I graduated from Magee high school in Vancouver... class of '52Ö.then worked in a bank, spent a year as a divinity student and had various dull jobs until I found, loved, and entered the radio business which sustained me for most of the next 47 years.
I got in
the business, more or less by fluke. I was fascinated by hydroplane racing
which was very big in
The stationís then PD, Terry Garner, heard the reports and left a message that I was to be in his office next morning where he hired me to do hourly reports on weekends from through-out the Lower Mainland... mostly traffic or "events". At the time I was pricing nuts and bolts at a supply company and jumped at the offer which soon led to a News reporterís job followed by the all-night DJ show.
several months on the C-FUN overnight gig, I was invited to
join Kamloops Television station CFCR.
This lasted until in the late spring of 1960 when CFUN changed format and
manager Jack Sayers under the urging of Dave McCormick invited me back to
I left CFUN
I had a natural delivery but not a great voice however I trained myself to use inflection and over the years recorded spots and did features both for the radio station I was working for or as a moonlighter. I have won several awards for my feature work.
Regarding the folk I worked with that meant a lot to me - in Vancouver, Dave McCormick, Brian Forst and Al Jordan; In California, Ron Jacobs and Bill Watson; - in Hong Kong, Kelly Dean.
I still communicate with all of them and was re-united with my fellow American DJ's in 2004 when our station (K/MEN) was inducted into a California Hall of Fame commemorating the 1960's.
When I started it was not a job - it was fun and remained so all my life largely due to the friends I made in the Industry.
when I was 67 after meeting my future wife, a Filipino who was 48 when I met
her. We built a home on her ancestral property outside