Legends Of Radio – Pat O’Day

When Pat O’Day died August 4, I lost a great friend and the Pacific Northwest said goodbye to a genuine legend. Son Jeff O’Day wrote a fitting tribute to his father in a Facebook post: “The Pacific Northwest will always seem a little empty without the legendary Pat O’Day. All we can do is focus…

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Happy 88th birthday, Dick Biondi!

Happy 88th birthday, Dick Biondi! “The Wild I-tralian”, the late Pat O’Day and I were among a group of pioneer deejays honoured by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. If you missed the Dick Biondi Day Celebration and Fundraiser today, celebrate Dick’s birthday with the man himself! It’s my Red Robinson’s Legends…

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Elvis in Vancouver! August 31, 1957

The highlight of 1957 had a date: August 31. The place: Empire Stadium, Vancouver. The occasion: The live appearance of Elvis Presley. More than 26,000 tickets were sold for the event. Presley arrived in Vancouver by train as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, did not want Elvis to fly. The train arrived in the morning…

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Happy Birthday, Pat Boone!

My friend and pop music legend Pat Boone is celebrating his 86th birthday today! We go back a long way. My November 29th, 1957 Vancouver Sun column saluted Pat: “Pat Boone, contender for the top vocalist of 1957, was on hand for the gala premiere last week at the Roxy of his second motion picture…

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