Let Us Honour the Example of Roy Jacques

I don’t like talking about the “old days.” I try to look at the past for lessons only and look at the world and its future through the eyes of my 29-year-old grandson. However I must talk about the past today for the death last week of Roy Jacques, newsman and commentator non pareil should…

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A King’s legacy spruces up an office wall

Photo: Ian Smith, Vancouver Sun Red Robinson (right) collected dozens of Elvis Presley records from around the world over the years. When he sold his house and moved to a condo, he sold them to Bruce Allen (left) who made them into a wall of records. (More from John Mackie in the Vancouver Sun )…

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Hairy Experience with The Beatles

Red, I was at the Beatles concert back in the day. I did not really know who this group was, but my Mom entered the CKNW contest to win tickets. The contest was for a pair of tickets to the show to the person with the longest hair. My mom submitted a strand of my…

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Roy Jacques signs off at 94

Roy Jacques , a dear friend for many decades, has died at the age of 94. I first met Roy in 1957 at CKWX . We hit it off immediately. I guess he saw through the rock and roll teenage deejay to something of substance. He even allowed me to produce his daily World Today…

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Beatlemania Returns To Vancouver!

This year’s Pacific National Exhibition opens with a tribute to The Beatles. The Fab Four appeared at Empire Stadium in Vancouver on August 22, 1964. I was the emcee for that historical event: [audio:https://c4f774.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/blog/audio/red_64_beatles.mp3|loader=0xFFC0C0] I will also emcee this show from the Global Stage on the PNE grounds on the exact date and time: 8:15pm…

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The Beatles And Mad Mel, 1964

Mad Mel came to C-FUN in 1964 and created quite a stir. He lasted about 10 months. From here he went to Australia when private radio was just getting up and running. He created a sensation Down Under. I have lost track of him. His real name was Mel Potts. He was an eccentric but…

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A Day At The Races

This photo was taken at Hastings Racecourse at the winners’ post where I decorated the winning horse, Krazy Koffee. The horse is owned by Butch Goertzen of Chilliwack. This was the 9th race of the day and the 15th running of the Redekop B.C. Cup Classic. The winner took home over $100,000 and another 13%…

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Seattle Traditions: Pat O’Day, Hydros, Blue Angels

My friend and Seattle radio legend Pat O’Day takes center stage for the 42nd year at Seafair this weekend… along with the fastest powerboats in the world, the Unlimited Hydroplanes. There’s action in the air too: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels return to thrill crowds Saturday at 1:30pm. KIRO TV will air more than six…

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Senior Living profiles “The Old Redhead”

History was made on August 31, 1957 when Elvis Presley stepped onto the Empire Stadium stage to perform a rock ā€˜nā€™ roll show in Vancouver. Not only was it his first and only live show in Vancouver, it was the last time Elvis would ever grace a stage outside of the U.S. The Master of…

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Pink Martini, Ola Onabule in Vancouver

During the recent Vancouver International Jazz Festival it was my honour to emcee the Pink Martini concert at the Orpheum Theatre featuring vocalist China Forbes and leader Thomas M. Lauderdale on piano. They were accompanied by a 51 piece orchestra. It was a stirring spectacular. Actually, they were trying for a 54 piece orchestra but…

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