25 Most Recent Posts on PSR

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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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 5:58 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 4:16 pm by clockwatcher

And the cuts keep on coming… Sportsnet 650 fires at least 6 (Update)

Puget Sound Radio just heard some very sad news about a lot of people being let go from SN 650 today

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Published on at 2:02 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 9:05 am by clockwatcher

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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Published on at 8:54 am by Voice Over

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 7:47 pm by mikedup

‘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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Published on at 1:50 pm by boredop

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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Published on at 1:00 pm by News Beat

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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Published on at 12:15 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 8:22 am by Voice Over

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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Published on at 8:48 am by Voice Over

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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Published on at 8:14 am by Turn Table3

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 3:09 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 10:41 am by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 10:04 am by boredop

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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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 12:20 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 8:39 am by boredop

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 4:19 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 3:45 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 3:02 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 1:29 pm by clockwatcher

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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Published on at 8:37 am by boredop

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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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 10:41 am by mikedup

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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Published on at 8:03 am by Voice Over

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 3:24 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 10:30 am by News Beat

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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Published on at 10:21 am by Radio Man

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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Published on at 9:55 am by mikedup

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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Published on at 9:14 am by boredop

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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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 9:19 am by boredop

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 12:05 pm by mikedup

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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Published on at 8:59 am by Voice Over

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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Published on at 7:50 am by boredop

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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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

Top 5 unchanged from August.

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Published on at 2:39 pm by boredop

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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Published on at 11:07 am by mikedup

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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Published on at 9:18 am by News Beat

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 9:57 am by Radio Man

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 12:30 pm by Voice Over

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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Published on at 11:56 am by Radio Man

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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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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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Published on at 3:03 pm by mikedup

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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Published on at 11:46 am by Turn Table3

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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Published on at 10:40 am by Michael Easton

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Details and ALL the Sept. 21st milestones INSIDE.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Published on at 6:45 pm by mikedup

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

1964 brought Unless You Care a hit for Canadian vocalist Terry Black

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 15th

IT WAS AUG. 15th .. when CBS inaugurated the first nightly TV news broadcast, a 15-minute feature with anchorman Douglas Edwards reporting the day’s events. At first it was seen only in five cities in the Eastern Time zone…
When Peck’s bad boy of Vancouver radio Jack Cullen (pictured) made the move from CKMO to CKNW, taking his Owl Prowl program with him…
When Vancouver radio station CKWX moved from 980 to 1130 on the AM dial where it still resides as News 1130…
..and when the CBC locked out 5500 employees coast to coast, all members of the Canadian Media Guild. The labour dispute was not resolved until October.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 15th INSIDE.

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Today’s Talk Radio Missing Key Element, by Wade Sorochan

I’ve had the pleasure of producing and being featured on the most unique and successful radio talk shows in Edmonton’s broadcasting history from 1981-1991–The 11-2 Show with Bill and Bill featuring the “Tone Arm on 930 CJCA.”

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630 CHED Announces New Morning Show co-hosts: Chelsea Bird and Shaye Ganam

630 CHED announced today that Chelsea Bird and Shaye Ganam are the new co-hosts of the station’s morning show, 630 CHED Mornings effective September 3.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Andy Williams

Andy recorded 43 albums, 15 went gold, three went platinum. This classic Canadian Sunset came out in 1965.He had a good number of hits and good television show. He died at age 84 in September 2013

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 14th

IT WAS AUG. 14th … when Garry Moore (pictured) joined NBC radio with a new morning show in an attempt to knock off the dominant Arthur Godfrey on CBS …
When the end of WWII was marked on the CBS radio series, “Columbia Presents Corwin,” as Orson Welles did a special reading about the fall of Japan titled, “Fourteen August”…
When five UK pirate radio stations shut down, leaving only Radio Caroline to rock out for another nine months…
..and when radio’s “Ma Perkins” began its 27 year run on the air as a local production of WLW Cincinnati.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 14th INSIDE.

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Willy In The Morning Launches On Q 107 In Calgary

Q107 proudly announces the launch of popular morning show Willy in the Morning, starting on Tuesday, August 27. Raring to help Calgary rise, Willy Percy, Kim Seale and Alece Anderson will be on-air with Q107 – Rock’s Greatest Hits from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekday mornings

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Chuck’s Classics, featurning Fleetwood Mac

Formed in 1967 in London, England, and have sold over 100 million records. Go Your Own Way is from 1977. Members included Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and a number of others

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 13th

It WAS AUG 13th…. when the last new episode of “The Waltons” aired on CBS-TV…
When US cable channel Comedy Central aired the first episode of the adult cartoon series “South Park”…
When the Recording Industry Association of America bestowed its American Legend Award upon Fats Domino…
..and when Dean Martin recorded “That’s Amore,” Frank Sinatra recorded “All the Way,” The Guess Who recorded “American Woman,” and The Supremes recorded “Baby Love.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Virgin Radio hires Cousin Vinny, replacing Freeway and Natasha

Gargiulo and Depalo were told Wednesday that their services were no longer required, and the station scrubbed references to them from its website

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears

BS & T is a jazz-rock group of Canadian-American musicians. They had a few number 10 hits, including You’ve Made Me So Very Happy in 1969.

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 12th

IT WAS AUG. 12th … when comedian Red Skelton (pictured) got his first national exposure as a guest on NBC’s Rudy Vallee radio show ….
When rock jock “Cousin Brucie” (Bruce Morrow) did his last show on WNBC-AM, New York City…
When XM Satellite Radio began broadcasting in the US…
..and when disc jockey Jim Brady did his final show on radio station CFTR, Toronto.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CKUA Loses a True Pioneer. RIP Jack Hagerman, 92

Hagerman may have been the longest serving broadcaster with one station in the history of Canadian radio. 

