Dan Williamson says:
Jim Fraser and I attended Sunday School together at West Van United Church in the late 50's and early 60's.
We also both lived
at the corner of
I went to school with his sister Barbara through most of my education.
Where the heck are ya Jimmy?
Drop me a line.
I've got to get home more often.
Terry Robert Fleming says:
My friend and I
played (radio) Disk jockey right from age 7, and he is Jim Fraser one of
Jim Fraser - CKAY Duncan 1969-71; CHUB Nanaimo 1971-73; p.m. drive 1973-84 and morning host 1984-94 CKWX Vancouver; morning host CJJR-FM Vancouver 1994-97; morning fill-in CKKS-FM Vancouver 1997-99; Sea Watch CKNW Vancouver 2001; a.m. weekends/a.m. drive fill-in CKNW current
On New Years Eve, Jim Fraser made his broadcasting debut at CKAY. He stayed until 1971 and is best known for his ten years as morning host at country powerhouse CKWX Vancouver.
The Province 1991 Chuck Davis
The way he got the
'WX job is funny: Jim was chafing at the bit at CHUB Radio in
He liked the station and the people, but he wanted to play music they didn't go for.
"I had an argument with them about a song called Ruby Red Dress, by Helen Reddy. They didn't want me to play it."
Keep that song in mind.
Jim lets CKWX know he's interested. Tom Peacock and Bob Bye get in a car and drive down to a beach on Point Grey where they can pick up CHUB.
They listen to Jim doing his show. And they hire him.
The first song he played when he went on the air at CKWX? Of course: Ruby Red Dress.
Jim's been at CKWX 17 years, and has done the morning show for six of them (his predecessor was a fellow named Red Robinson.)
The station puts out
50,000 watts on what's called a "clear channel," which is why they
get the occasional letter from
"Too bad it wasn't my shift," he says.
The Province 1997
Leave-takings in the radio biz are often -- usually -- marked by kamikaze tactics, shock, fury and blood in the control room.
In contrast, over at JR FM, morning man Jim Fraser's shuffle into the wilderness following his shift last Friday seems to have been positively civil.
Directly after his sign-off, Fraser had a meeting with JR general manager and program director Gerry Siemens, where he was told his contract was not being picked up. The reason, says Fraser, "and I'm sure you've heard this one: `We want to go in a different direction.'
"I'm sad. I'm not bitter. I'm going to miss the people I worked with and I'm certainly going to miss the audience. Country attracts very nice people and I've had a few years in this market so I've made some very nice acquaintances."
Fraser spent some 20 years as a country broadcaster at CKWX before that station went all news and he was at JR a little more than two years.
"Jim has been a large part of the growth of JR and certainly helped us get the station to where it's at." Gerry Siemens.
"As we looked to where we were going, we felt we needed a morning show that was a little more compelling, that will draw the casual country and non-country listener. We felt we needed something with a little more energy."
The rest of the morning crew will be staying on, Tamara Stanners included, and Fraser will be replaced by Clay St. Thomas -- late of Z-95 -- sometime toward the end of March.
Meanwhile, Jim Fraser can start catching up on his sleep.
DJ of the Year
1978 – (Urban) – Jim Fraser, CKWX Vancouver
1984 – Jim Fraser, CKWX Vancouver
1986 – Jim Fraser, CKWX Vancouver
ON AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
1987 – Jim Fraser, CKWX Vancouver