MARKETING has collaborated with CANADA’s JEFF WOODS to create a FREE two-hour tribute to the late Rush drummer for any rock station in the U.S. and CANADA to run beginning JANUARY 16th.

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Chucks Classics, featuring Chubby Checker

Pony Time in 1961 was a hit for Chubby Checker, but nothing like The Twist!

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Published on January 16, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 17th

A full page newspaper ad heralded the move of C-FUN AM1410 to 1900 West 4th Avenue.
Robert Blake starred as ‘Baretta’ debuted on ABC-TV.
Garth Brooks’ first TV special aired in NBC prime time.
‘Larry King Live’ gave way to a notable CNN failure, ‘Piers Morgan Tonight.’
The journalistic series ‘Frontline’ made its first appearance on PBS.
And after 29 years on the air, Phil Donahue (pictured) announced that his syndicated talk show would end at the end of the season.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 17th INSIDE.

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Corus Radio’s Alberta Shakeup: Two Country 105 Vets ‘Retire’

Ronnie Stanton is appointed Regional Program Manager for BC & Alberta.  And two of Calgary’s Country 105 veterans have suddenly opted to retire.

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RIP ‘Cam’ Kjellbotn of ITV Edmonton, 69

Cam moved to Edmonton in 1974 for the sign on of ITV. The next 40 years of his career was spent in various roles at ITV, now Global Edmonton. He retired from the station in 2013. 

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Seattle iHeart Cuts Run Deep

The latest iHeart restrructuring has claimed some choice Seattle broadcasters.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons continued on the charts with Walk Like A Man in 1963.

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Published on January 15, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 16th

The pioneering sci-fi series ‘The Outer Limits’ aired for the final time on ABC-TV.
CBS-TV’s Ed Sulllivan Show featured songs by Mike Douglas and The Lettermen, with comedy by impressionist Frank Gorshin, and Vancouver’s Mimi Hines teamed with husband Phil Ford.
After 15 years in the spot Terry Reid left the QM/FM morning show.
Five years after he retired polls declared CBS anchorman emeritus Walter Cronkite to STILL be the ‘most trusted man in America.’
And America’s 6th national TV network UPN (Universal-Paramount Network) began telecasting.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 16th INSIDE.

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Remembering a Montreal Radio Legend: Ralph Lockwood

He was last on local airwaves more than 32 years ago, but his heyday here was actually nearly 50 years ago. Yet fans of Ralph “Birdman” Lockwood fondly remember his zingers as if they were just uttered.

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‘It’s a real honor’: Seattle’s Ken Jennings revels in Jeopardy! win

Jennings, a Seattle resident, pocketed $1 million by dispatching James Holzhauer, who won one match, and Brad Rutter, who came up empty.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Laine

Frankie Laine, once again on the charts with That’s My Desire in 1947.

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Published on January 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 15th

CKNW moved its studios from downtown New Westminster to a former Safeway location at 815 McBride Boulevard.
Saskatchewan-born Art Linkletter (pictured) introduced his longrunning (22 years) daytime hit ‘House Party’ on CBS radio.
Ed Sullivan insisted that the Rolling Stones change the lyrics of their hit ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ or they’d be banned from his CBS-TV Sunday night showcase.
The retro sitcom ‘Happy Days’ started its memorable 11 year run on ABC-TV.
And Gene Shalit started his 37-year career as movie critic on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’
ALL the milestones for Jan. 15th INSIDE.

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Jann Arden to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The Canadian pop icon, author and actress has been revealed as the first individual to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2020 Junos Awards in March

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Scores are Cut Loose in US iHeart Restructuring

Quite a few programmers and on-air talents have begun to make their dismissals public. Many stations have removed names and profiles from their websites.

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ESPN Poised to Offer Tony Romo Millions to Join Monday Night Football

If ESPN/ABC wants to join the Super Bowl rotation in the next NFL TV rights package, it can’t put Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland in front of 100 million U.S. viewers.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge had a number of hits in the 70’s. The three member group had a hit with We Are Family in 1979

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Published on January 13, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 14th

68 years ago today, NBC-TV aired the premiere ediition of the longrunning ‘Today Show,’ hosted by the legendary Dave Garroway (pictured).
‘The Bionic Woman’ starring Lindsay Wagner debuted on ABC-TV, while ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ started its run on CBS.
One billion viewers worldwide watched the live TV special, ‘Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii.’
David Letterman announced his pending departure from NBC, and then 7 years later to the date underwent emergency open heart surgery.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 14th INSIDE.

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Maple Leaf Foods, Iran, CBC And The Liberal Government, by Frank Vaughan

FPV   FPV #112 – Maple Leaf Foods, Iran, CBC And The Liberal Government The monumental nature of Michael McCain’s ignorance is unsurprising, but it is incredibly harmful to the public’s general understanding of reality. I give a detailed accounting of it. Frank’s website HERE      

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Networks’ Trump Coverage: Three-Fourths On Impeachment And (Shockingly) 93% Was Negative

If you think the mainstream seems to endlessly bash President Trump, here’s some good news: You’re not crazy.

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Shaw says wireless revenue up in Q1 but phone and video revenues down

The Calgary-based telecom company says net income came in at $162 million or 31 cents per share for the quarter ending Nov. 30, down from $186 million or 36 cents per share for the same quarter last year.

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The war on media comes home, by Jon Rappoport

“Instead of scurrying into a corner and wailing about what media are doing to us, one should charge straight ahead and kick them in the electrodes.” Marshall McLuhan, 1960

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tom Jones

Tom Jones is very popular with the ladies, even now. In 1971 the ladies enjoyed the hit She’s A Lady

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Published on January 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 13th

After more than 13 years on ABC-TV’s daytime schedule ‘Ryan’s Hope’ aired its final episode.
The Canadian band Rush headlined a “Canada for Asia” tsunami-relief CBC telethon in Toronto.
The ‘made-in Canada’ action series ‘La Femme Nikita’ debuted on the USA cable channel.
The 100th episode of NYPD Blue aired on ABC.
Samantha (Eliz. Montgomery) gave birth to baby Tabitha on ABC-TV’s ‘Bewitched.’
And we lost two luminaries of early CBC television as comedian Frank Shuster and news anchor Earl Cameron died.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 13th INSIDE.

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On the road with billionaire Jim Pattison

At 90 years old, ‘Canada’s Warren Buffett’ Drives His Own Pickup Truck

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Little Peggy March

Peggy is primarily known for I Will Follow Him in 1963.

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Published on January 11, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 12th

‘Sam ‘n’ Henry,’ the local Chicago series that set the pattern for the legendary national radio hit, ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ debuted on WGN.
Another Chicago origination, the hit children’s puppet show ‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ had its premiere on NBC-TV.
The live-action (Pow! Zonk!) ‘Batman’ series debuted on ABC-TV.
And ‘All in the Family’ episode 1 was seen on CBS, featuring TV’s first toilet flush.
Happy Birthday to Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Christiane Amanpour!
ALL the milestones for Jan. 12th INSIDE!

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On 55th Anniversary of ‘Hope Slide’, Radioman Gerry Pash Remembers

They had no idea it would be recognized as the most devastating landslide disaster in the country at the time.

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Perry Michael Simon on What’s Next for Radio and Podcast

It’s been 2 years since we have caught up with Perry Michael Simon from AllAccess.com on this podcast. He has a pretty good idea of what is going on in the radio and podcast business given that he writes about it weekly,

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‘Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time’ a HUGE Ratings Hit

The ABC specials are averaging 3 million-plus more viewers than any other non-sports program this season.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee was comfortable singing jazz or popular. In 1958 is the year Fever came out and most remember Lee for this hit.

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Published on January 10, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 11th

Victoria’s first radio station, then known as CFCT 1450, upped its power to 500 watts.
Lloyd Bridges starred for the first time in his syndicated TV action hit “Sea Hunt.”
16 years later on this date, ‘Love American Style’ aired for the final time on ABC-TV.
And 8 years later, CBC Television moved the National News up an hour to 10 pm, followed by ‘The Journal’ hosted by the incredible Barbara Frum (pictured).
ALL the milestones for Jan. 11th INSIDE.

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Moves ..

Seattle and Portage La Prairie are among the locales affected.

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Neil Peart, Drummer and Lyricist of Rush, Dead at 67

Peart died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a years-long battle with brain cancer.

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Edd Byrnes, Kookie on ’77 Sunset Strip,’ Dies at 87

On 77 Sunset Strip, Kookie parked cars at Dino’s Lodge, a Hollywood nightclub owned by Dean Martin, which was next door to the private detective agency run by suave characters played by Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith.

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Buck Henry, comedy icon beloved for ‘Get Smart’ & 10 time ‘SNL’ host, dies at 89

He won a Primetime Emmy Award for writing the “Ship of Spies” episodes of “Get Smart.’ The writer memorably hosted “Saturday Night Live” a then-record 10 times.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Steve Lawrence

Steve is best known for being part of the duo with Eydie Gorme. In 1961 he had a hit with Portrait Of My Love

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Published on January 9, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 10th

NBC-TV aired the pilot for a US version of a hit BBC satirical news show, ‘That Was the Week that Was,’ with David Frost hosting as he had in the UK. It quickly became a weekly series.
Canada’s comedy team Wayne & Schuster guest-hosted on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ and performed a Professor Von Gartner skit.
The ethnic radio soap opera, ‘The Goldbergs,’ for 20 years a hit daytime strip, became a 30-minute weekly primetime TV show on CBS.
And the first-ever episode of ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ aired on PBS, with Alistair Cooke (pictured) as on-screen host.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Terry Shepherd Retires as GM of Vista Cariboo cluster

Shepherd retired after 49 years in broadcasting, most recently as Cariboo General Manager at Vista Radio.  Earlier he managed the sale of the Cariboo radio outlets to Vista.

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Singer Justin Bieber reveals his battle with Lyme disease

Days after announcing his TV series and upcoming album, Justin Bieber has revealed his battle with Lyme disease and chronic mononucleosis.The Canadian singer called out those who’ve criticized him for not looking his best.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chubby Checker

Chubby Checkers follow up to his big hit The Twist Lets Twist Again hit the hit parade in 1961.

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Published on January 8, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 9th

Eleven months before the sneak attack on Pearl Harbour, CBS demonstrated small screen color television.
Clint Eastwood (pictured) began his ascent of the star ladder as the western series ‘Rawhide’ had its premiere on CBS-TV.
NBC-TV debuted a future sitcom hit ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’;
Pat Sajak became the latest challenger to Johnny Carson with a late night talk show on CBS-TV;
The same network introduced “The Late Late Show” post midnight, hosted at first by Tom Snyder;
And the ethnic sitcom ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ debuted on CBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 9th INSIDE.

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Mirko Bibic New Top Man at Bell; Senior Executives Reshuffled

“Mirko has the vision, skills and experience to build on Bell’s strengths as the country’s leading communications company and deliver value for all our stakeholders.”

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FTV Live Predicts KOMO Top Shelf Shakeup

FTVLive has learned that longtime KOMO (Seattle) General Manager Janene Drafs is leaving the Sinclair station by month’s end.

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The CW Renews 13 Series, Six of Them Shot in Vancouver

Batwoman, Nancy Drew, Riverdale and The Flash are among those series shot in Vancouver.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ray Charles

Ray continued to have hits from his big album of Country & Western songs like I Can’t Stop Loving You in 1962.

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Published on January 7, 2020 at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 8th

Edmonton’s adopted son Robert Goulet (pictured) made his US TV debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS, singing “If Ever I Would Leave You.”
The PBS children’s show headliner Mister Rogers was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And the NBC-TV drama series Providence, which introduced Melina Kanakaredes in her first TV lead role, made its debut.
ALL milestones for Jan. 8th INSIDE.

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CNN settles $275M Defamation suit with Kentucky Catholic student Nick Sandmann

The teen’s family filed lawsuits against CNN, NBCUniversal and the Washington Post over reporting on the January 2019 incident in which Nicholas Sandmann was filmed standing face-to-face with Native American elder Nathan Phillips as he played a drum on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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Seattle Seahawks Win in Philly Draws Most TV Eyeballs Since Super Bowl

The Seahawks’ 17-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Sunday’s game on NBC & CTV is TV’s most-watched show since Super Bowl LIII (Feburary 3, 2019), with a Total Audience Delivery of 35.8 million viewers.

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Vancouver weekly ‘Georgia Straight’ sold to Media Central Corp. for $1.25M

“We have had problems with trying to stay running,” founder Dan McLeod told CBC in an interview Monday. He acknowledged that weeklies have been hit by the same decline in advertising that has affected most other print publications since the rise in digital alternatives.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ella Fitzgerald

Somethings Gotta Give
Referred to as “The First Lady of Song”. Did some “scat” singing as only she could. Somethings Gotta Give hit the airwaves in 1964.Ella one of the classy ladies of pop, jazz, blues & swing. Died June 1996 at age 79.

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 7th

Red Skelton got his first weekly starring vehicle on the NBC Red radio network.
The well-remembered OTR ‘squeaky door’ show ‘Inner Sanctum Mysteries’ debuted on NBC Blue.
For the first time TV cameras were allowed inside the House of Commons in Ottawa.
The Peoples Choice Awards named ‘Deal or No Deal’ with Canada’s Howie Mandel (pictured) as favorite game show.
And ‘Midday’ with Valerie Pringle and Bill Cameron debuted on CBC Television as a daytime version of ‘The Journal.’
ALL the milestones for Jan. 7th INSIDE.

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CBC seeks to broadcast less Canadian content

The CBC wants to lower the quota of local content in metropolitan markets from 14 to 12 hours a week, with similar reductions for its French-language service, Radio-Canada. CBC officials argued this accounts for the uptick in Canadian content it streams online.

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Rush Limbaugh signs ‘long-term agreement’ to renew radio show

Syndicator Premiere Radio Networks did not say exactly how long Limbaugh’s new contract is but noted it is a “long-term agreement.” President Trump, however, broke the news of the agreement and said it was just a four-year deal during his Miami, Florida, rally on Friday.

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Ricky Gervais Tells Hollywood to “F*** Off” in Expletive-Filled Golden Globes Monologue

Ricky Gervais just gave the best opening speech at the #GoldenGlobes ever.

He absolutely DESTROYED Hollywood.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

Ramblin’ Rose became one of the many hits for him in 1962. He was the first black man to host a television series.

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 6th

Ronald Colman (pictured with wife Benita Hume) debuted in their own weekly NBC radio series, ‘The Halls of Ivy.’
The Global Television Network began with a toehold in Southern Ontario;
That same day the CBS Radio Mystery Theater with host E.G. Marshall began its 9-year run;
And zookeeper Marlin Perkins introduced his wildlife TV series that would run for 25 years, ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.’
ALL the milestones for Jan. 6th INSIDE.

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Kenny Jones to Co-Host Star FM Mornings as of Monday

Jones has been heard on Star FM in the past as well as KiSS Radio Chilliwack/Vancouver, Jack FM Vancouver and Country 101 Ottawa.

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ stars reflect on Canadian Hit Show’s emotional end

“Saying goodbye to all these places we’ve come to know and love, and people we’ve come to call friends and family, is a very melancholic thing. But I guess if you’re feeling a lot, it means you’ve done something right.”

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Ricky Gervais, 5-Time Golden Globes Host, Has a Few More Things to Say to Hollywood

“People think that I’d go out there and I’d get drunk and say off-the-cuff [things]. I don’t. I write jokes.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Trooper

Canadian rock band, probably best known for the hit Raise A Little Hell in 1978

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 5th

Radio’s longrunning mystery show ‘The Shadow’ began its 22 year run on the networks.
Vancouver’s Alan Young (pictured) starred in episode 1 of TV’s talking horse show ‘Mr. Ed.’
Pat Boone signed in as the mystery guest on CBS-TV’s ‘What’s Mty Line’;
And the ABC daytime drama ‘All My Children’ debuted.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 5th INSIDE.

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Bell plans to remove AMC from Bell TV on February 1

“Starting February 1, 2020, AMC will not be available on Bell TV. If you have this channel as part of an À la carte package, we will add a replacement channel that you can change at any time.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Anita Bryant

Anita had four top 40 hits including Paper Roses in 1960.

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 4th

It’s the date that NBC debuted one of radio’s first variety shows, ‘The Dodge Victory Hour’ starring Will Rogers and Al Jolson.
Bob Hope (pictured) made his first national radio appearance on NBC’s ‘The Intimate Review.’
Victoria’s CHEK-TV left the CBC and became a fulltime CTV affiliate;
and several lengthy TV runs came to a close on CBS Jan. 4th, ‘Rawhide’ (which introduced Clint Eastwood) and ‘The Twentieth Century,’ hosted by Walter Cronkite.

Come INSIDE for ALL the milestones.

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US Broadcast Formats: Radio Gets Religion

Religion claimed 2,040 signals as of Dec. 28, 2019, up from 1,948 one year earlier, according to an exclusive Inside Radio report that tallies monthly Format Counts. That narrowed the gap with top-ranked Country, which added 20 outlets to finish the year with 2,199 stations.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jack Scott

A Canadian from Windsor, Ontario. He had a number of hits that reached the Billboards top 100. One hit was What In The Worlds Come Over You in 1960.

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 3rd

Happy Birthday to Dabney Coleman, Van Dyke Parks, Mel Gibson and Stephen Sills.
On this date William S Paley (pictured) incorporated the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS.)
And a future General Manager of the station Hal Davis joined CKNW as Chief Copywriter.
The 100th episode of ‘The Jeffersons’ aired on CBS, and ABC telecast the 100th episode of ‘Hart to Hart.’
ALL the milestones for Jan. 3rd INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Queen

A British rock group that had considerable success in North American, with hits like Another One Bites The Dust in 1980.

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 2nd

Happy Birthday to Cuba Gooding Jr, Taye Diggs, Jack Hanna, Dax Shepard, and Kate Bosworth.
Bing Crosby began his 10-years as host of NBC radio’s ‘Kraft Music Hall’;
the CBC opened its second national AM hookup, the ‘Dominion Network.’
‘The Life of Riley’ with William Bendix came to NBC-TV,
and two years later so did ‘The Bob Cummings Show.’
Nanaimo’s CHUB AM 1570 was flipped to FM, becoming THE WAVE 102.3.
As we neared the end of the network radio era, CBS dropped ‘The Road of Life’, ‘Our Gal Sunday,’ and two other longrunning soaps.
Jan. 2nd obits include Dick Powell, Alan Hale Jr, Anne Francis, CNN’s Jim Huber, and Manitoba’s Jack Carson (pictured).
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins continued his story telling with El Paso in 1975. 1975 Marty Robbins … 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, a brief stint […]

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NEW YEAR’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Wed. Jan. 1st 2020

Jan. 1st saw many broadcast firsts, including the debut of the Canadian ‘Bravo’ cable channel, the start of VH1 in the US, the debut of ESPN Radio and the CBS-TV series ‘ Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman’ (pictured).
The first broadcast of the Rose Bowl game was heard on KHJ Los Angeles, and 4 years later, the Rose Bowl went coast-to-coast on NBC radio.
Lorne Green was named voice of the new CBC national news service;
Vancouver’s CKNW moved from 1230 to 1320 KHz with 250 watts of power,
CKWX Radio went to 24 hour service with ‘Concert Under the Stars’ from midnight to 5,
and CHQM amended its Easy Listening music format to include Light Rock.
The final episode of ABC-TV’s ‘Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet’ was filmed,
and CBS-TV’s ‘The Karen Carpenter Story’ became the most-watched TV movie of the year.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 1st INSIDE.

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Jack Sheldon, Famed Trumpeter and Merv Griffin Sidekick, Dies at 88

On Griffin’s long-running TV talk show that began in 1962, the fun-loving Sheldon was front and center for 16 years after being hired for Mort Lindsey’s band and enjoyed rich comic banter with the host, a big band singer himself.

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Still Another Very Terry Christmas

Terry Dimonte loves Christmas, and I love doing a podcast with him to discuss… whatever. Sometimes we talk about radio, and other times it’s just life.

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Walter Cownden Obituary: Funeral Announced for 99 year old Victoria broadcaster

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 4049 Gordon Head Road in Saanich on Friday January 10th, 2020 at 10am. A short reception will be held in the adjoining hall immediately following the service.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Neil Diamond

Neil was an active performer and he included Soolaimon from 1970 in all his shows

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NEW YEAR’s EVE in Broadcast History .. Tues. Dec. 31st

Happy Birthday to Burton Cummings, Ben Kingsley, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Val Kilmer and Bebe Neuwirth.
Seattle radio station KOMO debuted at 980 KHz;
Guy Lombardo played ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on CBS radio to bring in 1930, and a tradition was born;
‘Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve’ debuted on NBC-TV (it moved to ABC two years later);
CNN’s second channel ‘Headline News’ debuted on US cable systems;
the BBC began using the chimes of Big Ben as its ID;
and ‘The Doctors’ ended its 19 year run on NBC-TV.
Among the obits for Dec. 31 are Vancouver big bandleader Dal Richards, Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer, Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, pop singers Rick Nelson and Natalie Cole, and actress Eileen Heckart.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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A hidden treasure of 1960s Vancouver recordings resurfaces

Kurtis Vanel co-owned R&D Studio, where the Poppy Family recorded Vancouver’s first million selling record, Which Way You Goin’, Billy?
He was a bit of a hoarder, and never seems to have thrown out any of his old tapes.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Little Caesar & The Consuls

A Canadian rock group that made it to the top of the charts with You Really Got A Hold On Me in 1965

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 30th

Happy Birthday to Tracey Ullman, Meredith Vieira, Sean Hannity and sitcom guru James Burrows.
Also born this day were Bert Parks, Jack Lord, Dennis Morgan and Jeannette Nolan.
Canada’s first radio network hooking up Montreal with Ottawa broadcast the CNR’s Anniversary Show;
the famous Jack Benny feud with Fred Allen kicked off on NBC radio;
the first black and white TV sets sold for $1,175 US;
James Arness, soon to be Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke, made his TV acting debut on the Lux Video Theatre;
‘Let’s Make a Deal’ with Winnipeg’s Monty Hall (pictured) debuted on NBC-TV;
and the same network, after 25 years, cancelled ‘The Wonderful World of Disney.’
Among the obits for Dec. 30th were composer Richard Rodgers, bandleader Ralph Flanagan, and ’60/’70’s Seattle radio DJ Lan Roberts.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ Twins Dead in Apparent Suicide

Bill and Joe Smith, who appeared on “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” (on TLC in North America) have been found dead in the UK, according to numerous reports. They were 32.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers had many hits on the charts including Kisses Sweeter Than Wine in 1957

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 29th

Happy Birthday to Ted Danson, Jon Voight, Dinah Christie, Patricia Clarkson and Ashleigh Banfield.
Radio soap favorite ‘Young Dr. Malone’ began 4 seasons on CBS-TV;
WMCA’s Good Guys became the first N.Y. radio station to play ‘The Beatles’;
Jane Pauley ended her 13 years as co-host of NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show”;
and Sly and the Family Stone headlined CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
And passing away at age 77 was the ‘King of Jazz,’ Paul Whiteman (pictured).
ALL the milestones for Dec. 29th INSIDE.

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Lee Mendelson, guiding light of TV’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ Dead at 86

Lee Mendelson died Wednesday at his Bay Area home in Hillsborough, Calif., of lung cancer and congestive heart failure, according to his son Jason Mendelson. The family had gathered at his home to celebrate Christmas.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dire Straits

Dire Straits a British rock group formed by Mark Knopler along with his brother and a couple of others.

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 28th

Happy Birthday to Dame Maggie Smith, Denzel Washington, Seth Meyers,, Nichelle Nichols and John Legend.
The last episode of ‘Ding Dong School’ with Miss Frances aired on NBC-TV;
trumpeter Hugh Masekela guested on CBS-TV’s ‘To Tell the Truth’;
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau gave a year’s end interview to CTV;
‘The Edge of Night’ wrapped up its 28 year run on CBS and later NBC-TV;
CNN boss Ted Turner was named TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year;
and Ed Bradley interviewed an emotional Michael Jackson on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes.
Dec. 28th obits include Clayton Moore (TV’s Lone Ranger), Jerry Ohrbach of ‘Law & Order,’ William Demarest (‘My Three Sons’), music men Billy Taylor and Freddie King, and singer/comedienne Kaye Stevens.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Vintage Vancouver Music Charts Headed to Online Museum

Next week, I’ll take the music charts to the Vancouver Archives, which has a fabulous website filled wonderful old photos of Vancouver.

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New York Radio Legend Don Imus Dead at 79

Last year Imus announced his retirement from WABC-AM radio. He left the air March 29 announcing on Twitter: “Turn out the lights… the party’s over.”

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Research Director Inc. offers Demo Leaders for Seattle Radio PPM’s – December

WARM 106.9 had its Christmas music rewarded as usual with the Top Spot in the 6+ book. But Movin’ 92.5 remained the dominant leader in the Demos.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Doris Day

Born Doris Mary Kappelholl, she began her career in 1945 with the big bands and, recorded a number of #1 hits.

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 27th

Happy Birthday to broadcast journalists Savannah Guthrie and Arthur Kent. It’s also the date when the late Sydney Greenstreet, Oscar Levant and Cokie Roberts were born.
‘The Glenn Miller Show’ began its 3-year, 3-times a week run on CBS radio;
C-ISL AM 650 became Vancouver’s Oldies Station, and CKKS became ‘JACK FM.’
Don McNeill’s ‘Breakfast Club’ ended its 35 year run on ABC Radio;
‘Howdy Doody Time’ (pictured) started its 13 year run on NBC-TV;
the prime time soap ‘Knot’s Landing’ debuted on CBS-TV,
and The Doors played ‘Light My Fire’ on CBS-TV’s ‘Jonathan Winters Show.’
Among those departing forever Dec. 27th were Vancouver’s first TV anchorman, Tom Robinson, and music men Hoagy Carmichael, Freddie King and Vancouver’s Chris Gage.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 27th INSIDE;

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Seattle Radio PPMs: Warm 106.9 Uses Christmas to Take #1

KRWM rises to #1 with All Xmas music; Movin’ 92.5 is second, followed by News/Talkers KUOW and KIRO 97.3.