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Interviews of BC Radio Legends by the late Mike Cleaver : Today with Red Robinson

Mike Cleaver does a great interview with Red Robinson, and Red really opens up about the people he met throughout his radio career – A fascinating testimonial of a young man entering the broadcast industry back in the early 50’s Lot of memories, for many of us…

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Published on August 10, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Michael Easton

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beatles

Another of the Beatles many hits The Long & Winding Road from 1970

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 11th

IT WAS AUG. 11th .. when New York’s WCBS-TV became the first station to televise a baseball game in color .. in fact, a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves….
When CBS-TV’s Sunday night variety showcase, The Ed Sullivan Show featured Buddy Knox singing his two rockabilly hits ‘Party Doll’ and ‘Hula Love’…
When the folksinging Kingston Trio signed in as the “mystery guests” on CBS-TV’s “What’s My Line?”…
..and when Edmonton radio station CJAX-FM began operations on 92.5 MHz with 100,000 watts. The call letters are now CKNG FM, with a branding of 92.5 The Chuck.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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CFNY FM: ain’t your average radio clone… Flashing back to 2016 interview by Karim Mosna

Karim Mosna, a 21 year old self-professed radio junkie posed the question to the personalities behind the station: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, David Marsden (CFNY’s station manager), radio and music guru, Alan Cross and several others from The Spirit of Radio era at CFNY FM.

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Canadians listen to radio and podcasts more than streaming services

Compared to traditional radio that uses wireless broadcast, the company claims that online radio has gained its foothold in the younger audiences. More specifically, around 67 percent of teens and 73 percent of millennials tune into online radio on a weekly basis.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Andy Williams

One of the top favourites on television had Moon River as a hit in 1962

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 10th

IT WAS AUG. 10th … when Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” a video version of his “Candid Microphone” radio show, debuted on ABC….
When Vancouver’s CHQM-FM signed on for the first time at 103.5 MHz, initially as a straight mono simulcast of CHQM 1320 AM…
When “Manhattan Transfer,” the summer variety show starring the singing group of the same name, premiered on CBS-TV…
.. and when legendary 30-year-long CKNW sportscaster Al Davidson (pictured) died at age 66.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 10th INSIDE.

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Freeway Frank & Co-host ousted from Virgin Montreal

Freeway Frank has worked from coast to coast in Canada from Vancouver To Toronto, to Calgary and back to his hometown of Montreal.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Archie Bleyer

A trumpet player in the 1940’s & 50’s, and the bandleader on the Arthur Godfrey Show (Radio & TV) the Archie Blyer Orchestra had this hit in 1954: Hernado’s Hideaway.
Archie Blyer Orchestra

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 9th

IT WAS AUG. 9th … when radio brought word of a 2nd atomic bomb explosion that would lead to Japan’s surrender & the end of World War II…
When the TV program “Ready Steady Go!” premiered on ITV in the UK. The show gave early exposure to such music luminaries as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones…
When two popular Toronto deejays John Spragge and Bob MacAdorey were fired from radio station CHUM…
..and when, following the enormous success of the “Motown 25” TV special two years earlier, NBC debuted the ill-fated “Motown Revue” variety series hosted by Smokey Robinson, which lasted only five weeks.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 9th INSIDE.

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Jewish Program on Toronto’s CHIN Radio Censured

Toronto’s multicultural CHIN Radio station breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code for “abusive and unduly discriminatory comments and unduly negative stereotyping about Muslims.”

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Changes coming to KiSS Victoria… yes again.

Wednesday, Aug 7, I was informed that yet again changes were made to the on-air lineup at Kiss Victoria. When I went to investigate the listings for the morning show of Dez and Jay, and the afternoon show of Johnny Novak was removed from the website. Meaning that all three local hosts were no longer on the station.

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Published on August 7, 2019 at 11:00 pm by Brian Cook

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Billy Joel

Singer, songwriter, composer & pianist. Very active during the 1960’s and 1970’s and still going strong today. He has produced about 33 top 40 hits, of which he wrote all of them. Piano Man is from 1973. Born May 1949

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 8th

IT WAS AUG. 8th … when the one-week-old US cable channel MTV aired its first concert in stereo, starring REO Speedwagon in a performance at Denver…
When two jurors from the Michael Jackson molestation trial were interviewed on NBC’s ‘Today’ show. They admitted to the national audience they now wished they’d returned a guilty verdict…
When Lamont Tilden (pictured), one of the best known CBC announcers and news readers in the Golden Age of Canadian radio, and the early years of television, died at age 98…
..and when 16-year old Brian Hyland went to No.1 on the Billboard pop singles chart with ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE

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Emmy Awards will go hostless next month, echoing Oscars

The plan to go without an MC echoes the Oscars, which went hostless this year after Kevin Hart pulled out following the resurfacing of controversial remarks.

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The Hunt for Red State ‘Deplorables’ Movie Trailer Pulled by ESPN

The Hunt – a movie reportedly featuring liberal elites hunting red state “deplorables” for sport –

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Kevin Newman Leaving W5 to produce a Podcast. Say what?

Newman came to Vancouver in 2001 to serve for six years as anchor and executive editor of Global National with Kevin Newman.

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One new Arizona radio station is breaking free of corporate control

Music played now includes songs from such varied artists as Ambrosia, Simply Red, The Babys, Donovan, Bob Seger, Sting, and more … music from the 1960s through the 1980s and a bit later.

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Toxic, treasonous media pushing “white supremacist” hoax and hit lists of Trump supporters in desperate scheme to drive America into civil war

It’s now obvious the malicious, toxic media is pushing a “white supremacist” hoax in a desperate scheme to drive America into a civil war. The entire left-wing media has now become nothing more than a hate machine that’s spreading its “daily hate” to radicalize left-wing Americans into an unprecedented level of hatred, insanity and violence.

