Northern BC Radio Icon Ron East Passes at 86

From Prince George to Smithers to Burns Lake to Vanderhoof, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100-Mile, Ron East has been integral to radio’s viability up north for most of his life.


Published on April 2, 2020 at 10:34 am by Ron Robinson

New Jersey Rocker Adam Schlesinger Dead at 52 from Coronavirus

With Fountains of Wayne — a group that blended power-pop delight with indie and alt-rock sensibilities — he released five albums between 1996 and 2011. During the same period, he released six albums with his other group, Ivy, all the while building a portfolio of TV and film music.

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Published on at 9:29 am by Ron Robinson

Live from Quarantine City: KEXP’s steady voices ‘see us through’ coronavirus pandemic

The stream of laptop-toters and curious tourists who normally give KEXP’s spiffy, 4-year-old headquarters its pulse are gone, chased out by the global COVID-19 crisis that’s upended life in Seattle and across the world.

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Published on April 1, 2020 at 9:15 pm by Ron Robinson

Chuck’s Classics, featuring Marty Stuart

Stuart is a Grammy award-winning country singer. He is from Philadelphia, Mississippi. He is comfortable single rockabilly, honky tonk and of course country. In 1990 he had a hit with Hillbilly Rock.

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Chuck Benson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. April 2nd

IT WAS APRIL 2nd .. when the newspaper-based docudrama ‘The Big Story’ began its 8-year run on NBC radio..
When two very successful & long-running daytime dramas ‘The Edge of Night’ and ‘As The World Turns’ premiered on the same day on CBS TV…
When CBS Radio began to produce News On the Hour 24/7…
When the sci-fi soap opera “Dark Shadows” concluded an almost 5 year run on ABC TV…
and when J.R. Ewing and the clan arrived at Southfork, as ‘Dallas’ debuted in prime time on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Edmonton’s BOB LAYTON Celebrates 50 Years in Broadcasting

Layton manages news programming for 630 CHED, Global News Radio 880 Edmonton, 92.5 The Chuck and CISN Country.


Published on at 2:10 pm by Ron Robinson

Jazz Patriarch Ellis Marsalis Another COVID-19 Victim, aged 85

Mr. Marsalis spent decades as a working musician and teacher in New Orleans before his eldest sons, Wynton and Branford, gained national fame in the early 1980s embodying a fresh-faced revival of traditional jazz.

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Published on at 1:33 pm by Ron Robinson

‘Yogi Bear’ Voice Actress Dies From Coronavirus Complications

Julie Bennett played the parasol-loving Southern belle Cindy Bear in cartoons for three decades and did the talking for a Barbie doll.

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Published on at 1:07 pm by Ron Robinson

Already a Gamble, Can Streamer Quibi Survive its Launch Next Monday?

Quibi represents a bold — some would say risky — bet that consumers will be willing to pay for high-end short-form video designed for mobile phones.

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Published on at 9:36 am by Ron Robinson

Ottawa Waives $30M in Broadcasters’ Licence Fees Amid Pandemic

The move helps more than 100 broadcasters that are facing significant declines in advertising revenue.

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Published on at 9:05 am by Ron Robinson