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    Chuck Chandler has been a big part of it. I remember him way back in the seventies and Bob Leighton doing the news too, still does. It seems like you know him but actually never met. I remember going to the theatre in the eighties to see a movie filmed here, Fast Company, and Chuck Chandler being the announcer at Speedway Park. Anyone remember that?
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    Veteran Canadian Film Producer and Broadcaster Felix "Fil" Fraser Dies at 86

    Fil Fraser, who worked as a broadcaster, writer, radio, TV and film producer over five decades, died on Sunday of unspecified causes. He was 86 years old.

    ...Fraser launched the Regina Weekly Mirror newspaper in 1960, and in 1969 became program director and senior producer for Canada's first educational TV station, the Metropolitan Edmonton Educational Television Association, the forerunner of Alberta's ACCESS Network.

    From there, Fraser moved in 1971 to the CBC TV station CBXT-TV in Edmonton, where he co-anchored the local supper hour news program from 1971 to 1973, before hosting ITV Television’s Fil Fraser Show. Besides doing radio and TV work in Edmonton during the 1970s, Fraser also ran his own indie production company.

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    CJCA shut down briefly and was reborn (pun intended) as a Christian station backed by Doug Main. When the mainstream CJCA shut down, a number of people moved over to CHED. That mey be where the confusion comes from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66 View Post
    Veteran Canadian Film Producer and Broadcaster Felix "Fil" Fraser Dies at 86

    Fil Fraser, who worked as a broadcaster, writer, radio, TV and film producer over five decades, died on Sunday of unspecified causes. He was 86 years old.

    ...Fraser launched the Regina Weekly Mirror newspaper in 1960, and in 1969 became program director and senior producer for Canada's first educational TV station, the Metropolitan Edmonton Educational Television Association, the forerunner of Alberta's ACCESS Network.

    From there, Fraser moved in 1971 to the CBC TV station CBXT-TV in Edmonton, where he co-anchored the local supper hour news program from 1971 to 1973, before hosting ITV Television’s Fil Fraser Show. Besides doing radio and TV work in Edmonton during the 1970s, Fraser also ran his own indie production company.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...-at-86-1064102
    Amazing man. Always doing something noteworthy, from at least the 1970s onward. I wasn't aware that he had been the local CBC anchor.

    I might try to watch Why Shoot The Teacher this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    CJCA shut down briefly and was reborn (pun intended) as a Christian station backed by Doug Main.
    And Allan "Lake Of Fire" Hunsperger. I had a brief chat with him once, during the period when he was running that station. Things were cordial enough until I mentioned that I was a New Democrat, and I didn't think Stockwell Day would be a success as Alliance leader. He didn't get angry or anything, but became noticably cooler in his attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    CJCA shut down briefly and was reborn (pun intended) as a Christian station backed by Doug Main. When the mainstream CJCA shut down, a number of people moved over to CHED. That mey be where the confusion comes from.
    Thanks.

    If I recall CJCA had an hour spot playing "underground music" from 11 to midnight. This would be about 1978. I further thought that out of that came K-97 because they had a sign on the Henry Singer building roof.

    I liked Doug Main, great broadcaster. He might even be a c2e member for all I know.
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    I didn't know much of Fill Fraser but I was aware of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    CJCA shut down briefly and was reborn (pun intended) as a Christian station backed by Doug Main. When the mainstream CJCA shut down, a number of people moved over to CHED. That mey be where the confusion comes from.
    There was also a time in its early days when CJCA broadcast on 630 AM before CHED got that frequency.
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    Really? I always knew it as 930

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    According to the history KC posted CJCA bounced around the AM dial in the early days, occupying a few different frequencies that would go on to host other stations that we came to associate with those frequencies (like 580 AM that CKUA used to use).
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    CJCA shut down briefly and was reborn (pun intended) as a Christian station backed by Doug Main. When the mainstream CJCA shut down, a number of people moved over to CHED. That mey be where the confusion comes from.
    Thanks.

    If I recall CJCA had an hour spot playing "underground music" from 11 to midnight. This would be about 1978. I further thought that out of that came K-97 because they had a sign on the Henry Singer building roof.

    I liked Doug Main, great broadcaster. He might even be a c2e member for all I know.
    That would be the time of overnight DJ Jim Keller "Your Keller Force". He got away with a wider playlist than the daytime DJ's. Eventually, he wandered a bit too far afield and the station let him go. I was working at a gas bar on the graveyard shift on weekends my final year of high school. Used to call in requests all the time and had a few long conversations with him in the wee hours.

