Gary O’Bray, Pioneer Rock’n’Roll Drummer

I noticed in the newspaper that Gary O’Bray passed away. Gary was the drummer with one of Vancouver’s original rock’n’roll bands, the Stripes, back in 1955. He and his brothers were all involved. I went to King Edward High with his late brother Garth. His other brother Blaine played bass. They recorded a few discs…

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Art Finley dies

The 60s through the 80s were the halcyon days of talk radio in this city of ours. There were bombastic hosts like Jack Webster and Pat Burns but the “thinking man’s host” was Art Finley. He was a thought provoking human being who had worked in media in San Francisco before heading north to Vancouver…

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Happy Birthday, Michael!

This past Saturday night Carole and I were invited to celebrate Michael Bublé‘s 40th birthday. The location for the party was a revitalized heritage building in downtown Vancouver. Michael’s actual birthday is in September but due to commitments it was decided to throw a “surprise” get-together. When he walked in the door he was truly…

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Flashback: Peter Starr

Years ago while programming C-FUN, my competitor CKLG brought a deejay in from the U.K. His name was Peter Starr and he garnered ratings during a time when everything British was popular. During EXPO ’86 for 13 solid weeks I invited various Vancouver deejays to host our shows. Peter was one of those hosts and…

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Farewell Maggie Calloway, Gordon Rose, CKNW Sports

Three deaths this past week in Radioland. Maggie Calloway (nee Chew) passed away at 72. Maggie’s brother lost a leg to cancer, and in the next hospital bed to him was Terry Fox. Terry had also lost a leg to cancer and had this dream about running from coast to coast to raise money for cancer…

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Beatles Return To Vancouver!

The Magical History Tour: The Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition will be making its world premiere at this year’s PNE, taking over the entire Garden Auditorium. This touring show out of the U.K. has many one-of-a-kind items from their extensive Beatles collection on display. The PNE asked me to be the spokesperson for the exhibit and I…

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Happy Birthday, Rocket Norton!

Carole and I were invited to Rocket Norton’s 65th birthday party.  As the drummer for PRISM for those many years it was great to see support for his birthday from so many musical friends. The band played with Rocket drumming as only he can. Entertainment included members of Theatre Sports doing a satire on Rocket’s…

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Thanks, Courtenay!

The warmth and the hospitality shown Carole and me in Courtenay lingers on as a sweet memory. I wish to thank Deb Rez, the manager of the Sid Williams Theatre, for her hospitality and the plaque on the back on a chair in the auditorium and a lifetime pass. I look forward to seeing Deb…

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