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Research Director Inc. Analyzes Seattle Radio PPM’s (July 2019)

A good book for KZOK, KNDD, KISS, 93.9 The Bull, KHTP and KJAQ.

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US Cord-Cutting Speeds Up as TV Providers Scramble to Boost Profits

The number of households without a traditional pay-television subscription could soon equal those that have one.

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Voiceover Talent Lisa Keys

Sometimes it’s all about the people you have around you. In 2014, Lisa Keys found herself working with people who were passionate about radio imaging and who knew what a great radio imaging voice can do for a radio station.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring New Vaudeville Band

Group created by Geoff Stephens from North London Lead vocalist was John Carter. Winchester Cathedral reached #10 in the U.S., #1 in the USA in 1966

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 7th

IT WAS AUG. 7th … when just months before the US was pulled into WWII, WNBT, Channel 4 in New York City, broadcast TV’s first audience-participation show in which studio guests played charades….
When Martin Kane, Private Eye was first heard on Mutual radio….
When 16-year-old Paul Anka (pictured) made his U.S. television debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, lip-synching to his first hit “Diana”…
..and when the reality series Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels had its premiere on the A&E cable network.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Rolling Stone Mag: ‘Pay for Play’ Continues in US Radio

“It’s a game that should’ve gone away a long time ago. [But] it’s prevalent enough that you’re not gonna get into the Top 15 without playing that game.”

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The Downing of 8Chan – Jim Watkins

Jim Watkins talks about 8Chan being shut down, and what’s going on behind the scenes

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Classic Rock KZOK Takes #1 in the Seattle Radio PPM 6+ Sweepstakes

Jack FM makes it to the Top Five in the 6+ chart, while KISW drops out of the Top 10.

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Karina Gould, The Liberal Cabinet Minister Who Wants To Control Social Media, Is Spreading Misinformation On Social Media

Liberals Lie about Social Media!!!

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marty Robbins

At age 17 Marty joined the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1947. He then began to play at various venues. A great story teller, including this one from 1970: My Woman, My wife, He died at age 57

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. August 6th

IT WAS AUG. 6th … when one of radio’s first serials, Real Folks debuted on NBC radio…
When singer Dinah Shore started her own Sunday evening show on the NBC Blue radio network. Later Dinah would also have a successful TV career spanning more than three decades…
When Chubby Checker appeared on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show (ABC TV) and introduced ‘The Twist’…
When Jon Stewart closed out his 16 years as host of ‘The Daily Show’ …
When MOJO RADIO debuted in Vancouver on AM730 with “talk radio for guys” (which would prove to be a mistake)…
..and after establishing himself on Mexican border powerhouses, Wolfman Jack (pictured) debuted on WNBC Radio New York.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Alanna Kelly New Reporter/Anchor at CTV Vancouver Island

The Toronto native left her spot at Kelowna’s Castanet news service to join the CTV station in Victoria.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Laurie London

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands
London could sing in English and German and was a boy singer with the hit from 1958 He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand.

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

HOLIDAY MONDAY in Broadcast History .. August 5th

IT WAS AUGUST 5th .. when KDKA Pittsburgh aired the first-ever baseball play by play, with pioneering announcer Harold Arlin at the mike …
When the daily radio drama “Backstage Wife” first aired on a network (Mutual), after proving popular for a few months on Chicago’s WGN. It moved to NBC a year later, and to CBS two decades later!…
When after becoming a huge TV hit in Philadelphia, Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” made its debut on ABC…
.. and when Prince George (BC) got its second private radio station as CJCI 620 signed on the air. “C.I.” stood for Central Interior…
ALL the milestones for Aug. 5th INSIDE!

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How Television Continues to Attract Big Name Actors

You just tend to get the best writing in telly these days, with human beings talking to human beings, and recognizable human behavior,” he says, “while cinema now seems to be more and more about superheroes, monsters and avatars.””

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After Nine Years Nancy O’Dell Leaves Entertainment Tonight

O’Dell first joined as anchor of the show in 2010, replacing Mary Hart, after spending 13 years co-anchoring “Access Hollywood.”

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KINSELLA: How the media mighty have fallen

How the media mighty have fallen.
Way, way back, when this writer was a special assistant to opposition leader Jean Chretien, getting ready for the daily Question Period ritual was simple

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Laine

Laine was very popular in the 40’s and 50’s. That Lucky Old Sun in 1948 was one of his bigger hits

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. August 4th

IT WAS AUG. 4th … when the first tennis match on radio was aired on Pittsburgh’s KDKA, the first US commercial station…
When the CBC carried out Canada’s first television transmission from a helicopter…
When the Everly Bros. sang ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show …
When the Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to rescind the so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine’…
..and when two on-camera stars of Vancouver’s BCTV, Ron Morrier and Robert Malcolm (pictured), signed off forever.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Jason Pires, Michelle Eliot, Ria Renouf: Diverse voices in Canadian mainstream media

Not too long ago, I noticed that all four of the major broadcast outlets in Vancouver (CBC, CTV, Global, and Rogers) were featuring anchors and reporters of Filipino heritage.

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COLUMN: Gil McCall Was a Cariboo Radio Legend, and a True Friend

Gil was the talk of Quesnel in those days — everybody knew him — even when he moved to Williams Lake and opened CFFM Super Country Radio.

