Chuck’s Classics, featuring Harry Belafonte



Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
One of the most successful Jamaican-American in history. Best known for Day O (The Banana Boat Song) from 1955.
Harry Belafonte

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. Sorry Chuck, but it struck me that your info on this page was considerably longer than the reason for the post (Harry Belafonte). Harry was a big influence on ’50’s/’60’s music and there are many interesting stories about his career. Maybe next time.


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