Rock Radio Scrapbook

Airchecks: 1979

 

Subject: THE GARBAGE SONG with JIM BRADY
Station: CFTR Toronto
Date: 1970s
Time: 2:39

Jim Brady at Toledo's WRQN-FM, his final radio stop

"It's become a soulless corporate entity." So Jim Brady told the Toledo Blade when he announced his retirement from radio in June, 2008. So ended a fabulous career that included stops in Windsor, Toronto, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Dallas. Brady planned to continue in real estate, and start an Internet radio station playing music from the '50s and '60s.

During his time as CFTR morning man in the '70s and early '80s, Brady was known for his fabulous "bits," including The Song of Inspiration and The Garbage Song.

Enjoy "The Garbage Song" here.

(The Jim Brady Collection via Bill Dulmage)



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Talent: MIKE MARSHALL and DAN WILLIAMSON
Station: 
CFTR Toronto
Date: 
January 5, 1979
Time: 6:24

Mike Marshall was a mainstay at CFTR during its golden decade of the '70s, first doing mornings and later middays. He talks about his time there...

"When CFTR went Top 40 in the summer of 1972, PD George Johns and his charges focused on a single goal: to beat CHUM. The first shot across their bow, CFTR's infamous "Last Contest", pricked up ears all over Metro and served notice that we were anything but pretenders. By the time I left in September of 1974, the foundation for success had been carefully laid.

When I returned to do middays in 1977, all the ingredients were in place. There was a great news staff featuring the likes of Robert Holiday and Larry Silver. Darryl Dahmer and Russ Holden - both flying - provided Toronto's best traffic and, when this aircheck was made, it was a privilege to work with Jim Brady ("Bray-deeee In The Morning".), Dan Williamson, Mike Cooper, Bill Hayes, Scott Miller and others of that ilk. "Crazy" Carl Ramprashad led a wonderful around-the-clock staff of ops and we all loved working for programmer Les Sole. I thank the radio gods that his recording didn't take place a few days earlier, on January 1."

In January, 1979, Mike Marshall and Dan Williamson were on back-to-back in middays at CFTR. Hear them here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: TOM RIVERS (as MIKE RIVERS)
Station: KYA San Francisco
Date: January 22, 1979
Time: 3:00

(Description and graphic courtesy Dale Johnson)

It signed on the air in 1926, and by the mid-1950s it was a rock 'n' roll station. Legendary programmer Bill Drake was program director at KYA for a time.

If the voice on this aircheck is familiar it's because while he's using the name Mike Rivers, he's better known in Canada as Tom Rivers. Tom Rivers worked in Toronto at CHUM, CFTR, CHOG and CJAQ (Jack-FM). He's one of the funniest and most popular deejays ever to hit the airwaves.

Rivers died of cancer on November 20, 2004.

Hear Tom Rivers -as Mike Rivers - on KYA here.

(The Dale Johnson Collection)


Subject: CKFH COMPOSITE
Station: CKFH Toronto
Date: February, 1979
Time: 23:36

(Logo courtesy Bill Dulmage)

"1430 CKFH: Listen to the difference"

So many voices and - as it turned out - so little time.

It's CKFH in February, 1979. Without changing the dial, you can hear Howard Cooney, Bren Traf, Brian Barker, Chris Layton, Tom Fulton, Bob McCown, John Gilbert, Al Kingdon, Rob Cowan, Al Michaels, Mal Faris, Jim Morris, Glen Stone and Ron Hewat. Listening to it, it's hard to believe there were so many LIVE voices on one station, and so much LOCAL content. Nice format too, a  mix of country and pop tunes.

Alas, time was running out on CKFH. Within two years station founder Foster Hewitt sold his long-time property to Telemedia, which soon changed the call letters to CJCL and moved it to a new location after 30 years at 1 Grenville Street. Legend has it that a clock in Hewitt's office fell off the wall at the very moment CKFH became CJCL on April 10, 1981.

Enjoy this wonderful composite of CKFH programming from February, 1979 here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: DAVE JOHNSON
Station: CFGM Richmond Hill, Ont.
Date: February 22, 1979
Time: 3:18

It was like losing a friend for fans of both Top 40 and country music radio in Toronto.

Dave Johnson, who starred as a Top 40 deejay on CHUM in the '50s and '60s then became a country radio legend at CFGM in the '70s, died of a heart attack on October 20, 1980.

Johnson started at CHUM in the 7 p.m. to midnight shift in January, 1958, replacing Pete Nordheimer in the evening slot (Nordheimer moved to afternoons). Johnson held down the important evening shift at CHUM for the next eight-and-half years. A measure of his popularity may be shown by the number of times his name appeared on the CHUM chart (at least 20 times in 1964 and 1965 alone).

After leaving CHUM in the fall of 1965, Johnson moved to CFGM where he started a second career as one of Canada's top country deejays. Johnson was holding down the afternoon drive shift at CFGM when he died suddenly, ending a 22-year career in Toronto radio. Noted for his happy-go-lucky style and love of people and radio, Johnson would be touched that so many of his listeners remember and revere him today.

Hear Dave Johnson on CFGM here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: FRANK BENNY
Station: WGR Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: March 3, 1979
Time: 6:14

Frank Benny was born in Chicago and spent his last years in Florida. But he'll always be remembered for his time on the Buffalo airwaves.

