Red Around Town: August 23

The weather was perfect for the huge B.C. Day celebration in Victoria. Singer Feist, who won 9 Juno Awards this past year, was just one part of the amazing performances in celebration of the province’s 150th Birthday. Also on stage Sarah McLachlan, Burton Cummings, and legendary bandleader Dal Richards. But there’s more, Jim Byrnes, blues…

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Vic Waters signs off

My friend and mentor Vic Waters has passed away at 89. Vic would have celebrated  his 90th in September. A generous man, stoic by nature, he kept his personal life separate from his radio and television career.  Vic was like a surrogate father to me and Fred Latremouille at different times during his tenure as…

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Freds On The Move

August 30th marks my final TVWeek column. I’m lightening my workload after 20 years and my replacement is Fred Lee (I don’t suppose they would call the column Fred Around Town).  Fred has been covering the community scene in Vancouver for years, and contributes on a regular basis to many publications including the National Post. …

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Boz Scaggs at the “Red”

This photo was taken backstage at the Red Robinson Show Theatre. Pictured are Grace McCarthy, her husband Ray, Boz Scaggs and myself.  I had known Grace was a big fan of Boz Scaggs going back years.  When she heard that he would be appearing at my theatre she called and arrangements were made for her…

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Dave McCormick: Tamara replies

I first want to say that I agree that it is a sad day when an incredible radio professional like Dave McCormick loses his place on the air. Dave is a truly gifted broadcaster, and an excellent man. For my part, I was offered an amazing opportunity to work with exceptional people on a truly…

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Gerry Marsden At The “Red”

Gerry Marsden came to the Red Robinson Show Theatre and blew the house apart. Gerry last played here back in the late Seventies at the old Pizzazz Club in the International Plaza Hotel, just east of the Lions Gate Bridge. He sang all the fan favorites – Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey, How Do You Do…

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Dave McCormick off the air

After over two decades with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, veteran musicologist Big Daddy Dave McCormick will do his final show on Adult Favorites CKBD AM 600 Vancouver this Friday, August 15.  After a stint at CHML Hamilton ON, he started in the Vancouver market at C-FUN in 1957.  He was music director at KMAK…

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Red Around Town: August 16

In the summer of 1960 I was working as the afternoon deejay on KGW in Portland, Oregon. In two weeks I was to be shipped off to Fort Ord, California for basic military training as I was a resident of the U.S. It’s a long story but two weeks prior to leaving town I recorded…

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Red Around Town: August 9

Are we enjoying too much of a good thing? This year has been a benchmark year for the number of festivals and concerts in the Lower Mainland. I cannot remember a period where there was so much entertainment to choose from. But, like the kid in the candy store maybe too much is too much…

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Northwest Icons: Pat O’Day and the Hydros

It’s one of my favorite summer traditions: my friend and Seattle broadcast legend Pat O’Day covers the Chevrolet Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race in HDTV on Sunday, August 3 on KIRO-TV. The show kicks off at 9am and racing starts at 10am. The man who also gave us KJR Seattle… Channel 95 and Concerts West has…

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