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Bell says it now has 2.7 million Crave subscribers

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

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Remembering Vic Waters

He was one of the best ‘disc jockeys’ Vancouver has produced, in the 96 years radio has been a factor in the area.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobbie Gentry

Ode To Billie Joe
Bobby rose to fame with Ode To Billie Joe in 1967

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. August 3rd

IT WAS AUG. 3rd … when 36-year-old announcer Frank Blair (pictured) became news anchor of the NBC-TV Today Show, a job he would keep for the next 22 years!…
When CBS-TV war correspondent Morley Safer sent out a Vietnam report showing American troops using their Zippo lighters to set fire to thatched huts in a Vietnamese village …
When ‘Tonight Show’ host Johnny Carson graced the cover of the Burbank telephone directory…
..and when the ABC-TV news magazine Primetime Live debuted, with Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer headlining.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE

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MSNBC’s Maddow Drops to FIFTH in July Ratings Behind Fox’s The Five

It was a weak month for Rachel Maddow. The MSNBC host, who leads the network’s primetime slate, fell to fifth place in the July ratings, behind four Fox News programs that dominated the monthly numbers in total viewers.

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It’s coming soon…

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Ted Farr is now News Director at Kelowna’s News 1150

As of August 1st Ted has been appointed News Director of AM 1150 and as of August 6th, he takes over as the newscaster on the AM 1150 Early Edition with Phil Johnson.

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Toronto Star To Get Equivalent Of $115,000 PER WEEK From Trudeau’s Establishment Media Bailout: BLACKLOCK’S

The Trudeau Liberals are trying to buy the media ahead of the upcoming federal election

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Remembering Red Robinson back in the 50’s

Look at those hours on the air at CKWX! You must realize that in the Fifties this represented a lot of air time

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Published on August 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Radio Man

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gene Pitney

Pitney had 16 hits to reach the top 40. He was active until his death in 2006

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. August 2nd

IT WAS AUG. 2nd .. when the TV station now known as KCPQ (FOX 13) in Tacoma-Seattle, began broadcasting as KMO-TV Tacoma…
When Canadian-born CBS correspondent Morley Safer (pictured) sent the first TV report from Vietnam indicating the US was losing the war…
When CHUM-owned TV stations in Victoria, London, Barrie, Wingham, Windsor and Ottawa became A-Channels…
…and when radio station WHTZ-FM, Newark, New Jersey (serving New York City and environs) – signed on as “Z100” with Scott Shannon and the “Morning Zoo”. It went from “worst to first” in just a few months.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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A.J. Calloway Out as ‘Extra’ Co-Host after Rape Investigation

AJ Calloway is leaving the syndicated entertainment news show Extra after six women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct and rape.

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Popular Okanagan news anchor Rick Webber Made his Final Appearance Wednesday Night

The 30-year Global anchor started his career over 43 years ago when he got a job as a part-time DJ at a radio station on Prince Edward Island in 1976. Webber moved to BC in 1978 and, in 1990, arrived in his beloved Okanagan.

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Matty Staudt leaves iHeart and Forms Jam Street Media

Matty Staudt is someone I have been trying to get on the podcast for about a year. His busy work schedule at iHeart made scheduling difficult. However, a change in direction for Matty created the necessary time to have him on. Matty is starting a new venture called Jam Street Media

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Edmonton radio legend Bruce Bowie calls it a day…

After an impressive 47 years in radio, Bowie will sign-off for the last time on August 30.

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Longtime Cariboo Radioman Gil McCall Will Be Missed

Gil McCall joined the original ownership group of Cariboo Broadcasters at CKCQ in Quesnel in 1958 shortly after the station went on the air.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gordon Lightfoot

As a singer songwriter Gordon has become very successful . Many hits for the Canadian including this one from 1966: Early Morning Rain

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. August 1st

IT WAS AUG. 1st …when CKWX signed on from studios in Vancouver’s Belmont Hotel, after being known previously as CFDC Nanaimo …
When Mutual radio debuted “The Goodwill Hour”, with its familiar phrase, “You have a friend and advisor in John J. Anthony”…
When Victoria radio station CKDA 1340 moved to AM 1280 and increased its power from 250 watts to 5000 watts…
When an era ended on Vancouver’s CKNW as both Philip Till and Bill Good closed out their talk show careers ….
When Kelowna’s AM 1150 switched from a country music format to Oldies….
..and when “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” launched on CBS-TV with a short summer run followed by three successful regular seasons.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 1st INSIDE.

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How Small-Business Owners Can Find Success On The Radio

Once we selected a few talk radio stations, we realized that talk radio listeners pay attention, whereas we found music radio listeners listen passively.

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CRTC says new Internet Code will go into effect January 2020 to protect consumers

The code will offer Canadians easy-to-understand contracts, documents and policies around service calls, outages, security deposits and disconnections. The new code will allow Canadians to have a better understanding of prices, especially for bundles, promotions and time-limited discounts.

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KING-TV Reporter Honored for Saving Co-Worker’s Life

Ted Land stepped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver. He was able to dislodge the food and clear Alex Rozier’s airways, saving his life.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Rod Stewart

This British rock singer continues to entertain today worldwide. This hit from 1971: Maggie May. Rod has had many hits since 1961 when he started out. Born in 1945

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 31st

IT WAS JULY 31st … when the announcer introduced for the first time ‘Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy!’ on CBS radio…
When TV news anchor Chet Huntley (pictured) retired from NBC, ending “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” after 14 years…
When Leeza Gibbons made her first appearance on TV’s Entertainment Tonight, where she remained for 11 years…
..and when CBC Newsworld made its debut on Canadian cable. Today it is branded CBC News Network.
ALL the milestones for July 31st INSIDE.

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Ex-Facebook Exec Jordan Banks to Head Rogers Media

Banks has over 20 years in experience and most recently worked at Facebook and Instagram Canada, where he was the managing director for the past seven years. He takes over Sept. 9th.

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Chuck’s Classic, featuring Jimmy Clanton

Jimmy was known as the “swamp pop R & B teenage idol”. He is still active today. He also starred in a couple of movies and from 1972 to 1976 he was a disc jockey. Venus In Blue Jeans was a hit for him in 1962.