Benny got his start in 1957 at a small station in Ridgecrest, Calif.  The man born Frank Biniak jocked at KISN Portland, Ore., and WUBE Cincinnati before heading to WGR Buffalo in 1966. During Benny's 19-year stint at WGR he also served as weatherman and host of the 4 o'clock movie andBowling For Dollars at WGR-TV.

Benny left WGR in 1985 for a 15-month stint at country music station WYRK. He worked part-time at WBEN before leaving for Florida in 1989. In between golf games - his daughter Kimberly Chance says "he just loved golf" - Benny appeared on WDDV and WCTQ Sarasota, Fla., and WENG Englewood, Fla. He died of complications from pneumonia in 2005 at the age of 67. Benny was posthumously inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Enjoy Frank Benny on WGR here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: TOM DONAHUE & JOHN OTTO
Station: 
WGR Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: 
March 12, 1979
Time:
 10:59

  

One played music, the other took phone calls.

Both provided great entertainment.

For several years from the mid-'70s to the early '80s, Tom Donahue and John Otto were back-to-back on WGR. Donahue, one of Buffalo's most knowledgeable music show hosts, spun the station's terrific AC-oldies mix from 10:00-11:30 p.m. Then Otto - the dean of Buffalo talk - worked the phones from 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Donahue got his radio start as a teen deejay at WYSL in 1966. He went on to a long career in Buffalo radio that has included stops at WKBW-WWKB, WHTT (Oldies 104), WNUC and WLKK. Donahue is remembered for the long-running Original Saturday Night All-Request Oldies Show on 'KB and Oldies 104. He had the honour of being the last live music host before WWKB switched to satellite oldies in June, 1988. Under his real name of Tom McCray, he joined the faculty of Buffalo State College in 1980 where he has served as an associate professor of communication.

Otto started in radio in the 1940s at WBNY while still a teenager. The bulk of his five-decade career in radio was spent at WGR, where he hosted the popular Extension 55 talk show. Otto started at WGR in 1955, left in 1983 to do Night Call at WKBW, then returned to 'GR in 1988 where he was on the air until three days before his death of emphysema on December 6, 1999. Otto, Buffalo's "beacon in the night time", was 70. Upon hearing of Otto's passing, WBEN talk show host Sandy Beach reflected, "We have lost our teacher."

Enjoy Tom Donahue and John Otto on 'GR 55 here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: PETE GRIFFIN
Station: CHUM-FM Toronto
Date: March 14, 1979
Time: 4:33

Not many deejays can say they've played Beethoven's Fifth and Roll Over Beethoven ... on the same station. Pete Griffin can.

Griffin along with Walter Michaels made the transition when CHUM-FM made the dramatic switch from classical to progressive rock in July, 1968. Suddenly, Griffin - a classical music announcer at CHUM-FM since it signed on in September, 1963 - went from playing long-hair music to music for long-haired freaks.

Griffin initially did afternoons at CHUM-FM then replaced Walter Michaels in the morning show on CHUM-FM in 1970. Griffin teamed with David Haydu (Geets Romo) as Pete 'n Geets from 1972 to 1977. He continued solo in mornings at CHUM-FM before moving to CFNY Toronto and reuniting with Geets on the morning show from 1980 to 1987.

CHUM-FM jocks, early '70s
Tim Thomas, David Pritchard, Kim Calloway, Walter Soles (Michaels), Larry Green, Peter Griffin
(Picture courtesy Doug Thompson)

Griffin went to country music outlet CFGM Richmond Hill, Ont., in 1987 before leaving the Toronto market and later moving to CFMO (now CKBY) Smiths Falls, Ont. He started in radio as CFOR Orillia, Ont., in 1948, and moved to CKFH in 1951. From there he went to WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he did an American Bandstand-like show for four years. He also spent a year at CJAD Montreal in 1966 before returning to CHUM-FM.

Griffin died of prostate cancer May 23, 2011 at the age of 81.

Rock Radio Scrapbook presents Pete Griffin here.


Gene Valaitis, a broadcast legend in his own right, posted this wonderful tribute on the SOWNY Radio-TV Forum in the wake of Griffin's death...

"I was a 19-year-old Ryerson student doing morning back-up in the CHUM newsroom when Pete and Geets were breaking ground on CHUM-FM. And it was ground-breaking. Pete and Geets were doing what people like David Letterman and others would not do until years later. It was magical and NEVER required insulting people, listeners or callers to the show, nor did it need porn stars, silly stunts, prank phone calls, double shot this and that cookie-cutter contests or to be called the Morning Zoo and I could go on and on.

Modern day so-called expert consultants would likely say a show like this would not work. That's why it did. It was the first morning radio show in North America that made people late for work because they sat in their cars in the parking lot with the engine running waiting for the end of whatever was happening which was always punctuated with Pete's incredible laugh.

I recall one great print ad for the show whose copy read, "CHUM-FM would like to apologize for Pete and Geets". It was an intelligent ad with thoughtful copy. It spoke to the audience not down to it. In fact, that was the magic of Pete. He was your friend on the radio who just talked directly to you at your level. Calm, funny and relaxed. As a student at CHUM I found Pete to be a wonderful person. He invited me into the studio to watch the show from time to time. Its what made me decide that I had to do this too. Thanks Pete."
 

