Tribute to a balladeer king

Roy Orbison dropped dead of a heart attack in the last, wintry month of 1988. It was a damn shame. In 52 years of life, Roy Kelton Orbison had transformed himself from a shy, nearsighted kid from Wink, Texas, to a towering founding father of rock and roll, a peerless balladeer of sweeping symphonic odes…

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Northwest Rock Legend Pat O’Day Comes Back Home

He’s been called the “Voice of the Hydros” and the “Founding Father” of Northwest’s ’60s rock renaissance. But before he was a disc jockey, a pioneering concert promoter, a hydroplane-race announcer and now a drug-and-alcohol treatment center owner — before Pat O’Day was any of those things, he was a Tacoma teenager named Paul Berg…

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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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