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CBC Really? Trump Cameo Cut from Christmas Broadcast of “Home Alone 2”

Canada’s government-owned broadcasting network, CBC, cut Donald Trump out of its Christmas Day broadcast of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beach Boys…

The Beach Boys has a load of hits, like this 1965 Hit California Girls

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

BOXING DAY in Broadcast History .. Thurs. Dec. 26th

Boxing Day saw the birth of funny men Steve Allen and Alan King, actors Jared Leto and Eden Sher, musicians Bob Carpenter and Chris Daughtry, and ‘America’s Most Wanted’ host John Walsh.
The WSM Barn Dance began a Saturday night tradition on Nashville radio, soon becoming the ‘Grand Ole Opry.’
‘Big Sister’ ended its 16 year run as a daytime soap on CBS Radio;
Victoria’s 107.3 switched off the Christmas music, and introduced KOOL-FM, with ‘Today’s Best Music’;
‘The Shadow’ ended its 24-year radio run;
and ‘Search for Tomorrow’ ended its 35 year run on first CBS-TV, and for the last five years, NBC.
Obits Dec. 26th include Jack Benny, Jason Robards, Nigel Hawthorne, Fontella Bass, wrestler Gorgeous George, and LA sportscaster Stu Nahan.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Allee Willis, songwriter behind ‘Friends’ TV theme, dies at 72

Willis also co-wrote the Broadway musical “The Color Purple” and the Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance” — among hundreds of other songs including several Earth, Wind &Fire classics— and won a Grammy for the “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack.

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Why Hallmark Christmas Movies are Big Business in B.C.

While the audience is transported to fictional towns like “East Riverton,” they’re actually watching B.C., which has become the go-to place to film the made-for-TV holiday flicks. And picking out the locations has become a favourite pastime for locals.

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CHRISTMAS DAY in Broadcast History .. Wed. Dec. 25th

Born on Xmas Day were Rod Serling, Jimmy Buffett, WKRP’s Gary Sandy, Barbara Mandrell, Sissy Spacek, and bandleader Leighton Noble, who lived out his retirement years in Victoria BC.
Trail BC got its own radio station when the experimental 10AT signed on;
Milton Cross hosted the first Metropolitan Opera broadcast;
Bing Crosby performed ‘White Christmas’ for the first time on NBC radio’s ‘Kraft Music Hall’;
and Walt Disney made his first foray into TV.
Obits this day include Dean Martin, W.C. Fields, Eartha Kitt, Joan Blondell, and the ‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown.
ALL the broadcast milestones for Christmas Day INSIDE.

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Published on December 24, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Ex-Player Jeremy Roenik Suspended for Joking about Threesome with NBC Co-Worker

The NBC hockey commentator joked about being in a sexual threesome with studio host Kathryn Tappen and his wife.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Josh Groban

Josh Groban – Silent Night

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CHRISTMAS EVE in Broadcast History .. Tues. Dec. 24th

Happy Birthday to Ryan Seacrest, Ricky Martin, Canadian Steve Smith (whom you know better as Red Green), and actor Mark Valley.
The BBC aired radio’s first play, ‘The Truth About Father Christmas’;
the ‘Voice of Firestone’ began its 27 years of light classical music on US Monday night radio;
Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ starring Lionel Barrymore (pictured) began its long run each yuletide on the radio networks;
a Midnight Mass was televised for the first time on NBC, beginning a 71 year annual tradition thus far;
and Perry Como made his TV debut as NBC televised radio’s ‘Chesterfield Supper Club.’
Checking out on Christmas Eve over the decades were actors Jack Klugman, Charles Durning and Peter Lawford, CBS president Frank Stanton and producer James Komack.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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It’s Easy To Sell Radio Ads. Don’t Make It Hard

Rremember this about ratings: “Live by the book, die by the book.” Those numbers you’re bragging about could come back and bite you in the future.

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UVic auctioning 10,000 items from its vinyl record library

While music-streaming platforms are on the rise, vinyl is having a moment, with records set to outsell CDs for the first time in more than 30 years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 23rd

It’s the day when Don McNeill of radio’s ‘Breakfast Club’ and James Gregory of TV’s ‘Barney Miller’ were born. As well it’s Happy Birthday to Harry Shearer, Susan Lucci, Patrick Watson and Eddie Vedder.
The BBC began regular daily radio newscasts;
NBC began programming its national radio network;
the first complete opera (Hansel & Gretel) was televised on WRGB Schenectady;
Swift Current got local TV service as CJFB signed on;
the daytime soap ‘The Young and the Restless’ premiered on CBS-TV;
and the ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ cartoon was televised for the first time.
Obits for Dec. 23 include Dragnet’s Jack Webb, Canadian jazzman Oscar Peterson, comic pianist Victor Borge and actor Charlie Ruggles.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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The New Calgary Corus Centre

Corus Radio Calgary’s long road to a new home started July 11, 2012 at 1:12 in the afternoon. This was the date and time that Shaw Court in Calgary experienced an electrical transformer explosion and resultant fire.

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RIP Victoria Broadcaster Walter Cownden, 99

He was one of the few broadcasters to have spent his entire career in radio in Victoria BC.

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Biggest Lie – No One is Above the Law. John Barbour on the Goddard Report

Canadian born actor and comedian John Barbour talks about when and who brought in Deregulation during Bill Clinton’s term in office.  John also gets into the Trump presidency. Barbour is NOT Trumper…

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‘One of the most unique’ careers in TV sports, Don Brown dies in Victoria at 84

He played a key role in every major sports television production, involving professional and amateur Canadian athletes, from the 1960s to the late 1990s — from the Summer and Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Canada Games, hockey, football and baseball.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Andy Williams

Silver Bells sung by Andy Williams

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 22nd

It’s the birthdate of actors Ralph Fiennes and Hector Elizondo, Diane Sawyer of ABC News, the late announcer and game show host Gene Rayburn, and singer Jordin Sparks.
Pioneer New York radio station WEAF aired the first-ever broadcast of a boxing match;
the first experimental TV signals were aired from the top of the Empire State Building, two decades before the TV era began;
Monty Hall presided over his last ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ on ABC-TV;
Archie Bunker became a grandfather on CBS-TV’s “All in The Family’;
and Conan O’Brien and Jack Black (pictured) engaged in a guitar duel on TBS’ late night ‘Conan.’
Among the obits for Dec. 22nd are bigtime (OTR) radio announcer Jimmy Wallington, legendary soap opera creator Irna Phillips, and the great Lone Ranger narrator/announcer Fred Foy.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 22nd INSIDE.

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POWER play: Edmonton radio station re-brands after court order

Last month the court ordered Harvard to stop using the name POWER. On Friday, the station announced they were changing their name to Play 107.

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Jack Scott was Canadian rock ‘n’ roll’s Forgotten Star

The Canadian-born, U.S.-based musician scored 19 hit singles in just 41 months, a feat achieved by only a handful of other pop acts, including the Beatles.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Ray Conniff

Ray Conniff – Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 21st

Happy Birthday to Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Romano, Phil Donahue, Jane Fonda, Samuel L. Jackson and Andy Dick.
Vancouver’s CKST 1040 was sold to Grand Slam Radio, setting the stage for BC’s first all-sports format;
the CRTC licensed a new Kelowna FM’er, CILK to Nick Frost;
Wilf Ray (pictured) landed a morning slot on CKMO 1410, beginning an incredible 63-year career in Vancouver radio;
David Crosby guest starred on ABC-TV’s sitcom’Roseanne’;
and Diana Ross sang with The Supremes one final time on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.”
Signing off forever were actors Richard Long, William Lundigan, and Calgary’s Rod Cameron.
ALL the milestones for Dec 21st INSIDE.

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Cox Communications Hit With $1B Jury Verdict in Music Piracy Suit

The jury unanimously sided with the labels and publishers and handed down a 10-figure damages award. It found Cox liable for both contributory and vicarious infringement, and that the infringement was willful, awarding just under $100,000 per work.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Mitch Miller

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… Mitch Miller 

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 20th

It’s the birthdate of Jonah Hill, Uri Geller, Irene Dunne, John Hillerman, Pamela Austin, and the late MP and CKWX (later CBC) Open Liner Judy Lamarsh.
Radio Australia began shortwave transmission, identified by the cry of the Kookabura bird;
Vancouver’s CKWX was approved for an FM sister station, C-JAZ (it is now JACK FM at 96.9);
Kelowna’s CILK FM was approved for sale to Standard Radio (later Astral, now Bell);
and NBC-TV experimented with no announcers on a Jets-Dolphins football telecast. It was not considered a success.
Bowing out forever on Dec. 20th were Carl Sagan, Foster Brooks, Arnold Stang, Brittany Murphy, Steve Landesberg, and the first black anchor on a network (ABC) newscast, Max Robinson.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Seattle Morning Man Fitz Named New Host of ”Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40”

“I listened to Bob Kingsley every weekend when I was a kid,” commented Fitz. “His loss is still sinking in, but I am honored to be taking the reins from the man who instilled in me a lifelong love of country music and the love of the ‘countdown.'”

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Supreme Court Strikes Down CRTC Order on Super Bowl Spots

The win the CTV network will no longer be forced to air U.S. Super Bowl telecast commercials.

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Veteran journalists depart CTV Ottawa amid ‘dramatic shift’ in local news

Television journalists are increasingly expected to both shoot and report their own stories, a departure from the traditional TV model that saw on-air reporters work with a dedicated cameraperson.

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Fox News Gives Ed Henry Shot to Anchor

In joining Sandra Smith as co-host of America’s Newsroom, Henry replaces Bill Hemmer, who next month will replace Shepard Smith in the 3 p.m. (ET) news show slot.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini – What are you doing New Year’s Eve/Auld Lang Syne

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 19th

Happy Birthday to Alyssa Milano, Elaine Joyce, Jennifer Beals, and illusionist Cris Angel.
Pioneer Vancouver radio station CNRV was hooked up nationally via the CNR network;
the BBC inaugurated shortwave radio service;
New Westminster’s CKNW moved into new studios at 227 Columbia;
the CBS-TV movie ‘The Homecoming’ first introduced America to ‘The Waltons’;
and the musical special ‘The Carpenters: a Christmas Portrait’ aired in prime time on ABC-TV.
Obits this date include Mike Clarke of ‘The Byrds’, Page Cavanaugh of ‘The Page Cavanaugh Trio,’ radio actor Les Tremayne and TV actress Hope Lange.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 19th INSIDE.

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’60 Minutes’ Producer Sues CBS for Gender Discrimination, Retaliation

Cassandra Vinograd, a London-based associate producer for 60 Minutes, has sued CBS for “unlawful discriminatory conduct” and “unlawful retaliatory conduct” after she attempted to report her boss for misconduct.

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Nielsen Music Bought by Owner of Billboard & Hollywood Reporter

The purchase reunites Billboard with the leading music consumption analytics platform after a decade-long separation.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring II Divo

O Holy Night – Il Divo – The Christmas Collection

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 18th

Happy Birthday to Steven Spielberg, Leonard Maltin, Rachel Griffiths, Ron White, Christine Aguilera, and Katie Holmes.
‘To Tell the Truth’ debuted in prime time on CBS-TV;
NBC aired the 50th episode of ‘The A Team;’
‘Wonder Woman’ had its premiere on ABC-TV;
the classic Christmas episode of ‘I Love Lucy’ aired for the first time in 30 years on CBS-TV;
and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ was seen for the 1st time on CBS.
Obits include Larry Lujack, Dave Abbott, Mavor Moore, Zsa Zsa Gabor (pictured), Mark Goodson and SNL icon Chris Farley.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 18th INSIDE.

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Canadians paid Netflix nearly $800M so far this year

Those figures could add heat to the debate over Netflix not paying domestic revenue taxes. Some critics have argued Netflix is drawing viewers away from homegrown TV programming while injecting very little cultural content into the media landscape.

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Mariah Carey’s Christmas Classic Claims Billboard #1

Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas is You has finally topped the US charts – 25 years after it was first released.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Johnny Mathis

I’ll be home for Christmas – Johnny Mathis  

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 17th

Happy Birthday to Eugene Levy, Bill Pullman, Sarah Paulson and Chris Mathews.
‘The Simpsons’ began their 30 year (so far) run on FOX;
Edgar Bergen made his national debut with Charlie McCarthy, as pictured, on NBC radio;
Moose Jaw’s only radio station got official ‘commercial’ status as CHAB, after 11 years in the experimental stage;
Wayne & Shuster and Paul Anka were headliners on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’;
and Tiny Tim & Miss Vicky were wed to much national acclaim on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show.’
Obits include Don Chevrier, Dana Andrews, Rex Allen Sr., performance artist Captain Beefheart and muckraker Jack Anderson.
Details and ALL the Dec. 17th milestones INSIDE.

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Ronnie Stanton Named PD for Vancouver’s Corus FMers CFOX & Rock 101

Broadcaster and radio consultant Ronnie Stanton has returned to Corus Vancouver FM stations CFOX and Rock 101 to take on the role of Program Director, effective immediately.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

Here comes Santa Claus with Elvis Presley 

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 16th

Happy Birthday to Lesley Stahl, JB Smoove, Jon Tenney and ABBA’s Benny Andersson.
‘One Day at a Time’ began its 9-year run on CBS-TV; the same network aired the 50th episode of ‘All in the Family’;
Vancouver’s first TV station CBUT began transmitting from Mount Seymour;
Jack Webb’s ‘Dragnet’ got a sneak preview on NBC-TV’s ‘Chesterfield Sound Off Time’;
and Howard Stern did his last terrestrial broadcast before moving to Sirius Satellite Radio.
Obits Dec. 16 include Dan Fogelberg, the West Wing’s John Spencer, Kojak’s Dan Frazer, Arthur Godfrey’s Haleloke, plus actresses Madlyn Rhue, and Nicolette Larson.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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RIP Wayne Stafford, 76

Chuck McCoy tells us his friend Wayne Stafford passed away Saturday on the day of his 76th birthday. Wayne and Chuck worked together as PD/GSM at CFUN in Vancouver back in the mid-1970s and became life long friends.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Nana Mouskouri

If you haven’t heard Nana Mouskouri’s voice…you are in for a treat. 

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 15th

Happy Birthday to Don Johnson, Michelle Dockery, Helen Slater, Dave Clark of the ‘Dave Clark Five’,and ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson.
‘Captain Midnight’ aired for the last time, after 10 years thrilling young radio audiences;
‘Davey Crockett Indian Fighter’ debuted on the Walt Disney Sunday night hour on ABC-TV;
Elvis Presley sang for the last time on the Shreveport radio program that first gave him wide exposure, ‘Louisiana Hayride’;
Joe Garagiola joined NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show’ as co-host and interviewer;
and Melissa Etheridge made her national TV debut on Dave Letterman’s late night NBC show.
Celebrities bowing out this date include Walt Disney (pictured), Jan Peerce, Fats Waller, Charles Laughton, Chill Wills, and televangelist Oral Roberts.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 15th INSIDE.

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81 year old Craig Oliver to Retire from CTV Political Commentary

Oliver began as a reporter in 1957, and was previously CTV’s Ottawa bureau chief. Prior to coming to Ottawa, he covered the Reagan years as CTV’s Washington correspondent for almost a decade.

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A Happy Retirement to Peter Alpen

His radio career included stops at
C-FUN, CHWK and CKWX.

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Signing off at CKNW, Jon McComb Ends a 50 Year Radio Career

In 1983, he signed on as a reporter at CKNW, where he made a name for himself first as a reporter, then as the first person to transition from the station’s newsroom to full-time host duties.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Andy Williams

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Andy Williams

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 14th

Entertainers born this date Dan Dailey, Charlie Rich, Patty Duke, Spike Jones, Morey Amsterdam, Lee Remick, and Miss Frances Bavier, who was ‘Aunt Bee’ on the Andy Griffith Show.
80-year-old Frank Sinatra appeared in his last TV special on ABC;
‘The Jackson Five’ made their national TV debut on CBS’ ‘Ed Sullivan Show’,
CFYK 1340 Yellowknife became the first radio station in the Northwest Territories;
and after 14 years, Howard Cosell (pictured) retired from ABC-TV’s ‘Monday NIght Football.’
Dec. 14th claimed the lives of Peter O’Toole, William Bendix, Arthur Treacher, Verna Felton, Myrna Loy, Norman Fell, singer Dinah Washington, and game show producer John Guedel.
Specific details, and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Vernon Community Radio Station Closer to CRTC Approval

While the market cannot support a new commercial station, the CRTC will place the VCRS application on an upcoming Public Hearing agenda.

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Character Actor Danny Aiello Dead at 86

His breakthrough was as the hapless lover dumped by Cher in Norman Jewison’s hit comedy Moonstruck. Although he wasn’t nominated for a supporting-role Oscar Aiello was inundated with movie offers.

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Laura G: Broadcasting to Gen Z

Laura G from WBHT Wilkes Barre, PA discusses the changing face of radio, building a youthful audience, using social media and the importance of being on the ground in your market.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Bobby Helms

Jingle Bell Rock / Bobby Helms 1957

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FRIDAY the THIRTEENTH (Dec.) in Broadcast History

Happy Birthday to Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, Steve Buscemi, Dick Van Dyke, Christopher Plummer, Ted Nugent and Wendie Malick.
The clear channel sound of Denver radio station KOA AM 850 was heard for the first time;
‘Allen’s Alley’ (pictured) debuted on the Fred Allen radio show;
the TV rights to the first four ‘Suoer Bowls’ went to NBC & CBS for $9.5 million;
Infinity Broadcasting was fined $600,000 for the potty mouth of Howard Stern on the radio;
and NBC-TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ instituted a time delay system because of foul-mouthed guest host Richard Pryor.
Dec. 13th claimed two leading men of TV’s ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy,’ first Tim Moore (Kingfish Stevens) and 11 years later to the day, Spencer Williams Jr. (Andy Brown) passed away.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Burl Ives

Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas 

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 12th

It’s the day Frank Sinatra was born 104 years ago, and the evening Mae West got so suggestive on NBC Radio’s ‘Charlie McCarthy Show’ that she was banned from the network for 15 years.
In Cleveland, Mike Douglas began a daytime variety TV show that went national for the next 21 years.
And Marie Osmond debuted her prime time NBC variety show that was cancelled before the season was out.
Robin Williams (pictured), Dionne Warwick, Clint Black and Denver Pyle all received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And Canada’s Bell Globemedia changed its name to CTVglobemedia.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 12th INSIDE.

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Corus Celebrates CFOX Vancouver’s Demo Ratings Victory

CFOX 99.3 finished with an 11.4 share in the key demographic of A25 – 54. And The Jeff O’Neil Show ranked first for the 11th consecutive book with an 18.6 share.

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Penticton Radio Diary: CBC Radio One the 12+ Fave

CBC Radio 1 captured 30.2 per cent of the listener market, well ahead of the three commercial stations operating in Penticton.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe and Holly

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 11th

Happy Birthday to Brenda Lee, Jermaine Jackson, Rita Moreno, Donna Mills, Teri Garr and comedienne Mo’Nique.
Radio around the world carried the abdication speech of the UK’s King Edward VIII;
Alan Waters purchased Totonto’s CHUM 1050;
Victoria’s CFMS was transformed into ‘The Ocean 98.5’;
the CBC announced the cutting of 378 jobs;
ABC-TV aired the first of Bing Crosby’s 17 Christmas TV Specials;
and Tom Selleck was seen for the first time as the original ‘Magnum PI’ on CBS-TV.
Notable obits include sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, radio & TV host Robert Q. Lewis, and Canadian TV vocalist Wally Koster,
Details and ALL the Dec 11th milestones INSIDE.

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Longtime Portland radio hosts John Erickson and Bruce Murdock to retire

The duo’s last day at K103 will be celebrated with a special live broadcast from the iHeartRadio Theater in Portland. The Christmas-themed show will feature a live studio audience & special performances.

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New Exec. Producer for Seattle’s Brooke & Jubal in the Morning

KQMV (MOViN 92.5)/SEATTLE has promoted JEFF DUBOW to Executive Producer for “BROOKE & JUBAL IN THE MORNING”. DUBOW has been with the station for 9 years and moved into the Assistant Producer position over 7 years ago.

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Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Dies at 61 After Long Cancer Fight

“It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams,” Fredriksson’s partner in Roxette, Per Gessle, said in a statement. “And what a dream we eventually got to share!”

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Fox News Alums Gretchen Carlson, Julie Roginsky Launch Anti-NDA Initiative

The duo are creating an organization, Lift Our Voices, devoted to stopping companies from using NDAs to cover up incidents of workplace harassment and discrimination.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Jimmy Boyd

Jimmy Boyd – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 1952 Often credited to Brenda Lee, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was recorded and released by Jimmy Boyd in 1952. Boyd was only 13 years old when he recorded this song. The original recording by Jimmy Boyd reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1952 Jimmy Devon Boyd (January 9, 1939 – March 7, 2009) he was 70. … Chuck Benson – Started […]

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 10th

Born this date were BC broadcaster Mel Cooper, actresses Nia Peeples, Susan Dey and Gloria Loring, actors Kenneth Branagh, Dan Blocker and John Colicos, and newsman Chet Huntley.
Vancouver’s good music CHQM signed on at 1320 KHz;
Seattle’s KOMO 4 became the city’s 2nd TV station;
Nashville’s WSM Barn Dance was introduced for the first time as ‘The Grand Ole Opry’;
and 6-year old Donny Osmond appeared for the 1st time with his brothers on NBC-TV’s ‘Andy Williams Show.’
Checking out were Richard Pryor (pictured), Marie Windsor, Paul Richards, Freeman Gosden, Shirley Hemphill, and Canadian broadcasters Spence Caldwell and Duke McLeod.
ALL the Dec. 10th milestones INSIDE.

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Chris Howden, Head Writer at CBC’s As It Happens, promoted to Co-Host

Howden will officially join Carol Off, award-winning broadcaster on the acclaimed current affairs program on CBC Radio One, on Jan. 6, replacing Jeff Douglas.

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Bill Hemmer inherits Shep Smith’s Time Slot at Fox News

Hemmer will take over the 3 pm ET hour for Shepard Smith, who abruptly resigned from his show Shepard Smith Reporting in October.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee from 1960 Rockin’ around the Christmas tree…

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 9th

A talented group of birthday celebrants today, including Kirk Douglas (who turns 103!), Judi Dench, Beau Bridges, John Malkovich, Felicity Huffman, Buck Henry and Donny Osmond.
The joketelling radio show ‘Can You Top This’ debuted on New York’s WOR, two years before it got to the networks;
‘Coronation Street’ premiered on ITV in the UK;
‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ began its more than 50 year run on CBS-TV;
and the ‘Royal Canadian Air Farce’ was heard for the first time on CBC Radio.
U2 made their first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live;
Bobby Darin was the mystery guest on CBS-TV’s ‘What’s My Line’;
and Motown’s The Supremes and The Temptations shared the spotlight on their own NBC prime time special.
Among those checking out this date were singer Georgia Gibbs,, actors Gene Barry and Vincent Gardenia, and ABC-TV prime time star Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 9th INSIDE.

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Cancer Claims actor Rene Auberjonois of ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Benson’ and ‘Boston Legal’ at 79

Before Hollywood, Auberjonois worked in theatre, earning a Tony for best lead actor in a musical for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in ‘Coco.’

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RIP Greg Schmaltz, Founding Member of the Edmonton Broadcasters club, 85

Greg was a key in the building of two TV stations, CKRD Red Deer and CJAY-TV Winnipeg.

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Man Behind ‘Big Bird’ Dies

Caroll Spinney, who also operated and voiced Oscar, before retiring from Sesame Street in October 2018, died at his home after “living with dystonia for some time.”

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SF 49ers suspend radio announcer after ‘Dark Skin’ comments

Tim Ryan came on KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” radio show in San Francisco and said Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson was good at faking handoffs because of his “dark skin color with a dark football.”

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

Joy to the world…Nat King Cole

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 8th

Happy Birthday to Kim Basinger, Teri Hatcher, Wendell Pierce, Sinead O’Connor and Jerry Butler.
FDR (pictured) gave his iconic ‘Date that will live in infamy’ address one day after the Pearl Harbor attack; Americans coast-to-coast heard Red Barber call the first NFL championship game via Mutual radio ;
Ringo Starr hosted ‘Sat. Night Live’ on NBC-TV;
the last ‘Wiseguy’ episode aired on CBS-TV;
and the Bravo channel debuted on US cable systems.
Canadian radio stations CJAD Montreal and Edmonton’s Magic 99 signed on.
John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman; other Dec. 8th deaths include singers Marty Robbins, Martha Tilton, and John Mills Sr. of ‘The Mills Brothers,’ plus actors Robert Prosky, Howard Rollins Jr., Luther Adler, Slim Pickens and Anne Seymour.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Recent Moves … Seattle and Chilliwack

The comings and goings of Seth Wayne, Michael King, Ann Marie Mulholland, Kerry Grace and John Vosper, etc.

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Legendary CTV Toronto News anchor Ken Shaw retiring

The Canadian News Hall of Fame member will be on the air until Jan. 6, 2020, which will mean he has been on Toronto’s television airwaves in parts of six decades.

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CBC Losing Viewers, Ad Revenue Plunging

CBC has one of the biggest advantages ever enjoyed by a ‘media organization.’

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring The Carpenters

Karen and Richard Carpenter, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas…

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DECEMBER 7th in Broadcast History .. Saturday

Dec. 7th gave us radio’s king of horror writing Arch Oboler, Mary Tyler Moore’s TV newsman Ted Knight, music men Tom Waits and Harry Chapin, and actors Rod Cameron and Ellen Burstyn.
Radio brought us the news of Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor;
KCTS signed on on Seattle channel 9 bringing Public Television to the Northwest;
CHPQ AM1370 in Parksville signed on; some 35 years later KSQM 91.5 Sequim Wash. signed on;
Instant Replay was used for the first time on CBS-TV’s telecast of the Army-Navy football game;
the Christmas special ‘Frosty the Snowman’ (pictured) debuted on CBS-TV;
and The Beatles were seen for the first time on North American television.
ALL the milestones for Dec. 7th INSIDE.

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Ottawa Moves: Mark Sutcliffe Cuts his 4 Hr Talk Show to 1 Hr; and Three Cut by CTV

Radio host Sutcliffe announced he’s cutting down his show to focus more on business.

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Toronto Fans bid farewell to long-time CBC‘Metro Morning’ host Matt Galloway

Beginning Jan. 6 Galloway is sliding into Anna Maria Tremonti’s former role as host of CBC’s flagship current affairs program “The Current.” 

