Gerry Gawne - CKOV Kelowna; morning host CKOK Penticton; news and swing shifts CKNW New Westminster 1960-62 & hosted all-night show on stand-by facilities during Typhoon Frieda October 1962 when virtually all west coast stations were knocked off by power outages; Program Director CJOR Vancouver 1962-64; Program Director then Station Manager KING Radio Seattle 1964-75
10 million dollars in BC property damage
with seven deaths
winds 74 to 145 km/hr
Thursday October 11 first impact of a storm.
A fairly serious storm hit
It caused power outages, a death from
electrocution and much damage to small boats. It was the worst storm in
Friday October 12 2nd impact of same storm
Saturday October 13
clean up The Columbian printed a
special edition on Sunday. It is not known if the power outages prevented a
Saturday edition. Power was out from
The Chuck Davis book on CKNW says Gerry Davies was holding down the night shift Saturday morning and many photos show him under the candlelight.
Gerry Gawne however claims that he was sitting in for Davies that night as Davies couldnt make to the station or was on holidays. Gawne also claims that Jack Wasserman wrote about him in his column about the NW coup. NW was the only station on the air for the storm and retained many of those listeners after that storm.
We have yet to hear the end of this story.
On October 16, CKNW was the only
station north of the
Some time in 1962 John Ashbridge was hired as a part timer and then moved to CFAX
to work for two years while completing high school. Once he had graduated his
talent was heard in