Radio legend Red Robinson prepares to hang up his headphones

Red Robinson is preparing for his final broadcast. (John Ackermann, NEWS 1130, Photo)

by John Ackermann

August 26, 2017

Red Robinson is preparing his final broadcast after more than 60 years in the industry

Robinson was inducted into the Order of BC last month


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A radio legend is getting ready to switch off the microphone one last time.  Red Robinson is preparing his final broadcast after more than 60 years in broadcasting.

“63, believe it or not. I started in 1954. Oh boy!”

After this weekend, that will be it for Vancouver’s original rock ‘n’ roll disc jockey. Robinson celebrated his 80th birthday in March and was inducted into the Order of BC last month.  But it was the news that CISL 650, his longtime radio home, was changing to a sports format that made him decide now was the time to move on.

“[There’s] nothing wrong with that, except I don’t want to do sports. If I had, I probably could have transferred over, but I didn’t,” he jokes.

“I believe in signals. And when they sold CISL, it was sort of a, well, where do we go from here?  The answer is nowhere. Just retire. Enjoy life.”

Still, Robinson isn’t retiring completely. He plans to keep his downtown office and says he has projects he’s working on too.

“You can’t get up and do nothing. You have to keep moving.”


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Please Note: Red’s last show on CISL takes place tomorrow (Sunday) from 12 Noon to 4PM. Red’s special guests include Seattle radio legend Pat O’Day. Puget Sound Radio will be linking to the broadcast.




  1. Best wishes Red… I met you at an Innovative Audio, June Garage sale a few years ago. Classy gentlemen like you deserve your respect and best wishes.


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