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 30th

IT WAS JULY 30th … when radio crime drama ‘The Shadow’ began its 24 year run, the first two years on CBS….
When the popular radio soap opera, ‘The Guiding Light’, was seen for the first time on CBS television…
When the soap opera “Santa Barbara” debuted on NBC TV; day 1 of an 8 1/2 year run…
..and when NBC’s ‘L.A. Law’ was nominated for 20 Emmy Awards, one shy of the record held by ‘Hill Street Blues.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Can Broadcast Legend Susan Zirinsky Save CBS NEWS?

Susan Zirinsky, 67, the new president of CBS News, was in her office at the CBS Broadcast Center recently rummaging through her illustrious past, which happens to constitute a rich history of broadcast journalism, and the world itself

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PROSALESGUY – 15 Ways To Fight Price Objections

Tired of trying to fight price objections?  All our sales training clients feel that price is one of the biggest objections they face.  There always seems to be someone who is willing to sell their product for less.  Stop hiding from these objections.  Your ability to tackle them head-on is often the difference between making […]

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Darin

Darin was a singer and actor who passed on at the age of 37. One of the best versions of Mack The Knife was this one by Darin in 1958.

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 29th

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

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Wi-Fi, Which Changed the IP World, is Celebrating 20 Years!

Its public debut 20 years ago as the optional AirPort-branded feature in an Apple laptop was sudden and unexpected. And its effect on consumer expectations, where laptops were concerned, was like night and day.

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Why has watching television become such hard work?

For those of us of a certain age, it’s like being a grocery shopper transported from the bare-shelved stores of Soviet Russia to a contemporary Costco and only being able to buy one thing per visit.

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John Barbour reviews Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

John Barbour comes out of movie critic retirement for one more movie review

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Debbie Reynolds

Debbie’s career spanned 70 years as an actress & singer. In 1957 she sang her top hit Tammy.

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 28th

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

Another #1 hit for Elvis: In the Ghetto in 1969

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 27th

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

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‘Once Upon a Time’ Vancouver actor Gabe Khouth Dead at 46

Khouth died following a motorcycle crash in Port Moody on Tuesday.

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CNN Editor Resigns in Disgrace over Long History of Tirades Against ‘Jewish Pigs’…

editor at CNN has resigned after a series of antisemitic comments

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Smalltown Ontario radio station hoping to restore sense of pride in ‘O Canada’

Playing the national anthem preceding the 12 o’clock news is all part of a test pilot that myFM started in mid-June.

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Young people in UK abandon TV news ‘almost entirely’

While the average person aged 65 and over watches 33 minutes of TV news a day, this falls to just two minutes among people aged 16-24, according the media regulator’s annual news consumption report.

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Published on July 25, 2019 at 9:31 pm by News Beat

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Art Mooney

From the 1955 movie “Battle Cry”: Honey Babe by the Art Mooney Orchestra

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 26th

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

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Cortes Island Community Radio appeals for funds following transmission failure

A connection in the transmission tower had become exposed to the elements, becoming corroded and waterlogged.

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Toronto Radio Host Under Fire After Tweeting Racist Comments

Mike Stafford, the host of Global News Radio’s “The Morning Show”, is currently under investigation by his employer after tweeting and deleting some pretty racist sentiments last week.

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Justin Trudeau’s flawed media bailout package – Anthony Fury

If True North’s Anthony Furey had it his way, the best relationship between the government and the media would be no relationship at all.

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Global Winnipeg Names Lisa Dutton as Evening News Anchor

Courtesy of July 25, 2019 Global Winnipeg has named Lisa Dutton as the station’s new 6 p.m. anchor. No stranger to Winnipeg, Dutton relocated to the city in 2017 with her family. She was previously the morning anchor at Global Saskatoon for 12 years. “Lisa’s thirst for knowledge, naturally-curious nature and passion for news has brought her […]

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CONFIRMED: Off-Air Bloodbath at CTV Vancouver

Reports are circulating of the turfing of as many as 11 behind-the-scenes longterm employees at CTV Vancouver as of yesterday.

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Yukon Jack in a Shoot!

In Wrestling, a shoot is when two wrestlers go unscripted into the ring and have it out. Yukon Jack from 100.3 The Bear and I don’t wrestle one another any more –

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Published on July 24, 2019 at 9:48 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat ‘King’ Cole

150 of Nat singles reached the charts of pop, R & B and country. He started out as a trio of jazz artists and eventually a vocalist. Send For Me was one of the hits in 1957 for Nat. Sadly he passed on at age 45.

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 25th

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

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Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer dead at 75

More recently, Hauer was featured on TV in story arcs in HBO’s True Blood, and Syfy’s Channel Zero, which is filmed in Manitoba.

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Anthony Gismondi on Harry McWatters on the Brock Jackson Show on EZ Rock

Harry McWatters, founder of Sumac Ridge Estate, SYL Ranch, Time Estate, Time Winery and Evolve Cellars died in his sleep on July 23rd, 2019.

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Calvin To Leaving CHEK

It’s not clear if he jumped or was pushed, but Calvin worked his last CHEK newscast as an anchor last Sunday.

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Susan Woods (nee Fisher) Dies in Victoria at age 66

Details of her extensive radio/TV resume can be found inside. She succumbed to cancer July 20 at age 66.

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Art Neville, New Orleans funk star, dies aged 81

The keyboardist and singer behind the Meters and the Neville Brothers was hailed as an icon by Louisiana governor John Edwards

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CHEK Chooses Andy Neal to Host 10 pm News

For more than a year Neal has been host of the station’s morning news which was available only on-line.

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‘The National’ Ratings Tanking

While The National averaged 401,000 viewers, CTV National News had more than double that number, with 993,000 tuning in.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lead vocalist was John Fogerty, and others in the group included his brother Tom, plus Tom Cook and Doug Clifford. They recorded many albums and singles, including this hit from 1969. The original group rarely reunited since their breakup in 1973.

