Another Birthday, Red’s Reunion Rolls On

Today, March 30, I celebrate my 75th year on this planet. I didn’t want a fuss over my birthday, but  a most pleasant surprise happened on Global TV Morning News. When I finished my Red’s Reunion salute to Juno nominees, host Steve Darling wished me a happy birthday and out stepped Bruce Allen, Red Robinson…

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Paul Rodgers At The “Red”

It was a rockin’ good night at the Red Robinson Show Theatre with Paul Rodgers. John Mellencamp is quoted as saying Paul is the greatest rocker of all time and his show did not disappoint. What an incredible history this man has had: he formed the groups Free and Bad Company, and in recent years…

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Vancouver’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade was presented on a reasonable day weather wise, although it was cold riding in Alyn Edwards‘ green 1968 Shelby Cobra (one of only 300 ever made). Alyn generously donated the car and drove us in the parade. My good friend Dave Abbott passed away four months ago so we…

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On The Air returns to celebrate B.C. radio

Evidently a success last year, On The Air is back in a bigger venue. On The Air is a fond look back at radio when there was more creativity and fewer bean counters. Broadcasters Red Robinson and the CBC’s Rick Cluff will talk with plenty of music from the Sojourners, Hot Mammas, the Arntzens, Tom…

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Northwest Rock & Radio DVD

When Jerry Dennon started Louie Louie and the History of Northwest Rock & Radio he asked me if I would participate and I was happy to help. I mentioned in my notes for the DVD booklet that many big names came from the Northwest: Bing Crosby, Johnnie Ray, The Brothers Four, and The Fleetwoods. The list…

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A Classic Jack Cullen Photo

When I was working on the book Backstage Vancouver, I came across this photo of Jack Cullen with Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers dated in the early to mid-50s. Jack is holding what we referred to as a “salt shaker” microphone because it looked like one. Jack inspired me to take a photographer and…

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Theme For Teens Artwork, 1954

When I took over Theme For Teens on CJOR 600 in 1954 I brought my artistic bent  to the experience. I was heavily into art at school and had a sixth sense that dictated to be successful in radio you should give it a visual identity. This logo appeared on my record carrying case, it…

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Remembering Bob Bye

This photo of Bob Bye and me was taken in the mid-80’s on a CKWX remote broadcast. Bob was one of the best radio communicators in Vancouver.  He followed me on the air for almost 13 years and was a great person. The late Vic Waters told me many times he felt Bob Bye was…

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Boz Scaggs At The “Red”

A great show from Boz Scaggs at the “Red”. The capacity crowd gave him a few standing ovations. The laid back Texan presented his hits and more. It reminded me of many nights in days of yore where you would go to a nightclub and sit back and enjoy R&B in a soft manner. Boz…

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Bill Medley At The “Red”

Bill Medley appeared at the Red Robinson Show Theatre last week. A wonderful reunion with an old friend. We first met at the Cave Theatre Restaurant back in the early Sixties and again in 1964 when the Righteous Brothers performed at the Beatles Empire Stadium concert.  Bill continues to entertain and now brings along daughter…

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