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: ROY VAN HURD
Station: CHIC Brampton, Ont.
Date: 1979
Time: 4:21

CHIC listeners could be excused for thinking they belonged to the format-of-the-month club.

The Brampton, Ont.,-station had plenty of different formats including probably its best known - the all-female "Where the Girls Are" format introduced in 1966. The entire deejay staff was female - the first and only time that's ever happened in Canada - while the news department was all male. The music was contemporary with a few upbeat MOR tunes, and was selected in advance instead of leaving it up to the deejays, a precursor of today's radio.

The all-girl format lasted until around 1970, when the station went Top 40 with Don Biefer and Mal Faris among those jocking there for a time. CHIC switched to talk in 1974 - Ted Woloshyn and Larry Solway were among the hosts. Sometime around 1978 or 1979 the station went all-disco as 7-9-0 Disco (we also believe CHIC was country at some time in the '70s but can't confirm it.)

The CHIC era ended in 1980 when it became CKMW under new ownership. The station evolved into an ethnic format and became CIAO in 1987. It moved to 530kc in 1991. It's been a long journey for the station that started as 250-watt daytimer CFJB in 1953.

Enjoy Roy Van Hurd from CHIC's all-disco era here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: RICK KELLY
Station: CHIC Brampton, Ont.
Date: 1979
Time: 6:12

It's more of Disco 7-9-0, this time with Rick Kelly on the all-night show.

Hear Rick Kelly here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: JAY FREDERICKS
Station: WKBW Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: March 16, 1979
Time: 8:14

WKBW always had solid on-air lineups, and 1979 was no exception for this personality-oriented station. Dan Neaverth did 6-10 a.m. then, with Jon Summers 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Al Bandiero 7 p.m.-midnight and Tom Atkin midnight-6 a.m.

Holding down 2-7 p.m. at 'KB in 1979 was Jay Fredericks. Hear him here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: DAVE SMITH
Station: CKOC Hamilton, Ont.
Date: March 8, 1979
Time: 3:20

(Chart scan courtesy Mark Sorensen from the Nevin Grant Collection)

Dave Smith originally planned to become a veterinarian, but he wound up becoming a vet of a different kind -  a radio veteran.

Smith told Heather MacKay Roberts at StandardbredCanada.ca that he used to hang out with a friend who worked at a radio station, and would fill in now and then doing headlines or sports while his friend took a break. Eventually he took the job as morning show host and put his plans to become a veterinarian on permanent hold. A radio career was born.

The personable, entertaining Smith did stints at southern Ontario stations in Burlington, Barrie and Kitchener. But he is perhaps best remembered for his days in afternoon drive at Hamilton's CKOC during the '70s and '80s.

Hear Dave Smith on CKOC here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: STAN BARRON
Station: WBEN Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: March 31, 1979
Time: 3:15

There a lot of different approaches one can take with a radio show on a music station. One can talk about the music and even add in music trivia (Roger Ashby is a good example.) Then there is the fast-paced, hectic approach (Jackson Armstrong.) Or you can just do time and temperature.

The approach favoured by WBEN's Stan Barron was to talk about sports. Barron, one of Western New York's top sportscasters, for years had a MOR-style program during the evening hours. In between the songs, he talked sports with lots of score updates, news and commentary. He called it Free Form Sports.

Stan Barron died of cancer in 1984, working on-air right up to the end. He is dearly missed by his many fans, who will always remember his sign-off "so long, be a good sport."

To hear Stan Barron, click here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: GEORGE MICHAEL
Station: WABC New York
Date: April 2, 1979
Time: 
8:36

George Michael's biggest radio gig nearly didn't happen.

It was 1974 and the veteran jock had accepted a job doing TV play-by-play for the Baltimore Orioles. Michael was not enthusiastic at first when WABC program director Glenn Morgan approached him about doing the station's 6-10 p.m. shift. Assured that there would be plenty of opportunities to do TV sports in New York, "King George" finally took the job that most jocks could only dream about. For the next five years was one of the most widely heard jocks in North America with his nightly show on the 50,000-watt WABC blowtorch.

Michael had come a long way since his days as a self-described poor student with the worst grades while growing up in St. Louis. While attending Saint Louis University, he got a job as a record promoter. That led to radio with gigs at WIL St. Louis, KBTR Denver and WRIT Milwaukee. Beginning in 1966, he had an eight-year run at WFIL Philadelphia.

At WABC, the intense, energetic and always well-prepared Michael was a strong successor to Cousin Brucie, who had left after 11 years on the station's evening shift for rival WNBC. As WABC jock Peter Bush put it: "Every song was delivered as if his life at that very moment depended on it. He emanated cool on the air."

While in New York, Michael did some sports work, anchoring weekend sportscasts on WABC-TV, doing colour for New York Islanders on television, and filling in for Howard Cosell on ABC Radio's Speaking of Sports. So he was ready for the switch to TV when WABC released him in November, 1979 as part of a shakeup that also saw the departures of veterans Harry Harrison and Chuck Leonard. Finally free of his radio responsibilities, he now leaped into TV sportscasting full-time, and from 1980 to 2007 was the main sportscaster at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. NBC syndicated his Sports Final highlight show in 1984 and renamed it The George Michael Sports Machine. He won an Emmy in 1985 for the show, a Sunday night staple of many sports fans before it left the air on March 25, 2007, with Michael saying "last one out, turn off the lights" as he walked off the set for the final time.

