Sam Lutfiyya gone at 53

Sam Lutfiyya was responsible for financing the original Red Rock Diner. He also helped Dean Regan on his play A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.  He was a friend and a musical genius.  I will miss him. Read the full story at winnipegfreepress.com…

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Reditorial: Your emails on CFUN

Red, you are bang on with your Reditorial about the lights going out at CFUN and the broadcast biz as a whole. I’m truly thankful for my 15 years ON-AIR in radio and TV, including having worked mornings at CKWX with greats like yourself and Cam McCubbin. I learned so much, working alongside you and…

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Tony Parsons: Long Overdue Honor, New Book

At last Global BC’s Tony Parsons is being recognized for his contributions to Canadian broadcasting by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. Tony has been a fixture on the Vancouver media scene for decades. I believe that if this talented newsman and anchor was in Toronto the honors would have gone his way a long time…

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Still Spinning After All These Years

Exactly 55 years ago this afternoon, 16-year-old Red Robinson returned from the Okanagan to his part-time operator’s job in CJOR‘s broadcasting studio. From his office in the Howe-off-Robson Grosvenor Hotel, program director Vic Waters said he’d fired the disc jockey for whom Robinson cued and spun records. “Why don’t you go on and do the…

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Reditorial: Lights Out At CFUN

I couldn’t let it go by. The evaporation of CFUN has to be among the greatest destructions of a radio station ever.  Every single employee is out the door (with the exception of Joe Leary) from the top Manager down through the ranks. Why should I care? Two reasons: first, I spent the best 8…

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Loggins and Messina at the “Red”

Loggins and Messina and myself backstage at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. I couldn’t get over how Jim Messina looked a little like Elmer Tippe. Must be the hat! Regardless, these two, who have only joined forces recently again, put on a show to remember. Their band is tight and one of the best show…

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Weekend Profile: Curtis Pope

Richmond High grad Curtis Pope picked up his second straight B.C. Country Music Association Award for best on-air personality last week, but the voice behind Country 107.1 wasn’t always all country. (more from Martin van den Hemel at richmondreview.com)…

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55 Years And Counting!

Staff and management at fm104.9 surprised me yesterday with a salute in the main lobby. It was a great moment and totally unexpected. Morning man Scott Miller also surprised with a nice “anniversary plug”.  Click to listen. Thanks Scott! [audio:https://c4f774.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/blog/audio/scottmiller_nov5.mp3|loader=0xFFC0C0]…

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CP Air commercial video, 1984

Years ago I was contracted as the voice on many CP Air TV commercials and I even appeared on camera as a background passenger in a mocked up airplane. I also did a  series for CP Air Holidays. My brother Bill was the president of  this division. He created The Vegas Machine, The Reno Machine…

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