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    ^Thanks for that.

    I know unrelated to this topic but since when has that stopped c2e posters before?

    When i was working at the Army & Navy in the late 1970's Great West Saddlery building while they were moving house to what's now known as Cobogo lofts, I came across a couple large recordings in generic sleeves of The Shadow. These were probably 18" platters. My boss at the time said I could have them. There were 2 records. So I took them over to the Hobbit shop and gave them to Carmine, since i knew he had a little side business of old time radio shows on cassettes. True story.

    I only found out recently that Orson Wells, played the radio voice of The Shadow.
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    I used to work at Hobbits, all three locations. I remember seeing them. Unfortunatly Camen passed away a few years ago so I have no idea what happened to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkozoriz View Post
    I used to work at Hobbits, all three locations. I remember seeing them. Unfortunatly Camen passed away a few years ago so I have no idea what happened to them.
    Wow, its a small world. I think I should know you. Too bad about Carmen. Amazing you remember the records. I'm the guy with the glasses and crooked back. I used to hang out with the SCA people. Is Bruce Thompson still around? PM me if you like
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    Last I heard Bruce was teaching at MacEwan. It was a long time ago but I have a vague memory of you. So many people though.

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    I used to wear glasses, hung later with Richard Lord and Ellen. I recall, you used to have short rust/sandy coloured hair, about 6'2 something. Hard to believe that Bruce is teaching. Was teaching his day job in the Hobbit days? A little confused about the Embers, did it burn down or was it just demolished?
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    Do I detect a Kumbaya moment here despite all the rancor? Sorry guys I couldn't resist but it's good to see people reconnect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    I used to wear glasses, hung later with Richard Lord and Ellen. I recall, you used to have short rust/sandy coloured hair, about 6'2 something. Hard to believe that Bruce is teaching. Was teaching his day job in the Hobbit days? A little confused about the Embers, did it burn down or was it just demolished?
    Nope, I'm 5'11, brown hair and glasses. Bruce had blonde hair and a short beard. Wes was about 6 foor with a big mustache and looked like Tom Selleck's younger brother. Carmen was shorter with dark hair. Derek was older and had a British accent. Derek ran the gaming side. Carmen was in charge of video. Bruce did books @ comics and Wes and I did pretty much everything as needed.

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    ^ I was confusing you with Wes and i recall there was a "younger fellow" there at the time a bit later, shortly before the first location was moving house. I remember Derek. He was into formula One race cars. I remember when the new vcr's came in that da and Carmen was so excited over them. These were the vcr's with the long remote control cords (if I recall) Do you remember Gerald Schiller? Don't know if the name is spelled right. What became of the embers building? I wish I had a street photo of 106th street lookin East/West. Good times. I believe the locations were, 106th street, Boardwalk basement, and finale ~ 1985 near the Manulife building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwoodguy View Post
    Do I detect a Kumbaya moment here despite all the rancor? Sorry guys I couldn't resist but it's good to see people reconnect.
    Edmonton in some was/is a small community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Edmonton in some was/is a small community.
    Truly. Although I wasn't a regular Hobbits customer I probably went there enough to have cross paths as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    ^ I was confusing you with Wes and i recall there was a "younger fellow" there at the time a bit later, shortly before the first location was moving house. I remember Derek. He was into formula One race cars. I remember when the new vcr's came in that da and Carmen was so excited over them. These were the vcr's with the long remote control cords (if I recall) Do you remember Gerald Schiller? Don't know if the name is spelled right. What became of the embers building? I wish I had a street photo of 106th street lookin East/West. Good times. I believe the locations were, 106th street, Boardwalk basement, and finale ~ 1985 near the Manulife building.

    I'll lt you have the last word here.
    The "Younger fellow" was probably me. I started at the 106 st location when Little Wars as a separate but related shop outside the main Hobbits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwoodguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    Edmonton in some was/is a small community.
    Truly. Although I wasn't a regular Hobbits customer I probably went there enough to have cross paths as well.
    No doubt. Little wars next door down the hall was where I got all my S&T/Moves magazines. I recall when Bill from Dark Star and Bruce and I went to an Oilers game in 1982, crazy.
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    Former NHL defenseman Zarley Zalapski, 49
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    Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens Dies at 62


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    Permanently bricked up Behind the Wall of Sleep - fond farewell to one of my favourite bands says 15 year old me.

