Chuck Chandler dies in Victoria

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Chuck Chandler with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Montreal 1969 at the Bed-In for Peace

 

Puget Sound Radio just received the sad news, long time radio man Chuck Chandler has died of cancer in Victoria, British Columbia.

Chuck had cancer and received a prognosis of 6-9 months about a month ago. Last week he broke his leg. Surgery for that went well, but took the last bit of his strength. He died last night peacefully and content. Chuck was 73 years old.

Thanks to Keith James for an update…

 

A wonderful audio/video salute to our pal Chuck Chandler courtesy Mark Summers

 

Charles P Rodney Chandler

bio, Courtesy of Edmonton Broadcasters.com

Chuck Chandler – cameraman CJDC-TV Dawson Creek, B.C. 1964; evenings CJDC-AM Dawson Creek B.C. 1964-December 1965; all nights CJCA Edmonton December 1965-1966; as Charles P. Rodney Chandler: CJCH Halifax 1966-67; evenings CJCA Edmonton 1967; afternoon drive CJCH Halifax 1967-68; afternoon drive CFOX Pointe Claire/Montreal 1968-70; Program Director/DJ CFRW Winnipeg 1971-72; as Todd Young: evenings CKGM Montreal 1972-73; as Chuck Chandler: mid-morning host/host Homemakers Hitline CHED Edmonton 1973-79; host Disco Daze (later known as Any Way You Want It) syndicated to six markets from CITV-TV Edmonton 1975-78; CFRN Edmonton 1979-80; actor (Track Announcer) Fast Company movie 1979; announcer Let’s Make a Deal with Monty Hall from Hollywood syndicated to TV 1980-82; CFRN Edmonton 1982; CKXM-FM Edmonton 1983-84; CKNG-FM Edmonton 1984-87; host 4 o’clock Rock CITV-TV Edmonton 1985-86; afternoon drive then Program Director/morning drive CKST Langley 1988-91; morning drive CKDA Victoria 1991-96; live game shows at shopping centres for The Ives (Seattle) 1996-97; afternoon drive 1997-98 then morning drive CFRN Edmonton 1998-June 2002; morning host CHQT Edmonton September 2002-May 8, 2008; DJ CKRA-FM Edmonton May 24, 2008. Born in Northhampton, England. Retired to Spain September 2008.

22 COMMENTS

  1. R.I.P. Chuck Chandler you were the one I listened to the most on 630CHED when it was a top 40 station. I grooved your show on ITV as well. Nothing but pleasant memories….

  2. Edmonton broadcaster Chuck Chandler, 73, dies after battle with cancer
    By Eileen Bell
    News Anchor
    630CHED

    Chuck Chandler worked in many Canadians cities, but spent the bulk of his years behind a microphone in Edmonton.

    He worked at 630 CHED from 1973 to 1979. For part of those years, he hosted the TV show Disco Daze at CITV from 1975 to 1978. Chandler also spent a few years in the early 1980s as the announcer on the TV show Let’s Make A Deal.

    Corus Entertainment vice-president of radio west, Brad Phillips, worked with him at CHED.

    “They were incredible times. This is a great business, radio, but that was truly a memorable era because it was all about enjoying yourselves on the radio and enjoying yourselves off the radio.

    “It was a big family and Chuck was one of the leaders of that family in those days.”

    Phillips described Chandler as “an amazing, bigger than life broadcaster.

    “Just one of those guys that — in that era, of AM radio music on AM radio, those were big personalities and Chuck was one of the biggest. I’m really sad to hear this news.”

    Chuck Chandler worked in many Canadians cities, but spent the bulk of his years behind a microphone in Edmonton.

    He worked at 630 CHED from 1973 to 1979. For part of those years, he hosted the TV show Disco Daze at CITV from 1975 to 1978. Chandler also spent a few years in the early 1980s as the announcer on the TV show Let’s Make A Deal.

    Corus Entertainment vice-president of radio west, Brad Phillips, worked with him at CHED.

    “They were incredible times. This is a great business, radio, but that was truly a memorable era because it was all about enjoying yourselves on the radio and enjoying yourselves off the radio.

    “It was a big family and Chuck was one of the leaders of that family in those days.”

    Phillips described Chandler as “an amazing, bigger than life broadcaster.

    “Just one of those guys that — in that era, of AM radio music on AM radio, those were big personalities and Chuck was one of the biggest. I’m really sad to hear this news.”