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New General Manager At JPBG Prince George Division

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is delighted to announce that effective January 1, 2020 the new General Manager joining CKPG Television, 99.3 The Drive, 101.3 The River and CKPGToday.ca in Prince George will be Kevin Gemmell.

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Chuck’s Christmas Classics, featuring James Taylor

For the most part, holiday-themed albums are about as memorable as what you had for lunch a month ago. As humans continue to evolve, there’s a very good chance that we’ll develop some sort of yuletide audio bypass valve that will allow us to filter the three-and-a-half million versions of every Christmas song ever made

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 6th

It’s the date of birth for the late Agnes Moorehead, Wally Cox and Bobby Van.
Calvin Coolidge gave the first presidential address to be carried on radio;
‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ was seen for the first time on NBC;
‘Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,’ already a hit on radio, became a simulcast on CBS-TV;
psychologist Joyce Brothers (pictured) won the top prize on CBS-TV’s ‘$64,000 Question’;
and Moose Jaw’s pioneer radio station CHAB moved to its current dial position at 800 KHz.
Obits include singer Roy Orbison, actor Don Ameche, puppeteer Burr Tillstrom of Kukla, Fran and Olly, and ‘Aunt Bee’ of ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ Frances Bavier.
ALL the milestones for Dec 6th INSIDE.

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Abbotsford Radio Ratings .. Fall 2019

Rogers’Country 107.1 continues to grow its audience, despite the huge number of competitive out-of-town signals available in Abbotsford.

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Prince George Radio Ratings .. Fall 2019

94.3 The Goat made the largest gains (12+) this year but still trails the PG pack.
CBC Radio One still leads, followed by 99.3 The Drive.

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Kamloops Radio Ratings .. Fall 2019

New Country 103.1 registered the biggest 12+ gains this year, but Radio NL and the CBC are in a virtual tie for top spot.

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Kelowna Radio Ratings .. Fall 2019

Apologies for our earlier posting, which reflected erroneous info from Numeris. They have coirrected their chart for Kelowna, and so have we.

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Chilliwack Radio Ratings .. Fall 2019

Star 98.3 continues to lead, with 89.5 The Drive a strong second in the 12+ book.

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Victoria Radio Ratings … Fall 2019

CBC Victoria grew its lead (12+ chart), followed by The Q and C-FAX 1070.

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Lethbridge Radio Ratings… Fall 2019

Top of the heap is Country CHLB, then into rock with CJOC, followed by Kiss Fm

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Red Deer Radio Ratings… Fall 2019

Another Slam dunk for Country music with CKGY, Big 105 comes in 2nd place, with Zedd coming in third

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Saskatoon Radio Ratings.. Fall 2019

C-95 comes in first with 15.4 on the 12+, Cool is 2nd, followed by Newstalk CKOM at 11.9

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Regina Radio Ratings.. Fall 2019

Z 99 rules the roast in first spot in the 12+ numbers, followed by the Wolf, then Jack followed by CKRM’s Country…

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Winnipeg Radio Ratings .. Fall 2019

Radio One comes in first place again, followed by News Talk CJOB, CFQX Country in 3rd spot…

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Matt Fogerty: Making the Jump

Matt Fogarty is a name you may not be familiar with, but if you listen to the radio in western Canada you have probably heard his voice

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Hank Williams Jr

Hank is a southern rock singer. Son os a famous father, Hank had his own hits like Ain’t Misbehavin’ in 1986.

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 5th

Happy Birthday to singer Little Richard, comedian Margaret Cho and actor Frankie Muniz.
Bing Crosby (pictured) took over the hosting of NBC radio’s ‘Kraft Music Hall;
“The Green Hornet’ aired its last original episode after 15 years on network radio;
Jack Webb’s ‘Dragnet’ debuted on NBC-TV;
and Bob Dylan gave a rare interview to CBS-TV’s ’60 Minutes.’
Obits Dec. 5th include Canadians Art Hallman and Wilf Carter, Roone Arledge of ABC News, and jazz giant Dave Brubeck.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Calgary Radio PPMs .. The Demographics, courtesy David Bray

Soft Rock 97.7 leads a hard-fought battle for the top Calgary station with women aged 25-54. Meantime. on the male side of the same demo, X 92.9 is the clearly dominant signal.

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Edmonton Radio PPMs .. The Demographics, courtesy David Bray

Sonic 102.9 leads with women aged 25-54, and is second with men in the same demo.
The leader in the male 25-54 category is CFBR The Bear.

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Vancouver Radio PPMs … The Demographics, courtesy David Bray

QM/FM dropped a point-&-a-half but continues to lead with the female audience aged 25-54. 99.3 The Fox is the favorite of men aged 25-54.

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Calgary Radio PPM’s .. Aug. 26 – Nov. 24 2019

CBC Radio One is again the leader in the 12+ chart, followed by News/Talk CHQR. Two AM stations lead the 12+chart. In a virtual tie for third are Country 105 and Oldies XL 103.

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Edmonton Radio PPM’s… Aug 26 – Nov 24, 2019

Now continues to hold top spot, with The Bear moving on up to take 2nd place… Chuck is in a tail spin, Breeze is down…

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Vancouver Radio PPM’s … Aug. 26 – Nov. 24 2019

Two news/talk formats (with longtime AM roots) have a commanding lead atop Vancouver’s 12+ book, CBC Radio One and CKNW.

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Casey Kasem’s children, widow settle lawsuits over his death

Kerri Kasem, one of the daughters who filed the initial lawsuit, released a statement through a spokesman on Tuesday saying she was “distraught and heartbroken over her family and lawyers’ decision to force her into a settlement.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Orbison

Orbison was a very talented singer and sold millions of his records. Blue Angel hit the charts in 1960

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 4th

It’s the birth date of actors Jeff Bridges, Donnelly Rhodes, Marisa Tomei, Patricia Wettig and Victor French; of the music world’s Dennis Wilson, Deanna Durbin, Chris Hillman, Freddy Cannon and Eddie Heywood; and of broadcasters Wink Martindale and Alan Jackson.
‘The Eveready Hour’ began its pioneering radio variety show run on New York’s WEAF;
Walter Winchell began his longrunning Sunday night news and gossip radio show on NBC Blue;
the iconic radio soap ‘Ma Perkins’ moved from Cincinnati’s WLW to the NBC Red network;
Frank Reynolds co-anchored his final ABC-TV evening newscast;
and ‘Falcon Crest’ began its 9-year prime time run on CBS-TV.
It’s also the date we lost iconic Calgary sportscaster Ed Whalen (pictured).
Details and ALL the Dec 4th milestones INSIDE.

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Drake named Spotify’s artist of the decade

The Toronto hip-hop star earned the artist of the decade honour with more than 28 billion streams of his music.

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Devin Nunes slaps CNN with $435 million defamation lawsuit

Rep. Devin Nunes on Tuesday filed a defamation suit against CNN for its Nov. 22 “demonstrably false hit piece” that said the California Republican traveled to Vienna in 2018 to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Format Count: Classic Hits Soars To Record Number Of Outlets.

The market for Classic Hits continues to expand, as evidenced by steadily rising ratings and an official proclamation of “Format of Summer” in 2018.

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Former Radio/TV Reporter Becomes First Woman Head of Vancouver Board of Trade

Bridgette Anderson was in Vancouver and Toronto broadcasting for the first 20 years of her career.

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More Radio Flips to All-Christmas Music

In Southwestern BC and Northwest Washington there are at least 10 radio stations exclusively playing seasonal favorites for the Holidays.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Helms

Helms is best known for hit Christmas hit “Jingle Bell Rock”. Another hit both on the country and pop charts was My Special Angel in 1957.

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 3rd

Born this date were Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Connee Boswell, Jaye P Morgan, Daryl Hannah and Ozzie Osbourne,
‘The Voice of Firestone’ started a 35 year run on radio;
Paul Harvey News & Comment began a 58 year run on ABC Radio;
CTV’s Harvey Kirck (pictured) became the frst 20-year man anchoring a Canadian network newscast;
the late New York disk jockey Alan Freed was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;
and CBS-TV aired the 200th episode of ‘Knots Landing.’
Fraser Valley transmitters on the AM band fell silent, as the original stations in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope completed their transfer to the FM band,
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Should TV general managers only come from sales?

You’ve seen it time after time.  That brand-new general manager who is now running your station came from, you guessed it, sales

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’60 Minutes’ Grills YouTube CEO: Why Aren’t You Censoring More People?

Leslie Stahl of CBS News’ 60 Minutes has released her interview with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

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Hill Group Announce Harvard Media

The Hill Group of Companies acquires local marketing
agency Carbon Marketing to form Harvard Media. 

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Simon & Garfunkel

The two were very popular with a string of hits like this 1970 Cecilia.

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 2nd

Born this date were Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Lucy Liu, Cathy Lee Crosby, Ray Walston and Hy Gardner.
‘The Adventures of Charlie Chan’ debuted on radio’s NBC Blue network;
Don Imus brought his shock-jock radio schtick from Cleveland to New York’s WNBC;
Jungle Jay Nelson (pictured) did his first morning show on Toronto’s CHUM radio;
NBC-TV’s ‘This is Your Life’ surprised their subject of the week Bobby Darin;
after nearly half a century the amazing Alan Waters stepped down as head of CHUM broadcasting;
and Brian Williams took over the anchor chair at NBC’s Nightly News.
Celebrity deaths include folksinger Odetta, actors Robert Cummings and Desi Arnaz, jazz star Bob Haggart, actresses Gail Fisher and Roxie Roker, as well as Canada’s Fifi D’Orsay and broadcast magnate Ted Rogers Jr.
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Marking 100 Years of Radio in Canada

Although many sites list an American station as the first broadcaster, in fact it was a radio station in Canada, XWA that was granted the first broadcast licence on this day December 1st,  back in 1919.

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Stuart Varney’s Fresh Approach to Business Television

Varney & Co. on Fox Business has trounced CNBC for three consecutive years in the ratings.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Fine Young Cannibals

Fine Young Cannibals was a British Rock band. Very popular with a number of hits. They disbanded in 1992, but left us with the hit She Drives Me Crazy from 1989

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Dec. 1st

Born Dec. 1st were Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Dick Shawn, David Doyle, Mary Martin, Lou Rawls, Bette Midler, Treat Williams and Sarah Silverman.
Victoria’s CHEK-TV signed on, becoming the first private TV station in Western Canada;
Tom Brokaw (pictured) stepped down after two decades as anchor at NBC News;
‘Edge of Night’ became the first TV soap to switch networks, from CBS to ABC;
CKWX became the first radio station in Western Canada to affiliate with a US network (Mutual- Don Lee);
Gene Autry took a job at WLS radio in Chicago, singing for $35 a week;
’The Abbott and Costello Show’ began its 52-episode run in syndicated TV;
and ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ began its 20-year run as a popular US daytime variety show.
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Rebel Media staffers assaulted by protesters at the UCP conference

Rebel reporters Shelia Gunn-Reid and Keean Bexte were physically and verbally assaulted by protesters at the United Conservative’s Party convention on Saturday

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

The Four Seasons were popular in the 1960’s and ’70’s. Once known as the Four Lovers, today known as Franie Valli & The Four Seasons

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 30th

It’s a date that brought us a wealth of talent, Dick Clark, Richard Crenna, Ben Stiller, Colin Mochrie, Mandy Patinkin, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Brownie McGhee, Kaley Cuoco, Allan Sherman and Johnny Horton.
CBS-TV first used videotape for the West Coast delayed airing of the Evening News;
after 74 straight wins Ken Jennings lost on ‘Jeopardy’;
Eric Sevareid retired from CBS News;
the critically-acclaimed ‘Brian’s Song’ (pictured) was the Movie of the Week on ABC;
David Bowie dueted with Bing Crosby on CBS-TV on a Christmas special taped before Crosby’s death 6 weeks earlier;
and Whistler BC got its own FM station, CISQ debuting at 104.9.
Taking a final bow were Evel Knievel, Pierre Berton, Tiny Tim, and the Phillip Morris poster boy, Johnny Roventini.
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RIP Emmy-winning Canadian Documentary filmmaker John Kastner, 73

A former child actor in radio & TV he won 4 Emmys for his documentaries on the CBC and CTV.

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Shannon Burns from CHUM 104.5 and iHeart Radio Nights

Shannon Burns is a familiar voice across Canadian radio. Her show iHeartRadio Nights with Shannon Burns airs nationally on 14 iHeartRadio stations, and she does evenings on the legendary radio station she grew up listening to, CHUM 104.5FM.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ernie K-Doe

Ernie is best remembered for Mother-In-Law in 1961.

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 29th

Many celebrities were born this date including Vin Scully, Howie Mandel, Don Cheadle, Diane Ladd, Garry Shandling, Merle Travis, Dagmar, Tom Sizemore, Denny Doherty, and TV newsman Frank Reynolds.
NBC radio began using the 3-note chimes;
the early radio crime show ‘Calling All Cars’ debuted on the CBS West Coast network;
the Chicago puppet show ‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ (pictured) moved to the NBC-TV network;
the Metropolitan Opera was first televised on WJZ-TV;
for the first time the ‘Grammy Awards’ made it to TV;
and PBS televised a taped concert honoring Bruce Springsteen.
Obits for Nov. 29th include Natalie Wood, George Harrison, Gene Rayburn, Ray Smith and Godfrey Cambridge.
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Living Your Life With Lianne Laing

Living Your Life With Lianne Laing released its 100th episode this morning. In 2018 the show launched with the former Ottawa CTV personality leaving behind her 20 year career waking up Canada’s nation’s capital, and pivoting to a new venture that would see stories be told in long form delivered via Podcast and YouTube. The […]

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Shaw Ups Charges for Internet, TV and Phone Customers

Those customers who’ve signed up for the for internet, or the internet and TV 2-year ValuePlan with a price guarantee will not get a rate increase.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Perez Prado

Perez Prado’s genre was Mambo. This Cuban hit the airwaves in 1958: Patricia

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 28th

Happy birthday to Jon Stewart, Paul Schaeffer, Randy Newman, Ed Harris, S. Epatha Merkerson and Berry Gordy Jr.
It’s the date William Boyd brought his ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ movies to TV;
when the Grand Ole Opry debuted on WSM Nashville as ‘The WSM Barn Dance’;
the 200th Andy Griffith Show aired on CBS-TV;
a few years later CBS broadcast the last live TV soap operas before tape took over;
and Phil Donahue (pictured) moved his TV talk show from Chicago to New York.
This was the date we lost entertainment giants Garry Moore and Leslie Nielsen.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 28th INSIDE.

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Seattle Radio PPM’s: Demo Leaders courtesy Research Director Inc.

Movin’ 92.5 isn’t moving from its dominant #1 in all age groupings.

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Hard truth: Anne with an E was never a hit in Canada

Anne with an E has the same, national, average-minute-audience this year as it did last season, a shade over 400,000 total viewers. This puts it far outside the top 30 most-watched shows in Canada each week.

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The Zone 91.3’s Jon Williams donates $10,000 to wellness hub for youth

The host at Victoria’s The Zone donated $10,000 to Foundry Victoria through sales of T-shirts and hoodies bearing his catch-phrase: “Look after yourself. Have fun. & for goodness sake, smile.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kay Starr

Kay Starr was comfortable singing pop or jazz. She was popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s with such a hit as The Rock & Roll Waltz in 1956.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 27th

It’s the date of birth of pioneer sportscaster Ted Husing (pictured), Chick Hearn of the LA Lakers, the music world’s Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kane and Eddie Rabbitt, Howdy Doody’s ‘Buffalo Bob’ Smith, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Radio’s drama anthology ‘First Nighter’ debuted on NBC;
CBS Radio cancelled ‘Have Gun Will Travel’;
singer Frankie Avalon guest starred on ABC-TV’s ‘It Takes a Thief’;
the same network introduced us to a young Tom Hanks in episode one of ‘Bosom Buddies,’
while episode 200 of ‘The Waltons’ aired on CBS-TV.
Bowing out Nov. 27th were actor John Carradine, and singers Joe Jones and Al Alberts.
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Seattle Radio PPM’s: News/Talk has a Good November (6+ book)

Movin’92.5 continues to dominate, followed by talkers KUOW and KIRO-FM, and Classic Rock KZOK.

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Have Your Say On The CBC

it’s the people’s media network, supposedly serving Canadians from coast to coast to coast, yet are they really serving us, or helping to divide the country?

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Anne With an E Cancelled. But fans aren’t taking the news lying down

“You cant just take her away when her life was about to begin.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Sam Cooke

Sam had a number of top 10 hits including You Send Me in 1957.

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 26th

It’s the date that brought us Rich Little, Robert Goulet, Ernie Coombs, Tina Turner, Charles Schulz (‘Peanuts’ cartoonist), and Eric Sevareid of CBS News.
The CRTC introduced ‘simultaneous substitution’ of US programming to Canadian cable systems;
NBC premiered a 30-minute ‘Price is Right’ game show hosted by Bill Cullen;
the CBC televised the Grey Cup Game for the first time;
Elton John (pictured) guested on FOX-TV’s ‘Ally McBeal’;
and ABC telecast the TV special ‘Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York.’
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CBS Hit with Racial Bias Suit from Top Reality TV Exec

“Despite blaming all of its problems on Mr. Moonves and claiming that it has taken steps to improve race and gender issues at the Company, today’s CBS ‘leaders,’ those making the key decisions on such issues, are all white males, whose decisions belie CBS’ self-serving rhetoric.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Herb Alpert

An American jazz musician who started out in 1957, and continues to entertain today. Rise was a hit for him in 1979

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 25th

Happy Birthday to John Laroquette, Jill Hennessy, Christina Applegate, Amy Grant, and Bing Crosby’s widow Kathryn.
Texas radio station WTAW aired the first football play-by-play;
four decades later, CBS telecast the first NFL game in color;
and decades later, CBC-TV aired the Grey Cup game for the last time.
Also on this date Seattle got its first TV station, in fact the first station north of San Francisco;
CBS cancelled the last 5 daytime serials on radio;
Michael J. Fox revealed he had Parkinson’s disease and would be leaving ‘Spin City’;
and CBS televised the TV special ‘Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing.’
Obits for Nov. 25th include Canadian TV chef Madame Benoit, comedian Flip Wilson, actor Jack Albertson (pictured), dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson, and onetime CKNW staff singer Alberta Slim.
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Moves…

Four staff changes of note at Vancouver and Victoria broadcasters.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Coasters

The Coasters had a string of hits in the 1950’s including Yakety Yak in 1958.

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 24th

Happy Birthday to Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks, Sarah Hyland, Billy Connolly, Pete Best, and the late Howard Duff.
It was the day JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald himself was shot dead by Jack Ruby;
radio station KVI started serving Tacoma with 50 watts at 1280 KHz;
CBC Vancouver opened its new radio-TV headquarters on Hamilton Street;
the private eye show ‘Simon & Simon’ debuted on CBS-TV;
Dusty Springfield and The Muppetts were featured on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show;
and Frank Sinatra ended 2 years in retirement with the NBC-TV special ‘Old Blue Eyes is Back’.
The music world lost Freddie Mercury, Big Joe Turner, and Kiss drummer Eric Carr, and actors Richard Carlson and Pat Morita also passed.
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‘Electrical Transcription’ Airchecks from 70 Years ago Source for Massive New Hank Williams Box Set

Early in 2020, country-music legend Hank Williams will be the subject of a six-CD collection which gathers a series of 144 performances from radio shows he hosted nearly 70 years ago.

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FCC Officially Proposes to Allow All-Digital on U.S. AM Band

The Federal Communications Commission likes the idea of giving U.S. stations on the AM band an option to turn off their analog transmissions and instead use only HD Radio.

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 23rd

It’s the date that gave birth to Miley Cyrus, Robin Roberts, John Dehner, Ruth Etting and Boris Karloff.
The forerunner to Vancouver’s CKWX radio was licensed as CFDC in Nanaimo;
already a hit on TV, ‘Have Gun Will Travel’ debuted on CBS Radio;
Bob Hope’s final TV special aired on NBC-TV;
‘Doctor Who’ had its premiere on BBC-TV;
Ronald and Nancy Reagan co-starred in a 30-minute ‘GE Theatre’ on CBS-TV;
and Bon Jovi played three numbers on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’
Passing away were Larry Hagman, Gloria Gordon (Our Miss Brooks), Marie Wilson (My Friend Irma) (pictured), western swing’s Spade Cooley, and country music’s Roy Acuff.
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Published on November 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Darrin Harvey from 89.3 K-Rock in the Annapolis Valley

Darrin Harvey and I met in late 1989 when he was going to fill in on some Christmas shifts on Magic 97 in Kentville, Nova Scotia. From the get go, I knew we would be friends. And while we never lived in the same time zone after I left in 1992, I never lost touch with Darrin

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Spirit of the West’s John Mann remembered: A whirling dervish onstage, wise, gentle and kind

In 2014, he announced he had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He died Wednesday afternoon at the Yaletown House care home, where he’d lived the past couple of years. He was 57.

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Peace & Democracy were gunned down in Dallas 56 years ago today…

If you have neither the time or inclination to read or watch the many excellent books or films about JFK’s murder, this powerful 17 min video is all you need to know..

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Eleanor Collins, Canada’s First Lady of Jazz, Turned 100 Thursday

In 1955, Collins became the first black woman to host her own television variety show in North America with CBC’s The Eleanor Show. 

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmy Soul

Jimmy became a preacher at the age of seven[2] and performed gospel music as a teenager. He acquired his performing name, “Soul,” from his congregation. He had a hit in 1963:

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 22nd

Happy Birthday to Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mariel Hemingway, Terry Gilliam, Richard Kind and Steve Van Zandt.
President Kennedy was assassinated, and broadcasters went to wall-to-wall coverage for 4 days;
the first televised interracial kiss occurred on NBC’s Star Trek;
Woody Allen was the subject of a 60 Minutes interview about his affair with Mia Farrow’s adoptive daughter;
Ted Koppel anchored his final ‘Nightline’ on ABC-TV; and the same network aired the 100th episode of ‘Who’s the Boss.’
Obits include Parley Baer, Michael Conrad, Jazz’s Norman Granz, and down east musician John Allan Cameron.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 22nd INSIDE.

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Beloved KOMO weathercaster Steve Pool to retire

A University of Washington graduate, Steve spent nearly his entire career at KOMO, starting as an intern in the late 1970s and becoming one of the most well known broadcasters in the history of the Northwest.

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‘That was a mistake’: CBC North scraps plan to consolidate morning newscasts

Management planned to consolidate 3 news reading positions across North into 1 based in Yellowknife

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CKRW marks 50 years of broadcasting

The first private radio station north of 60 went on the air on November 17th, 1969.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmy Buffett

Besides singing, Jimmy is a best selling author. In 1977 he had the hit Margaritaville.

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 21st

It’s the date of birth of Goldie Hawn, Marlo Thomas, Lorna Luft, Harold Ramis, Carly Rae Jepsen, and (pictured) the late Foster Hewitt.
Albertans first heard the call letters CKUA, as the University of Alberta took over radio station CFCK.
Vancouver got its first FM station as CBR-FM debuted at 105.7;
The ‘Roy Rogers Show’ was first heard on the Mutual radio network;
CKO-FM came to Vancouver with All News Radio at 96.1 MHz;
82 million saw the season opener on CBS-TV’s ‘Dallas’;
Aerosmith guested on Fox-TV’s ‘The Simpsons’;
and Sherry Stringfield left the cast of NBC-TV’s ‘ER’ for the first time.
Leaving this mortal coil on Nov. 21st were Bruno Gerussi, Harry Von Zell, Jerry Colonna, Bill Bixby, Gardner McKay and Bill Black.
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Allan Gee celebrates milestone as Morning host at EZ Rock Penticton

Allan Gee, you set a FANTASTIC example for what it means to be a positive community member and it has been an absolute pleasure working in the same building as you

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Toronto Star Shutters 5 Free Big City Papers

The five StarMetro bureaus — in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax — produced stories for their respective free print daily newspapers and the Star website.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ricky Nelson

Ricky was an accomplished actor (both TV and film) and singer. He died in a plane crash on December 1985, Ricky was just 45 years old. His music goes on like this hit from 1958

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 20th

Happy Birthday to Dick Smothers, Judy Woodruff, Estelle Parsons, Richard Masur, Sean Young and Joe Walsh of The Eagles.
On this date 72 years ago ‘Meet the Press’ made its TV debut on NBC;
22 years ago today Victoria got its own CBC Radio station at 90.5 MHz;
George Harrison and Paul Simon sang as a duet on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and six years later to the day, 7-year old Drew Barrymore hosted the show.
CBS-TV aired the 100th episode of ‘Green Acres’; 12 years later it broadcast ‘M*A*S*H*’ episode #200.
‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ featured headliners the Dave Clark Five, Bobby Vinton and Dick Cavett,
and U2 was profiled on ’60 Minutes.’
Obits include Canadian broadcasters Chuck Davis and Tom Rivers, and the ‘first lady’ of radio, Cathy Lewis (pictured).
ALL the milestones for Nov. 20th INSIDE.

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‘I’m not mad. I’m not bitter’: Talk Host Rob Snow let go by Ottawa’s CFRA

Snow, 48, took over after longtime CFRA host Lowell Green retired his morning show in 2016. Snow’s show, News & Views, aired on CFRA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Connie Francis

A number of Connie’s singles hit the top ten like Second Hand Love in 1962.

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 19th

Happy Birthday to Larry King, Dick Cavett, Ted Turner, Allison Janney, Meg Ryan and Jodie Foster.
On this date the first mass market transistor pocket radio was introduced;
the cartoon series ‘Rocky & his Friends’ debuted on ABC-TV;
Linda Ronstadt appeared as herself on FOX-TV’s ‘The Simpsons’;
a six-hour Beatles Anthology began airing on North American radio;
NBC aired the 100th episode of their hit drama ‘ER’;
Vancouver’s X-FM 104.9 switched to All Christmas music, and a year later Victoria’s CHBE107.3 did the same.
Ending their stay with us Nov. 19th were US sportscaster Bill Stern, songwriter Bobby Russell, producer & son of Doris Day Terry Melcher, Dick Wilson of Charmin toilet tissue ad fame, and Toronto-based classical actor John Neville.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Corus Entertainment wins ‘power’ battle over broadcasting rival after judge grants injunction on use of radio station name

A temporary injunction being sought by Corus Entertainment — Global News’ parent company — has been granted, which will see an Edmonton radio station no longer be able to use the word “POWER” in its branding and advertising strategies.