A nationally-known collector of baseball cards and early baseball photos, Michael died of cancer Christmas Eve 2009. He was 70.

Enjoy George Michael on WABC here.

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)


Talent: LARRY ANDERSON
Station: 
WGR Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: 
April 13, 1979
Time:
 4:27

Larry Anderson was in many ways the brains behind WGR's success, even though many played a part. So it's ironic that the long-time program director and midday host was actually the first member of the station's great late-'70s lineup to leave the station, doing so in 1980 for WDAE Tampa, Fla. Listening to his last show in June, 1980 was like hearing a member of the family leave; you had a sense WGR was never going to be the same again. It wasn't - even though the station's sound remained intact until 1985 when a switch was made to a less-personality and more music-oriented format (Anderson returned as general manager from 1985 to 1987).

The switch to a news-talk format was gradual in the late '80s but by 1990 'GR 55 had become a full-time news and talk station.

Larry Anderson died of cancer on November 4, 2002. He was 58.

Hear Larry Anderson here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: RONN GRIMSTER
Station: CHFI-FM Toronto
Date: April 13, 1979
Time: 4:12

Ronn Grimster had one of those great voices that projected both warmth and authority. He could read the phone book and you'd listen.

Grimster got his start at CHOW Welland, Ont., before moving to CFUN Vancouver as a "Good Guyin the early '60s. After a stop at CHQM Vancouver, he moved to CHFI-FM in Toronto in the late '70s for a stay of more than a decade. He did both news and an air shift at 'FI (at separate times), and sounded great doing either.

Ronn Grimster died September 9, 2003, in Hamilton, Ont., three days before his 79th birthday.

Hear Ronn Grimster on CHFI-FM here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: J.D. ROBERTS and BOB MAGEE
Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: April 26, 1979
Time: 4:39

"I believe the best television broadcasters are people who came up through radio." - John Roberts

John Roberts is best-known for his work in television, but his original career goal was radio. And that's just what he did as J.D. Roberts early on, working in markets like Owen Sound, Kitchener and London before moving to what he in a 2004 interview with playbackonline.ca called the "epitome of Canadian broadcasting", CHUM. The Toronto-born Roberts did the all-night show at CHUM, but tired of it and moved into television with Toronto's CITY-TV, where he co-hosted the ground-breaking pop music magazine The New Music. He later became one of the primary "video jockeys" for MuchMusic, which launched in 1984.

Roberts began a highly successful TV news career in 1989 with a morning stint at a Miami CBS station. He co-hosted CTV's Canada AM in the early '90s, was CBS White House television correspondent from 1996 to 2003 and since 2007 has been co-anchor of CNN's American Morning (somewhere along the way he changed his air name to John Roberts).

Enjoy J.D. Roberts, preceded by Bob Magee, at CHUM from 1979 here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: LARRY WILSON
Station: CHUM-FM Toronto
Date: May 21, 1979

Time: 5:07

(Logo courtesy Bill Dulmage)

Radio wasn't a job to Larry Wilson. It was a passion.

As a newcaster at CHUM-AM and FM in the 1960s and '70s, Wilson didn't just read the news - he told the news. You felt he was talking directly to you as opposed to the listening audience as a group.

It was the same during his time in the late '70s and '80s as a late-night program host at AOR-formatted CHUM-FM.

He also touched those he worked with. Warren Cosford delivered this moving eulogy at his funeral in January, 1997.

Wilson had left radio a few years earlier to operate a bike-rental business in the Dominican Republic. He was 55 when he passed away.

Rock Radio Scrapbook is proud to present Larry Wilson on CHUM-FM here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: DON DAYNARD
Station: 
CKFM Toronto
Date: June, 1979
Time: 
10:55

(Photo courtesy Iain Grant)

From humble beginnings as an office boy in Owen Sound, to host of one of the most popular morning shows in Canada, "Dazzlin'" Don Daynard saw a lot in his half-century in radio.

In this exclusive interview with Rock Radio Scrapbook, Don looks back on his fascinating radio career which dates back to the dawn of rock 'n' roll...

"Started in radio in Owen Sound in 1953 as an office boy. Then, operator and eventually weekend announcer then all kinds of different shifts ... block programming, country, soap operas, religion, you name it. Left in '57 to go back to CHEX-TV in Peterborough but not on air ... in telecine/film department. Only there nine months and back to O.S. as program director at radio station.

Fired in '59 and went to small-250 watt station in Kitchener ... CKCR I think it was there ... as news director if you can believe it! Only there a short time and left to go to California after getting green card, etc.

Got a job at Western Costume Company in Hollywood which at the time was located beside Paramount Studios. Worked there until '62 when our third child was announced and came back to Canada and landed a job at CJET in Smith Falls thru a friend of mine who was in sales .. Don Fox ... now passed away. Was program director and also morning show host.

Left there when hired away by CFGM in Richmond Hill, which had just gone country. Worked there on evenings and eventually mid mornings. Al Fisher was morning man and Bill Gallant was afternoons. Forget name of guy doing drive. (sorry, but exact dates are hazy.)