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    Some high profile executive deaths in just a short time span

    Hunter Harrison, CSX CEO and former head of CP Rail and CN Rail, dies at 73
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/hunt...uary-1.4452850

    Apotex founder Barry Sherman and wife, Honey Sherman, found dead in North York home
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...otex-1.4451452
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    Former Edmonton mayor Terry Cavanagh dies at 91

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    Eternal kudos on saving the Mac. That's the jewel of downtown Edmonton, and it's awful to think that we actually coulda lost it.

    Now, having said something nice, I will proceed to a not-entirely flattering memory of Mayor Cavanagh(also alluded to in the Journal's quote-list). My father attended one of the campaign debates where Cavanagh tried to red-bait Jan Reimer as a "socialist", and according to my dad(who was a Cavanagh supporter), the tirade succeeded only in working the audience into a frenzy against Cavanagh. The debate was held in one of the provincial constituencies that went NDP even before "Redmonton", and Reimer apparently had already given a really good speech before Cavanagh got started. So all that followed by his own tone-deaf speech just conspired to make it a very bad night for Cavanagh.
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    The first person to conduct a free, untethered spacewalk, Bruce McCandless II, has passed away at the age of 80. McCandless was a naval aviator and the son of a U.S. Medal of Honor recipient who served as the CAPCOM when Neil Armstrong successfully placed humanity’s first footprints on the Moon and who helped redefine what it was believed astronauts can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    I will never forget when he was in Edmonton and called an Eskimo game broadcast on NBC during one of the NFL strikes back in the eighties. Always enjoyed listening to him call a game no matter what sport it was.

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    Sound of Music actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68

    Toronto-born Menzies-Urich was married to actor Robert Urich, who died in 2002

    Heather Menzies-Urich, the actress perhaps best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music, has died at age 68.

    Her TV credits included Dragnet, Bonanza, Marcus Welby M.D., The Bob Newhart Show and a starring role as Jessica 6 in the series Logan's Run.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment...t-68-1.4464511

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    Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower dead at 93

    Hall of Fame goalie led Toronto to 4 championships

    Canadian hockey legend Johnny Bower died Tuesday.
    The 93-year-old was battling pneumonia, according to a statement from his family.

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    Rose Marie, of The Dick Van Dyke show and all the way back to her vaudeville debut at the age of 3, 94



    Rose Marie, best known for her role as Sally Rogers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” who had a nine-decade career in show business, died Thursday in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94.

    http://variety.com/2017/tv/people-ne...ow-1202649747/

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    Jim Shaw, former CEO of Shaw Communications, dead at 60

    Joined company founded by his father in 1982 as a cable installer


    Jim Shaw, the former CEO and vice-chairman of Shaw Communications, died Wednesday at age 60.

    The Calgary-based telecommunications giant said in a statement that Shaw passed away after a brief illness.

    He's survived by his wife, Kathryn, and five children.

    Shaw was CEO from 1998 until 2010, when he handed the reins to his younger brother, Brad.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...dies-1.4472210

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    ^ Of course he's the guy who moved Shaw HQ from here to Calgary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    ^ Of course he's the guy who moved Shaw HQ from here to Calgary.
    i think you’re mistaking jim for his dad jr who founded the company and was still ceo when they moved south...
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    ^, ^^

    from the CBC article...

    Jim joined the company in 1982 — after dropping out of the University of Calgary and trying his hand at a series of business ventures — as a cable installer, doing front-line customer service.

    He was appointed vice president of operations in 1987, president in 1995 and CEO in 1998.

    During his time with the company, he was involved in launching its foray into the internet, digital cable and its purchase of 11 radio stations and seven TV channels from Rogers.

    He also oversaw the acquisition of assets from Western International Communications, the relocation of the company headquarters from Edmonton, and its acquisition of Canwest Global Communications in 2010.

    He stepped down after reportedly displaying belligerent behaviour toward investors.

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    Also Dutch on Soap & Doc Cottle on Battlestar Galactica

    Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor known for ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest’, dies at age 80

    https://globalnews.ca/news/3953303/d...es-dies-at-80/

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    Ray Thomas, founder member of the Moody Blues, 76.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    Ray Thomas, founder member of the Moody Blues, 76.
    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/n...-at-76-w515092
    Probably the most iconic flute solo on a pop/rock song ever.
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    Motorhead Guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke Dead at 67
    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/n...-at-67-w515327

    So that means all 3 members from the Ace of Spades era are gone now.

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    Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of ’90s rock band The Cranberries, has died suddenly at the age of 46.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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