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Evan Solomon named new host of CTV News Channel’s ‘Power Play’

Solomon will begin hosting “Power Play” Monday to Thursday on  Jan. 6, 2020. The show will continue to air weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel and CTVNews.ca, and will be rebroadcast at 8:00 p.m.

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Are You Ready for Radio’s Next 100 Years?

Anyone where I live will tell you a reliable radio can be a life-saver when cell towers and electric power go down.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Orbison & KD Lang

k.d. Lang teams up with Roy for one of the finest hits of 1987, Crying.

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 18th

It’s the date that brought us Linda Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Owen Wilson, Imogene Coca, Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Collins, and former Fox News and NBC host/journalist Megyn Kelly.
Edward R. Murrow’s acclaimed documentary series ‘See It Now’ debuted on CBS-TV;
‘As It Happens’ started it’s 50+ year run on CBC Radio;
the first CanCon rules for TV were announced;
CKNW Radio boosted its power to 5,000 watts at 1320 KHz;
ABC-TV aired Britney Spears’ first TV concert;
and Fats Domino sang ‘Blueberry Hill’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Nov. 18th claimed the lives of bandleaders Ted Heath and Cab Calloway, singers Dorothy Kirsten and Hal Dickenson (The Modernaires), composer Cy Coleman and actor Harold J. Stone.
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KiNG 5 Finds New Anchor in San Francisco

Jessica Janner Castro announced that KING-TV has hired her to anchor their afternoon and evening weeknight newscasts.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Johnny Burnette

The Johnny Burnette Trio had maybe two hits, not major ones, like this one from 1953: Honey Hush

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 17th

Happy Birthday to Canadians Gordon Lightfoot, Lorne Michaels and Rachel McAdams. Also born this date were the late Rock Hudson, Archie Campbell and Jack Lescoulie.
Calgary’s CHQR began broadcasting at 810 KHz with 10,000 watts;
Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy became overnight sensations after guesting on NBC radio’s ‘Rudy Vallee Show’;
Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves after a month in drug rehab;
FOX-TV aired the US’ first condom ad;
longtime CBS newsman Roger Mudd (pictured) began working for NBC News;
and Elton John recorded his next album live on New York’s WABC-FM.
Passing away Nov. 17th were early Chicago radio children’s favorite Ireene Wicker, big band singer Bob Eberly, announcer Bill Baldwin, and country music’s Don Gibson.
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Can NBC Halt Jimmy Fallon’s Long Ratings Tumble?

A politics pivot for ‘The Tonight Show’ doesn’t pay off as the network swaps showrunners and observers say to “let Jimmy be Jimmy.”

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Another New Book About Red Robinson

Red Robinson: The Last Broadcast is the sequel to the best-selling Red Robinson: The Last Deejay. It details the legendary Canadian deejay’s last radio broadcast in the summer of 2017.

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New York had David Letterman. LA has Jimmy Kimmel. Las Vegas has John Barbour.

At 86, the godfather of reality television isn’t finished creating

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Vancouver’s QM/FM Goes All Christmas, Two Weeks Earlier than Before

The first tune played was Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Sonny James

Sonny James had a hit with this one from 1957 and Tab Hunter (Pictured) came out with his, you pick the best version of Young Love.

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 16th

It’s the date of birth for Burgess Meredith, Daws Butler, Mary Margaret McBride, Jim Jordan (of ‘Fibber McGee’ fame), Nanaimo jazz pianist Diana Krall, and ace Vancouver radio reporter George Garrett.
NBC began a two night showing of ‘The Godfather,’ for which it paid $10 million;
Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jerry Lee Lewis performed on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show;
the 100th episode of ‘The X-Files’ aired on FOX;
Walter Cronkite hosted ‘Sinatra: an American Original’ on CBS-TV;
and David Bowie’s first TV special aired on NBC’s ‘Midnight Special.’
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s ‘Sixteen Tons’ began an 8 week run as the #1 song; Patsy Cline recorded her next Top 10 hit ‘I Fall to Pieces’; and The Beatles recorded their second performance for Radio Luxembourg.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 16th INSIDE.

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TV Academy Will Vet Membership to Thin Emmy-Voting Pool

The Academy will limit Emmy voting to only active members with recent credits. Of the 25,000-plus members in the TV Academy, less than 10 percent are likely to fall into the new “associate” non-voting.

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Canadian Sportscasters Terry Leibel, Matt Devlin Honoured

Terry Leibel, the first woman to host a national sports program and to co-host CBC-TV’s Olympics coverage, leads the list of honourees for the 24th Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring the Mills Brothers

Of the many hits attributed to the Mills Brothers, Glow Worm in 1952 was one of the big ones

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 15th

Happy Birthday to Ed Asner, Sam Waterston, C.W. McCall, Kevin Eubanks, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, newsman John Roberts, Shalene Woodley and Jack Burns.
The National Broadcasting Company began operations with 24 radio stations;
Bellingham’s KVOS AM 1200 fired up with 100 watts;
TV’s first remote occurred when the cameras of NBC New York’s W2XBT covered a fire;
Edmonton’s CKRA-FM (‘Capital FM’) signed on to 96.3 MHz;
‘Dallas’ episode 100 was seen on CBS-TV;
and the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on NBC-TV’s primetime ‘Hullabaloo.’
Obits this date include Lionel Barrymore, Enid Markey, Dennis Cole, former CBS owner Larry Tisch, Cincinnati baseball broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, and (pictured) John Morgan of the Royal Canadian Air Farce.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 15th INSIDE.

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Report: Teens Still Tuning Into Radio

Despite the allure of streaming platforms, social media and YouTube, Nielsen says 91% of teens (12-17) in small and medium markets are still tuning into radio on a monthly basis.

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Disney Plus hits 10 Million Subscribers in 1 day

Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch on Tuesday.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Brook Benton

Brook had a handful of hits including Hotel Happiness in 1963

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 14th

It’s the date of birth for actors Dick Powell, McLean Stevenson (pictured), Josh Duhamel, Betsy Brandt, Rosemary DeCamp, and Brian Keith, and singers Martha Tilton, Morton Downey and Johnny Desmond.
Chicago radio station KYW was the first to air a professional opera as it was being staged;
the BBC began domestic radio service;
the Go-Go’s made their national TV debut as guests on NBC’s Saturday Night Live;
and the Dave Clark Five performed ‘Over & Over’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
It’s the day Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra recorded their legendary ‘Opus #1′;
Eddie Fisher recorded his 3rd #1 hit ‘Oh My Pa-Pa.’
And the date we lost America’s first news anchor who did yeoman work on both radio & TV, Robert Trout of CBS News.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 14th INSIDE.

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Ross Davies on Programming, Measuring, and Regulating Radio

Ross Davies spent a good chunk of his career working for CHUM in the programming, operations and senior management positions

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Investigating Kacey Musgraves’ Absence on Country Music Radio

All Kacey’s success hasn’t exactly translated on the radio. Since releasing Golden Hour and Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey’s found herself with little to no air-time on country music radio stations.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Doris Day

Doris started her career as a big band singer in 1939. Usually one of the top ten singers between 1951 and 1966. Such hits as Teachers Pet in 1958.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 13th

Happy Birthday to Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Noth, Steve Zahn and Peter Arnett..
Arturo Toscannini led the NBC Symphony in its first radio broadcast;
the North West Territories got its first radio station as CJCD Yellowknife debuted;
Izzy Asper’s Canwest Global launched a $636-million takeover bid for Vancouver’s Western International Communications;
the 200th episode of ‘Frasier’ ran on NBC-TV;
and Canadian impressionist Andre-Philippe Gagnon (pictured) guested with Johnny Carson on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show.’
The New Vaudeville Band performed their hit ‘Winchester Cathedral on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, while Sonny & Cher reunited to perform ‘I Got You Babe’ on David Letterman’s late night NBC show.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 13th INSIDE.

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David Menzies interview with Don Cherry

Exclusive interview from David Menzies of Rebel News, with Don Cherry… it’s a good one!

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A Salute to KHJ Boss Radio Los Angeles

A rapid-fire salute to 93/KHJ Boss Radio in Los Angeles utilizing jingles and other production elements.

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Vancouver & Seattle’s First Christmas Stations

The Breeze 104.3 today became Vancouver’s first 2019 All-Christmas music station, some 24 hours after two Seattle stations did so.

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Ricky Gervais to Host 2020 Golden Globes for Record 5th Time

Those who howled at his irreverent style as Globes host before will be certain to return to see what Gervais gets away with.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beatles

Not much more can be said of the Beatles with a hit like Hey Jude from 1968.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 12th

Happy Birthday to Neil Young, Al Michaels, Ryan Gosling and Megan Mullally.
It’s the day Vancouver’s Red Robinson began his 60+ year radio career at CJOR AM600;
San Francisco’s clear channel KPO became KNBC (now KNBR);
Winnipeg got the city’s first private TV station;
the BBC aired TV’s first gardening show;
ABC-TV aired the 100th episode of ‘Full House’;
and Bon Jovi performed on NBC-TV’s Today Show.
Brenda Lee was on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ to sing ‘Fool #1′;
and Foo Fighters made their 4th appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Bowing out this date were Eve Arden (pictured) of ‘Our Miss Brooks’, Penny Singleton of ‘Blondie,’ and Dave Willock of scores of light comedy supporting roles,
ALL the milestones for Nov. 12th INSIDE.

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Lest We Forget, and We Have, by Frank Vaughan

Broadcast Journalist Frank Vaughan weighs in on Don Cherry

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Don Cherry Loses his Coach’s Corner over divisive “Poppy” comments

Sportsnet said following discussions with Cherry, “it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down.”

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The 31st Annual Radio Hall Of Fame Was A Star-Studded, Memorable Ceremony

The 2019 inductees included SEAN “HOLLYWOOD” HAMILTON, HARRY HARRISON, KEVIN RYDER and GENE “BEAN” BAXTER (KEVIN & BEAN), JOE MADISON, JIM ROME, RYAN SEACREST, JOHN TESH and DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER.

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An explosion of U.S. TV and film production in Toronto is squeezing Canadian creators out

The unprecedented expansion is fuelled by an arms race among U.S.-based streaming services stockpiling an arsenal of programming to snag subscribers.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tom Jones

Tom, a Welsh singer, started his popular career in 1963. Many hits to his credit including I’ll Never Fall In Love Again from 1969.

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

REMEMBRANCE DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. Nov. 11th

Happy Birthday to Demi Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Calista Flockhart and Adam Beach. Also born Nov. 11th were Jonathan Winters, LaVern Baker and Robert Ryan.
This was the day that radio star Kate Smith first sang ‘God Bless America’;
the juvenile adventure ‘Mandrake the Magician’ debuted on New York’s WOR Radio;
NBC-TV aired the first movie with an AIDS theme, ‘An Early Frost’;
the first video recorder was demonstrated in Los Angeles, and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees guested on NBC-TV’s ‘Boy Meets World’.
‘Rocky and his Friends’ debuted as a TV cartoon show,
and Courtenay’s CFCP Radio flipped to FM to become ‘Magic FM.’
Obits include Shirley Mitchell, Jane Ace, Dayton Allen, and the voice of baseball’s Cleveland Indians Herb Score.
Details INSIDE.

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Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry’s anti-immigrant Poppy comments

“Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network,” Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley said in a statement.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Louis Armstrong

Ol Satchmo was active from 1919 to 1971. Hello Dolly kept in front of the public in 1964.

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 10th

It’s the day of birth for Miranda Lambert, Tracy Morgan, Mackenzie Phillips, sportscaster J. Paul McConnell, plus the late Richard Burton, Jane Froman, and (pictured) announcer George Fenneman.
‘The Magnificent Montague’ debuted on NBC as the last original sitcom of the OTR era;
Canada’s Board of Broadcast Governors was created to replace the CBC as the industry regulator;
‘Sesame Street’ debuted on the predecessor to PBS in the US;
Canada’s national 10-station radio news network CKO closed down, bankrupt;
and singer Jose Feliciano appeared in a dramatic role on NBC-TV’s ‘MacMillan and Wife.’
Leaving this mortal coil were Seattle’s revered voice of baseball Dave Niehaus , actors Jack Palance, Laraine Day and Chuck Connors, and BC broadcaster and station owner Joe Chesney,
Details INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Brenda Lee

Active for 55 years with a number of hits including this number 1960 for Brenda Lee: I’m Sorry

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 9th

Born on this date were Ed Wynn, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Travers, Nick Lachey and Tom Fogerty.
‘This is Your Life’ debuted on NBC radio;
Soundgarden played on Conan’s late night TV show, the same night that Bon Jovi were guests on David Letterman;
John amd Yoko met for the first time,
Brian Epstein saw The Beatles play for the first time;
David Bowie sang on Cher’s prime time CBS-TV hour;
and Donna Reid (pictured) joined the cast of the CBS-TV show ‘Dallas’.
Obits for Nov. 9th include ’60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley, Art Carney of ‘The Honeymooners,’ and deep voiced radio leading man Gerald Mohr.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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2019 Jack Webster Awards Announced

The Jack Webster Foundation was founded in 1986 and named after the man who was Western Canada’s best-known and most influential reporter.  Over 40 years he left his mark on the B.C. broadcast/ journalism scene with his hard-hitting reporting style.

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United Nations in Canada, and the CBC – Harvey Oberfeld with Jim Goddard

How Aboriginals Could Drain BC’s Coffers

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Baby It’s Cold Outside returns to Canadian airwaves

Bell was among numerous radio operators who effectively banned Baby It’s Cold Outside from their airwaves last year following scrutiny over what some called inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ray Charles

Jazz, Pop or Country, Ray Charles could do it all. Georgia On My Mind is a prime example, from 1960

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 8th

Happy Birthday to Mary Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Alfre Woodard, Rickie Lee Jones and Vancouver-born CTV journalist Craig Oliver.
Red Robinson retired from daily broadcasting on C-ISL 650;
Vancouver’s CBU-FM began programming separately from its AM counterpart;
Kelowna got a new radio station as CKIQ 1150 signed on;
‘Days of Our Lives’ debuted on NBC-TV;
and the late night talk show ‘Conan’ had its premiere on TBS and CTV.
Glenn Miller’s Orchestra recorded the big band classic ‘String of Pearls’, Johnny Mathis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show singing ‘Misty’, and singer Ricky Nelson (pictured) appeared in a dramatic role on CBS-TV daytime.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 8th INSIDE.

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Netflix’s CEO says TiME spent on the streaming platform is more important than subscriptions

Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings claims he plans to subscribe to Disney+ when it launches, and says that he’s confident in his platform’s current position in the increasingly competitive streaming market.

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Three Departures At Entercom Seattle

At Soft AC “94.1 The Sound” KSWD, APD/morning co-host Jeanne Ashley departs after just over a year with the station. There are also changes at Hot 103.7 and 107.7 The End.

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Matthew McBride Gets a Favorable CRTC Hearing on Tofino & Ucluelet Radio Stations

The transcript of yesterday’s hearing reads like a pretty low key tea party discussing how the years of non-compliance with the federal regulator will affect the futures of both  CHMZ-FM Radio Ltd. Tofino and CIMM-FM Radio Ltd. Ucluelet.

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Power 107 parent company fires back at copyright infringement claims

The company that owns Edmonton’s Power 107 pop hits radio station is firing back at broadcasting giant Corus, saying it in no way infringed its copyrights.

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Justin Dove: Core Image Studios

Justin Dove is really good at radio imaging. (He also admits he is an audio nerd) He started in his home province of Newfoundland and worked his way across Canada for companies both big and small. Then he started his own company, Core Image Studios

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Evelyn Knight

An American singer popular in the 1940’s and 50’s. She had a million seller with A Little Bird Told Me in 1949

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 7th

Happy Birthday to Joni Mitchell, Buck Martinez and New Zealand’s talented Lorde. Also born Nov. 7th were the late musicians Al Hirt, Joe Bushkin, Red Ingle and Phil Spitalny.
Vancouver’s CKLG began airing a syndicated ‘History of Rock & Roll’ which won them a ratings book;
radio’s first sci-fi show ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’ debuted on CBS;
the weekly medical melodrama ‘Dr. Christian’ began its 17-year run on CBS radio;
the Righteous Brothers, Peggy Lee, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass were performing guests on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show;
NBC-TV began the first airing of ‘Gone With the Wind’ over two nights;
and Studio One began its decade-long run featuring anthology drama weekly on CBS-TV.
Leaving us this date were Steve McQueen, Maverick’s Jack Kelly, Northern Exposure’s Peg Phillips, and Clyde Gilmour of the CBC’s Gilmour’s Albums.
Details and ALL the milestones for Nov. 7th are found INSIDE.

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VIDEO: Leaked ABC News Insider Recording EXPOSES #EpsteinCoverup “We had Clinton, We had Everything”

“I’ve Had This Story for Three Years… (ABC) Would Not Put It on The Air” says Good Morning America Breaking News Anchor, and 20/20 Co-Anchor Amy Robach.

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‘The Beginning of the Long Dash’ Turned 80 This Week

The National Research Council official time signal is a fixture of Canadian society. And on Nov. 5, the longest running segment on CBC Radio turned 80 years old.

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News Media Canada Calls for Applications for Local Journalism Initiative

News Media Canada invites print and online news organizations to apply for the Local Journalism Initiative, which provides funding to hire reporters to produce civic journalism in underserved communities across Canada.

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Fox Buys Three TV Stations, including Two in Seattle

The stations, KCPQ and KZGO in Seattle and WITI in Milwaukee, were targeted by Fox because they are in “two key markets that align with the company’s sports rights,” Fox said.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Harry Nilsson

Nilsson reached his peak in the 1970’s. Everybody’s Talking was a hit in 1968

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 6th

Happy Birthday to Sally Field, Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke, Bill Henderson of Chilliwack, Fred Penner and Maria Shriver.
On this date Windsor’s legendary CKLW came into being when two previous stations were merged;
the first commercial TV station WGY Schenectady went on the air;
‘Meet the Press’ debuted on NBC-TV; Phil Donahue’s TV talk show debuted in Dayton, Ohio;
‘The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour’ premiered on CBS-TV; Fox-TV debuted the action series ’24′;
and New York’s WOR-TV paid a record $182,000 per episode for reruns of ‘The Cosby Show.”
ALL the milestones for the date are INSIDE.

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Apple TV Plus promises Star-Studded Content, but can it Compete in the Streaming Wars?

Apple TV Plus is betting on A-list content and a lower subscription price as a means of competing in the increasingly saturated market of streaming services.

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Movin’ 92.5’s Brooke & Jubal Win ‘Radio Hall of Fame’ Recognition

Each year, the RHOF nominating committee selects a promising radio personality or team who has demonstrated ratings success, audience growth, and impact on one or more radio stations and their communities.

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Are Listeners Ready For All-Digital AM Radio?

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to launch a rulemaking this month that would begin the process of allowing AM stations to switch off their analog transmitters and rely only on a digital signal.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Vinton

Bobby became known as “The Polish Prince” because of his Polish background. Mr. Lonely was his hit in 1964

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 5th

Happy Birthday to Bryan Adams, Elke Sommer, Art Garfunkel, Tatum O’Neal and Sam Rockwell.
The comic strip ‘The Gumps’ debuted as a series on CBS radio;
‘The Big Show’ debuted as a Sunday night 90-minute radio spectacular on NBC;
Vancouver’s CKNW increased power from 1,000 watts to 5,000 at 1320 kc;
the ‘Nat King Cole Show’ debuted on NBC-TV;
Tom Jones guested on the soundtrack of Fox-TV’s ‘The Simpsons’;
and Kenny Rogers and The First Edition made their TV debut on CBS-TV’s ‘Smothers Bros. Comedy Hour.’
Those bowing off the world stage Nov. 5th include Fred MacMurray, Johnny Horton, Bobby Hadfield of the Righteous Bothers, Bobby Nunn and Billy Guy of ‘The Coasters’ (16 years apart); bandleader Guy Lombardo (pictured), and career Canadian broadcasters Norm Marshall and Sid Boyling.
ALL the milestones for the date are found INSIDE.

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24-7 Christmas HD radio station launches in Victoria, Commercial Free

“Christmas music is in huge demand this time of year and I think offering a commercial free option, especially for retailers or the Christmas fan is a great option,” said Virgin Radio Victoria program director Chris Donnelly.

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Spotify & Soundcloud be Damned, Radio Requests Still Attract

As it turns out, there are sound psychological and cultural reasons to explain why the age-old radio request still lives on.

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LA Morning Stars Kevin & Bean Fade to Black Friday After 30 Amazing Years

And this week (11/8) KEVIN & BEAN will be inducted into the RADIO HALL OF FAME in a ceremony in NEW YORK CITY.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Active in the 60’s with hits like Young Girl from 1968

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 4th

Happy Birthday to Michael McConaughey, Kathy Griffin, Delbert McLendon, Loretta Swit and Howie Meeker. Also born this date were Will Rogers, Art Carney (pictured), Shirley Mitchell, Kate Reid, and Vancouver-born Court Benson.
The longtime radio serial ‘One Man’s Familly’ debuted on NBC Television;
Van Morrison was the musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’;
pioneer Montreal radio station CFCF aired its first commercial show;
Vancouver’s CHQM introduced stereo FM to the West Coast;
Kelowna’s CKOV signed on with all its 100 watts of glory;
and decades later K 96.3 debuted its classic rock format as it signed on, also to serve Kelowna.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 4th are found INSIDE.

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Canadian Bernard Slade, who wrote ‘Same Time, Next Year’ and created ‘Partridge Family,’ dies at 89

Slade also was involved in creating and writing the TV sitcoms Bewitched, The Flying Nun, & Bridget Loves Bernie.

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Back to the Future in Courtenay BC Radio

No longer 98.9 The Goat which had been its moniker since 2014, CFCP-FM has returned to the branding it proudly operated under in the early 2000’s, Jet FM 98.9. 

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One of my favourite Flashbacks with Dick & Dee Dee

The California duo, Dick and Dee Dee, (Dick St. John and Mary Sperling) first met in junior high school in the late fifties. The duo lost track of each other until Dee Dee’s first year at college when they both started working at See’s Candies in Los Angeles.

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 3rd

It’s the date that brought us actors Charles Bronson, Dennis Miller, Roseanne Barr, Lois Smith, Peggy McCay, and singers Lulu and Jane Monheit.
The sitcoms ‘The Nanny’ and ‘Dif’rent Strokes’ were seen for the first time;
the CBC extended its FM Stereo network coast to coast;
‘Good Morning America’ debuted on ABC-TV;
Edmonton’s heritage call letters CFRN were heard for the first time;
the ‘Nashville Network’ debuted on North American cable systems;
and Geraldo Rivera’s nose was broken as a riot broke out during the taping of his syndicated TV show.
Details and ALL the milestones for Nov. 3rd INSIDE.

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One of my Favourite All-Time Flashbacks, with ‘Flock of Seagulls’

I ran (so far away) was released by a Flock of Seagulls in 1982

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 2nd

It’s the day that gave us Burt Lancaster, David Schwimmer, Paul Ford, Jay Black, k.d. lang, and early West Coast newscaster Sam Hayes.
The early radio soap opera Myrt & Marge (pictured) debuted on CBS;
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was created;
CFGP brought 100 watts of local radio service to Grande Prairie Alta,
and years later on this date, CFCW signed on with 250 watts in Camrose.
CBC-TV experimented unsuccessfully with a 9 pm newscast,
Ted Danson’s ‘Becker’ debuted on CBS-TV,
and NBC-TV aired the 100th episode of ‘Third Rock from the Sun.’
Three veteran TV character actors left us on this date, Leonard Stone, Sid Melton and vocalist Paul Frees.
ALL the milestones for Nov. 2nd INSIDE.

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Fox News Launched New Investigation Into Host’s Misconduct Claims

In a new statement, Fox News revealed that it conducted a second investigation into the sexual misconduct claims made by Fox Nation host Britt McHenry against colleague Tyrus.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly & The Crickets with another big hit from 1958

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 1st

It’s the date that brought us Victoria’s David Foster (pictured), Bill Anderson, Lyle Lovett, Jenny McCarthy, Toni Collette, and the late Betsy Palmer,
Edmonton radio station CFRN was granted its first license;
Medicine Hat’s CHAT started up on 1270 kc.;
the first English language hockey telecast was called by Foster Hewitt on Toronto’s CBLT;
the Dave Clark Five performed on the Ed Sullivan Show;
‘The Lucy Show’ debuted on CBS-TV,
and a few years later the same network aired the 100th episode of the sitcom ‘Maude.’
Obits for Nov. 1 include Phil Silvers, Noah Beery Jr., Skitch Henderson, Yma Sumac, Canadian broadcast journalist and politician Rene Levesque, and North Vancouver’s contribution to Air Farce, Dave Broadfoot.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Longtime Seattle Mariners broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at age 81

Fairly worked on Angels broadcasts between 1979-86. He joined the San Francisco broadcast team in 1987 and remained there before joining Seattle’s broadcast in 1993. Fairly spent 14 seasons with the Mariners.

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Postmedia, Torstar Take Taxpayer Cash, Keep Public in Dark about Cuts

In 2017, the two corporations swapped 43 newspapers, and on the same day the deal was announced closed 36 of them.

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Is it Too Late to Save AM Radio?

Bryan Broadcasting’s Ben Downs is a champion for AM Radio. For years he’s been trying, along with others, to solve the noise issues that plague the AM band.

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Campbell River’s New Country Station ‘Raven 100.7’ Is On The Air

The new 8,000 watt commercial Aboriginal station is owned by the Aupe Cultural Enhancement Society and will become the only Country station on Vancouver Island.

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Corey Carter, PD WIXX 101.1 Green Bay, WI.

Every year since 2013, I have loaded up the car for a football trip to see the Green Bay Packers. The team has a special relationship with the town that is unlike any other in sports. That extends to its local radio partner which clearly doesn’t behave like other radio stations in a medium or small market. WIXX 101.1 is staffed 24/7 with live personalities.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chuck Miller

Only top ten recording for Chuck Miller was House Of Blue Lights in 1955.