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 24th

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

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David Hedison, Captain in ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’, Dies at 92

Hedison joined Roger Moore in the 1973 James Bond film “Live and Let Die” as well as Timothy Dalton in 1989 with “License to Kill,” becoming the first actor to play CIA agent Felix Leiter twice. In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked on shows such as “Another World,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Dynasty,” “The Love Boat,” “Who’s the Boss” and “The Colbys.”

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RIP Bill Luxton, Ottawa TV Pioneer, of ‘Willy & Floyd’

Best-known as the first half of the Willy and Floyd comedy team, Luxton was found lifeless at the bottom of his backyard pool on Brierwood Avenue in Highland Park on Saturday evening. He was 92.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bert Kaempfert

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 23rd

IT WAS JULY 23rd … when the Telstar communications satellite made possible the first live TV broadcast from the US to Europe…
When Toronto-born rocker Neil Young (pictured), at age 17, held his first recording session in the studios of Winnipeg radio station CKRC…
When the FCC approved the AM stereo radio system; KTSA in San Antonio was the first to go stereo…
..and when the three-year old television network FOX-TV topped ABC, NBC and CBS in the ratings for the 1st time, thanks to “America’s Most Wanted.”
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE. Also, on this day in 2011, Amy Whitehouse died.

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Chicago’s Walter Flakus Joins 107.7 The End as APD & Afternoon Host

CUMULUS Alternative WKQX/CHICAGO APD/MD/night-timer WALTER FLAKUS is moving to ENTERCOM Alternative KNDD (107.7 THE END)/SEATTLE effective AUGUST 6th.

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Vancouver’s CKNW Celebrates 75 Years!

CKNW AM 980 will air its 75th Anniversary Broadcast from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 15th live on location from Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster.

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Published on July 21, 2019 at 9:15 pm by Radio Man

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Paul Anka

Diana from 1956, the song that began the career of Paul

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MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 22nd

IT WAS JULY 22nd … when the British sitcom that gave rise to CBS-TV’s ‘All in the Family’, ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ debuted on BBC-TV…
When a UK floating pirate radio station, “Swinging Scotland”, shut down for lack of funds…
When The Doors were guests on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand, performing “Crystal Ship” and “Light My Fire”…
.. and when a license for Kelowna’s second radio station CKIQ-1150 was approved by the CRTC.
ALL the milestones for July 22nd INSIDE.

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After a Decade Together K96.3 Kelowna Hosts Sign Off

The 10-year radio partnership broke up so Tony Peyton can retire and David Larsen can take another on-air radio job out of town.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Connie Francis

Another chart topper in 1959 for Connie: Lipstick On Your Collar.
1959

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 21st

It’s the date that gave us Marshall McLuhan, Don Knotts (pictured), Robin Williams and country music’s Paul Brandt.
The CRTC gave approval to the Global TV network, Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” started an 8 week reign atop the Country Music chart, Queen played the Montreal Forum, and Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart insured her legs for $2 million.
Roger Ailes was forced out as head man at Fox News and Fox Business.
Leaving us on July 21st were actors Basil Rathbone and Robert Young, broadcaster Dave Garroway, singer Dorothy Collins, and musician Long John Baldry.
Scores more milestones for the date INSIDE.

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RIP Jack Allen, of KVI/KMPS & not to forget ‘Loveline’ on 570am

His wife, Freddie, preceded him in death a month ago. After 35 years of marriage, they are still together.

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Another Deep Dive into McBride’s CRTC Troubles

Matthew McBride filed an application for authorization to change ownership and effective control of the English-language Tofino and Ucluelet Commercial FM Radio stations to Cameron Randall Dennison, much to the chagrin of two former managers of Ukee Radio.

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CBS Stations Go Dark on DirecTV in Fee Dispute

CBS says it offered a 30 day extension for negotiations but AT&T declined the offer. “While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT&T agrees to fair terms soon, this loss of CBS programming could last a long time,” the statement continued.

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tex Beneke & The Modernaires and Glenn Miller Orchestra

Just in case there is the odd young one that does not know what a Jukebox is. Ask your parents. From 1942 Tex Beneke & The Millionaires with Jukebox Saturday Night.

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 20th

IT WAS JULY 20th … when NBC radio debuted ‘G-Men’ as a Saturday night feature. For most of its 20-year run the title was ‘Gangbusters’…
When “The Arthur Murray Party” premiered on ABC TV, featuring the man behind a nationwide chain of dance schools and his wife Kathryn. As it continued its 10-year run on the tube it would move to DuMont, CBS, & NBC…
When UBC’s student-operated radio station CiTR-FM broadcast in stereo for the first time….
..and when Vancouver-born actor James Doohan (pictured), best known for playing Scotty on Star Trek, died at his home in suburban Seattle at age 85.
ALL the milestones for July 20th INSIDE.

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Canadian media needs to get over its Trump fixation

Despite a Canadian election looming, the media is asking Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer about Donald Trump’s tweets.

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Google and Facebook keep track of all the weird porn you watch

The research paper indicates that Google runs tracking services on roughly 74 percent of the pornography websites included in the study. On the other hand, Facebook only ran trackers on approximately 10 percent.

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Ontario Radio Veteran John Harada Dies Suddenly at 65

Prior to leaving for the US eight months ago Harada had spent the previous three years hosting afternoon drive at community station The River 88.7 in Mount Forest Ontario.

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‘CBS Evening News’ ratings plummet on Norah O’Donnell’s debut

The former co-host of “CBS This Morning” came in last place among evening news shows on Monday despite a much-publicized premiere that included a sit-down with Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world.

