The Beatles In Vancouver!

August 22, 1964… 53 years ago on this date, the The Beatles appeared at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium for their first Canadian concert. I was the MC and it was my job to settle the 20,000 screaming fans down so I could introduce the Beatles. In this 1989 demo for Western International Communications/CKNW you’ll hear concert…

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Thanks, Art Factora!

A huge part of the success of Red Rock Diner happens on the other side of the microphone. Hats off to the guy who makes it all happen, @artfactora! As the music fades out on @CISL650 at midnight August 27, Art will segue into his next adventure as Assistant Program Director at the new Sportsnet…

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Elvis 20th Anniversary Tribute, 1997

A celebration of the life of Elvis Presley is going on in Memphis this week. I was the emcee for Elvis Week in Memphis for five years, and had the pleasure of being emcee for his Vancouver appearance in August 1957. This is the 40th anniversary of his death. Over the years I became friends with…

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Glen Campbell interview, September 1988

Hearing that one of my favourite performers had died shook me. I knew Glen Campbell had dementia and it would eventually take his life, but the reality of his passing hit me hard. Here is one of the most talented performers ever. He was a much in-demand session player, admired by his peers and a genuinely nice…

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Bruce Allen On Red Rock Diner August 27!

My friend and entertainment industry legend Bruce Allen has accepted my invitation to join Pat O’Day and me on the Red Rock Diner finale Sunday, August 27 from 12-4pm on 650 CISL! Bruce and I go way back: he was an 11-year old kid in the audience when I presented Bill Haley and The Comets…

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Johnny Cash and The Million Dollar Quartet

Like Elvis‘ hit “That’s All Right Mama”, I couldn’t begin to tell you what ran through my mind when I first heard Johnny Cash sing “I Walk The Line”. It was a little Hank Williams, it was a little Elvis and a whole lot innovative. We first met at the Division Street Corral in Portland…

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