The Celebration of Jack Braverman’s life drew a packed house at Vancouver’s Arbutus Club on Sunday afternoon.
I had the honour of being the kick-off speaker (I was the person who hired him away from CJOR). Ted Smith, who replaced me at NW when I bought (and moved) to C-FAX, was the only other media speaker.
Some of the other radio folks I spotted included the legendary NW Copy Chief Tony Antonias (he of “$1.49 Day….Woodwards” fame).
Gerry Altman, who was top salesman at NW before Jack came along, was there. Gerry went to CJOR when Jimmy Pattison bought the station. Brian Antonson (BCIT) was in attendance. So was John Ashbridge.
One thing I learned at the event was that Jack Braverman was the top billing radio salesman in Canada for 18 consecutive years! Wow.
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Update News from Mel Cooper
message from former CFAX/KOOL FM Victoria, Mel Cooper….
Jack was the best radio salesman I ever met. His numbers were staggering!
Carmela and I are heading over to the Celebration of his life this coming Monday afternoon. I’m the kickoff speaker. Ted Smith, who inherited Jack when he took over my spot at NW, will speak 3rd. I don’t know of any other media types who are scheduled to speak.
After the event, I could fill you in.
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Our friend Mel Cooper send us the sad news of Jack Braverman, who Mel hired for CKNW back in the late 60’s, saying there was none better. Jack was a movie film salesman (booking movies and independent theatres around BC) before joining radio station CJOR. Once he joined CKNW, he started to bill at levels never seen before in Vancouver. Mel also added “Jack was one, if not the best hire I’ve made.” He suffered with and died from Parkinson’s disease this week.
The Celebration of His Life will be held at a date to be determined.