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HALOWEEN in Broadcast History .. Thurs. Oct. 31st

It’s the date of birth of broadcasters Dan Rather and Jane Pauley, singers Dale Evans and Ethel Waters, actors Michael Landon, Barbara Bel Geddes, Ken Wahl and John Candy, and rapper Vanilla Ice.
Vancouver’s CHAN-TV (now Global) signed on for the first time;
NBC televised ‘Carmen’ as the first opera ever aired ‘in living color’;
the 100th episode of ‘The Odd Couple’ was seen on ABC;
and Alice Cooper hosted ‘The Monstrous Munster Mash’ marathon on superstation WGN.
Bing Crosby’s ‘White Xmas’ began an 11 week run at #1;
the Rolling Stones played Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto;
and Barry McGuire sang ‘Eve of Destruction’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 31st INSIDE.

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Research Director Inc.’s Demo Breakouts: October Radio PPM’s for Seattle

Movin’92.5 dominates the demos as it did the 6+ book. KKWF The Wolf 100.7 was the favorite Country station.

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RIP Comedian John Witherspoon, 77

The death of the actor-comedian with memorable roles in the “Friday” films, TV series “The Boondocks,” “Black Jesus” and “The First Family,” and many other projects during his decades-spanning career was confirmed Tuesday.

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Kevin Spacey won’t be charged in one sex-assault case after accuser dies

Los Angeles prosecutors decided that they couldn’t move forward without the participation of the accuser, who died earlier this year.

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Published on October 29, 2019 at 9:10 pm by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Doris Day

Doris Day was very popular singing or in the movies, belting out tunes like It’s Magic in 1948

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 30th

Happy birthday to Grace Slick, Henry Winkler, Kevin Pollak, Harry Hamlin, Matthew Morrison (formerly of ‘Glee’), and Ben Bailey (formerly of ‘Cash Cab.’).
It’s the day CBS radio listeners were terrified by Orson Welles (pictured) and his ‘War of the Worlds’;
the 100th episode of ‘Cheers’ was aired on NBC-TV,
and 4 years later the same network broadcast the 100th episode of ‘Matlock.’
Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ became a Gold Record. and Frank Sinatra recorded ‘My Way.’
Leaving us on Oct. 30th were Steve Allen, Robert Goulet, Pert Kelton, John Houseman, and Vancouver-born actor John Drainie.
ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.

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Movin’ 92.5 Continues Atop Seattle Radio PPM’s

KZOK is again #2, with KSWD The Sound in 3rd place in the 6+ book.

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FORBES: Salute to Holger Petersen, a man of many musical achievements

Back during my late teenage years I remember a kid behind me jabbing me in the back during Mr. King’s math class saying “Marty … can you please introduce me to your Dad” (the late Jerry Forbes of 630 CHED fame).

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Conway Twitty

A country singer, Conway had recordings make it on the pop charts. Like It’s Only Make Believe in 1958.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 29th

Oct 29th gave us musicians Neal Hefti and Zoot Sims, actors Richard Dreyfuss, Winona Ryder and Kate Jackson, plus singer/comedienne Fannie Brice, and DJ/recording star the Big Bopper.
KTLA-TV in L.A. originated the first coast-to-coast telecast in HD;
Canada’s Astral Media completed its $1.8 billion purchase of Standard Radio;
Bobby Helms recorded the now iconic ‘Jingle Bell Rock’;
The Huntley-Brinkley Report (pictured) debuted on NBC-TV, a few decades before Nell Carter’s ‘Gimme a Break’ had ITS premiere;
and CBS first used videotape to repeat its nightly ‘Douglas Edwards & the News’ for West Coast release.
Obits include bandleaders Woody Herman and John Scott Trotter, plus guitarist Duane Allman, Kennedy satirist Vaughn Meader, and Canadian-born actor Lloyd Bochner.
You’ll find ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Cadillac Jack’s Daughter Asks For Help

Well known radio personality CADILLAC JACK, the former afternoon host at CBS RADIO Classic Hits WOGL/PHILADELPHIA, is battling cancer.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Darin

Lazy River another of Bobby Darins hits from 1960.

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 28th

Happy Birthday to Julia Roberts, Joaquim Phoenix, Dennis Franz, Brad Paisley, Cleo Laine and Andy Richter.
New York’s WEAF aired the first college football game on a radio network;
Jack Benny took his immensely popular radio show to CBS-TV;
The same network broadcast the 100th episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ and a year later on Oct. 29 the 100th ‘Dick Van Dyke Show.’
Red Barber resigned from broadcasting Brooklyn Dodger games to join Mel Allen and the New York Yankees,
Elvis made his 2nd appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (pictured),
and the flying cowboy radio serial ‘Sky King’ debuted on ABC.
Obits this date include ex-KJR deejay Bwana Johnny, Porter Wagoner, Beryl Davis, James MacArthur, Leon Janney, and pioneer Vancouver sportscaster Leo Nicholson.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 28th INSIDE.

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Ray Santos, a N.Y. pillar of Latin jazz, is dead at 90

In the 1950s and ’60s, if you were at the Palladium or one of the other nightclubs in New York where Latin jazz was played, there’s a decent chance that you heard Santos.

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One of my all-time favourite Flashbacks, with The Hollies

This isn’t just The Hollies ~ Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) 1972, It’s the Extended Meow Mix

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Published on October 26, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Radio Man

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 27th

It’s the date that brought us John Cleese, Nanette Fabray, Matt Drudge, Floyd Cramer, Kelly Osbourne, and Manitoba-born comic actor Jack Carson.
Pittsburgh’s pioneer radio station KDKA was granted a broadcast license,
‘Disneyland’ began a long Sunday night run on ABC & CBC televison,
Groucho’s quiz show ‘You Bet Your Life’ (pictured) debuted on ABC Radio;
Jane Morgan sang ‘Fascination’ on the Ed Sullivan Show,
and 11 years later Mary Hopkin sang ‘Those Were the Days’ on the same CBS-TV showcase.
‘Knots Landing’ began its 10th season on CBS-TV,
and Jane Pauley announced she would be ending her 13 years on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’
ALL the milestones for Oct. 27th INSIDE.

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CBC’s Matt Galloway leaving Toronto’s ‘Metro Morning’ for ‘The Current’

“I’m looking forward to being part of the big stories in Canada today, and diving into the international topics that I’m always curious about,” said Galloway.. He’ll be succeeding Anna Maria Tremonti, who left “The Current” in June.

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Rachel Maddow Unloads on Her NBC Bosses

Maddow’s decision to book Ronan Farrow alone sent a powerful message to her superiors. Farrow has accused the network of blocking his reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misconduct, before taking his story to The New Yorker and winning a Pulitzer Prize.

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One of my all-time favourite flashbacks, with Whitney Houston

Whitney was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. Whitney died in February of 2012.

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Published on October 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Radio Man

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 26th

Happy Birthday today to Seth McFarlane, Keith Urban, Tom Cavanagh, Pat Sajak and Jaclyn Smith.
‘St. Elsewhere’ debuted on NBC-TV;
‘M*A*S*H’ started its tenth season on CBS-TV;
Frances Gumm (later known as Judy Garland) made her radio debut on NBC’s ‘Shell Chateau’;
‘Chez Helene’ began its more than 13 year run on CBC-TV;
and the acclaimed WWII documentary ‘Victory at Sea’ debuted on NBC-TV.
Taking their final bows on this earth were Canadian radiomen J. Frank Willis and Alden Diehl, CBS founder Bill Paley, country music’s Hoyt Axton, and the teacher on ‘Leave It to Beaver’ Sue Randall.
Details and ALL the milestones for Oct. 26th INSIDE.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Pee Wee Hunt Orchestra

An American jazz trombonist and band leader. Pee Wee had a #3 hit, Oh, that sold a million copies.
1963

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 25th

It’s a birthday for Marion Ross, Helen Reddy, James Carville and Katy Perry; also for the late ANNIS STUKUS (pictured), Bobby Gimby, Minnie Pearl and Leo G. Carroll.
The longrunnning radio soap opera “Stella Dallas” debuted on New York’s WEAF;
Ed Sullivan introduced The Rolling Stones to North American TV audiences;
‘Newhart’ premiered on CBS-TV; the 200th episode of ‘Cheers’ aired on NBC-TV;
and Rick Nelson played a dramatic role on ABC-TV’s ‘Streets of San Francisco.’
Obits for Oct. 25th include Vincent Price, Roger Miller, Richard Harris, Mildred Natwick, Forrest Tucker and early radio balladeer Morton Downey,
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Talk Radio Needs their own All Xmas Format

As we get deeper into the season, we’re looking at your listeners thinking about shopping, about planning a family gathering for the holidays, about the food they’ll be eating, and holidays past.

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Radio’s Podcast Questions Answered

Todd Cochrane can speak to it because he was there in the early days. In 2004, he jumped into podcasting; long before Apple became involved. As time went on he began to find ways to make money at it, including an early sponsorship deal with GoDaddy, and creating the podcast hosting company that we know as Blubrry.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Christopher Cross

The Texan sang his way to the top of the charts a number of times, including this one from 1980: Ride Like The Wind.

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 24th

Happy Birthday to Kevin Kline, Bill Wyman, Santo Farina, F. Murray Abraham, and Heather Rankin.
Radio’s first big variety show ‘The Fleischmann Hour’ with RUDY VALLEE (pictured) debuted on NBC;
CBC radio introduced it’s long-running ‘Cross Country Checkup’;
and ‘Kojak’ starring Telly Savalas premiered on CBS-TV.
Neil Sedaka recorded ‘Calendar Girl,’ and Bob Dylan taped his iconic ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’.’
And the genius behind ‘Star Trek,’ Gene Roddenberry passed away.
Details and ALL the Oct. 24th milestones INSIDE.

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Broadcast Journalist Gwen Ifill Honored with US Postage Stamp

The stamp features a 2008 photo of Ifill with the words “BLACK HERITAGE” at the top and Ifill’s name at the bottom.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

If you don’t know this singer, you must be hiding somewhere. Sinatra with Theme From New York, New York in 1979.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 23rd

Happy Birthday to Weird Al Yankovic, Dwight Yoakam, Cat Deeley, Nancy Grace, and Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds. It’s also the date of birth of the late Johnny Carson, CNN’s John Holliman, and actor James Daly.
Comedian FRED ALLEN and his wife Portland (pictured) made their radio debut on CBS;
Jonathan Winters became a TV star with his first special on NBC;
and rocker Axl Rose gave his first live interview in years on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Vernon B.C.’s radio station CICF started broadcasting on 1050 KHz;
Allen Freed’s All Star Rock ‘n’ Roll Show played Vancouver’s Georgia Auditorium, tickets cost $2.50;
and 12 year old ‘Little’ Stevie Wonder recorded his first Motown single.
Obits on Oct. 23rd include Al Jolson, country music’s Maybelle Carter, NBC newswoman Jessica Savitch, CBS News boss William Leonard, and baritone Robert Merrill.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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John Clarke, from Original ‘Days of Our Lives’ Cast, Dead at 88

He played Mickey Horton, one of the sons of Macdonald Carey’s character, on the NBC soap for 39 years.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Andy Williams

One of the more popular singers of the 1950’s and 60’s. Are You Sincere hit the charts in 1958.
1958

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 22nd

It’s the date MARIE OSMOND (pictured) fainted during a live telecast of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’; Alan Freed brought his all-star rock ‘n’ roll show to Portland; and the Kingston Trio guested on NBC-TV’s WWII drama ‘Convoy.’
Tommy Edwards scored his biggest selling #1 ‘It’s All in the Game,’ and ten years later to the day, passed away. The Beach Boys released their next Chart Topper ‘Good Vibrations,’ while Chubby Checker did ‘The Twist’ on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Happy Birthday to Vancouver breakfast broadcaster Kim Seale and to Howard Stern’s mother,
while at the other end, obits for Oct. 22 include Soupy Sales, Cleavon Little, Mary Wickes, Melfort Sask.’s Arthur Hill, sportscaster Red Barber, and CBS Newsman Robert Pierpoint.
Details & ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Violence Against Ottawa Media Condemned

A CTV News photographer was punched multiple times outside of an Ottawa court house Friday, where several reporters were threatened and another photographer was assaulted while working.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The 5th Dimension

The five member group started out in 1965. Even today they continue to perform but not with the original group. Wedding Bell Blues in 1969 was another hit for the original group

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

CANADA ELECTION DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. Oct. 21st

Happy Birthday to Kim Kardashian, Judge Judy, Manfred Mann, and the Honeymooner’s Joyce Randolph.
Also born this date were the late ROBERT CLOTHIER (pictured) of ‘The Beachcombers,’ Dizzy Gillespie and Hy Averbach.
The UK’s Cliff Richard appeared on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Johnny Mathis scored a #1 hit with ‘Chances Are,’
and Chuck Berry topped the charts with ‘My Ding-a-Ling.’
Bob Dylan finished his first album for Columbia,
Carl Perkins taped a special for US cable in London,
and the new owners of BC radio stations in Powell River and Courtenay changed formats.
Passing on this date were BC broadcasters Bob Hall and Daryl Duke, musicians Edmundo Ros and Bill Black, WWII pinup Marie McDonald, Fred Berry of ‘What’s Happening,’ and Canadian patent medicine radio pitchman Gilbert Templeton.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 21 INSIDE.

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KZOK Raises $101,000. During Fundraiser for Northwest Harvest

“It’s totally awe inspiring to bring advertisers, listeners, and staff together for another year focused on making a meaningful difference here at home.”

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One of my Favourite Flashbacks, with Heart

On October 17, 1967 Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen shook hands and co-founded the band that would become Heart.

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Published on October 19, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Radio Man

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 20th

Happy Birthday to actor Viggo Mortensen, ‘The Waltons’ Eric Scott, ‘The Office’s John Krasinski, country music’s Wanda Jackson, plus the late Tom Petty, Jerry Ohrbach, Arlene Francis, Grandpa Jones, Dr. Joyce Brothers (pictured) and Will Rogers Jr.
Lee DeForest demonstrated his major invention, the electric vacuum radio tube;
‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ debuted on the NBC Red network;
ironman news anchor Robert Trout joined CBS radio;
’Break the Bank’ debuted on Mutual radio;
Walter Cronkite introduced the CBS-TV documentary series, ‘The Twentieth Century’,
and Canada’s first private TV station signed on in Sudbury Ontario.
Signing off forever were actors Burt Lancaster and Jane Wyatt, plus country music’s Merle Travis.
See ALL the milestones for Oct. 20th INSIDE.

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Don Kollins: From Radio to Twitch

Don Kollins is kind of an ideal guest for this podcast. He is a Canadian living in California. He has worked in radio on both sides of the border.

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Published on October 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm by Voice Over

One of My Favourite Flashbacks with The Edgar Winter Group

“Free Ride” is a song written by Dan Hartman and performed by The Edgar Winter Group. The single, engineered by Jim Reeves, was a top 15 U.S. hit in 1973, hitting number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and number 10 on Cash Box. In Canada, it peaked at number eight.[2]

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 19th

The birthday of Jim Reeves, the Kingston Trio’s Dave Guard, actors Robert Reed and John Lithgow, Canada’s Tommy Ambrose, Nashville’s Charlie Chase, and TV builder extraordinaire Ty Pennington.
Arthur Godfrey fired singer Julius LaRosa (both pictured) live on CBS Radio;
‘Big Town’ starring Edward G. Robinson debuted on CBS radio;
Henry Ford made his first speech on early radio;
Florence Henderson joined NBC’s Today Show,
and CKEK signed on 570 kc. to give Cranbrook BC its own radio service.
Obits Oct. 19th include Phillips H. Lord who created radio hits ‘Gangbusters’ and ‘Mr. District Attorney’;
plus Tom Bosley, Martha Raye, Phyllis Kirk, and Noel Harrison.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Bill Macy, TV husband of Bea Arthur on Maude, dead at 97

The stint as Walter Findlay on the 70’s CBS sitcom was Macy’s highest-profile in a long stage, film and TV career. He made dozens of guest appearances in series including Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother and ER.

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CFUN panel audio and jingles presented at the recent Red’s RPM luncheon

There’s no better way to celebrate a great radio station than with jingles! Enjoy the C-FUN story from the 50s to the 70s with the people who made it happen.

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Corus Entertainment reports 4th quarter profits down

Corus Entertainment Inc. says it earned $22.9 million in its latest quarter, down from nearly $33.7 million in the same quarter a year ago.

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Netflix’s U.S. Subscriber Growth Slows as Competition Looms

Netflix added 6.8 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, below the 7 million customers forecast by the Los Gatos, California, company. Just 520,000 of those subscribers were picked up in the U.S., below the 800,000 that management anticipated.

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Published on October 17, 2019 at 9:46 pm by boredop

One of my all time hit favourites, by Phil Collins

“Another Day In Paradise” was the first single to be released from Phil Collins’ number-1 1989 album ‘…But Seriously’.

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 18th

Happy Birthday to musician Wynton Marsalis, actors Joe Morton, Zac Efron, Pam Dawber, Erin Moran, and former broadcaster & BC Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo (pictured).
‘Perry Mason’ debuted on CBS radio daytime,
the sitcom ‘Roseanne’ premiered on ABC-TV,
the Jackson 5 made their TV debut on ABC-TV’s ‘Hollywood Palace,’
Lloyd Robertson joined Harvey Kirck on CTV National News,
and Pamela Martin joined Bill Good Jr. on the anchor desk at CTV Vancouver,
Deaths this date include inventor Thomas Alva Edison, actresses Julie London and Gwen Verdon, NBC newswoman Nancy Dickerson, and singer Dee Dee Warwick.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 18th INSIDE.

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If you use an Antenna to watch TV, U.S. local channels might not show on Oct. 19

You’ll have to rescan your TV or converter box if you want to be able to continue watching U.S. local channels such as KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, and Q13 over the air.

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The Paul McGuire Show on New Country

Canada’s leading country music personality is going coast-to-coast every day with his show! On Monday, October 21, Stingray will proudly launch The Paul McGuire Show, a new, nationwide daytime radio show

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Luisa Alvarez Leaves CHEK for CTV Vancouver

Luisa has been missing from CHEK newscasts recently, and now we know why.  She has been hired at CTV News Vancouver.

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Country Radio Legend Bob Kingsley Dead at 80

Country radio legend Bob Kingley, the longtime host of the nationally syndicated program Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, died early Thursday in Weatherford, Texas, following a lengthy battle with bladder cancer.

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One of my Favourite Flashbacks with Glenn Frey

The sun goes down
The night rolls in
You can feel it starting all over again
The moon comes up
And the music calls
You’re getting tired of staring at.

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Published on October 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Radio Man

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 17th

Happy Birthday to Canadians Rick Mercer and Norm MacDonald; to actor George Wendt, rapper Eminem and country music’s Alan Jackson.
It was Oct. 17th when the NBC Radio Hollywood studios opened at Sunset and Vine;
when the radio serial ‘Captain Midnight’ debuted on WGN Chicago,
and when live TV coverage of the Canadian parliament premiered on Canadian cable services.
‘Hollywood Squares’ debuted on NBC daytime,
a Barbra Streisand special ‘Belle of 14th Street’ aired on CBS-TV,
and George W. Bush and Al Gore staged their 3rd televised presidential debate,
The music world took a hit this date with the deaths of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer, Alberta Hunter, Billy Williams, Mark Warnow, plus composers Viz Mizzy and Jay Livingston.
Details and ALL the milestones for Oct. 17th INSIDE.

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RIP An Unsung Hero of the CBC

By the end of the 1940s, Margaret Lyons was in London, and on her way to a pioneering career that shouldered aside racism, broke through a glass ceiling and helped to save public radio in Canada from what seemed at the time to be a likely death.

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Rick Dhaliwal Has Landed at a New Vancouver Home (His Old one?)

So so so so excited to be back at TSN 1040 Radio as a contributor. Back where I belong, back home!

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The Vancouver Sun’s Article about That CFUN Deejays Picture Last Week

Former C-FUN DJs posed in front of the old C-FUN building at 1900 West 4th Ave. Sadly three of their original number have died.

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Dallas Harms, who helped jump-start Ronnie Hawkins’ career, dies at 84

The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, known for his songs “Paper Rosie” and “Honky Tonkin’ (All Night Long),” died on Saturday in Hamilton.

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Summerland BC loses its Live Local Morning Show

Bradley Green is losing his local live morning show on CHOR AM in Summerland.  Instead the local station will simulcast Allan Gee’s breakfast show from CKOR down the Okanagan in Penticton.

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Published on October 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Turn Table3

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Patsy Cline

Another of Patsy’s hits from 1961: I Fall To Pieces.

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 16th

Happy Birthday today to Angela Lansbury, Suzanne Somers, Merilee Rush, John Mayer, Kellie Martin and Tim Robbins.
Vancouver deejay Jack Cullen (pictured) aired his first ever ‘Owl Prowl’ on CKMO AM 1410;
‘The Right to Happiness,’ a longrunning quarter hour daytime drama, debuted on the NBC Blue radio network;
‘The Bob Newhart Show’ aired its 100th episode on CBS-TV;
The Vancouver-produced ‘Smallville’ debuted on the WB network;
and the last episode of ‘Max Headroom’ aired on ABC-TV.
Among the celebrity deaths for Oct. 16th are Shirley Booth, Ken Carpenter, Barbara Billingsley, Lister Sinclair, Jean Shepherd, Ella Mae Morse, Gene Krupa, and Dan Dailey.
Details, and ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.

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Considering How Corrupt The System Has Become, We Can’t Trust Elections Canada

Disturbingly, the establishment press is attacking the Conservatives for questioning Elections Canada, when the media should be holding powerful government institutions accountable.

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Viacom Mogul Planning a Conservative Rival to Fox News

In the midst of closing a merger between CBS and Viacom, Shari Redstone is quietly exploring a plan to launch a conservative TV outlet meant to square off with the Fox News Channel.

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Most TV Viewers Wait to Stream a Show Rather Than Watch Ads

The survey found that 67.4% of respondents wait to watch television programming until it lands on a streaming service because they want to avoid commercial breaks.

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The rise and fall of CNN, the most busted name in news by Jon Rappoport

“CNN is still licking their wounds after a rather disastrous couple of weeks, where a shoddy Russia-Trump story led to three staffers resigning, a Project Veritas investigation exposed that the network’s producers peddled the Russia story for ratings, and what came off as a wholly inappropriate veiled threat against an anonymous Reddit user who created a Trump WWE video, which the president tweeted before the Fourth of July Holiday.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Johnny Preston

From Texas, Johnny Preston is best known for Running Bear in 1960.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 15th

Born this date were CBS radio/TV news anchor Robert Trout and TV host/announcer Art James, actors Dominic West & Linda Lavin, comedian Larry Miller and TV chef Emeril Lagasse (pictured).
The music licensing organization ASCAP was formed;
‘‘I Love Lucy’ debuted on CBS-TV;
Early Seattle radio station KCPB became KIRO with 500 watts;
Vancouver’s CKLG FM signed on as an easy listening station (it’s now rocker C-FOX);
Tom Snyder began an 8 year run on NBC-TV late night with ‘The Tomorrow Show’;
The Fox Business Network began programming on US cable systems;
and Drew Carey took over as host of The Price is Right.
Signing off forever Oct. 15th were quizmaster Jack Narz, singers Terry Gilkyson and Edie Adams, and Canadian radio pioneer Billy Browne Sr.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CBC’s lawsuit against the Conservatives reveals a broadcaster lost in the digital world

The CBC’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the Conservative Party over the use of seven short video clips in a campaign ad and several Twitter postings sparked a torrent of criticism.

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‘Fox News Stars’ to Fill Shepard Smith’s Slot, including Hume & Wallace

Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer and John Roberts are among the Fox News Channel news anchors who will do a stint in the 3 p.m. hour vacated late last week by Shepard Smith.

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Rosemary Barton being removed as applicant in CBC’s lawsuit against CPC, still covering election

The CBC released a statement Saturday addressing the lawsuit it filed against the Conservative Party of Canada, which included mention of filing an amendment this coming Tuesday to remove CBC journalists Rosemary Barton and John Paul Tasker as applicants in the copyright infringement lawsuit.

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O’Keefe Strikes Again! Project Veritas Undercover CNN Video Exposes Jeff Zucker’s “Personal Vendetta” Against Trump

  by Cristina Laila Gateway Pundit  October 14, 2019 James O’Keefe strikes again! Project Veritas on Monday released undercover video from INSIDE CNN. James O’Keefe teased a crowd about the new #ExposeCNN Project Veritas release over the weekend at the Family Research Council conference in Washington DC. On Monday afternoon, O’Keefe released Part One of his #ExposeCNN […]

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Jim Harold: From Radio Sales to Paranormal Podcast

Jim Harold began podcasting on the paranormal in 2005 and is among a handful of pioneers of podcasting. His programs have stood the test of time and The Paranormal Podcast and Campfire remain among the most popular in the genre.

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CANADIAN THANKSGIVING in Broadcast History .. Mon. Oct. 14th

It’s the date that gave us Roger Moore, Lillian Gish, Harry Anderson, Canadian news anchor Harvey Kirck, radio actor Russell Thorson and singer/TV talent judge Usher.
‘The Lux Radio Theatre’ began its 20 year run, from New York;
Edward Noble’s purchase of NBC radio’s Blue network was approved;
The rescue of little Jessica McLure from an abandoned Texas wellshaft began on North American TV screens;
Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers guested on ABC-TV’s ‘Shindig’;
and ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 was #1.
Notable obits for Oct. 14th include Bing Crosby, Leonard Bernstein, Elwood Glover (pictured), Keenan Wynn, Hy Averbach and Dame Edith Evans.
ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.

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Published on October 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Inside the media’s relentless crusade to destroy President Trump

Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, the mainstream media has shed its once-noble mission — the pursuit of the truth — and instead adopted a new purpose: to take down the president.

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CBC’s New Podcast App Called CBC Listen

The CBC press release mentions that users can ‘Favourite’ content so they can listen to it later. You can download podcasts for offline listening, although this doesn’t apply to music

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My Favourite Flashback, presenting Survivor!

Survivor’s brand of melodic, hard, album-oriented rock netted the group several hits during the 1980s, including two smash themes from Rocky films, but never quite matched the success or consistency of contemporaries like Foreigner. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik

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Published on October 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Radio Man

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 13th

It’s the date of birth for Paul Simon, Marie Osmond, Nana Mouskouri, deejay Cousin Brucie Morrow, and Billy Bush.
‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ debuted on local Chicago TV,
Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra co-hosted an ABC-TV special introducing Ford’s Edsel.
The third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential debate was televised with the nominees a continent apart;
and after 22 years CBS radio cancelled ‘Art Linkletter’s House Party.’
Leaving us this date were Ed Sullivan, Al Martino (pictured), Gary Collins, newsmen Douglas Edwards and Hughes Rudd, and actress Bea Benaderet.
Details and ALL the Oct. 13th milestones INSIDE.