    His friend and former coworker, Keith James Jr., says one of Chandler’s favourite achievements was spending two days broadcasting in a hotel room in Montreal with John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their Give Peace a Chance event.

    “Anyone who has heard him on the air has heard him tell that story one time of another.”

    James says Chandler was a private man off-air, but loved being recognized.

    “He was happy recently when one of his caregivers recognized him from his Winnipeg radio days.”

    Chandler had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer several months ago, but suffered a fall this week and needed surgery. His family says while he survived the surgery, his strength was diminished.

    In an email Tuesday to friends, Chandler’s son Troy said caregivers report his father’s death was peaceful.

    Chandler was 73.

  3. Easily one of the best CHR Jox ever and a fitting part of the legendary Montgomery/McCord 70’s line up on 630 CHED.
    No one did a better race read than Chuck, his Speedway Park spots we’re among my favorites…”when the lights go on the Christmas Tree this Sat at Speedway Park your gunna get one Hell of a present”(sfx burnout)..classic Chuck!
    Only met him a few times during his time in Victoria ( including once with McCord and Keith James for dinner) wish I’d told him how good I thought he was.
    My sympathy to the family.
    Green Lights Chuck.

  4. Part of a legendary line-up at 630 Ched when I remember growing up with the golden age of AM radio booming out of Edmonton. Thanks Chuck, good memories….

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting Chuck when he followed my Big Bro, Bob Gibbons on 930 CJCA , midnight till 6 was Chucks shit in the mid 60’s! What a great personality, and partner with my brother, when the promotion dept decided to create “Bob Batman Gibbons”!! Chuck became his sidekick “Robin…the station even had a replica of the Batmobile for them to cruise around Edmonton in!
    Fun times were frequent and ay the same time I was being trained

  6. I had the pleasure of being the newsperson on chucks homemaker hitline from 77 to 1980.. we had a blast working together and I learned so much from him. So sad to hear this news my condolences to his family and friends. He was truly one of a kind.

  7. Chuck obviously nurtured relationships. Witness the outpouring of PSR tributes that may well have just started. I’m surprised, sometimes, to see only a handful of memorial comments for big-name departed broadcasters (Rafe Mair comes to mind). Chuck certainly wasn’t chopped liver in gaining recognition from listeners. But it’s apparent that he touched co-workers at the various stations he worked. Hope he enjoyed at least some hale-and-healthy retirement years. RIP.

  8. I can only echo the comments made already. It was a pleasure working with him and getting to know him. His determination to stay on top was never more evident when he was recovering from knee replacement. Very to hear this news my condolences to his family.

  9. CFOX – ’68 Chuck did an off the cuff review of the new Beatles “White” album for a couple of college kids trying to prove pop music was art…CPRC made it a witty and profound observation on the times….unexpected from a “Top 40 jock” and a good insight into a much deeper person….many many years later thank you and rest in peace

  10. I remember him first as “Charles P. Rodney Chandler” in Winnipeg on CFRW in the early 70’s…and when I got into the biz at RW his ghost was still in that building on Main St. Got to meet him a number of times when I worked in Edmonton in the 90’s and 00’s and found him to be a great guy to spend time with. RIP CC!

  11. Very sad to hear of Chuck Chandler’s death. He was much to young!!! My friend Susan & I would always listen to 630 CHED in Edmonton and Chuck Chandler’s name was always mentioned when talking about music and of course the good ole show ‘Disco Days’ He was a very popular guy with us teenagers!!! Lots of Great Memories… RIP Chuck

  12. I just found out about the demise of chuckie. Man, he was a man’s man!! We had a million laughs and he was always with the wit and charm. The best guy in the world to party with, always had a kind word and took time for all.

  13. Met “the Chucker” on a trip to Club Med Tahiti in the early 70s. He definitely knew how to hold his own at a party and we shared more than a “few beverages”. Rock on Chuck.

  14. A long time ago in a land far far away when AM ruled the air waves Charles P ( Chuckie ) Chandler was the King of Montreal. He was the lead Jock who put CFOX on the map . I Loved his wit and quick response . Just a real pro . RIP Chuck and Thank You

  15. Such a voice and laugh. He was the guy we listened to in the day. He lived in my neighborhood growing up in the 70s. On a number of occasions he was kind enough to drop me off safe at home or school in his red Corvette. He would lecture me about hitchhiking all the way. Too young RIP Chuck

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