Airchecks: 1994

Station: CISL Vancouver
Date: August 26, 1994
Time: 46:20 (Pt. 1, unscoped)
            27:09 (Pt. 1, scoped)
47:57 (Pt. 2, unscoped)
           22:10 (Pt. 2, scoped)

Many people are either retired as they approach 60 or thinking about it.

Red Robinson was starting another gig.

The seemingly ageless DJ began doing the morning show at
CISL on August 26, 1993, just a few months after his 56th birthday. He would continue there until 2000 but was far from done with radio. After a stint at CFUN-FM, Robinson returned to CISL in 2011 before retiring six years later.

Robinson began his radio career at
CJOR in November 1954 while still in high school. He is credited as being the first Canadian DJ to play rock & roll on a regular basis. Later radio stops included CKWX and CFUN (AM & FM) in Vancouver, and KGW Portland, Oregon.

Robinson interviewed many of the big stars of rock & roll, including Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Beatles. His many awards include the Order of British Columbia and induction into the Canadian Radio Hall of Fame.

But he was more than a jock. Al Murdoch, who also started in radio as a teenager, says Robinson was one of thenicest
 people he ever met. "I learned so much about him not only the business but just about life. Being a nice human being," Murdoch said.

Robinson died April 1, 2023 after a brief illness. He was 86.

Enjoy Red Robinson on CISL (Pt. 1, UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Red Robinson on CISL (Pt. 1, SCOPED) here.

Enjoy Red Robinson on CISL (Pt. 2, UNSCOPED) here. 

Enjoy Red Robinson on CISL (Pt. 2, SCOPED) here. 

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CKYC (Country 59) Toronto
August 28, 1994
Time: 21:34 (Upgraded 

(Courtesy Rob Muir)

Back when radio jobs were plentiful, Wes Atkinson did plenty of radio.

Atkinson was on the air on stations all over the Golden Horseshoe section of Ontario, including FM 108 (CING-FM) in Burlington, CHIC Brampton, CHRE St. Catharines, CKOX Woodstock, CIDC-FM Orangeville, CFGM Richmond Hill, CKLH and CKOC Hamilton and CKYC Toronto. He also was an operator at CHUM-AM in the 1960s.

Personally, we remember Atkinson from the late '80s, when his morning show would follow our all-night "Gold Mine" show on FM 108. He was one of radio's all-time "good guys", always friendly, helpful and positive.

Wes died March 2, 2008 in Hamilton. He was 59.

Hear Wes Atkinson on CKYC here.

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