C-FUN Train Robbery, 1962

Desperadoes and lawmen clashed in a train robbery on the West Coast Railfan Association‘s annual excursion run recently. C-FUN Radio, Vancouver personalities (left to right) Buzz Leboe, Red Robinson, Ken MacDonald and Bob Young staged the hold up and chase, much to the delight of neatly 400 railfans and the thousands of spectators who lined the…

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CKWX Teen Canteen Promos, 1957

The Teen Canteen was a name I used for my radio show when I moved from CJOR to CKWX in 1957.The CJOR show was called Theme for Teens and they owned the name so I changed it. When the Biggest Show of Stars came to Vancouver I took my trusty tape recorder and a professional…

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Rick Nelson Interview, 1976

This photo of Rick Nelson and me was taken in his car when I worked at KGW in Portland, OR in 1959. Notice the tape recorder. It was called a Mohawk, and like the haircut of the same name, it cut out the interview. When I got back to the station there was nothing on…

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Bill Doggett Interview, 1957

I met Bill Doggett when the Show of Stars came to Vancouver in early 1957. This is a different line-up from the show in October with the Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly and The Crickets. It was mostly black performers including Bill, LaVern Baker, Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter and Chuck Berry. Not a shabby line-up to…

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Remembering Jim Lowe And The Green Door

My book Red Robinson: The Last Deejay talks about the end of an era. Now some of the legends in the radio world are themselves coming to an end. Just this past week WCBS/WNEW/WNBC New York deejay Jim Lowe passed away at 93. Jim is better known for the multi million seller Green Door, which…

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Trouble In The Royal City!

Teen-agers face discrimination “worse than anything in Little Rock” anytime they try to hold a dance, Vancouver disc jockey “Red’” Robinson charged today. The 20-year-old impresario of Rock’n’Roll hit back at a Columbian report of a “near riot” at his Saturday night rock session at the New Westminster Arenex. “It was the best dance I’ve ever…

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Dawn Wells on MeTV

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dawn Wells this week. Remember Marianne on Gilligan’s Island? After “Gilligan” Dawn acted on Broadway in many dramas and musicals along with guest appearances on a multitude of TV shows. She is what I had expected and more. Dawn is now the national spokesperson for the 24 MeTV stations…

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