Norm Pringle enters the Hall in Victoria

It was a gathering of Victoria’s pioneer “garage” and rock and roll bands to salute new entries into the Victoria Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame. I was  there to induct Norm Pringle, the first deejay to play Rock and Roll in Victoria. Norm had a  teen show on then new CHEK TV and…

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Where Do You Listen?

I’m running a contest on the Red Rock Diner, asking listeners to tell me where they are while listening to the show.  Some of the responses so far: Hi, Red! I usually listen to your program while driving back to Washington after having spent a couple of days in Vancouver with my husband. In its…

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Carol Burnett, Petula Clark

The night of September 18 we took in the Carol Burnett Show, part of the Global ComedyFest going on our town. After the show we had the chance to go backstage and talk with the actress. I told her that I had met Harvey Korman years ago when he came to town to promote a…

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Russell Peters at the “Rock”

Kevin Statham photo This photo with Russell Peters was taken backstage at the River Rock. I was there to get a Global TV interview with the comic. He is an engaging personality and continues to wow audiences throughout North America. I found out that he is the only North American comic to ever do stand-up…

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TVWeek photos, VMI awards

It has been a busy month and a half.  Two highlights come to mind. My final column and front page cover of TVWeek magazine was an awesome thing to behold.  The photographer took some wonderful photos and the one photo that everyone compliments me on is the silhouette shot taken inside the Red Robinson Show…

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Vic Waters signs off

My friend and mentor Vic Waters has passed away at 89. Vic would have celebrated  his 90th in September. A generous man, stoic by nature, he kept his personal life separate from his radio and television career.  Vic was like a surrogate father to me and Fred Latremouille at different times during his tenure as…

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Freds On The Move

August 30th marks my final TVWeek column. I’m lightening my workload after 20 years and my replacement is Fred Lee (I don’t suppose they would call the column Fred Around Town).  Fred has been covering the community scene in Vancouver for years, and contributes on a regular basis to many publications including the National Post. …

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Dave McCormick: Tamara replies

I first want to say that I agree that it is a sad day when an incredible radio professional like Dave McCormick loses his place on the air. Dave is a truly gifted broadcaster, and an excellent man. For my part, I was offered an amazing opportunity to work with exceptional people on a truly…

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Dave McCormick off the air

After over two decades with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, veteran musicologist Big Daddy Dave McCormick will do his final show on Adult Favorites CKBD AM 600 Vancouver this Friday, August 15.  After a stint at CHML Hamilton ON, he started in the Vancouver market at C-FUN in 1957.  He was music director at KMAK…

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