Was hired by CKFH as morning man late in '66 and started there on January 2nd, 1967, replacing Phil MacKellar who went to CKEY as all-night jock. Worked there until '69 when they brought in a new program director from Tucson, Arizona. Some of the jocks were John Donabie, Kenny Wells and Tom Fulton. Went to CFRB late in '69 - was off all that summer and actually did two auditions for 'RB as they screwed up the first one and misplaced it!! Was weekend and swing man plus two overnights in the middle of the week, which were the days off for Wayne Van Exan, now deceased. Worked with Bill McVean, nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, Betty Kennedy, Bill Deegan and George Wilson who did "Starlight Serenade". Even did that once or twice plus "Calling All Britons" the odd time, filling in for Ray Sonin!!! The big guns at 'RB then were Gordon Sinclair and Bob Hesketh and eventually Charlie Doering.

Left there to go over to CKFM in 1975 after I'd heard that morning man Stu Daley was leaving to freelance when Russ Thompson and Dave Hodge mentioned it one Friday night when we used to sit and bullshit. Went into Bill Ballentine's office on Monday morning and said I was interested in the job and he hired me right away. My favourite story about that interview was when I asked Ballentine what he wanted me to do and he said, "just do what you do." I've never forgotten that and have probably mentioned that more times than any other story. Except for a Deegan story which will remain unsaid!!

Bill Black was programming the Morning Show - he's a film nut like me and now lives in Kitchener - and he asked me what song I'd like to start with on the first show. I said I had always liked "I Feel Fine" by The Beatles - and that song wasn't on the station playlist but I said let's use it anyway, so we did. That first morning, after I'd been on for an hour or so, I talked over a vocal. We were, of course, playing vinyl in those days and remember how you'd have to find where the song started, back cue about a quarter turn and then let her go. Well, I stopped the disc on air, leaving the "pot" up, explained what had happened and re-cued it on air! Then, talking all the time during this, I started it up again and hit the vocal dead on. Well, about 8:45 Ballentine came in and I figured I was in deep ka-ka but he said he'd never heard anyone do that before and thought it was great! Shows you what kind of a boss he was!!

After 12 years of a really successful morning show at CKFM was approached by Tony Viner, Sandy Sanderson and Paul Fisher to come over to CHFI. We met at my place in Leaside as they didn't want to meet publicly as it might leak out. They laid out the salary and the bonus plan and I left CKFM in the fall of 1987. The Slaights had taken over CKFM in May of that year and the station began to change musically and some of the vets were fired. People like Don Cameron and a few others, Jerry Bascombe, etc. Jerry Good, a marvellous program director, was passed by for manager when Ballentine was let go and replaced by one John Mackey.

Started at CHFI on Tuesday, December 2nd, I think it was, after a three month delay forced by my CKFM contract. CHFI wanted me to appear in the Santa Claus parade that year but Gary Slaight brought an injunction I guess you could call it against the station so I didn't do that appearance. We started with an oldies dance on a Tuesday night at the Inn on the Park. That was strange, let me tell you!!"

We asked Don about his nickname, "Dazzlin' Don," and how Danard became Daynard:

"I'd been on vacation in LA which I did fairly often back then and I used to listen to Gary Owens on KFWB; he did drive and used to refer to his program as "The Garish Program". I thought that was kind of a neat idea ... calling the show a variation of your name so when I came back, I started referring to the show as "The Don Dazzling Show". After about a week or two, Jerry Good, the Program Director, popped into the studio and suggested I turn it around and call it "The Dazzling Don Show" and I did and it stuck until I also started referring to the Morning Show as the "Daynard Drive-In" as so many of the audience in the Toronto area listened in their cars on the way to work. So I was both "Dazzling Don" and host of the "Daynard Drive-In" until Paul Fisher changed it to "Don and Erin" which was later on at my CHFI sojourn.

The name Danard, as I think I mentioned, was always pronounced Daynard but my folks and me and my sister always got Dan-urn and De-nard so I stuck the "y" in and went from there. Funny thing is, 'way back in the Danard history, it used to have the "y" but for some unknown reason, and nobody I ever asked about it knew why, the "y" was dropped but the pronunciation stayed the same. Of course, there are Dainards, Deynards, Daynards all over the place, particularly up in and near Owen Sound, where I grew up, and somewhere in Germany, Deinhards."

Enjoy Don Daynard on CKFM here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: MAL FARIS
Station: CKFH Toronto
Date: June 30, 1979
Time: 1:52

(Picture courtesy John Martin)

He loved to jock, and did so in every province from Quebec to Saskatchewan.

Mal Faris may be best known for his time at Toronto's CKFH, where he was for most of the '70s and into the early '80s. Part of that time was spent in mornings, and where we had the pleasure of meeting him, in the winter of 1974-75 during our time as a young op.

Prior CKFH, Faris was at CKGM Montreal, CKRC Winnipeg, CKXL Calgary and CHIC Brampton, Ont. The native of Balcarres, Sask., also jocked in his home province at CKRM Regina, CHOM Saskatoon, CHAB Moose Jaw and Regina Internet station K-HIT. In addition, Faris was the voice person on STV Regina (now Global Regina) and had a music career writing songs and singing in bars.

