Singer Terry Black remembered at service

When he was a teenager living in Vancouver, John Howell hated to go to Dance Party nights if Terry Black was there. “He was so good looking,” the Port Moody resident said, “that nobody else ever had a chance with any of the girls.” (more from Dale Bass – Kamloops This Week) Terry Black sings…

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Another passing: Terry Black at 60

Back in the British Invasion days a young Vancouver singer took the city by storm. His name was Terry Black and he was discovered by Buddy Clyde on CHAN-TV’s teen show Dance Party. Through some connections, Buddy was able to get the attention of Lou Adler from Dunhill Records, the same label that the Mamas…

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A month of goodbyes

It has been a trying month with the passing of sportscaster Ted Reynolds, ace announcer Al Jordan and musician/businessman Arnie Nelson. I was one of the many speakers at Arnie’s tribute. It was nice to see so many media people in attendance. Many had worked with Arnie during his career: former CKNW General Manager Bill…

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Chantal Kreviazuk visits

I was honored to be emcee for a recent appearance by Chantal Kreviazuk at the Kay Meek Theatre in West Vancouver. It was a benefit concert for the centre and for youth with ambitions in the creative arts field. Chantal is one of the warmest entertainers I have met in years. She honestly cares about…

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Friends say “goodbye” to Al Jordan

Saturday June 20 at the old Spencer mansion near Jericho Beach, a gathering of radio personalities came  to pay tribute to one of the industry’s own, Al Jordan.  It was a bright sunny day and friends and family were out in force.  It was wonderful to see Al’s wife Donna on hand. Donna was  accompanied…

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Ventures founder Bob Bogle dies, 75

Bob Bogle – the co-founder of legendary Tacoma garage-rock band The Ventures and the architect behind the distinctive guitar sound of early hits Walk, Don’t Run and Perfidia – has died. Bogle, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., was 75 when he died on Sunday. He suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma and became too frail to play…

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Arnie Nelson signs off

Photo courtesy Vancouver Radio Museum and Brian Walks Just the other day I received word that Arnie Nelson had passed away. Arnie was only a kid when he worked for CKNW. He appeared on many of the old “live” radio shows of the Forties and Fifties and was well known as a steel guitar player…

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We lose another radio great: Al Jordan passes

Al Jordan audio courtesy Owen Coppin Sad news today: the passing of someone special in my life. Al Jordan was one of the most gifted announcers ever to work in broadcasting in this country. (Click here for Dan Russell‘s tribute to Al… courtesy radiowest.ca) (Click here for Brian Lord‘s tribute to Al… courtesy radiowest.ca) When…

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Ted Reynolds dies, Garry Raible retires

It was the best of times in radio and television. Back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s Vancouver enjoyed a myriad of radio, television and print personalities… unlike today when a citizen is hard pressed to name 12 major personalities in our town from media. He covered it all in his long and illustrious career,…

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