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China-US, Oil, CAD – Ross Clark. People’s Party – Maxime Bernier, Ian Prittie, Joseph Zelezny.

Maxime Bernier – Tax Cuts, Excessive Regulations, and China

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Alex Trebek May Need to Leave Jeopardy Due to Cancer Complications

The 79-year old Trebek explained that he’s developed mouth sores from his chemotherapy that make it difficult for him to articulate.

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Is Rogers’ NHL Contract an Expensive Boondoggle?

Whether 51-year-old Jordan Banks has what it takes to modernize the media business Ted Rogers built is very much an open question. What’s not in dispute is that it’s already in a state of some turmoil.

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Shepard Smith, Fox News Veteran, to Leave Network

“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Smith said in a statement.

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Published on October 11, 2019 at 9:08 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tommy Roe

Tommy Roe was considered one of the “bubblegum” artists in the late ’60’s. Dizzy was a hit in 1969.

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 12th

Born this date were daytime radio star Jane Ace, Hugh Jackman, Nancy Kulp, Kirk Cameron, plus sportscasters Tony Kubek and Dan Russell.
After 15 years on radio ‘Burns and Allen’ made their debut on CBS-TV;
‘Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons’ began its 18 year run on network radio;
Walter Cronkite spent all 3 prime time hours on CBS-TV on the memoirs of Dwight Eisenhower;
the late singer Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;
and Vancouver-based Nickelback scored their first #1 album.
Celebrities leaving us on Oct. 12th include announcers Joel Aldred and Johnny Olsen (pictured), musicians Ray Conniff, Carmen Cavallero, John Denver and Gene Vincent, Bullwinkle producer Jay Ward, and veteran actor Leon Ames.
Details and ALL the Oct 12th milestones INSIDE.

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C-FUN Good Guys Photo Shoot Photo-bombed by The ‘Real’ Roy Hennessy

Following this weeks RPM luncheon, the CFUN Good Guys, plus, piled in a SUV and drove down to West 4th where the station once resided

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Ronan Farrow: “NBC paid settlements to Matt Lauer’s victims for years.”

“What we show in this book with the paper trail with documents is that there were multiple secret settlements and nondisclosures being struck with women at NBC.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Edward Bear

Close Your Eyes was a hit in Canada for the Canadian group in 1973. Not such a big hit in the U.S.
1973

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 11th

Happy Birthday today to David Morse, Joan Cusack, Matt Bomer, Jane Krakowski and Daryl Hall.
The ‘American Album of Familiar Music’ began its long Sunday night run on NBC radio;
Hugh Downs (pictured) left both ‘NBC-TV’s ‘Today show’ and ‘Concentration’ for a year off.
Canada’s first hockey telecast aired in French on Montreal’s CBFT;
Rod Stewart got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;
Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’ began its 12-week run atop the charts;
and Bob Dylan played Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.
Bowing out this date sadly were CBS newsman Douglas Edwards, ventriloquist Wayland Flowers, singers Connee Boswell, Tex Williams and Russ Hamilton, and actor/sportscaster Gil Stratton Jr.
Details and ALL the Oct. 11th milestones INSIDE.

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Lauer’s rape denial ‘a case study in victim-blaming’, says accuser

“There’s a Matt Lauer that millions of Americans watched on TV every morning for two decades. And there is the Matt Lauer who this morning attempted to bully a former colleague into silence,” Brooke Nevils wrote in the statement to NBC News.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller Orchestra was one of the top Big Bands of the era. Moonlight Serenade came out in 1939

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 10th

Born this date were Helen Hayes, Peter Coyote, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ben Vereen, Tanya Tucker, Mario Lopez, David Lee Roth and Thelonious Monk.
The first of 165 episodes of ’77 Sunset Strip’ aired on ABC-TV;
‘Zorro’ and later ‘The Geena Davis Show’ also had their premieres on ABC.
Frank Sinatra recorded his iconic ‘Come Fly With Me’;
The Supremes appeared for the 1st time on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’;
and Queen released ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as a single.
Neil Diamond scored his first #1 hit with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’;
the BBC inexplicably banned the PG-rated ‘Monster Mash’;
and Victoria got country music back when CKXM AM1200 signed on, replacing CKDA.
Obits Oct 10th include Redd Foxx, Eddie Cantor, Christopher Reeve, Alex Karras, Solomon Burke, and announcer Tony Marvin.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Matt Lauer Denies ‘False and Salacious’ Rape Allegation, Claims Affair Was ‘Consensual’

In Ronan Farrow’s new book, Nevils said Lauer anally raped her one night in Sochi, Russia. Lauer calls the act “consensual.”

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CBC quietly unlists Bernier’s campaign trail video, leaves other party leaders up

Could it have anything to do with Bernier’s platform, and that is Defunding the cbc?

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Paul Dunphy Looks back at more than 30 years at Global Calgary

I find it hard to believe we signed on the air 65 years ago and I also find it hard to believe that I have been forecasting and presenting the weather on Global for more than half of that time — over 34 years.

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Country Top 40’s Bob Kingsley Steps Away From The Mic To Battle Bladder Cancer

BOB KINGSLEY’s Country Top 40,is syndicated globally to more than 320 stations by his own KCCS PRODUCTIONS and distributed by WESTWOOD ONE.

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Former Kelowna morning show host Bob Mills wins BCAB Broadcaster of the Year

The veteran broadcaster retired in May after nearly five decades in the industry that included a 12-year stint as a morning show on Kelowna’s Power 104.

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Published on October 8, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Radio Man

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Merrilee Rush

Merrilee is a from Seattle, Washington. Had a hit of Angel In The Morning in 1968

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 9th

Celebrating birthdays this date are Sharon Osbourne, Scott Bakula, John O’Hurley, and Jackson Browne..
It was not only the late John Lennon’s date of birth, it was the day he met Yoko, and the date she gave birth to his son Sean.
Dupont’s ‘Cavalcade of America’ debuted on CBS radio;
it was the day the Vancouver Canucks debuted on Hockey Night in Canada, with Jim Robson at the mike.
Howard Stern began his legendary morning show career at WCCC radio in Hartford Conn.;
‘Topper’ began its 21-month run on CBS-TV,
Doc Severinsen took over leadership of NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight Show’ band,
and Joan Rivers started her ill-fated ‘Late Show’ on the Fox TV network.
The regional sports network ‘CTV Sportsnet’ debuted on Canadian cable systems,
and Vancouver talk show titan Rafe Mair (pictured) passed on.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 9th are INSIDE.

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Global Calgary is Celebrating its 65th Birthday Today!

Since launching regular programming on October 8, 1954, Global Calgary has transformed and evolved throughout the years; all the while remaining steadfast in its mission to celebrate and showcase the local community.

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Sean Ross from Edison Research

Sean Ross really knows music and radio. He’s has a front row seat to how music has been consumed by radio listeners over the years. It’s easy to see how Sean became so knowledgeable on the subjects of radio formats and music genres; his speaks of his affinity for CKLW, and also of a cross country bus ride which took him to Toronto in the summer of 1981.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dean Martin

Dean Martin was popular in movies and  song.  Including this as one of his first hit:  If I Could Sing Like Bing
1953

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 8th

Happy Birthday to Nick Cannon, Matt Damon, Bruno Mars, Dawna Friesen, Sigourney Weaver, Angus T. Jones, and Chevy Chase.
Ozzie & Harriet (pictured) got married this date, and nine years later to the day began their weekly radio sitcom on CBS.
The radio show with the distinctive opening, ‘Grand Central Station’ also debuted on CBS; ‘Quirks & Quarks’ began its long run on CBC Radio; ‘Empty Nest’ and ‘Ed’ had their premieres on NBC-TV, and Royal Canadian Air Farce’ began its weekly TV run on the CBC.
‘Cagney and Lacey’ got their start as a TV movie on ABC; Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his smash hit ‘Great Balls of Fire’; and Stan Freberg’s satirical ‘St. George and the Dragonet’ was the #1 hit recording.
Details and ALL the milestones for Oct. 8th INSIDE.

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We won! The Federal Court just ordered Trudeau to accredit Rebel News journalists!

The judge ordered Rebel News, True North and reporters, David Menzie, Candace Malcolm and others to be accredited to attend tonights TV Debate

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The enduring appeal of community radio

I DON’T KNOW at what point it started, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with radio.

There is something about tuning into a station, and hearing someone talk or play music in real-time, that is incredibly appealing.

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Stingray Flips 2 Alberta radio stations which became HOT this morning!

Exciting day for Stingray…as they re-brand two great stations HOT 93-7 & HOT 101.3….

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New York Radio Legend Elvis Duran’s Raw New Memoir

Duran is one of the world’s most listened-to radio hosts. His program, Z100’s Elvis Duran and The Morning Show,  is syndicated to over 80 markets nationwide and listened to by almost 10 million people daily

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Comedian Rip Taylor, the ‘King of Confetti,’ Dead at 84

Taylor built a long, eclectic career with a mixture of over-the-top and self-deprecating humor.

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From Fort McMurray to Kelowna and the morning show at K 96.3

Brad Karp gave word over a month ago, he was heading to a new town and a new radio job. Welcome to Kelowna, Brad

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Published on October 6, 2019 at 9:24 pm by Radio Man

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

Originally a jazz pianist, then he was asked to sing and he became better known as a popular singer, with a tune like Nature Boy In 1948.

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 7th

It’s the birthday of Simon Cowell, Joy Behar, John Mellancamp, Toni Braxton, plus the late Andy Devine and Vaughn Monroe.
The Fox News channel began programming on US cablesystems;
the CBC began an ill-fated experiment with a 9 pm TV newscast;
the original Hawaiian Eye aired the first of its 134 episodes on ABC-TV;
The Rolling Stones performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live;
Bruce Springsteen was interviewed on CBS-TV’s 60 minutes;
and Dennis Reid received the OK to sell his three Cariboo radio stations in BC.
Alanna Morissette became the first Canadian woman to top the Billboard album chart;
and obits include singers Billy Daniels and Mario Lanza, as well as Winnipeg media mogul Izzy Asper.
ALL the milestones for Oct..7th INSIDE.

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Ginger Baker: Legendary Cream drummer dies aged 80

His style combined the lyricism of jazz with the crude power of rock. One critic said watching him was like witnessing “a human combine harvester”.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Phil Harris

Kind of a promotion for those cancer causing items from 1947 with Phil Harris, Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette.

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 6th

It’s the birthday of actors Jeremy Sisto and Ioan Gruffudd, plus the late Robert Mitchum, Canadian radio inventor Reginald Fessenden, and early Vancouver broadcaster Gerry Wilmot.
Both ‘Maxwell House Show Boat’ and the human interest radio show ‘Hobby Lobby’ debuted on NBC, which also introduced Frank Sinatra in his only non-singing series ‘Rocky Fortune.’
The Ed Wynn Show’ became the first regular live TV origination from the West Coast;
Pat Boone guested on Rod Serling’s NBC-TV show ‘Night Gallery’;
21-yr old Barbra Streisand guested on CBS-TV’s ‘Judy Garland Show’;
‘Dear John’ starring Judd Hirsch (pictured) debuted on NBC-TV;
and Howard Stern announced he would soon be moving to satellite radio.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 6th can be found INSIDE.

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Radio Group Sued for Playing Songs Thousands of Times Without Paying

Top songwriters like Steve Miller, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Drake signed with Global Music Rights, believing the organization would help them secure a better rate from radio stations, restaurants and other groups that pay what’s called a performance royalty.

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David Menzies ARRESTED at Andrew Scheer Conservative event!!!

David Menzies of Rebel News reports: You may have heard that a journalist was thrown out of a Conservative Party campaign event today in Whitby, Ontario. Well, I’m that journalist, and thanks to my own video and footage from others in attendance, you can make up your own mind about what happened here.

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Research Director Inc. Analyzes Seattle Radio PPM’s

Movin’92.5 continues to lead is most of the Demo categories. KUOW dropped 5 spots in the 6+ chart.

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One Last Air Farce Special Dec. 30th, Then Goodbye

Budgets are squeezed as broadcasters attempt to offer original content to traditional TV viewers as well as to today’s streaming audience. Specials “are harder for us in the context of all those competing needs.”

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Published on October 4, 2019 at 9:41 pm by clockwatcher

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Turtles

The Turtles are an American rock band, still performing today with such hit as Elenore from 1968

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 5th

It’s the birthday of Kate Winslet, Bob Geldof, Daniel Baldwin, Steve Miller, and the late Bernie Mac, Allen Ludden (pictured) and Godfrey announcer Tony Marvin.
CBS radio’s ‘Hollywood Hotel’ became the first major national show to originate from Hollywood;
’The Honeymooners’ were seen for the first time on the old Dumont Network.
‘Inner Sanctum Mysteries’ aired for the final time on ABC Radio, while ‘Gilmour’s Albums’ began its 40 year run on CBC radio,
and Danny Finkleman began his 20 years hosting ‘Finkleman’s 45′s’ Saturday night on the CBC.
‘Meet the Press’, still with us more than 70 years later, aired for the 1st time on Mutual radio.
Details and ALL the milestones for Oct. 5th INSIDE.

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Movin’ 92.5 and KZOK Tied Atop Seattle Radio PPM’s (Sept. 6+ Book)

Top 5 unchanged from August.

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Diahann Carroll, Tony Winner, First Black Woman to Star in Own TV Series, Dies at 84

Singer and Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Diahann Carroll, the first African American woman to star in her own TV series, has died at at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. She was 84.

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Crueler and Dumber by the Day: On ‘Sports Illustrated’ and a Dark Media Landscape

The legendary sports publication laid off approximately 40 percent of its staff today. It won’t be the last time something like this happens.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Everly Brothers

Another hit with Bird Dog in 1958 for the popular Everly Brothers.
1958

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 4th

It’s the date when Victoria’s 2nd TV station, ‘The New VI’ signed on; when Gordon MacRae hosted and sang on radio’s very first ‘Railroad Hour’; and when two pioneering East Coast US radio stations aired game one of the first complete World Series to be broadcast.
Bryant Gumbel began his run as co-host of NBC-TV’s Today Show; Barbara Walters became the first woman to co-anchor a network newscast (ABC); CBS premiered the TV shows December Bride, Playhouse 90 and Leave It To Beaver. CBC Vancouver telecast its first live hockey game, and CBC News aired the first show in the controversial ‘This Hour Has Seven Days’ series.
Louis Armstrong and Pat Boone were headliners on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show; and Blondie starring Penny Singleton made the move from comic strips and radio to the TV screen.
ALL the milestones for Oct. 4th can be found INSIDE.

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Sun FM Kelowna is now Virgin

We just heard of the switch this morning. Bell Media’s Sun FM in Kelowna has now become Virgin 99.9 FM 

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

Elvis continued to hit the top of the charts with hits like Return To Sender from 1962.

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History … October 3rd

The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. On this day in 1938, rocker Eddie (Ray Edward) Cochran was born. On this day in 1951, “The Giants win the pennant! Also this day in 1955, Walt Disney premiered “The Mickey Mouse Club” which ran for 30 minutes late weekday afternoons on ABC-TV. Much More, including birthdays and hit songs from the past. (Inside)

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Andrew Schultz Joins Global News Radio, 770 CHQR Calgary

770 CHQR announced today that Andrew Schultz has joined the morning show as new co-host, alongside Sue Deyell.

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From Fired Radio Host To Successful Podcaster

We’re seeing more and more of this from former on-air hosts who’ve been fired from their jobs. Especially from hosts who’ve been in the business for years and have accumulated a loyal following

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes

Diana Ross and the Supremes worked the charts with many hits including I Hear A Symphony in 1965.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 2nd

Born this date were Groucho Marx, Bud Abbott, Kelly Ripa, Don Maclean, Lorraine Bracco, and movie critic Rex Reed.
The Lutheran Hour debuted on radio, as did The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (w/Basil Rathbone), The Cisco Kid, and the predecessor to the longrunning daytime radio soap Pepper Young’s Family.
The Aldrich Family began a 4-year run on NBC-TV, Combat and Ben Casey had their premieres on ABC-TV, while The Twilight Zone and Edward R. Murrow’s celebrity interview show, Person to Person, got their starts on CBS-TV.
Obituaries include Rock Hudson, Frank Lovejoy, Gene Autry, Lon Clark, Nipsey Russell, Harriet Nelson and Canadian bandleader Denny Vaughan.
More milestones for Oct. 2nd INSIDE.

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KING 5 Wins National Emmy Award

In “Sick and Forgotten at Hanford”, KING 5 investigative reporter Susannah Frame and photojournalist Steve Douglas expose the decades-long injustice of the federal government denying worker compensation claims to nuclear workers, made sick from exposure to chemicals and radiation at the
most toxic worksite in America:

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Former Bellingham Radio Man Scott Roddy To Program KWJJ/KRSK Portland

Roddy programmed Saga AC 104.1 KAFE Bellingham WA from 2013-2016

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Joseph Planta talks with John Barbour before leaving Vancouver last week

The comic and television host and producer, John Barbour discusses his memoir Your Mother’s Not a Virgin! The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of Television (Trine Day, 2019), with Joseph Planta.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Mills Brothers

Cab Driver
1968
Mills Brothers

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. October 1st

A huge date in Canadian broadcasting, as the CTV network was born with stations from Vancouver to Halifax. CBC-FM also went coast to coast for the first time, and the CBC’s Montreal station produced Canada’s first colour telecast.
Much More Music debuted on the country’s cablesystems; Vancouver’s CJOR moved down the dial to its longtime home at 600 KHz;
Duncan BC got its own radio station as CKAY AM1500 debuted; the second national CBC radio network (The Dominion network) went dark as more national advertising migrated from radio to TV.
STAR FM debuted with two transmitters in the Fraser Valley, and Calgary’s CFXL AM1140 (successor to Top 40 powerhouse CKXL) transitioned to FM.
In Nanaimo, CKEG AM 1570 moved from a country format to ‘Feelgood Oldies.’
And it’s the birthday of Western Canada radio tycoon Jimmy Pattison (pictured).
Details of these, and Johnny Carson’s first hosting of NBC’s ‘Tonight Show,’ indeed ALL the October 1st broadcast milestones INSIDE.

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A Number One Radio Hit Costs $200,000, He Says

Coach K, co-founder of the hip-hop label Quality Control, talked about the price of radio promotion at the recent Revolt Summit.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Clovers

The Clovers began in 1946 and still going today, but not with the original five members

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. September 30th

It’s the birthdate of Johnny Mathis, Angie Dickinson, Fran Drescher, Eric Stolz, Jenna Elfman, DJ Chuck Chandler and country music’s Marty Stuart.
The BBC finally started its own pop music station, and yet exactly five years later Radio Caroline resumed broadcasting its pirate radio servce.
Vancouver’s 1410 AM radio station resumed using the C-FUN call sign it had given up for an ill conceived all-news service.
The first World Series telecast was seen on the US East Coast, ‘Cheers’ and Red Skelton debuted on NBC-TV, ‘The Rifleman’, ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘Alias’ got started on ABC-TV; and ‘The Friendly Giant’ began its long run on CBC-TV.
Obits for Sept. 30th include James Dean, Edgar Bergen, Mary Ford, Freddy Martin, Al ‘Jazzbo’ Collins, Monty Hall and Barbara Ann Scott.
Come inside for the details and ALL the milestones for this date.

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TVA Leaders’ Debate: the FIX is IN … and it STINKS!

The stench from the French-language TVA Network Leaders’ Debate, to be held Wednesday, is already wafting across Canada.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chuck Berry

Chuck had multitude of hits including this one: Rock And Roll Music from 1957

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Published on September 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. September 29th

Born this date were Gene Autry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bryant Gumbel, Gwen Ifill, Madeline Kahn and MASH’s Larry Linville.
The daytime radio game show Double or Nothing got its start on Mutual; Lowell Thomas (pictured) began his 46-year career of nightly radio news broadcasts; and the Adventures of Sam Spade began its Sunday night run on CBS Radio.
Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, a radio hit, got its start on CBS-TV. Also premiering on the Tiffany network were the TV hits Designing Women, My Favorite Martian, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Alice, and The Judy Garland Show.
Sept. 29th was also the date a number of ABC-TV hits debuted, including Love American Style, My Three Sons, Make Room for Daddy, thirtysomething, Macgyver and Grace Under Fire.
And CBR-FM signed on for the first time at 102.1 on Calgary’s radio dial.
ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.nions” by Booker T & MG’s at #3. On this day in 2012, KZOK Seattle radio personality Donny Bonaduce received a painful bite on the cheek from a female fan who had asked for a kiss.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beatles

More from the invasion of The Beatles in 1967: When I’m Sixty-Four

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Published on September 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 28th

William S. Paley (pictured), the founder of CBS was born this date, as was Ed Sullivan, the awkward host of early TV’s Sunday night variety blockbuster on CBS.
Sept. 28th saw the first color telecast of a World Series game;
The Giselle Mackenzie Show, Miami Vice, Hazel, and Dr. Kildare all made their debuts on NBC-TV, while the same network aired the finale of The Shari Lewis Show (with Lambchop.)
CBS-TV aired M*A*S*H episode 100, and John Lennon was a guest deejay on New York’s WNEW-FM.
Foster Hewitt described Paul Henderson’s summit-clinching goal against the Soviets,
and The Beatles were heard for the first time in North America on the Murray the K radio show.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Olivia Newton John says medicinal cannabis is key to her cancer recovery

Olivia Newton-John says medicinal marijuana is a key part of her treatment for stage four cancer.

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Entercom Bans e-Cigarette Ads on All 200 Stations

Juul, which controls 75 percent of the e-cigarette market, has faced intense regulatory scrutiny over the potential health risks of its products and on Wednesday the company suspended print, digital and broadcast advertising

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Chuck’s Classics featuring Paul Anka

Another big hit for Mr Anka in 1959: Put Your Head On My Shoulder

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 27th

Celebrities born this date include Randy Bachman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jayne Meadows, William Conrad, Greg Morris, Wilford Brimley, and Meat Loaf.
John Palmer replaced Chris Wallace as news anchor of NBC’s Today Show;
Steve Allen (pictured) started his run as first host of NBC’s Tonight Show;
Dolly Parton’s short-lived variety show debuted on ABC-TV;
Patti Page had the #1 song with ‘I Went to Your Wedding’;
the Beach Boys performed on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show;
and Bob Dylan had a concert at Carnegie Hall.
Taking their final curtain call Sept. 27th were actors Lloyd Nolan and Robert Montgomery, song and dance man Donald O’Connor, British entertainer Gracie Fields, and John Facenda, the mellifluous original voice of NFL films.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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SiriusXM Launches Limited-Run Johnny Carson Channel for October

SiriusXM’s The Johnny Carson Channel will feature notable classic moments, including the first Tonight Show stand-up appearances of Seinfeld (1981), Leno (1977), and DeGeneres (1986), in addition to the debut of Eddie Murphy (1982).

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Mitch Peacock to call games of WHL’s Winnipeg Ice

Peacock’s contract with the Ice comes after more than 20 years calling games on and off, including the past four seasons with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

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Danny O’Neil to Co-Host Mornings at 710 ESPN Seattle

Danny O’Neil will move to 7-10 a.m., and will be joined by a brand new voice to the station, Paul Gallant, who comes from Houston, where he has hosted the past seven years.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Olivia Newton-John

Olivia is an English-Australian singer with this hit from 1975

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 26th

This date gave us Marty Robbins, Julie London, Olivia Newton John, Kent McCord, and Linda Hamilton.
Vancouver’s CKWX opened a newly-built state-of-the-art radio facility on Burrard Street (pictured);
Paul Anka and Roseanne Barr had their stars unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.;
the first Nixon-Kennedy Presidential Debate was staged;
‘Beverly Hillbillies’, ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘Jake and the Fatman’ and the original ‘Hawaii Five-Oh’ began their runs on CBS;
’The Brady Bunch’ debuted on ABC-TV. and ‘Knight Rider’ began its run on NBC.
Obits Sept. 26th include actors Richard Mulligan (of ‘Empty Nest’) and Charles Correll (of radio’s ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’), bandleader Billy Vaughn, singer Robert Palmer, and the boop-boop-a-doop girl Helen Kane.
Specifics of ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Dervla Trainor and the Second V.O. North

V.O. North is a voiceover conference that has taken place in Toronto for the last two years. I have been fortunate to attend both. The first was held in May 2018 and was a one day event. The follow was a two day gathering at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, featuring some of the top voiceover talent from around the world. In short, you missed out.

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Former Senator Al Franken Returns on Sirius XM Radio

The Minnesota Democrat is perhaps the most prominent public figure felled by the #MeToo movement to step back into public life.

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Scott Fox & Kat Callaghan are returning to Ontario’s 91.5 The Beat

It’s official, Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan are coming home. 91.5 The Beat, the Tri-Cities’ #1 hit music station, announced today that the popular on-air team have been tapped to host the station’s new morning show, The Beat Breakfast with Scott and Kat.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Haley & Comets

Another of the rock groups big hits: See You Later Alligator from 1956

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 25th

It’s the birthday of Barbara Walters (she’s 90!), Michael Douglas (& his wife), Ian Tyson, Mark Hamill and Heather Locklear.
It’s the date XM satellite radio was launched, and saw the debut of Veronica’s Closet on NBC-TV.
Rosemary Clooney had a #1 hit in ‘Hey There;’
The Partridge Family (pictured) and a Beatles cartoon series debuted on ABC;
Queen was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live; and Elvis Presley performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
A host of celebrities left us on Sept. 25th, including Andy Williams, Don Adams, Walter Pidgeon, announcer Art Gilmore, and Seattle radio icon Jerry Kay.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Kevin O’Leary’s Wife charged in Boat Crash that Killed 2

A spokesperson for the OPP said the charges follow “a thorough investigation” and carry a maximum penalty of 18 months imprisonment or a fine of $1 million.

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Hollywood’s John Barbour joins Drex on the Shift – Great Interview!