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Published on July 18, 2019 at 9:48 pm by boredop

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Eddie Cochran

Eddie died after a car accident during his British Tour, he was just 21. Not many top of the chart hits. Sittin’ In The Balcony hit the airwaves in 1957

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 19th

IT WAS JULY 19th .. when Regina’s pioneer radio station CKCK signed on with 2000 watts at 420 metres. ..
When the BBC World Service began frequent playing of the first notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as Prime Minister Winston Churchill launched his “V for Victory” campaign…
When Our Miss Brooks, starring Eve Arden and Gale Gordon (pictured), began its 9-year run on CBS radio…
..and when Vancouver’s CJNW-730 signed on with modern rock and no DJs, preparatory to introducing its ill-fated MOJO format, talk radio for males, three weeks later.
ALL the milestones for July 19th INSIDE.

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Veteran TV Crew Member on ‘Titans’ Killed during Special Effects test in Toronto

Special effects co-ordinator and “treasured colleague” Warren Appleby died after an accident at a special effects facility.

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Netflix Loses US$17 Billion in Value in One Day

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 18th

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

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

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

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The Workplace Listening Opportunity Is Bigger Than Ever in the US

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Hamilton

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

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 17th

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

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R. Kelly Ordered Held Without Bail On Sex Crime Charges

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ralph Marterie

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 16th

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring O.C. Smith

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

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 15th

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

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Harvey Weinstein Trial Fuels Rebirth of Court TV

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 14th

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

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

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

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Saluting Radioman Sparky Taft!

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

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The Mind-Blowing Amount of Time Americans Spend Watching TV

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jefferson Airplane

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 13th

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

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Research Director Inc. Analyzes Latest Seattle Radio PPM’s

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

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$5 Billion Fine Approved for Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Washington & Brook Benton

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 12th

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

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

Former 6+ leader KUOW pushed down to #3.

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Genevieve Borne: Vive Le Difference

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

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

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

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Postmedia Expects at Least $8 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Russ Morgan Orchestra

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

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 11th

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

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

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

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Two Canadian cinema owners receive death threats ahead of Unplanned screening

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Aretha Franklin

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

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 10th

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

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

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

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Longtime Breakfast Television host Riaz Meghji announces departure from CityTV show

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

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PROSALESGUY – Stupid Mistakes I’ve Made As A Salesperson

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

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Former radio host launches independent bid for upcoming Manitoba election

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

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RIP Former CKNW Promotions Ace John Plul

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Bachelors

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 9th

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

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Three Women Departing Q13 Newsroom

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

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dion

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

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 8th

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

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Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dead at Just 20

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

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My Favourite Flashback: Presenting Gerry Rafferty

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Guy Mitchell

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

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SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 7th

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Curtola

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 6th

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

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Kevin Spacey Accuser Drops Civil Lawsuit

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

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Burton Cummings

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 5th

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

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

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

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Terry O’Reilly: Under The Influence

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bill Justis

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

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JULY the FOURTH in Broadcast History .. Thurs. 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Fox News Streaming Service Reeling After Misconduct Claim Goes Public

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Julie London

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

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 3rd

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Gene McDaniels

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 2nd

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

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KUBE/Seattle Promotes Eric Rosado to PD

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

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

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

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Does federal panel threaten net neutrality in Canada?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dolly Parton

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

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

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

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Mirko Bibic Named New CEO at Bell as of January

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Coasters

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 30th

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

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Jay Richardson Returning to Power 97 as Afternoon Host

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

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Ottawa’s 1310 News cancels The Rick Gibbons Show

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kenny Rogers

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 29th

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Al Martino

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 28th

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

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

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

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Matthew McBride on the CRTC Hot Seat in September

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

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

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

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Bob Ley Retiring After 40 Years With ESPN

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Lloyd Price

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

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 27th

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Bee Gees

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

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit now open

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

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

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frank Sinatra

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

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 25th

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

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

Youtube has removed the video from their platform!

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Platters

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

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 24th

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Hank Snow

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 23rd

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

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Prince George Station Hosts Summer Radio Camps for Teens

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Steve Lawrence

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 22nd

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

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

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

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Alex Robertson gets call to Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 21st

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

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Sportsnet Prepares for Massive Layoffs

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

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PROSALESGUY – What Smart People Do Before July Starts

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

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The Art Of Voicetracking

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

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

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

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CKNW PD Larry Gifford Named to National Corus Post

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Ray Price

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

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 20th

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

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

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

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Bob Harris – Serious Fun

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

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How the US Got Its First Black Radio Station

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring April Stevens & Nino Temple

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

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RIP Doug McIlraith, aged 83.

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marvin Hamlisch

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 18th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Crew Cuts

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

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 17th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes

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

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

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

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 2:53 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Published on at 10:24 am by Turn Table3

Celebration for KING Seattle’s Frosty Fowler July 16th

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

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Published on at 9:24 am by Radio Man

Wartime correspondents inducted into CBC News Hall of Fame

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Jimmy Dean

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 15th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 2:36 pm by Ron Robinson

Is Radio Ready for a Sports Gambling Network?

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Day

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 14th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Press Sect’y Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving White House

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

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Published on at 2:31 pm by News Beat

CTV to Carry Raptors Game 6 on its Main Network

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

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Published on at 12:01 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Dave Pratt returns: Veteran radio personality launching podcast

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

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Published on at 11:03 am by boredop

CTV Rebrands Four Popular Specialty Channels this Sept.

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

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Published on at 7:42 am by mikedup

New radio station in Assiniboia turning up the country heat

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Louis Armstrong

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

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THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 13th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 4:14 pm by Voice Over

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

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

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Published on at 3:58 pm by Turn Table3

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

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

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Published on at 3:05 pm by boredop

Is Radio Podcasting’s Best Promo Ally?

