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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Northwest Icons: Pat O’Day and the Hydros

It’s one of my favorite summer traditions: my friend and Seattle broadcast legend Pat O’Day covers the Chevrolet Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race in HDTV on Sunday, August 3 on KIRO-TV. The show kicks off at 9am and racing starts at 10am. The man who also gave us KJR Seattle… Channel 95 and Concerts West has…

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C-FUN Good Guys and Carole at the White Spot

This fantasy montage brings back memories of good times at the White Spot at 68th and Granville in Vancouver. The characters in the painting were all active C-FUN Good Guys with the exception of the young thing behind me leaning on the car. That is my wife of 45 years, Carole. I wish to thank…

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Bob Ackles – we lose a great one

The phone rang at my home late Sunday morning and an old friend asked, “Is Bobby Ackles dead? I just heard from someone that he had died and I can’t find anything on the radio.” I told him I would check with my media friends. I was shocked to discover that the rumor was true…

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Happy Anniversary, Grace and Ray!

I have been a director of the C.H.I.L.D. Foundation since it began. On June 23 a golf tournament was held at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey. I was emcee for the occasion and a great deal of money was raised for research into the various intestinal and bowel diseases. Linda C. photo Grace…

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George Carlin passes at 71

Sad news tonight: comedian George Carlin died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital this evening. Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, died at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. local time. We remember a comedy legend with his first “bit”: the one that got him noticed by…

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Paul Evans Honored

Paul Evans had a series of major hits in the early Sixties: After The Hurricane, Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat, and Hushabye Little Guitar to name a few. He also wrote hits for others. The beautiful new Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods has just opened in Bethel, NY on the site where…

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June 1957 – new kid at CKWX

This photo was taken just 10 weeks after I joined CKWX. I am 20 and thrilled to be on CKWX which is about to increase its power to 50,000 watts, making it the biggest station west of Winnipeg and north of San Francisco. I love it because it means I can reach more listeners with…

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