Faris died October 5, 2010 in Regina after a long illness. He was 67.

Enjoy Faris on CKFH here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: KEVIN NELSON
Station: CKAR Oshawa, Ont.
Date: July 5, 1979
Time: 3:08

Kevin Nelson was to Majic 100 what his father was to CHUM.

Kevin started in the morning show at the Ottawa station in 1991 and spent nearly 20 years there before being sidelined by a liver ailment in 2010. His long tenure there is reminiscent of the 17 years his father Jay Nelson spent at CHUM in mornings from 1963 to 1980.

Before Majic 100, Kevin Nelson's stops included CKAR Oshawa, Ont., CKSL London, Ont., and CHFM Calgary. He's also done television in Ottawa as a weather announcer at CBOT-TV and a video countdown host at CHRO-TV.

Kevin Nelson died December 13, 2011. He was 52.

Enjoy Kevin Nelson - who sounds so much like his father - on CKAR from July 5, 1979 here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: CARL BANAS
Station: 
CKFM Toronto
Date: 
August 7, 1979
Time:
 2:58

Back when FM was really starting to emerge in the '70s, many of us were excited about the prospect of finally hearing our favourite tunes in stereo. But there was also another great prospect - that of hearing great radio voices and show presentations in stereo. One of the best was Carl Banas.

Banas was a CKFM mainstay in the 8 p.m.-midnight time slot in the '70s and '80s, when FM was surpassing AM as the radio medium of choice. His dulcet tones were a pleasure to hear, as was the middle-of-the-road music that made CKFM an early FM favourite in Toronto. Perhaps his most memorable moments were his well-written and beautifully-voiced vignettes of Toronto, usually carried at the top of the hour or right after the news.

One of those vignettes can he heard here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: ROB COWAN
Station: CKFH Toronto
Date: August, 1979

Time: 3:06

In 1975, CKFH switched from an oldies format to country music. But by the late '70s, they changed again, this time to a MOR styling that is a pleasure to hear all these years later. The end was near for CKFH however. In 1981, it switched to a talk format as CJCL. Later in the decade, the tunes returned with the Music of Your Life format. In 1991, there was another format change, this time to all-sports as The Fan.

Rob Cowan was a holdover both from the oldies and country format. In fact, he was still there in '91 as the last music deejay ever on CJCL prior to the switch to the Fan.

Hear Rob Cowan here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

For more fabulous CKFH airchecks, visit The Tom Fulton Collection


Talent: DAN WILLMOTT
Station: 
CKGM Montreal
Date: September 22, 1979
Time: 
1:08

(Photo courtesy Marc Denis)

If there's a cure for the "radio bug", Dan Willmott doesn't want to hear about it.

Dan Willmott tells Rock Radio Scrapbook he started working part-time at CJME Regina in 1975 as a way to pay for university. It was there got the radio bug and took some time off school to try this "radio thing". Well, that "radio thing" led to a more than two-decade career as a jock and a successful career as an actor and voice talent. After doing middays at CJME, his radio journey took him to CKGM Montreal, late night then middays (1979-82), CKAR-CKQT Oshawa, Ont., mornings/afternoons, program director (1982-83), CKXL-CISS Calgary, middays (1983-88), CKGM-CHTX Montreal, afternoons (1988-90), CJFM Montreal, mornings (1990-91), The Rock Radio Network at Q-107 Toronto and CHED Edmonton (1991-92), CHQR Calgary, mornings (1992) and Lite 96 Calgary, afternoons (1992-96).

Willmott left radio in 1996 to become a full-time actor/voice talent (though he did guest-host in mornings at CHYM-FM Kitchener, Ont., from 2000 to 2005.) His extensive list of acting highlights include Mean Girls, The Sheldon Kennedy Story, General Hospital, The Circuit for ABC Family and Waydowntown (winner of the Toronto Film Festival). He starred in the short film Deported for the Film Festival Circuit, the Toby Keith pre-concert video and the film Dinner Out. He also has a voice-over training program taught by himself and other award-winning voice-over talents. Please visit Dan's web site.

Enjoy Dan Willmott on CKGM here.

(The Marc Denis Collection)


Talent: CHARLIE WEST
Station: CKDA Victoria
Date: September, 1979
Time: 7:12

"Go West Young Man" was the suggestion of Indiana newspaperman John Soule in 1851. So we'll do that with not only an aircheck from Canada's westernmost city, but also from a deejay named West.

CKDA, founded by David M. Armstrong in 1949, has a rich and varied history. In the early years, the format was Golden Sound Music -  featuring the great sounds of the likes of Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Doris Day. CKDA switched to rock in the late '60s, and was Victoria's leading Top 40 station throughout much of the '70s.

With the increased popularity of FM in the 1980s, CKDA's market share was strongly challenged. By the latter half of the '90s, CKDA had become country-formatted CKXM. It's now on the FM dial with a modern rock format as "the Zone."

We remember a kinder, gentler time on Rock Radio Scrapbook. Enjoy Charlie West on CKDA here.

(The Laurence Etling Collection)


Talent: BEAU BODEAN
Station: 
CKGM Montreal
Date: October 26, 1979
Time: 
2:58

(Photo courtesy Beau BoDean)

Who better to tell the story of Beau BoDean than the man himself?

