JACK CULLEN-Legendary Disc Jockey

Tony Wade did this doc on Jack Cullen in late 1982, aired in January 1983.
He was recording his show in a small strip-mall in Burnaby, BC Canada and didn’t want the outside filmed because his vast record collection was in there at the time.
He was quite the character and lived up to his rep as a drinker, even then.
Jack died aged 80 in April 2002. RIP.

Published on June 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm by Voice Over


June 26, 2014 - 3:35 pm


I was maybe 10 or 11 years old and I would tune into his show every night at 10:30 to hear “SHOW TALK” . He would take calls from his listeners. I called him and asked about Canadian Content , I was just a punk kid and he treated me with great respect talking the time to explain this rule in terms a 10 year kid could understand. I can still hear the theme music he played for this segment. Great Radio!

June 26, 2014 - 8:53 pm


Jack was Mr. Vancouver…that man had soul and was revered by all for his dedication to the jazz and big band sound. He mixed with the people and was often seen on the Fraser St. bus going to work. He could give a running commentary on every artist of the day. He knew most of them personally. Jack was a character .. one of a kind .. but he was a lonely man and had trouble with a bit too much to drink at times. I met him when I worked for a record label downtown. He was always the gentleman. Everyone listened to the OWL PROWEL it was music magic.

June 29, 2014 - 8:35 am

Peter Alpen

A true professional D.J. I was hosting the Legendary Sock Hop and Malt Party on CKWX between 9PM-12MID at the time. My music was 60’s and Jack did the rest on CKNW. We would chat live on-air with each other from time to time. This was a satisfying time for those of us in Radio during the 60’s and 70″s.

Peter Alpen

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