Author Archives: Red

Checking The Mail At C-FUN, 1963

View this post on Instagram   This was one day’s worth of “mail” at C-FUN #Vancouver in 1963. Is the receptionist getting ready to throw something? Back then we dressed up to go to work in #Radio. At least I’m not wearing that jacket from last week that looked like a TV test pattern. #TBT…

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Terry Moore interviews Red on C-FAX, 2003

My friend Terry Moore passed away in Victoria yesterday. We have lost one of the radio greats. We worked together at CKWX where he hosted a talk show. Terry interviewed Kirk Douglas, George Burns, and so many other stars, and he truly loved to work. He was still on the air at C-FAX/Victoria at 82! He…

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Frankie Avalon, Vancouver 1957

October 1957: 18 year old Frankie Avalon and 20 year old Red Robinson… just a couple of kids enjoying the rock'n'roll music at The Biggest Show Of Stars at Vancouver's Georgia Auditorium. #TBT A post shared by Red Robinson (@redrobinson_1) on Aug 2, 2018 at 10:05pm PDT…

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Bill Haley In Vancouver – June 27, 1956

Let’s turn back the hands of time to exactly 62 years ago… today! Bill Haley And His Comets came to Vancouver on this day in 1956 and 6,000 kids packed the Kerrisdale Arena for the first rock concert in our history. (video courtesy lisa g nielsen) CKNW deejay Jack Cullen was the sponsor, along with clothier…

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A Whale Of A Tale, 60 Years Later

My thanks to Harbour Publishing and author Robin Brunet for permission to use this excerpt from Red Robinson: The Last Deejay. The incident is as vivid in my memory as the day it happened – Red Meanwhile, Robinson continued to generate headlines with his publicity stunts, most of which he never thought merited public outcry. Certainly he…

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“Rock” Show A Real Bash – Campbell River, 1957

Almost 1000 teenagers and their parents filled the community hall Saturday night for the rock ‘n’ roll show put on by CJOR entertainer Red Robinson. Here’s Red with two of his admirers, Barbara Woodcock and Carol Hargreaves, snapped by Archie Waldref.   “Well, There’s Good Rocking Tonight” was the attitude in the air last Friday…

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The Biggest Show Of Stars Turns 60

It happened sixty years ago today! On October 23, 1957 Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, Paul Anka, Buddy Knox, the Drifters, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and Jimmy Bowen and the Rhythm Orchids came to Vancouver’s Georgia Auditorium for the Biggest Show of Stars. I was the…

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Red Robinson Interview with Syd Wong

I’ve been involved with the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment program for almost 30 years. Each year a Red Robinson Achievement Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting goes to a deserving student. It’s always fun when Radio Arts students come in to my office to talk. Syd Wong and her crew spent some time here…

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