Chuck’s Classics presents Merv Griffin


Puget Sound Radio Presents our new feature called Chuck’s Classics by Chuck Benson…


Merv Griffin was a singer, but was better known for the creation of the TV game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He also purchased the Beverly Hilton Hotel and Resorts International. Merv was also a Talk Show host. Not many know of this hit song of his from 1950, called, I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts…


Chuck Benson

Chuck Benson – Started his broadcast career in 1960 as a writer at CKYL, Peace River, AB, where in 1965 he won the Gold Leaf Award (now called the Juno) for Top Disc Jockey for Canada. From there, a brief stint at CFRN, Edmonton, AB as Promotions Manager for AM/FM Radio. Then in ’62 helped open CKNL Fort St. John, BC. In ’68 Chuck and two others (Ernie Mushtuk and Ernie Mykyte) started up Yellowhead Broadcasting Ltd out of Edson, AB, eventually ending up with satellites in Grande Cache, Jasper, Whitecourt and Hinton, AB. He sold his interests and moved to Vancouver, ending up with CFVR, Abbotsford as General Sales Manager, then Manager of CHPQ, Parksville, and eventually as a Sales Consultant with CIGV-FM in Penticton. Chuck is retired from broadcasting and living with his wife in Parksville.





  1. Thanks a lot, Chuck!
    Now I can’t get through a day without that silly old song giving rebirth in my mind!
    “I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts …..etc.”
    Great story. Thanks for the flashback!


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