Donovan’s Aircheck Corner: A trip across Western Canada: This week, Michael W. Morgan, Sean Rosvold, Dan Williams and Len Thuesen
By Donovan Tildesley
Tuesday January the 26th, 2016
Eleven years, four cities, five jocks. From Winnipeg at night, to Edmonton in the morning. From the small-market PD who made it to NYC, to the large market PD who idolized LA, but never got there. This week, we take a radio journey across Western Canada, starting in 1977 and ending in 1988.
Michael W. Morgan, CKLG Vancouver, 1977
The man has done it all, from boss jock at CFUN and CKLG in the heyday of Top 40 radio, to hot talk at CFUN in the late ’90s and early 2000s, including a year and a half stint as the station’s morning host. You may disagree with his politics, but there is no question he had one hell of a set of pipes!
Shawn Rosvold, JC55 Kamloops, 1979
I first became aware of Shawn’s work while vacationing in Naramata in the summer of 1992. At the time he was hosting AM drive (and likely PD?) on OR-Radio. Several months later, I heard him call into Tom Lucas’ syndicated Goldline show live from a block of ice, where he had agreed to spend over 24 hours buried for charity. After listening to this aircheck, it is not surprising that the former JC55 PD made it to bigger and better things, including stints as a morning show co-host and news anchor in both San Francisco, and at New York City’s Classic Rocker Q104. Oddly enough, the last time I heard Rosvold live on-air was when Bro Jake had him on his Rock101 morning show the day after 9/11. A quick Google shows that Shawn is now hosting The Morning Addition at KCCR in Colorado Springs.
Dan Williams on CFRW & Chuck Morgan on KY58 Winnipeg, 1980
This appears to be a scope of Winnipeg’s two dominant Top 40 stations of the time. Dan Williams is now Doc Halen on Ottawa’s Chez 106. Chuck Morgan (later Chuck “More Memories” Morgan) was at KY58 on and off into the early 2000s. Listening to Chuck’s top hour break is reminiscent of how jocks at CISL Vancouver would execute the same break in the early 2000s. A Gary Russell formatic staple, perhaps?
4. Len Thuesen, 96/K-Lite FM, March 1988
I have heard two different stories of how PD Len Thuesen came to do the morning show at Edmonton’s K-Lite. In one account, Mike Lynch, who had been doing mornings since the station’s inception, crossed the street to CKXM (CFRN’s sister FM) for a bigger paycheque. Thuesen, who had been doing afternoons, asked the listeners who they thought should be the new morning man. As a result of overwhelming support, he decided to take on the challenge himself. I tend to believe the second story, which I heard several years back from an unnamed K-Lite alumnus. Apparently, the station’s then consultant told Len that his afternoon program sounded too much like a morning show. Rather than tone it down, he decided to move himself onto the morning show. Thuesen was a big fan of Rick Dees’ shtick, and decided to copy it, even lifting some of Dees’ bits and character voices. The change did not prove to be a successful one for the station as a whole. Check out the unique jingles on this ‘check, including Len’s personal weather doughnut.
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