Born Wolfgang Fritzsche in Lingen, Germany, the radio personality we now know as Beau BoDean came to Canada at the age of three. He grew up in Winnipeg and also started in radio in Manitoba. Rock Radio Scrapbook asked BoDean about his career and he sent us this wrap...

"CHTM - Thompson, MB. - 1972  - 1973 my first radio job under the name “ Mel Corey “ (all shifts)

CJME  - Regina, SASK. - 1973-1976 as Mel Corey (middays, afternoons, and “The Moneymobile Guy “ on the Hart Kirch morning show)

CKRC  - Winnipeg, MB - 1976-1978…this is where Mel Corey became Buster BoDean … thanks to Reg Johns !….(afternoons)

CKGM -  Montreal, PQ - 1978-1982…sometime during my stint here Buster BoDean evolved into just “ Beau” to capitalize on the French Connotation!! (afternoons…evenings…promotions…program director)

CJBK  -  London, ONT. - 1982-1989…John Mackey (our former CKGM PD) moved both Michael Dee & me down to London in May of 1982 (mornings, afternoons, music director, program director )

Q94 FM – Winnipeg, MB - 1989-2006...Hooked up with Tom Milroy for the Beau & Tom Morning Show with various female co-hosts including Caroline Hunter….Frazier….Dez Daniels ( PDs were Mark Maheu & Howard Kreuger)

99.9 BOB FM – Winnipeg,  2006-present...Tom & I moved down the hall to our sister station in August of 06…just this past March (2009) we celebrated 20 years on the air together here in The Peg!! In September Frazier rejoined us on the morning show after leaving 10 years ago for Calgary! We’re still having lots of laughs & fun…can’t imagine doing anything else!!! Kudos to our great PD Chris Brooke for letting us live the radio dream….."

Thanks, Beau!

Enjoy Beau BoDean on CKGM here.

(The Marc Denis Collection)


Subject: CALGARY RADIO COMPOSITE
Stations: CFCN, CKO, CHQR, CKXL, CBR
Date: November, 1979
Time: 14:35

(Description and graphic courtesy Dale Johnson)

CFCN 1060 (00:00): It went on the air in 1922. For most of the '70s, Russ Tyson was a DJ in Calgary at CKXL and CFCN. Tyson also worked in Regina, Hamilton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Saskatoon.

Among other notable ex-employees of CFCN: Ralph Klein, who later became Mayor of Calgary and then Premier of Alberta was a civic affairs reporter with CFCN-TV and radio. Also, Keith Hampshire who worked for a time as a cameraman at CFCN-TV and as an operator at CFCN radio, before launching his own career behind the mike at Radio Caroline South, a pirate radio station in the North Sea in 1966 and 1967. Then he returned to Canada and worked at Toronto's CKFH from 1967 to 1969. During the 1970s he had a few top ten hits of his own, including "Daytime-Nighttime", "First Cut is The Deepest" and "Big Time Operator." Hampshire was also guest star and writer on several of the Wayne and Shuster TV specials of the 1970s. He later had his own TV show on CBC called Music Machine. He earned a gold record for the song "OK, Blue Jays."

CKO 103.1 FM (3:48): This was part of the national all-news network, which operated from 1977 to 1989. CKO folded due to lack of money and lack of listeners, but since it shut down many stations across Canada have switched from music to news and talk. Featured on this aircheck is Beverly Lynn Robbins, who had previously worked at CKOM 1250 Saskatoon. The 103.1 frequency that CKO used in Calgary was used by CIQX as of 2008.

CHQR 810 (5:12): This was an adult-oriented music station for a time in the '70s. Now it's all talk and information and is at 770. Jeff Newland is featured on this aircheck with a newscast. Newland had previously worked at CJWW 1370 in Saskatoon, and now is in radio in Wainwright, Alta.

CKXL 1140 (10:15): It was a Top 40 station in the 1970s. Listen to Michelle Jones with the news on this aircheck. CKQL was rebranded in 1987, and left the airwaves in 1996.

CBR 1010 (11:35): Norris Bick was a popular voice at CBC Calgary from the 1960s to the 1980s. Earlier he had worked at CKBI Prince Albert, Sask.

Enjoy this composite of November, 1979 Calgary radio here.

(The Dale Johnson Collection)


Talent: PHIL MacKELLAR
Station: 
CKFM Toronto
Date: 
November 11, 1979
Time:
 2:36

The unwritten rule in any radio control room is to always consider the microphone to be on. For a few moments, Phil MacKellar forgot that rule, and he paid dearly for it.

On the morning of July 31, 1982, MacKellar was hosting his regular music show on CKFM. MacKellar, a 34-year broadcast veteran, had for years been host of the Sunday late-night All That Jazz program for CKFM. This was a popular show for which MacKellar had won much praise from black musicians and the black community. He had no known history as a racist. On this morning, however, MacKellar repeated a racial remark a studio guest made about the celebrants at the Carabana festival in Toronto.

Unfortunately, the microphone was on and his remarks - certainly not intended for public consumption - went out on the air. Despite MacKellar's long history of support of the black music community in Toronto, CKFM quickly removed MacKellar as host of his regular music show though he did retain his Sunday program for a while. In fact, his last Sunday show was scheduled to air only four days after his death.