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

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Published on at 2:26 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Tony Joe White

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

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 12th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 4:22 pm by boredop

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

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

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Published on at 12:17 pm by Voice Over

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

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

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Published on at 11:22 am by clockwatcher

KING 5 Hires Veteran San Fran Broadcaster as News Director

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

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Published on at 10:55 am by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Clark

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 11th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

CBC/Radio Canada Announces New Commitment to Diversity

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

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Published on at 2:37 pm by Turn Table3

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Elvis Presley

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

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 10th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Edmonton Radio PPM Demographics June 2019

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

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Vancouver Radio PPM Demographics June 2019

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

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Published on at 12:03 pm by boredop

Calgary Radio PPM Demographics June 2019

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

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Published on at 10:39 am by boredop

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Robert Mitchum

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 9th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

New Orleans musician Dr. John dead at 77

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

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Ten Questions for Entercom’s AC Format Captain

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Beatles – Yellow Submarine

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 8th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 2:48 pm by Ron Robinson

America’s rural radio stations are vanishing –

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

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Published on at 2:09 pm by Turn Table3

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

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

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Published on at 9:03 am by mikedup

Big Rick Daniels from Goober 95.1 Bowling Green, Kentucky

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

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Published on at 8:49 am by Voice Over

Thoughts on the Toronto spring ratings

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

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Published on at 1:16 am by Brian Cook

Dual format flip in Lethbridge

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

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Published on at 12:16 am by Brian Cook

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Guy Mitchell

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 7th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 4:39 pm by boredop

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

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

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Published on at 3:28 pm by clockwatcher

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

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

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Published on at 2:46 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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

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

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Published on at 11:17 am by Voice Over

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Frankie Lymon

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

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 6th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marcie Blaine

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

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 5th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 6:39 pm by boredop

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

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

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Published on at 6:13 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Dinah Washington

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

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 4th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 5:20 pm by Dave Warawa

Amazon launching Streaming service in Canada designed to Mimic Cable TV

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

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Published on at 4:09 pm by boredop

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

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

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Published on at 8:30 am by Voice Over

iHeart CEO Not Happy With NAB Comments

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

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Published on at 8:02 am by Ron Robinson

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roy Orbison

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

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 3rd

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roger Whittaker

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 2nd

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Journalist Questions Why Trudeau Government Is Ratting Out Reporters To Irving

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

Mercedes Stephenson (Photo)

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Published on at 2:13 pm by Voice Over

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Four Lads

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 1st

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

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

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

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Victoria Radio Ratings: David Bray & Partners Provide Demo Breakouts

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

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Published on at 2:41 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Browns

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 31st

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

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Singer/guitarist Leon Redbone Dies, Aged 69

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

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The mystery of Calgary’s unlicensed reggae radio station

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

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

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

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Published on at 11:23 am by Voice Over

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

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

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Published on at 11:12 am by Radio Man

Winnipeg Radio Ratings … Diary Spring 2019

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

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Victoria Radio Ratings … Diary Spring 2019

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

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Broadcast Journalist Byron Christopher Was Spied On…

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kay Star

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

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 30th

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

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

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

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Sportscaster Jim Hughson to Receive Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

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

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

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

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Kelly Alexander: Going Beyond Radio

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

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Alex Trebek says He’s Winning the Battle Against Cancer

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

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

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Glen Campbell

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

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WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 29th

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Kenny Rogers

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 28th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 6:14 pm by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Simon & Garfunkel

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

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

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

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 11:23 am by boredop

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Mary Hopkin

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. May 26th

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

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

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

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Published on at 1:51 pm by Turn Table3

On the ‘NW Newshound’s Pit Stop in Trail

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Eagles

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 25th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Lavern Baker

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

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

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 24th

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Chuck Berry

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

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 23rd

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

2.75 million Canadians watched Game of Thrones’ finale on Crave

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

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Published on at 5:44 pm by mikedup

Trudeau Liberals Slammed For Corrupt Media Bailout Plan

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

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Published on at 3:28 pm by Voice Over

What Happened To The Shock Jock Format?

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

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Sammy Kohn from the Watchmen

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

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Chuck’s Classics, featuring Paul and Paula

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

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

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 22nd

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 9:19 am by Voice Over

Chuck’s Classics, featuring The Four Preps

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

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

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 21st

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Three Handwritten Wills Found in Aretha Franklin’s Home

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

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Published on at 8:17 pm by Turn Table3

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

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

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Published on at 3:02 pm by boredop

The Car Radio Keeps us Connected

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

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Published on at 8:15 am by Radio Man

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin had number of hits including Dream Lover from 1959

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

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. May 20th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Trudeau launching Digital Charter to Combat Hate Speech, Disinformation

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

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Published on at 11:52 am by clockwatcher

Police Scanners Become an Endangered Species

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

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Published on at 10:59 am by mikedup

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Brenda Lee

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

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

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. May 19th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Seattle’s Ron & Don Returning via Weekly Podcast

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

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Published on at 12:08 pm by boredop

Abbotsford Campus Station Approved for Chilliwack Transmitter

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

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Published on at 9:00 am by Turn Table3

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Olivia Newton-John

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

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

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 18th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Longtime Canadian Music Champion Deane Cameron Dies at 65

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

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Maurice Foisy Celebration of Life Announced, +Official Obit

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

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Published on at 12:33 pm by Radio Man

Steve Kroft Retiring from 60 Minutes

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

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Published on at 10:30 am by boredop

Larry Gifford joins Planta on the Commentary

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Nat King Cole

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

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 17th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

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

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

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Published on at 9:13 am by Voice Over

PROSALESGUY – Are You Dialing For Dollars?

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

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Published on at 8:13 am by Dave Warawa

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

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

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Published on at 7:17 am by clockwatcher

Canadian Radio: Let’s Get Together

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

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

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Roger Williams

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

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 16th

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

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

RIP Maurice Foisy, ex-CHQM at 86

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

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Published on at 11:34 am by Ron Robinson

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