300 gather to pay tribute to Red Robinson


by Angela Jung

CTV News

April 17, 2023

VANCOUVER – Nearly 300 people gathered to pay tribute to legendary broadcaster Red Robinson.

The iconic disc jockey died on April 1 after a brief illness, according to his family.

On Sunday, family and friends shared stories and said their farewells at the Commodore Ballroom, where rock-and-roll music filled the venue.

“Red Robinson wouldn’t want a somber event,” quipped Bruce Allen, a long-time friend whose own career in the music industry was inspired by Robinson. “He’d be here and he’d be the last guy left. He loved to see everybody, he’d know them by name…he’s been great for our town.”

Robinson was a fixture of Vancouver since he first hit the airwaves as a high school student.

He is credited for introducing the country to rock-and-roll music, and in 1994 he was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.

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