There is no place for racist remarks broadcast or otherwise, but MacKellar's actions were clearly a terrible mistake - not a diatribe directed against the black community. Public support for MacKellar was minimal (CHUM's Dick Smythe did do an emotional commentary in his defence and Gordon Sinclair also supported him on-air) but for the most part MacKellar was hung out to dry. It was easier for most to be "politically correct," even though the term didn't exist back then.

Years later, Avery Haines would be fired after making a similar gaffe on CTV Newsnet. However, in her case she not only earned significant media support, but quickly wound up with a new anchor position on CITY-TV.

MacKellar died of a heart attack on January 26, 1983, less than five months after the incident.

Hear Phil MacKellar here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Subject: PAT ST. JOHN'S "THE BIG MONTAGE"
(from aircheck of CAROL MILLER)

Station: 
WPLJ New York
Date: 
November, 1979
Time: 17:36

Click on the pic to go to Pat's web site

WPLJ called itself New York's Best Rock. It was also the home of some rock radio's best production, highlighted by The Big Montage.

WPLJ program host Pat St. John began creating top-of-the-hour music montages for the album-rock station in 1978. The montages were theme-oriented, and proved to be a very popular part of WPLJ's programming. Later airings had some of the montages spliced together, as you'll hear here.

Following this montage, you'll hear a snippet of the theme WPLJ used, My Sweetheart by Focus. Few songs have been as much identified with a single station as this one. Versions by the Mothers of Invention, The Four Deuces and the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils were also used in the montages.

Enjoy Pat St. John's "The Big Montage" - introduced by Carol Miller - here.

(Scrapbook archives)


Talent: ROBERT HOLIDAY (newscast)
Station: CFTR Toronto
Date: November 12, 1979
Time: 3:24

At 11:53 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 1979, a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed in Mississauga, Ont., spilling large quantities of caustic soda, chlorine, styrene, propane and toluene - an environmental nightmare. What followed was the largest peacetime evacuation in North American history. In the hours and days ahead 250,000 residents of Mississauga would be told to leave their homes for safety reasons. Some would not return until the following Friday, November 16, when the city was declared open again.

Local radio coverage of the accident was excellent. Most stations had fully staffed newsrooms at the time and competition was fierce to get the story fast and right.

Hear a brief sample of that coverage with Robert Holiday on CFTR here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: RON LUNDY
Station: WABC New York
Date: December, 1979
Time: 4:16

Ron Lundy was the only jock not seriously affected by WABC's "Thanksgiving Massacre" of November, 1979.

Lundy stayed in middays (his shift was shortened by an hour) while veteran jocks Harry Harrison, Chuck Leonard and George Michael got the boot. Long-time afternoon driver Dan Ingram went to mornings, Bob Cruz moved to afternoon drive from the all-night show, weekender Marc Sommers took over evenings and Mike McKay got the all-night show.

Lundy died March 10, 2010 at the age of 75.

Enjoy Ron Lundy on WABC here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: STAN ROBERTS
Station: WGR Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: December 27, 1979
Time: 5:23

Stan Roberts made us smile.

A man born to be behind a microphone, Roberts got the yuks in Buffalo morning drive for more than three decades. He replaced Jay Nelson at WKBW in 1963 and stayed there for seven years before leaving for WHDH Boston. Roberts returned to the Queen City in 1972 for a nine-year run in mornings at WGR where he was part of a legendary on-air lineup that included Frank Benny, Shane, Tom Donahue, John Otto and program director Larry Anderson.

Roberts left WGR for mornings at WBUF-FM in 1981. He went to WBEN in 1988 and followed that with stints at WSJZ (Smooth Jazz) and WECK in the '90s. Roberts hung up the mic in 2000 to concentrate on sales (he is one of Buffalo's top-billing radio salesmen). Roberts, who got his start in the late '40s as a teen DJ in Ashbury Park, N.J., was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004.

Enjoy Stan Roberts on WGR here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Talent: FRANK BENNY
Station: 
WGR Buffalo, N.Y.
Date: 
1979
Time: 
6:41

The master of the double entendre, Frank Benny spent 19 years at WGR beginning in 1966. He did morning drive at 'GR until 1972, then moved to afternoon drive until he left the station in 1985. After that he did mornings at WYRK and weekends at WBEN before leaving for Florida and several more radio gigs in 1989.

Benny died May 9, 2005 of complications of pneumonia. He was 67.

Hear two separate Frank Benny airchecks back-to-back here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)


Subject: CHUM Montage
Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: 1979-1980
Time:
 6:40

Top 40 radio on AM was still a viable force in the late '70s and early '80s, but the stream of listeners to the FM dial for music programming was fast becoming a torrent.

CHUM was still strong in the ratings, with a cast that included deejays Jay Nelson, J.D. Roberts, Mike Holland and Roger Ashby, newsmen Dick Smyth and Mark Dailey and sportscaster Brian Henderson.

Terry Steele, Bob Magee, Jim Van Horne and John Majhor are among the voices you'll recognize from this aircheck when CHUM was The Rock of Toronto.

Enjoy the CHUM Montage here.

(The Bill Dulmage Collection)

For more classic CHUM airchecks, visit The CHUM Archives


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