Rock Radio Heaven (F)


Born: June 14, 1943, Balcarres, Saskatchewan

Died: October 5, 2010, Regina

Stations: CKGM Montreal, CKXL Calgary, CHIC Brampton, Ontario, CKFH Toronto, CKRC Winnipeg, CHOM Saskatoon, CHAB Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, CKRM Regina

Notes: Faris also jocked at Regina Internet station KHIT, where he played the music he loved - oldies. Was voice person on STV Regina (now Global Regina) and also had a music career writing songs and singing in bars.


Born: March 24, 1936, Vancouver

Died: March 7, 2007, Parry Sound, Ontario

Stations: CFRN Edmonton, CHUM Toronto

Notes: After a short stop as a copywriter at CFRN, Farrell became Promotion Director at CHUM throughout the late '50s and '60s and played a big part in that station's success. After CHUM, he co-founded Creative Sight and Sound, a pioneer in the multimedia industry. His book "The CHUM Story" was published in 2001. Performed as a comedian, dancer and actor.


Born: June 19, 1930, Niagara Falls, New York

Died: September 15, 1977, Lewiston, New York

Also known as: Birth name was Jeremiah D. Farrell

Stations: WJJL Niagara Falls, New York, WKBW, WGR Buffalo

Notes: Worked primarily weekends at 'KB and 'GR while working as public relations director for New York State's Power Authority Power Vista. Died of a heart attack.


Born: March 4, 1950, Buffalo, New York

Died: March 25, 2013, Kenmore, New York

Stations: WBFO-FM, WYSL-FM/WPHD-FM, WBUF-FM, WZIR-FM Buffalo, New York

Notes: Worked as an engineer at a station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for about six years beginning in 1982. Later worked for Empire State College as a technical support specialist and computer expert travelling to campuses in western New York and elsewhere in the state.


Died: December 24, 2000, Detroit

Also known as: His real name was Aaron Benjamin Coachman

Stations: WDET, WGPR Detroit.

Stations: Did "Blues After Hours" from 1976 to 1997 at WDET Detroit. Won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit Blues Society. Owned record store "Coachman's Records."


Born: June 29, 1933, Brooklyn, New York

Died: April 24, 2021, Monroe, N.C.

Stations: WBAI  New York, WFMU East Orange, New Jersey

Notes: Was given the all-night slot at WBAI in 1963 to do anything he wanted. Show was called "Radio Unnamable" as it didn't have a format. Signature opening greeting was, "Good morning, cabal." Among the wild and crazy things he did was have a "Human Fly-in," where 3,000 fans of the show showed up at JFK airport on February 11, 1967 to play guitar and hang out. Also had a "Sweep-In" for listeners to sweep up the streets of New York. In 1977, Fass was hauled away by police after he barricaded himself inside thelf in the studio to protest a station ban on discussing internal business on the air. Fass was banned for five years - moving to WFMU in the meantime - before returning to WBAI's all-night show in 1982. By 2006 he was only broadcasting one night a week. His many guests over the years included Bob Dylan, Abby Hoffman, Allen Ginsburg, Phil Ochs, Richie Havens, Joni MItchell and Arlo Guthrie. Talked a man out of suicide on the air in 1971. Died of congestive lung failure at age 87.


Born: August 23, 1956

Died: September 30, 1996

Stations: KLOS Los Angeles, WIOQ, WYSP Philadelphia, KKSF San Francisco

Notes: Was AOR editor at R&R Magazine between 1983 and 1987. Jumped to his death from the 30th floor of a hotel.


Died: August 14, 2017, Camden, New Jersey

Stations: WJJZ-FM Mount Holly, New Jersey, WAAT, WTTM Trenton, New Jersey, WPEN, WCAU-FM, WFIL Philadelphia, WAMS Wilmington, Delaware, WCAO Baltimore, WHAM Rochester, WKBO Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, WKBW Buffalo, New York, WFPG Atlantic City, New Jersey, WMCA New York, WYRE-FM St. Augustine, Florida

Notes: Died following a stroke at age 63. Native of Philadelphia held numerous management jobs including program director, assistant PD, production director.


Born: November 12, 1915

Died: December 25, 1997

Nickname: Full name was Elbert Ferguson

Stations: WDIA Memphis

Notes: Called the "Branch Rickey" of radio, Ferguson helped break radio's colour barrier in the deep south with the hiring at WDIA of radio legend Nat D. Williams. Co-founded and owned WDIA, the first African-American targeted station.


Died: December 2, 2006

Nickname: Known as J.P. Finnigan as well as Jack Finnigan on air

Stations: CFOR Orillia, Ontario, CHML Hamilton, Ontario, KWW Kitchener, Ontario, CKEY Toronto, CJCA Edmonton, CKGM, CJAD Montreal. Also worked in Chatham, Ontario.

