C-FUN Gives Up On Rock’n’Roll

On this day in 1967, C-FUN abandoned Vancouver’s Top 40 radio battle with competitor CKLG and changed format to “The Sound of Music”. Ironically, C-FUN had dumped the same music in 1960 to become a full-time rock station.

Pressure on C-FUN was growing by the day. CKLG was coming on strong as a competitor. Teens who had loyally listened to nothing but C-FUN began to turn away. The reason: C-FUN had too many commercials. Suddenly the switch to CKLG was on. C-FUN began to limit the number of commercials per hour, playing many records back to back sometimes without interruption.

The President of the company that owned C-FUN, Gordon W. Burnett, wrote me in July 1967. He congratulated me on my ratings for the morning show. The ominous part of his letter read, “No doubt you are aware that there will be some fairly drastic changes made at C-FUN in the very near future.”

CKLG’s “more music” format was tough enough to compete with, but C-FUN was about to be sold and this spelled the end of an era, not only for the station but for my career as a rock’n’roll deejay.

Just before rock died on C-FUN, I had a wonderful moment of last minute fun. I pasted together a montage of every person who had worked at the station and called it “Mr. C-FUN’s Tender Heart Club Band Farewell”.

It was a work of defiance. I did not have permission to print the chart and the station got stuck with the bill for this final farewell piece. The curtain had fallen on an important portion of my life.