John Barbour The God Father of Reality TV

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Bee Gees

The group from England formed in 1958. They had many hits including I Started a Joke in 1969. They performed for over 45 years.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 24th

It’a the date of birth for Seattle radio legend Pat O’Day (pictured), Jim Henson of the Muppets, Canadian Phil Hartman, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs, sportscaster Jim McKay, and Three’s Company’s Audra Lindley.
Making their series debut on ABC were The Odd Couple, The Donna Reed Show, The Mod Squad, Growing Pains and The Love Boat.
Judy Garland made her TV debut in a Ford special on CBS; 60 Minutes, The Munsters and Petticoat Junction also had their premieres on CBS;
and in Canada the CTV National News debuted in a late night quarter hour format.
Elvis Presley appeared on the televised Louisiana Hayride on KRKH Shreveport;
…and one of the great announcers of bigtime US radio, Harlow Wilcox, took his final breath.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 24th INSIDE.

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Emmy Awards 2019: Great Winners, Embarrassingly Bad Show

It was almost shocking, really, the extreme dissonance between the quality of the shows, creatives, and performers rewarded—Fleabag! Billy Porter! Jodie Comer!—and the award show that was produced to celebrate them.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Perry Como

More of a novelty tune for Mr Como, but still a hit in 1956:  Hot Diggity Dog (Dog Diggity Boom!
Perry Como

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 23rd

TV stars Jason Alexander and Chi McBride were born on this date, along with Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Julio Iglesias and John Coltrane.
Hank Williams made his final recordings,
‘That’ll Be the Day’ by Buddy Holly & the Crickets was #1,
Pay-TV got started with the Rocky Marciano/Jersey Joe Walcott fight;
Matlock (pictured) and Marcus Welby MD debuted on ABC,
and two Ken Burns epics (The Civil War and The War) debuted on PBS.
Leaving this ‘vale of tears’ Sept. 23rd were Canadians Henry Champ and Chief Dan George, actors Cliff Arquette and Mary Frann, country music’s Jimmy Wakely and broadcaster Bill Ballance.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Kerry Marshall Celebration of Life Next Sunday at The Shark Club

For Kerry’s large and extended radio / music family, an open event is planned at the Shark’s Club on Sunday, September 29th starting at 3:00pm.

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DISTURBING: Liberals Block Canadian Journalist From Covering Trudeau Press Conference

In an outrageous move, the Trudeau Liberals have blocked Canadian journalist Andrew Lawton from covering a Justin Trudeau press conference.

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CTV News reporter MELTS DOWN after Rebel News asks McKenna tough questions

CTV Fake News, that push liberal yellow journalism, fake carbon taxes on the public… but funded by you the taxpayers.. Trudeau Liberals have announced a series of measures that add up to a $600 million media bailout.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Danny & The Juniors

The Do Wop group were formed 1955 out of Philadelphia.  Danny & The Juniors biggest hit was in 1958 with At The Hop.

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 22nd

It’s the date that brought us Meryl Streep, Debby Boone, Joni James, Bonnie Hunt, Martha Scott and CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet.
Maverick, Lost and (pictured) Fulll House debuted on ABC-TV;
Friends, Baywatch and Man From Uncle had their premieres on NBC Television;
the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in 10 years;
The Supremes recorded their next smash ‘I Hear a Symphony,’
and Bob Dylan played Carnegie Hall…
Meantime, CIVT became Vancouver’s newest station, a UHF license that would be viewed by most on cable channel 9.
Obits include music makers Irving Berlin, Harry Warren and Eddie Fisher; actors George C. Scott, Gordon Jump, Edward Albert and Jackie Burroughs; and Laugh-In’s Dan Rowan.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 22nd INSIDE.

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Five Years of Slipping TV Ratings (US)

Explanations for the decline usually come down to “cord-cutting” and “streaming,” which make both intuitive sense and are backed up by data. But that’s not the whole story.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie is best known for this tune from 1967

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 21st

Born this date were Bill Murray, Fannie Flagg, Ricki Lake, Cheryl Hines, Jerry Bruckheimer, Bill Kurtis, and the late Canadian performers Leonard Cohen, Tommy Common, and Air Farce’s John Morgan.
Kelowna’s CHBC-TV signed on, Monday Night Football and NYPD Blue debuted on ABC TV, Bing Crosby taped his Philco Radio Time in Vancouver, Raymond Burr (pictured) starred for the 1st time as Perry Mason on CBS-TV, The Jack Paar Show debuted in prime time on NBC-TV, and John & Yoko guested on ABC-TV’s late night Dick Cavett Show.
Checking out permanently were Walter Brennan, Arthur Godfrey singer Lu Ann Simms, Canadian bandleader Johnny Burt, televangelist Rex Humbard, and Old Time Radio’s Rye Billsbury.
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N.Y. Giants sever relationship with Mike Francesa’s show on Flagship WFAN

An outspoken and often controversial figure in New York, Francesa has been highly critical of Giants general manager Dave Gettleman.

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Hollywood Book “Your Mother’s Not A Virgin” – An Eye Opener – John Barbour

John Barbour, born in Toronto, is a Hollywood Legend who has recently written his autobiography, “Your Mother’s Not A Virgin” is coming to Vancouver this Sunday (22) for a week, then on to Toronto to promote his book. John will be available for interviews and book signings as he starts his first cross Canada tour

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring the Righteous Brothers

Bobby Hatfield was the lead singer and his partner was Bill Medley.  Unchained Melody was a major hit in 1965.

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 20th

Sept. 20th brought us Sophia Loren, Gogi Grant, Gary Cole, orchestra leader Frank Devol, Northern Exposure’s Peg Phillips (Photo) and Leah Pinsent.
The Calgary station now known as City TV signed on, while Vancouver’s CKLG 73 ended 29 years of rock music and switched fulltime to talk.
Jimmy Stewart debuted a radio western ‘The Six-Shooter’ on NBC,; the ‘Bill Cosby Show’ began its popular 8-year run on NBC-TV, while ‘You’ll Never Get Rich’ with Phil Silvers, and the original ‘Hawaii Five-Oh’ had their premieres on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 20th INSIDE.

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Veteran NBC newsman Sander Vanocur dies at 91

As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s, Vanocur was a questioner at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, then covered Kennedy’s administration as a White House correspondent.

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Published on at 7:27 pm by Radio Man

PROSALESGUY – How Smart Salespeople Deal with Professional Shoppers

Our sales training colleagues in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto occasionally deal with a buyer called the Professional Shopper.  This is an individual who contacts many suppliers always trying to get the lowest price.  You’ve probably dealt with them before.  They’re like trying to catch a fish with your hands.

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KOMO 4’s Mary Nam says She’s Beaten the Cancer that Kept Her Off-Air

“On August 2nd I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And today I learned my mastectomy was a success and my treatment can proceed without chemo or radiation.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Connie Francis

Connie started out in 1943 and is still performing today.  One of her many hits included Stupid Cupid in 1958

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 19th

It’s the birthday of Joan Lunden, Don Harron (pictured), Sylvia Tyson, James Lipton, Adam West, Mama Cass Elliott, and Brook Benton.
The early radio soap opera ‘Just Plain Bill’ debuted on a regional CBS network;
’The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, ‘Search for Tomorrow’ and ‘Judging Amy” had their premieres on CBS Television.
‘M*A*S*H’ aired its finale to a record viewership on CBS-TV, while ‘ER’ played its first episode on NBC-TV.
Canada’s Giselle MacKenzie became host and featured singer on NBC-TV’s ‘Your Hit Parade’;
Max Weinberg debuted as drummer in Springsteen’s E St. Band;
and Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman were costars on NBC-TV’s live production of ‘Our Town.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Good Move to Include PPC Leader Maxime Bernier – Harvey Oberfeld

Are the Greens and NDP almost irrelevant in Federal Election?

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Monkees

Originally put together for the television series the Monkees, they continued on with hits like I’m A Believer in 1966.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 18th

Robert Blake, Jason Sudeikis, Jack Warden, Jada Pinkett Smith, Fred Willard, Frankie Avalon, James Marsden and June Foray all were born on this date.
‘Roving Mike’ began its 50 year run on CKNW, Victoria’s CKDA moved up the dial to 1220 and doubled its power to 10,000 watts…
CBS radio came into being with an initial 16 stations,…
‘Toast of the Town’ on CBS-TV became ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’…
and ‘Wagon Train’ began its 8 year run on NBC-TV.
Ken Burns opened his 18.5 hour documentary ‘Baseball’ on PBS…
‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘Get Smart’ debuted the same evening on NBC-TV…
and the sitcom based on a rock radio station, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ had its premiere on CBS-TV.
Details and ALL the Sept. 18th milestones INSIDE.

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Brock & Salk Ending Daily Shows on Sportstalk 710 ESPN Seattle

Brock and Salk aren’t leaving the 710 ESPN Seattle airwaves entirely, either. Both will have regular segments on the station.

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RIGGED: CBC ‘Fact Check’ On Universal Tax Cut Reveals Rampant Anti-Conservative Bias

How can the election be called ‘free and fair’ with such rampant bias?

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Charles Adler on the podcast

Charles Adler joins me (Matt Cundill) from his home in Vancouver for an hour to talk radio and political therapy. The Canadian election is on the way and it is all to be Trump Trump Trump on CNN and Fox News. So what’s a media guy to do? We catch up with the wily Corus Radio News Talk host and discuss the early moments of the Federal Election.

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ABC’s Cokie Roberts, famed journalist and political commentator, dies at 75

The daughter of politicians grew up to cover the family business in Washington for ABC News and NPR over several decades. She died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer at age 75.

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Alex Trebek gets Bad News about his Stage 4 Cancer

Tthe TV show host said doctors urged him to undergo another round of chemotherapy after he lost a significant amount of weight.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Shore

Dinah was the top selling vocalist in the 1940’s.  Had 80 charted hits including this one from 1949:  Buttons & Bows.  She died at age 77 in 1994.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 17th

It’s the date of birth for John Ritter, Kyle Chandler, Jerry Colonna, Hank Williams, Bill Black and Anne Bancroft…
ABC debuted the TV series ‘Home Improvement’, ‘Spin City’, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Battestar Gallactica’;
CBS premieres on Sept. 17th included ‘M*A*S*H’, ‘Bewitched’, ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers Show’;
while NBC-TV showcased the first episodes of ‘MacMillan & Wife’, ‘The Perry Como Show’ (pictured), and ‘Car 54 Where Are You’…
..and on CBS David Letterman hosted the first late-night TV talk show since the 9/11 terrorist attacks 6 days earlier.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 17th will be found INSIDE.

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FCC Approves Nexstar Acquisition of Tribune Media, including Tacoma’s Q 13

The FCC has voted to approve Nexstar’s $4.1 billion takeover of Tribune Media, paving the way for Nexstar to become the nation’s largest owner of television stations with more than 200 outlets serving a wide swath of the US.

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Published on at 7:06 pm by boredop

Are you Aware of the Vinyl LP’s Remarkable Comeback?

CD sales have fallen 34% to $698 million, the first time it had totaled less than $1 billion since 1986.

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BREAKING: Maxime Bernier Invited To Participate In Official Leaders Debates

Debates Commissioner says Bernier meets the factors for inclusion in the debate.

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CNN’s Rank Stupidity In Hiring McCabe

They hire nefarious people and try to give them the patina of legitimacy in order to excoriate the president

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Seattle’s AM770 The Truth KTTH New Home of ‘America’s 1st News’

The program will feature breaking news to election coverage, newsmaker interviews, special guest contributors and sports with Hall of Famer Don Criqui (recently recognized as one of the NFL’s “best-ever” voices).

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The Cars’ Frontman Ric Ocasek Dead at 75

Ocasek was discovered unresponsive Sunday at his townhouse in NYC, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Published on September 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jerry Lee Lewis

This Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On in 1957 shot Jerry Lee Lewis to the top of the charts worldwide.

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 16th

SEPT. 16th is the date that gave us Amy Poehler, Jennifer Tilly, Ed Begley Jr., Lawrence Dobkin. Allen Funt, B.B. King and Maverick’s Jack Kelly.
Starting their TV runs this day were ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Frasier’, and ‘The Dean Martin Show’ on NBC; ‘Shindig’ and ‘The Outer Limits’ on ABC,
and ‘Wiseguy’ and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ on CBS.
Canadian-born Jenny Jones (pictured) began a syndicated US TV talk show that lasted 12 years. and the CBC introduced ‘The Fifth Estate’ which has now been the network’s key newsmagazine for 44 years.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Jimmy Johnson, studio musician who backed the Stones, Aretha Franklin and others, dies at 76

Johnson was a founding member of the hard-working, hit-generating group of studio players in Muscle Shoals, Ala., nicknamed the “Swampers,” who made indelible contributions to hits by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and dozens of other acts.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kim Carnes

Bette Davis Eyes in 1981 was voted the best song for the year. It stayed on the charts for nine weeks.

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 15th

IT WAS SEPT. 15th .. when “The Lone Ranger” debuted on ABC-TV, after 16 years on radio…
When the family sitcom “Bachelor Father” with John Forsythe began its 5-year run on CBS-TV…
When the rural comedy ‘Green Acres’ debuted on CBS-TV, starring Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor….
..and when the action-adventure series ‘Lost in Space’ (CBS) and ‘I Spy’ (NBC) debuted on the same evening.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 15th INSIDE!

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Prince Albert radio legend enshrined in Sask. broadcast hall of fame

Neil ‘the doc of rock’ Headrick is one two inductions into the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.

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Fitz of Seattle’s 98.9 The Bull Interviews Ken Burns re PBS’ ‘Country Music’ Doc

The film chronicles Country music’s early days, from Southern APPALACHIA’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith, to the rollicking Western swing of TEXAS, the CALIFORNIA honky-tonks and NASHVILLE’s GRAND OLE OPRY.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dion

Dion had a number of tunes reach the top ten, and this one The Wanderer hit the charts in 1961

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 14th

IT WAS SEPT. 14th … when two major radio soap operas made their debut on the same day, ‘Big Sister’ on CBS, and ‘John’s Other Wife’ on NBC…
When Milton Berle was named the permanent host of NBC-TV’s ‘Texaco Star Theatre,’ enroute to his earning the title ‘Mr. Television’…
When Richard Boone (pictured) starred in episode one of CBS-TV’s‘Have Gun, Will Travel’…
When Jerry Van Dyke starred in the debut of the universally condemned NBC sitcom ‘My Mother the Car’…
..and when Alberta premier Ernest Manning was on hand to help inaugurate Medicine Hat’s CHAT-TV on channel 4.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, Dead at 70

Money had been battling stage 4 esophageal cancer.

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Entercom Fires Buffalo DJ After 43 Years: He Just Walks Across the Street

It didn’t take ROGER CHRISTIAN long to find a new place to hang his headphones, as RADIO ONE BUFFALO Full Service WECK has made him a part of their staff effective SEPTEMBER 16th.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gilbert O’Sullivan

In 1970 Gilbert hit the charts again with Get Down

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 13th

IT WAS SEPT 13th .. when Eddie Cantor (pictured) began his long career as a radio comedian on NBC …
When a number of new TV shows made their debut .. ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’ ‘Law and Order,’ ‘Car 54 Where Are You,’ ‘The Rockford files’ and ‘Police Woman’ on NBC-TV, ‘The Outer Limits’ on ABC, and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ on CBS…
When the first-ever viewer discretion warning was aired on TV, at the start of the syndicated ‘Soap,’ which introduced us to Billy Crystal…
..and when NBC’s “Frasier” won a record fifth consecutive Emmy award as TV’s best comedy series.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 13th INSIDE!

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Martina McBride calls out Spotify’s All-Male Country Music Playlist Suggestions

“Is it lazy? Is it discriminatory? Is it tone deaf? Is it out of touch? [Spotify] what is it???” McBride added. “Please help me understand.”

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RIP Sharryn Graham, claimed by Cancer, age 69.

Sharryn’s radio career included stints at LG73, KISS FM and Mountain FM. She also spent nine years helping turn 93.7FM JR Country into a listening staple.

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Longtime BC Radioman Brian Langston retiring

Langston has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and will step down Sept. 27th from his current position as General Manager of CJHR-FM 104.7 in Woodstock Ontario.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dean Martin

Dean had hits in the movies and songs like You’re Nobody ’Til Somebody Loves You in 1964.

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 12th

IT WAS SEPT. 12th … when a raft of TV series debuted, including Lassie, Family Affair and Maude on CBS; Bonanza, The Monkees and Punky Brewster on NBC; and Taxi (pictured), Lois & Clark, and the Jeff Foxworthy Show began on ABC. Party of Five was seen for the first time on Fox.
The 10th season of Murder She Wrote began on CBS-TV, and Vancouver radio station AM 1040 signed on with an adult contemporary music format… years before any all-sports format!
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Daniel Johnston, Cult Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 58

Outsider music hero had been hospitalized with a kidney malfunction before his death of natural causes.

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Apple TV Plus Is Launching In Canada And It’s Actually So Cheap

Apple TV Plus will be launching in Canada November 1st, at a cost of $5.99 a month. That’s just a few days before Disney+ Nov. 12th, and $3 a week less expensive.

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Drew Dalby Does Radio

Drew Dalby is an excellent interviewer, drive host, football prognosticator and dad. He’s also a good Twitter follow.

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CORRECTED DATE: CFAX celebrates its 60th anniversary Thursday

“We’re bringing back some names and voices from the past to celebrate the station,” said CFAX morning-show host Al Ferraby, who will take calls from listeners and host notable station alumni as guests, including former owner Mel Cooper and Hockey Night in Canada commentator Rick Ball.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Vikki Carr

Born in July 1941. She started out in 1962 and continues to this day. It Must Be Him hit the charts in 1967.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 11th

IT WAS SEPT. 11th .. when the Miss America Pageant was televised coast-to-coast for the first time. Future TV star Lee Meriwether won the crown …
When the last of Gillette’s Friday Night Fights was seen on free, home TV. Veteran Don Dunphy handled the blow-by-blow as he had on radio & TV for 23 years…
When the Canadian newsmagazine “W-5” launched on CTV…
When the Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS, with the first of 278 episodes over the next 10-and-a-half years…
and when the world’s broadcasters reported the dreadful facts of one of the USA’s darkest days.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Canadian broadcasters must be freed to fight foreign giants

Many massive, foreign, Internet-based media and content companies have unfettered access to our market, with more on the way. These international companies are fragmenting audiences, intensifying competition for programming, viewers, and advertising, while diverting revenues out of Canada.

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Zach Bedford Announcement from STINGRAY!

Stingray Radio is proud to announce that Zach Bedford, Program Director of 90.3 AMP Radio in Calgary, is taking on an expanded national role in addition to his leadership of AMP Radio. 

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Victoria’s David Foster Gets Candid About His ‘Long’ List of Failures

“On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I wake up and I think that I’m the greatest thing ever. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I think I suck.”

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Florida Man Radio Promises to be Raunchy in Orlando

“We’re not going to be afraid to talk about anything,” said morning host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. “I think this is going to be some of the most polarizing radio that Orlando has had in a long time.”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Vicki Lawrence

Vicki is an actor, comedian and singer. She has been active since 1967. The Nights The Lights Went Out In Georgia went on to become one of her biggest hits in 1973. She was born March 1949, She was introduced to the world on The Carol Burnett Show.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 10th

IT WAS SEPT. 10th … when vaudeville star Jimmy Durante made his first radio appearance on Eddie Cantor’s “Chase and Sanborn Hour” on NBC…
When Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King took to the radio to announce that Canada was now at war with Germany (WWII)….
When comedian/singer Eddie Cantor moved from radio to television, as he hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour on NBC TV…
..and when Seattle’s KING TV introduced the first local TV newscast west of Minneapolis and north of Los Angeles, anchored by Charles Herring (pictured).
ALL the milestones for Sept. 10th INSIDE!

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Rod Coneybeare, former CBC host and Friendly Giant puppeteer, dead at 89

He gave life to characters Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster on the beloved children’s show

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Liane Faulder: It’s a wrap as Daryl McIntyre leaves the nightly news desk at CTV Edmonton

Longtime CTV anchor Daryl McIntyre on the news business, then and now

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Jason Barrett Talks Sports Radio and Media

Jason Barrett and I started our post-program director adventures around the same time. He had a strong resume as a Sports radio programmer, having worked at mainstays like the Fanatic in Philly, 590 the Fan in St. Louis and 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Billy Preston

Preston a talented man who was known for backing the Beatles, plus playing R&B, rock, should, funk and gospel. Nothing From Nothing hit the charts in 1974.

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 9th

IT WAS SEPT. 9th .. when the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was formed as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America, with partners General Electric & Westinghouse. 26 stations made up the US’s first national radio network …
When the 1st broadcast of the long-running TV soap “Love of Life” aired on CBS…
When 54 million viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS to see 21-year-old Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley …
When NBC-TV’s “Huntley-Brinkley Report” (pictured), their evening newscast, expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, as had the CBS News (with Walter Cronkite) a week earlier…
and when CBS CEO Les Moonves stepped down amidst a widening sex scandal.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Kalin Twins

The twin brothers, Herbert & Harold Kalin had When reach the charts in 1958.

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 8th

IT WAS SEPT. 8th … when The Hoboken Four, featuring a 19-year old Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on Major Bowes Amateur Hour on WOR radio, and won the week …
When Canada’s first English-language TV station, CBLT in Toronto started operations… two days after Montreal’s French-language CBC station…
When “Bat Masterson,” a western starring Gene Barry, began its 108-episode run on NBC-TV…
..and when the pioneering space series “Star Trek,” starring Montreal-born William Shatner, debuted on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 8th INSIDE!

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Lester Holt’s path from country music DJ to the most powerful perch in news

He is mostly recognized for his staid and steady demeanor and describes his style as “respectful and respectfully persistent.”

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Research Director Inc. Analyzes Seattle PPM Demo Breakouts

Movin’ 92.5 is back in familiar territory, dominating the important demo ratings.

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The mainstream media is spreading “misinformation” – Anthony Fury

They also mean amplification – stories that are amplified so they seem more important than they actually are.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dodie Stevens

Pink Shoe Laces became a hit for Dodie just days before she turned 13 in 1959.

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 7th

IT WAS SEPT. 7th … when pioneer Vancouver radio station CKFC first took to the air from First Congregational Church…
When a young Sally Field debuted in the title role of ‘The Flying Nun’ on ABC-TV…
When the final episode of (pictured) the original “Dick Van Dyke Show” featuring Mary Tyler Moore, as well as the last “Beverly Hillbillies” episode, aired on CBS-TV…
When ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on US cable TV as the world’s first fulltime sports TV station…
.. and when CJRY-FM Edmonton signed on as Shine-FM, with 100,000 watts at 105.9 MHz.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Vista Radio Turfs Senior Management

There’s some high-priced blood on the floor at the Vista Radio Group headquarters in Courtenay.

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Rogers lays off four as it ‘Reimagines’ Breakfast Television Vancouver; More Gone in Calgary, Montreal

“We are reimagining morning TV with a refreshed Breakfast Television that remains hyper-local in news, traffic and weather delivered by local hosts, plus entertainment and lifestyle content that has broad appeal.”

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Meet NPR’s New CEO John Lansing

Lansing, who is 62, is currently the chief executive of the government agency that oversees Voice of America, Radio and Television Martí and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others.

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US Record Industry Could Hit $10 Billion Mark For First Time In 12 Years

The figures show that the labels are raking in $30 million in retail every day, over $200 million a week.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Shirelles

The Shirelles performed from 1957 to 1982. Had a number of hits including Dedicated To The One I Love from 1964

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Published on September 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 6th

IT WAS SEPT 6th … when the first prizefight to be broadcast blow-by-blow was heard on WWJ Detroit, as heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey scored a third-round knockout …
When (pictured) Lionel Barrymore introduced us to his latest crowd-pleasing character as ‘Mayor of the Town’ debuted on the NBC Red radio network, co-starring Agnes Moorehead…
When future movie star Steve McQueen premiered his CBS-TV series ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive” …
When the team of Martin & Lewis were reunited on Jerry’s telethon after a 20-year estrangement …
When Canadian television debuted as Montreal’s CBFT aired the drama ‘Oedipus Rex’ in French….
..and when the smash hit radio comedy“Fibber McGee and Molly” ended after an almost 25 year run.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 6th INSIDE!

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David Bray’s Demographic Breakouts for Vancouver Radio PPM’s .. Sept. 2019

QM/FM dropped out of overall contention for #1, but remains the favorite of Women 25-54.

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David Bray’s Demographic Breakouts for Edmonton Radio PPM’s .. Sept. 2019

NOW leads three age demographic categories, while SONIC takes the other two.

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David Bray’s Demographic Breakouts for Calgary Radio PPM’s .. Sept. 2019

Come inside for the leaders by demo age category.

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Calgary Radio PPM Ratings – May 27- Aug. 25 2019

Country 105 had a good 12+ book to take Top Spot, while other contenders slid. Q 107 and CJAY 92 also showed healthy gains. .
And CBC Music almost doubled its audience.

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Edmonton Radio PPM Ratings .. May 27 – Aug 25 2019

Now continues to lead the pack, followed by CHED and the Breeze… Kiss has taken a significant hit

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Vancouver Radio PPM Ratings .. May 27 – Aug. 25 2019

A great 12+ book for CKNW, for Rock 101, Jack FM and Virgin, troubling for QM/FM and News 1130. CBC’s Radio One continues with a huge lead.

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Oprah Mag Features Northwest Radio Star Delilah

Radio host Delilah Rene turned to her faith after the death of her two sons: It “saved My sanity”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac have been active from 1967 to 1995, and again from 1996 to today. Tusk was one of their many hits in 1979.

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Published on September 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 5th

IT WAS SEPT. 5th .. when the populat daytime drama ‘Life Can Be Beautiful’ began its 16 year run on NBC radio…
When Frank Sinatra was instrumental in the reuniting of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin live on Jerry’s Labor Day telethon…
When the US got its first network hour-long news show as the Public Broadcasting System’s “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” expanded to 60 minutes…
When the Camosun College radio station CKMO began an 11.5 year run on AM 900 …
..and when “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark on ABC, was cancelled after 30 years on television.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 5 INSIDE!