Notes: One of the CKEY "Good Guys" in the early '60s. Later went to Montreal Top 40 giant CKGM. Hosted the afternoon show on easy-listening CJAD for some 20 years beginning in 1972. Later hosted a Sunday afternoon quiz show on the same station. Died at the age of 65 of complications related to diabetes and a heart condition. His only child Jennifer is a multiple Emmy-award winning actress for her work on the TV show The Bold and the Beautiful.


Also known as: Melvin

Stations: WKKO Cocoa, Florida, WAYS Charlotte, North Carolina

Notes: As PD, introduced Drake format at WKKO in 1967.


Born: August 25, 1945, The Bronx

Died: April 26, 2012, New York

Stations: WFUV, WNEW-FM, WXRK New York

Notes: Started in radio in 1964 at Fordham University's WFUV. His show "Campus Caravan" was the first rock program on New York FM. Taught upon graduation from Fordham in 1967 then began professional radio career at WNEW-FM in 1969. Began his Sunday morning show "Mixed Bag" at WNEW in 1982. Left WNEW-FM in 1989, moved the show to WXRK, then returned to WNEW-FM in 1997. Came back to WFUV in 2001 and shifted "Mixed Bag" to Saturdays. Interviewed hundreds of artists including Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Carly Simon, Elton John and James Taylor. Co-hosted the 1991 HBO telecast of Paul Simon Live in Central Park and served as expert guest commentator on PBS specials featuring The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and others. Wrote or co-wrote six books: Radio in the Television Age (a textbook), The Rock Music Source Book, All You Need Is Love: And 99 Other Life Lessons from Classic Rock Songs, The Story of Rock & Roll, Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends, and Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock. Died following a stroke at the age of 66.



Born: January 5, 1949, Danville, Qc

Died: January 28, 2018, Chicoutimi, Quebec

Stations: CJRC Ottawa, CKCH Hull, CHLT Sherbrooke, CKAC Montréal, CJMT Chicoutimi.


Notes: One of the colourful on-air characters of the Quebec music radio scene of the 1960s and 1970s in the Ottawa-Hull region, Fortin later became a successful PD at CHLT Sherbrooke. This stint was followed by a lengthy tenure as executive director of the Telemedia Radio Network in Montréal and executive producer of the iconic Telemedia network radio comedy series, Le Festival de l'humour, broadcast from flagship Telemedia station CKAC. Plagued by multiple sclerosis in later years, he retreated closer to home and concluded his career at CJMT Chicoutimi. He was instrumental in the creation of the Saguenay offices of the Canadian MS Society. Yvon Fortin was 69 when he died of MS.



Born: November 1, 1946, Grand Rapids, Michigan

August 14, 2020, Dunnellon, Florida

Also known as: He was Johnny Mitchell at CHUM, birth name was
James Warren Rowley


Stations: WKNX Saginaw, MIchigan, WYSP Philadelphia, WKTU New York, CHUM Toronto, KHJ Los Angeles, WSHE, WHYI, Magic 102.7, WKIS (KISS Country) Miami, Sirius/XM


Notes: Fronted a group named Jay and the Jay Hawkers in the '60s, which led to his first radio job at WKNX. Worked with his good friend Ron Hersey at all four of the Miami stations he was at. Hosted radio's first syndicated stand-up comedy show, the Comedy Show, and later hosted comedy channels on Sirius/XM. Died of liver failure.



Died: July 31, 2005, Old Bridge, New Jersey

Stations: WGBB, WHOM, WADO, WCBS-FM New York

Also known as: Birth name was Alfred Israel

Notes: His popular "Night Train" show in the '50s and '60s highlighted the great rhythm and blues vocal groups of the doo-wop era. Later, he filled on for Don K. Reed on the "Doo Wop Shop" on WCBS-FM and was a regular on that station's radio reunions. A fan of classical music, jazz and musical theatre, Fredericks was also a well-known travel writer. Bronx native died at the age of 70.


Born: December 15, 1921, Windber, Pennsylvania

Died: January 20, 1965, Palm Springs, California

Nickname: Full name is Albert James Freed

Stations: WKST New Castle, Pennsylvania, WKBN Youngstown, Ohio, WAKR Akron, Ohio, WJW, WXEL-TV Cleveland, WINS, WABC New York, KDAY Santa Monica, California, KNOB Los Angeles, WQAM Miami

Notes: This charter member of the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame started as a classical announcer before becoming one of rock 'n' roll's greatest ambassadors. Played his first rock 'n roll record at WJW July 11, 1951. His career went into decline with the payola scandal, but his place in history remained secure. All of those who have worked in or enjoyed rock 'n' roll radio should thank him. Died in Palm Springs, California, officially of uremia - some say of a broken heart. On March 21, 2002, his ashes were moved to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.


Died: December 9, 2002, Oakville, Ontario

Nickname: The Big Kahuna

Stations: CJCA Edmonton, CKFH, CJRT-FM, CING-FM, CJCL, CFRB, CHWO (AM 740) Toronto

Notes: Died of an apparent heart attack shortly after finishing his morning show at AM 740. He was 58. Native of British Columbia.