Red Around Town, November 2012

The CRTC has denied BCE‘s application to acquire control of Astral Media‘s television and radio services because it is not in the public interest. Astral media operates 84 radio stations (including Vancouver’s AM 650, home of Red Rock Diner, Shore FM and Virgin Radio 95.3) and 20 pay and TV channels. This is the first…

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Jim MacDonald “On The Spot”

Here is newsman Jim MacDonald in the CKWX news car. My guess is from 1957 or 1958. Jim was the newsman who helped me create the “whale on the beach” prank in 1958. 15,000 people showed up at Sunset Beach trying to see the fantasy whale. It cost me my job, as I was fired…

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The Sun Turns 100 With A Great New Book

The Vancouver Sun is celebrating 100 years in business. This is truly an iconic newspaper, and in conjunction with the anniversary columnist Shelley Fralic has written Making Headlines — 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun. The book includes some historic photos, many of which have won international awards. I was flattered to see this shot…

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Catching Up With An Old Friend: Pat O’Day

Pat O’Day ruled the Seattle radio airwaves with humor and entertainment for many years. He was Program Director of KJR and a partner in Concerts West Productions that toured the likes of BTO, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra across America. He has a legendary reputation in the Jet City. Pat underwent brain surgery…

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Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang At The “Red”

Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang appeared at the Red Robinson Show Theatre Friday night. What a great double bill. Grammy award winning songwriter, singer, and master blues guitar player Jonny Lang opened the evening. He received a wonderful standing ovation at the end of his set. It was one of the longest sessions of applause…

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