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Steve Huber’s ‘Cat Country’ making waves on the prairies…

Cat Country station owner Steve Huber continues the ongoing promotion giveaways at his new radio station

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Movin’ 92.5 Reclaims #1 on Seattle Radio’s 6+ PPM Chart (August)

Movin’ 92.5 is back in Top Spot, but The Sound 94.1 (KSWD) is the month’s big winner, jumping to 3rd behind KZOK.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Stompin Tom Connors

A country and folk singer. Tom wrote more than 300 songs including The Hockey Song 1973. He died at age 77

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 4th

IT WAS SEPT. 4th … when BC-born actor Raymond Burr starred in the last original episode of the CBS-TV courtroom drama, Perry Mason…
When Jerry Butler & the Impressions made their national TV debut on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand”…
When the short-lived Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show, a 20-minute nightly variety package, debuted on CBS Radio…
..and when the last of 98 original episodes of “Gilligan’s Island” aired on CBS-TV. It would continue for decades in syndicated reruns.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

PROSALESGUY – Which is Better – Quantity or Quality Sales Calls

Quantity or quality sales calls is a question that our sales training partners in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto are constantly asking themselves.  Which is better?  Many experienced Sales Managers will tell you that quantity has always been a leading factor in achieving a high sales volume.  Many Professional Salespeople feel that better rates of success occur when you concentrate on a smaller number of clients.  Let’s figure out the real answer.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The 5th Dimension

Group started out in 1966 and still entertaining today. Had many top selling singles including Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In in 1967.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 3rd

IT WAS SEPT. 3rd .. when CHAB-TV Moose Jaw and CHRE-TV Regina switched to CBK call letters as Moffatt completed their forced sale to the CBC…
When the last original episode of ‘The Lone Ranger’ aired on ABC Radio after nearly 3,000 episodes ….
When ‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ aired for the last time on ABC-TV, enroute to becomng a syndicated property…
..and when Jerry Lewis smashed all previous records for TV charity fund-raising, as $32,074,566 was pledged on the Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Laura Lynch, veteran correspondent, named interim host of CBC Radio’s The Current

Lynch is best known for her award-winning work as a globe-trotting foreign correspondent and her political prowess from decades spent covering different governments, both in Canada and abroad.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Michael Jackson

Michael set the world on it’s feet with all the tunes that hit the top of the charts. His dancing, his singing, exceptional was Beat It in 1982.

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Published on September 1, 2019 at 9:10 pm by Chuck Benson

LABOUR DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. Sept. 2nd

IT WAS SEPT. 2nd … when the radio show “15 Minutes with Bing Crosby” debuted on CBS. For the first six months it ran six nights a week….
When “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming US television’s first half-hour nightly newscast…
When the CJOR call letters and its News/Talk format disappeared from 600 on Vancouver’s AM dial, as Classic Rock CHRX was born in its place…
..and when Hootie & The Blowfish made their national T.V. debut on NBC’s Late Night With David Letterman.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Big Telecoms could appeal CRTC ruling on Internet Rates

The telecoms say the rates are too low and mean they must re-evaluate their capital spending plans in other areas, with BCE stating it will cut 200,000 homes out of a rural internet-expansion program.

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WATCH: Arrogant Trudeau Brags About Bribing The Media With Your Money

A video of Justin Trudeau is generating intense outrage on social media, and with good reason.

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Raising A Special Needs Child Is A Real Challenge – Radioman Adam McGale shares their story…

Frankie was born unresponsive via emergency c-section with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck 3x. He was diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE 2) which means his brain and major organs were significantly deprived of oxygen, and as a result of his brain injury he has Cerebral Palsy.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jim Reeves

A country artist with hits like He’ll Have To Go in 1960

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Published on August 31, 2019 at 9:06 pm by Chuck Benson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 1st

IT WAS SEPT. 1st .. when radio station CKNW officially signed on, with 250 watts on 1230 KHz, some two decades after AM radio had begun on the lower mainland…
When CFRB Toronto moved to 1010 KHz as Canada’s first 50,000 watt radio station ….
When colour television officially arrived in Canada, courtesy of CTV ….
When Edmonton and Vancouver each got their third TV stations, two years apart …
When Courtenay and Port Hardy each signed on local AM radio stations, 20 years apart …
..and when the last episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” aired on NBC-TV, after a 5-year run.
ALL the milestones for Sept. 1st INSIDE!

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Steve Raible Gives up 7 & 11 pm News on KIRO 7 to ‘Get a Life’

Steve writes “I’ll continue to be with you every night on our evening newscast from 5-6:30 p.m. But starting Monday, Dave Wagner and Monique Ming Laven will be anchoring our 7 p.m. newscasts, and Monique will be anchoring the 11 p.m. newscasts.”

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45 Years on Seattle Radio, Steve Slaton Has Been Cut at KZOK

Slaton left his break-in station KLAY Tacoma in 1973 to begin a 19 year run at 99.9 KISW, sixteen years in afternoons at KZOK from 1992-2008, and stints at 88.5 KPLU and 95.7 KJR-FM before returning to KZOK in 2016.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Mills Brothers

These guys could harmonized like no other. The Mills Brothers had another hit in 1953: The Jones Boy

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Published on August 30, 2019 at 9:40 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 31st

IT WAS AUG. 31st .. when the first news program on radio was aired in Detroit, when election returns were broadcast on 8MK, (later to become WWJ), owned by the Detroit Evening News. Only some 30 homes in the city were equipped with radio receivers…
When “The Great Gildersleeve”, a spin-off of radio’s longtime laughfest “Fibber McGee and Molly,” began its two-decade run on NBC’s Red Network…
When “The Adventures of Superman” started on network radio on the Mutual Broadcasting System, quickly becoming one of the era’s most iconic series…
..and when “The Partridge Family” TV show aired its last episode, leaving David Cassidy free to pursue a solo music career.
ALL the milestones for the last day of August INSIDE.

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‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ ‘Rhoda’ star Valerie Harper dead at 80

Harper, who beat lung cancer in 2009, was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in 2013.

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Former CHEK Bright light CEILIDH MILLAR New Co-Host of CTV Morning Live Atlantic

Ceilidh Millar, formerly of CHEK News Vancouver Island and Global Regina is the new co-host and weather specialist at CTV Morning Live Atlantic.

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Alex Trebek Back on ‘Jeopardy’, says he is ‘On the Mend’

In an official Jeopardy! video released earlier this week, the 79-year-old Canadian-born entertainer says that he returned to the show in order to host its upcoming 36th season.

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CHED Edmonton Morning Star Bruce Bowie says Goodbye after 47 Years

Just shy of a month after announcing his retirement, Edmonton radio legend Bruce Bowie signed off of 630 CHED for the final time Friday morning.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Lulu

From Scotland, Lulu has been active since 1964. To Sir With Love came out in 1967 to reach the top ten

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 30th

IT WAS AUG. 30th .. when, as the TV era kicked into high gear, “Screen Directors Playhouse” ended its 2.5 year run on NBC Radio…
When “American Bandstand” aired for the final time as a daily show on ABC-TV, becoming a weekly hour on Saturdays for another 26 years…
When ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘ Murphy Brown’ were big CBS winners at the Emmy Awards…
When, after five years, ABC-TV’s “The Brady Bunch” came to an end …
..and when the “Late Show with David Letterman” debuted on CBS-TV, with guests Bill Murray (pictured) & Billy Joel.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Andrew Beckler from X92.9

Andrew Beckler is the morning host at X92.9 in Calgary. The station is pretty special in that it started nearly 13 years ago, has only had 1 program director in its time, and has been building it’s audience since 2007 starting with a Hot Hot Heat concert to ring in the New Year in 2008. The station has also had very low staff turnover and developed a culture unlike any other in Canada; comparable only to KNDD 107.7 the End in Seattle. Anyhow – more about Andrew… who was raised in Saskatoon and still sports a watermelon hat and a green jersey

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Percy Faith

A Canadian band leader, Percy had a number of hits, including Theme From A “Summer Place” in 1960

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Published on August 28, 2019 at 9:53 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 29th

IT WAS AUG. 29th .. when Calgary’s CFAC, the radio station of the Calgary Daily Herald, had its official opening at 7:45 p.m. with a concert by the Salvation Army Band…
When the summertime replacement show Paul Whiteman Presents, with hostess Dinah Shore, was heard on NBC radio for the last time..
When after a 23 year run Jurgen Gothe’s final “Disc Drive” was broadcast from Vancouver on CBC Radio Two…
.. and when the 120th and final episode of the ratings sensation The Fugitive aired, attracting the largest TV audience ever to that point.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Tragically Hip Radio Channel Launched By SiriusXM

“It’s an honour to be asked to stand in the same light as some of our heroes,” said the band in a statement. “We are thrilled to be a part of the programming and development of The Tragically Hip Radio on SiriusXM.”

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Hockey analysts Nick Kypreos, Doug Maclean leaving Sportsnet

These look like cuts fuelled by a concern for the bottom line, in view of Sportsnet’s disappointing ad sales for Hockey in Canada.

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Brent ‘Brooksie’ Brooks Won’t be Returning to Lethbridge’s Country 95

After 9 years at the station and a successful battle with cancer, Brent ‘Brooksie’ Brooks has gone to social media to announce his departure from the station.  He had been the popular co-host of Wake Up With Brooksie & Gillian on Country95.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Burton Cummings

Canadian singer who was the lead vocalist of The Guess Who who he stayed with until he went solo in 1975. He wrote or co-wrote many of the Guess Who hits between 1965 to 1975.

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Published on August 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 28th

IT WAS AUG. 28th .. when U.S. radio’s first commercial was heard on WEAF in New York, as announcer H.M. Blackwell touted Hawthorne Court, a group of apartment buildings in Queens. The realty company had bought 10 minutes of commercial air time for $100…
When 16 years after leaving the CBC air, Canada’s Happy Gang musical troupe reunited for two sold out reunion concerts at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition…
When the 40th Annual Emmy Awards gave top honors to 30something, The Wonder Years and Richard Kiley…
..and when The Jamie Foxx Show began its 4-and-a-half-year run on the WB network.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 28th INSIDE!

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The Groz stepping aside as daily host after 29 years on Seattle sports radio

This past year I simply have not been able to answer the bell enough as it were and missed far too many days of work, and it has been unfair to my co-hosts and to the radio station.

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Veteran Anchor Daryl McIntyre Leaving Edmonton’s CTV News at 6 After 30 Years

“Taking over the 6 p.m. broadcast in 1989 at the age of 25 was a daunting challenge that has provided me with a lifetime of memories and experiences. I am proud of the work we have done and have nothing but confidence in our CTV Edmonton team continuing that legacy created by so many people before me.”

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New Westminster Honours Intrepid CKNW Reporter with ‘George Garrett Day’

An honorary constable with the New Westminster Police Department, Garrett is also the founding president of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society.

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Obit: Saanich Cop Wrote the lyrics for Skylark’s iconic ‘Wildflower’

Dave Richardson wrote the lyrics as a poem for his girlfriend, a nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital. He passed it over to friend David Foster, then in the band Skylark, and it found its way into music history after guitarist Doug Edwards gave it a melody.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Billy Preston

His music world included R&B, rock, soul, funk and gospel. He backed the likes of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Little Richard and many more

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Published on August 26, 2019 at 9:33 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug.. 27th

IT WAS AUG. 27th … when CBLT Toronto moved down the dial from Channel 9 to Channel 6…
When the country program that had first showcased the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton and Lefty Frizell, ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ aired for the last time on KWKH/1130 AM in Shreveport…
When singer Connie Francis signed in as the celebrity mystery guest on CBS-TV’s panel show ‘What’s My Line?’…
..and when Diane Sawyer became the fifth reporter on the top-rated TV newsmagazine, ’60 Minutes,’ alongside (pictured) Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Harry Reasoner and Ed Bradley.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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San Fran’s KFOG Radio to Close, Becoming FM Voice of All-Sports KNBR

Cumulus Media explained that the expansion of KNBR to the FM bsnd would offer sports fans another place to tune into “high-profile personalities and in-depth coverage of the Bay Area’s favorite teams,” plus a stronger signal and broadcast range.

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Longtime Vancouver Radio Newsman Kerry Marshall dies, victim of Brain Cancer

Marshall was the familiar voice of news then News Director at CKLG/ CKLG-FM/ CFOX-FM Vancouver from 1974 – 2002.

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Sinclair Closes $10.6 Billion Deal for Fox Regional Sports Networks

The acquisition will make Sinclair, based in the Baltimore, Maryland, and a major provider of news, a big player in sports cable programming.

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Ryan Wrecker and Matt talk Podcast Movement

Ryan Wrecker sent me a message earlier this week asking about my take aways from Podcast Movement which took place earlier this month in Orlando.

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Published on August 25, 2019 at 10:00 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood

Lee Hazelwood a country singer teamed up with Nancy Sinatra for Some Velvet Morning in 1968

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 26th

IT WAS AUG. 26th … when pioneer Calgary radio station CHCQ became CFAC, its third set of new call letters in three months…
When Ted Rogers Sr. manufactured the world’s first commercial AC (alternating current) radio tube…
When the radio program “Arch Oboler’s Plays” featured the NBC Symphony as the musical backdrop for the drama, “This Lonely Heart”….
..and when Red Barber (pictured) announced the first televised baseball games — on experimental TV station W2XBS in New York, the predecessor to WNBC. Brooklyn Dodgers hosted Cincinnati Reds in a doubleheader.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 26th INSIDE!

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Vancouver’s Fairchild Radio broadcaster resigns after uproar over commentary about White-Shirted Thugs

This came after Thomas Leung caused an uproar with a commentary that seemed to support white-shirted thugs who attacked Hong Kong civilians at the Yuen Long transit station on July 21.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Young Rascals

Young Rascalls had a few #1 hits including People Got To Be Free in 1968

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 25th

IT WAS AUG. 25th .. when ‘Father Knows Best’ starring Robert Young began its 4-year run on NBC Radio…
When the TV game show “Concentration” with Hugh Downs (pictured) aired for the first time on NBC…
When the married detectives series “Hart to Hart” debuted on ABC-TV…
When the 43rd Emmy Awards gave their top trophies to LA Law, Cheers, Kirstie Alley and Patricia Wettig…
..and when the CRTC approved CHUB Nanaimo to move from 1570 KHz to 102.3 MHz, CHPQ Parksville from 1370 KHz to 99.9 MHz, and CKEG Nanaimo from 1350 KHz to 1570 KHz.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

Not much more can be said of Elvis. Too Much was another hit from 1957.

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 24th

IT WAS AUG. 24th .. when the CBC’s CBX AM1010 signed on with 50,000 watts at Lacombe Alberta, in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to serve both Edmonton and Calgary with one transmitter …
When Montreal-born William Shatner appeared for the first time on the cover of TV Guide, with fellow Star Trek actors Deforest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy …
When a spinoff of the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” debuted on NBC-TV, starting a nine year run….
..and when NBC TV’s Jay Leno was the host as Microsoft officially rolled out their Windows 95 operating system in the Seattle suburb of Redmond.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Don Cherry & Brian Williams Fade to Black on Grapeline

Daily radio show not renewed after 35 years. But Coaches Corner will still be a feature of Hockey Night in Canada.

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RIP Frank Sasin, 68, of Ottawa Radio and CKWX Vancouver

Sasin hosted the nationally syndicated evening program Lovin’, Lyin’ or Leaving on CKWX AM 1130 before moving back to Ottawa when the station flipped to an all-news format in 1996.

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Seattle Sports Talker Mike Salk appointed PD of Entire Bonneville Cluster

In the wake of RYAN MAGUIRE’s exit as Dir./News and Programming at BONNEVILLE News-Talk KIRO-F/SEATTLE, as reported last week by PSR, several changes have been made to the cluster’s management structure, effective MONDAY (8/26).

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Doggett

Bill was a jazz & rhythm & blues pianist and organist. He had worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Ink Spots, Wynonie Harris and many others

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 23rd

IT WAS AUG. 23rd …when singers Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, “The Happiness Boys”, first appeared on New York’s WEAF radio, sponsored by Happiness Candy stores.,,
When the BBC’s experimental TV service featured the first televised boxing match between Archie Sexton and Laurie Raiteri, almost 15 years before the TV era began …
When Seattle radio station KKND “The End” FM 107.7 was born, billing its music as “The Cutting Edge of Rock.” The format helped give birth to Seattle’s famed Grunge movement…
..and when Richard Hatch was revealed as the winning castaway on the first season of CBS’ “Survivor.”
ALL the milestones for Aug. 23rd INSIDE!

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Seattle’s Matt Pitman Heads to SF as PA Voice of Golden State Warriors

Pitman told KIRO Nights. “I will be moving there to become the new public address announcer for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. I will also be joining the organization in their front office, in the prestigious Warriors studio. That is their in-house video production team.”

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Published on at 1:51 pm by Radio Man

Alaska Governor Vetoes Funding for Public Broadcasting

In a press briefing, public broadcasting was praised for playing “an important role in ALASKA, especially in our rural communities that have limited or no access to other forms of media,” but added that “current funding levels for public broadcasting from the State can no longer be sustained,”

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

One of the many hits for Sinatra in 1968, My Way

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 22nd

IT WAS AUG. 22nd … when the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began its first experimental TV broadcasting from London…
When “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy” became a three-times-a-week 30-minute feature on ABC radio, after 14 years as a daily quarter-hour strip…
When Toronto’s CBLT-TV Channel 9 did its first test broadcast, covering the opening of the 73rd Canadian National Exhibition…
..and when Vancouver radio station CKLG AM730 scrapped it’s Middle-Of-The-Road programming and switched to a Top 40 format in direct competition with C-FUN 1410..
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Matthew McBride License Decisions Postponed

Today the CRTC announced the withdrawal of all the various McBride items from the agenda for Sept. 5, “to be rescheduled at a later date.” 

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Phoenix Suns’ Voice Throughout Steve Nash era Returns for 48th Season

Al McCoy has become the Suns’ equivalent of Chick Hearn, Ernie Harwell and Vin Scully, men whose voices became synonymous with the teams they covered.

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Published on at 12:31 pm by Ron Robinson

Can A Radio Format For The 55-72 Demo Work?

John Sebastian thinks it can because he says of The Wow Factor. “The Wow Factor will attract multi-generational (family) listening, meaning that listeners both younger and older will find it appealing.”

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Published on at 11:17 am by Turn Table3

Moderators Revealed For Canadian Federal Election Leaders’ Debates

The English debate will occur on Oct. 7, and the event in French is set for Oct. 10.

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Published on August 20, 2019 at 9:15 pm by boredop

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jackie DeShannon

What The Word Needs Now Is Love
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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. August 21st

IT WAS AUG. 21st … that gave us career broadcasters Ken Carpenter, Chris Schenkel, Jack Buck, Harry Smith, and actor Billy Idelson of the Vic & Sade radio show …
When The Four Preps and the Lionel Hampton Orch. were the musical guests on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show…
When NBC News fired their Canadian-born TV reporter Arthur Kent (pictured), nicknamed ‘the scud stud’ for his reporting during the first Iraq war, after he refused an assignment to war-torn Croatia…
..and when the CRTC approved the sale of Victoria’s CKDA-AM and CFMS-FM, CKDA to the owners of The Q 100.3, CFMS to become ‘The Ocean’ under Rogers ownership.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Three Recent Departures in TV & Radio .. Vancouver & Seattle

Two women journalist broadcasters are gone from their Vancouver newsrooms, while a leading Seattle news/talk radio station has lost a programming executive.

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Published on at 2:37 pm by Ron Robinson

CKUA Lost their Beloved Monica Miller to Cancer

While Monica is now known for her warm presence on-air, she got her start at the station working as a library assistant in 1977.
From there, she worked her way through various positions, learning every aspect of what goes into getting something on air.

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Published on at 1:53 pm by Radio Man

Seattle’s KIRO-TV Mourns the Loss of 30-Year Chopper 7 Pilot Clark Stahl

Stahl started with KIRO 7 in the 1980’s as our backup pilot before becoming a full-time employee. He retired in 2012. During that retirement he remained close friends with many at the station.

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Published on at 9:56 am by Ron Robinson

Bell vows to cut back on rural broadband program after CRTC rate cut

Bell Canada says it will cut about 200,000 rural households from a broadband internet build-out to offset the impact of a regulatory change that lowers the wholesale broadband rate that it can charge smaller providers.

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Published on August 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Ron Robinson

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marvin Gaye

Marvin was a very talented singer, songwriter and producer. Many hits from I Want You in 1976 to others that reached the top 100 on Billboard. He died at age 44

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. August 20th

IT WAS AUG. 20th .. when the first U.S. commercial radio station, 8MK (which later became WWJ), began daily broadcasting in Detroit…
When Prince George (BC) TV station CKPG-TV signed on Channel 2 as a CBC affiliate….
When the first episode of the teen sitcom “Saved By The Bell” aired on NBC. It was a Saturday morning favorite for 4 seasons..
When Moffat Broadcasting sold off its empire, two Edmonton stations going to WIC (now Corus), two in Winnipeg going to Rogers, a pair in Calgary going to Golden West, while Vancouver’s CKLG-AM and CFOX-FM were sold to Shaw….
and when two giants of comedy, Jerry Lewis & Phyllis Diller, left this mortal coil.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 20th INSIDE!

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Disney Plus streaming service to launch in Canada mid-November

Analysts say the menu of Marvel superheroes, Pixar characters, and Disney animated classics could give viewers another reason to drop cable altogether.

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Published on at 6:06 pm by Turn Table3

Joel Senick to Anchor Calgary Global News at 11

Senick moves from his current role on Global News Morning Weekend to anchor the News at 11 with an expanded presence on the News Hour at 6, effective September 3.

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Wade Sorochan reports on the 930 CJCA/K-97 Alumni, with pics, courtesy of Mark Summers!

This year being the first 930 CJCA/K-97 Alumni covered the years 1979-1992 with people from mostly K-97

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BCAB 2019 being held in Victoria October 2nd & 3rd

Join master motivator Stephanie Staples for this fast-paced, interactive and idea-packed session that will have you laughing, thinking and inspired to take immediate action that will positively impact your life and livelihood

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Published on at 11:27 am by Voice Over

Sportscaster Jack Whitaker, Voice of the first 21 Super Bowls, dies at 95

Whitaker spent more than two decades working for CBS Sports, where his coverage included football, golf, boxing, soccer, baseball and horse racing. He worked on each of the first 21 Super Bowls, as well as the four PGA majors and Triple Crown races.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Washington & Brook Benton

Another hit for the duo in 1960 with Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes.)

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. August 19th

IT WAS AUG. 19th …. when “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” the 15 minute nightly radio comedy starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, made its network debut on the NBC Blue chain…
When Edmonton got its latest AM station CHQT (1110 KHz) and Yorkton Sask. got its first and only one CJGX AM 1340…
When WINS radio in New York City announced it would no longer play white artist cover versions of R&B hits. For example, the DJs were instructed to play Fats Domino’s “Ain’t It A Shame,” not Pat Boone’s…
..and when the 58th and final episode of the rock ‘n’ roll sitcom “The Monkees” aired on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Multi-honoured BC/Alta. Radioman John Ansell Dead at 93

He was a ‘lifetime employee’ of Selkirk Communications, at CKWX, CFAC and CJVI.

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Published on at 12:21 pm by Ron Robinson

Showbiz Legend & Godfather of Reality TV John Barbour UNLEASED & UNCENSORED!

John Barbour is a showbiz legend. He worked with Frank Sinatra. He interviewed such figures as boxer Muhammad Ali, gangster Mickey Cohen, Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda, and American labor leader Cesar Chavez among others

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Olivia Newton-John

Physical hit the airwaves in 1981 and became another big hit for Olivia Newton-John

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History – August 18th

IT WAS AUG. 18th .. when Vancouver radio station CKNW moved from 1320 on the AM dial to 980, the spot vacated the previous year by CKWX. That same day, CKLG moved from 1070 to 730…
When the ABC-TV music special ‘The 5th Dimension Traveling Sunshine Show’ featured The Carpenters, Merle Haggard and Dionne Warwick…
When former L.A. TV reporter and news anchor John Tesh started a decade as Mary Hart’s co-host on the syndicated “Entertainment Tonight”…
..and when a PetroCan pump attendant Dick Assman of Regina made a cameo appearance on CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman (pictured), after months of ‘Ass Man’ jokes.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

It was 42 years ago when Elvis died and Cadillac Jack recorded it from his transistor radio…

Our facebook friend Cadillac Jack has this momento to share with all, especially if you’re an Elvis Presley fan. CJ just so happened to have recorded the announcement of the night Elvis died, on his local radio station KALE 960 AM broadcasting from the town of Kennewick, in the great state of Washington.

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Published on August 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry influenced a number of artists, like John Lennon. Sweet Little Sixteen another hit for Berry in 1957

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History – August 17th

IT WAS AUG. 17th … when Norman Corwin’s first success debuted on CBS radio. It was ‘Passport for Adams’, starring Robert Young as a small town newspaper editor…
When Italian pop vocalist Domenico Modugno appeared on CBS-TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” singing his hit single “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”…
When a revolution in the world of music got underway, as the first audio CDs were manufactured…
..and when David Caruso (pictured) quit the cast of ABC’s “NYPD Blue” to pursue a movie career, a move that didn’t pan out.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 17th INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Ryan Reynolds recalls his first job as a Vancouver Sun delivery boy

“The house in the painting is my childhood home,” Reynolds said. “My brothers and I spent years trying to kill each other on that lawn.”

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Published on at 5:41 pm by Voice Over

Peter Fonda, Star of ‘Easy Rider,’ Dead At 79

Movie icon Peter Fonda has died, TMZ and People reported Friday.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Haley and his Comets

Shake Rattle & Roll Bill Haley & His Comets had the teens jiving to Shake Rattle & Roll in 1954. 1954 Bill Haley & The Comets … 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 […]

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Published on August 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm by Voice Over

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 16th

Frank Gifford was born in Santa Monica Calif, Elvis Presley had died in his Memphis mansion at the age of 42. Jack Paar replaced Walter Cronkite as host of CBS-TV’s “The Morning Show.” longtime host of CBC-TV’s Man Alive, Roy Bonisteel, succumbed to cancer at age 83.  Plus who is celebrating a birthday today, and hit songs over the early years

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Victoria’s Newish Radio Station is called, you guessed it, JACK FM!

At 1pm west coast time, Victoria’s 103.1 did a Flashback, with the rebranding of JACK 103.1 FM

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Published on at 1:11 pm by Radio Man

Edmonton’s HOT 107 Rebrands As POWER 107

They sound way better than Hot 107. Kiss 91.7 and Virgin now have another competitor

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Terry Black

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