CFMI (Rock 101) CKNW TV Ads from the past


This couple drives a Bitchin’ convertible and they want you to listen to CFMI

By Bob Kronbaur 

February 20th, 2015

I’m not sure what the average CFMI (Rock 101) listener looks like these days but back in 1985 they apparently owned sailboats and drove bitchin’ convertibles.

This clip is one of many gems that Rob Richardson has dug up from his collection. The source is a vast archive of VHS tapes that he recorded himself or has managed to collect from thrift stores, flea markets, storage lockers, yard sales, contacts with people in other parts of Canada and the U.S., and anywhere he can manage. He’s driven over to Vancouver Island and as far down as Olympia, Washington to rescue analogue goodness before they’ve wound up in the scrapper and we’re happy to bring you a Vancouver-centric clip each week.

not to be outdone, here’s an ad for CKNW with lots of younger faces, such as Bill Good and Rafe Mair

 Here are some others we’ve shared:

– Michael J Fox, Expo Ernie and Jackson Davies from The Beachcombers hanging out – 1985

– Woodward’s offers 4 litres of ice cream for $3.77 – 1985
– CKNW commercial starring a strapping Bill Good – 1988
– Local restaurant succumbs to development pressures – 1997
– That time the Masters of the Universe live show played the Coliseum – 1987
– A truck rips around INSIDE the gates of BC Place – 1985
– “Nice tooter!” CBC News broadcast from New Years – 1985
– Vancouver East Neighbourhood Television – 1985
– Gigantic bottle of O’Keefe’s Extra Old Stock appears on the Vancouver Skyline – 1987
– “Get a head start” with The Province Newspaper – Early 1980’s
– Malacca Rattan commercial – 1987
– Vancouver Television (VTV) promo – 1998
– Celebrities, back when it was known as the Crazy Horse Cabaret – 1977
– The Captain says Aye Aye and Goodbye to 175 pounds, smokes and alcoholism! – early 2000’s
– “Look, a real mugger!”, commercial for the Vancouver Playhouse – 1987
– Starboard Pant Factory’s deals on acid wash jeans – 1987
– Back when the CBC produced “spine tingling” horror cassette tapes – 1985
– A TV commercial for the PNE starring Garfield, Odie and Nermal! – 1986
– Blackcomb Mountain launches – 1982
– The Captain, Aye Aye and Good Buy – 1994
– Royal City Antiques – 1985
– BC Place monster truck rally – 1985
– A British Columbia Minute from CBC – 1986
– Mom n’ Pop corner stores in Vancouver falling on tough times? – 1984

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  1. Cool stuff,

    My God, Al Jordan doing the voice over for the CKNW 98 ad was great. Also a time when CKNW OWNED the Talk Radio air waves. Too bad those days are long gone and with the way NW is going (down the crapper) probably never to come back.


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