site you will find an extensive collection of
surveys from the three Vancouver radio stations
that adopted the "Top Forty" format at one time or
other. These are not replicas of the originals nor
are they scans, but rather stylized retypes of the
originals. Many of the original errors have been
kept, but it was necessary to correct some errors
as well. (There may be a few typos of my own as
well, which will be corrected when
to browse the surveys and relive the past of
Vancouver's hit parades. Compare them to
Billboard's, or CHUMs. You'll see many of the top
hits by Elvis, and the Beatles. You'll see immortal
classics like Runaway, Telstar, Hit the Road Jack,
Stranger On the Shore, Runaround Sue, Get Off My
Cloud, Roses Are Red and dozens of others all
hitting the number one spot as they did on
Billboard. But you'll also see the more obscure
hits, and you may remember those too, or wonder
what they sounded like. Some perhaps, deserve
obscurity. But some didn't and gained huge
popularity here, all because our DJs had the
freedom and independence of mind to play them.
on the radio station links. Then
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Update #23 - December 6, 2009
Many of you in the past have enjoyed the paintings
and digital images of Bruce Stewart, many of which
Bruce has generously allowed me to display on the
Vancouver Top 40 Radio website.
I am pleased to now
have the privilege of displaying Bruce's latest
artistic work, competed this very year (2009), and
his first painting in many years. This
digital painting pays tribute to 'Big Daddy'
Dave McCormick and the original "Swinging Men at
1410", Al Jordan, Brian Lord, Frosty Forst, and
Jerry Landa. The year is 1961 and the scene
is inside, not the "real" C-FUN control room, but
"a fantasy image of what the listener (namely Bruce
himself) imagined what the DJ board at C-FUN might
look like amid the chaos of a Summer Soundathon
week -- if radio had pictures! Only in the
mind's eye of a listener, out there, everywhere
around a place called Funland!"
You'll find Bruce's new
painting on the C-FUN 1961 Index page and you can
enlarge it and read more about it by clicking on
Bruce, now retired,
lives in Victoria. He was once a medical
illustrator and ran the department in the 1980s in
the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He has worked
on many paintings over the years, many of them
Vancouver-themed, having diplayed his vast
collection at art shows throughout the lower
mainland. It is extremely fortunate, and I am
extremely grateful, that Bruce has graciously
allowed many of his images to be posted these past
few years on the Vancouver Top 40 Radio website.
These images include:
1) Summer Soundathon
painting (Soundathon Index page)
2) Red Robinson and the C-FUN good guys at the
White Spot drive-in (C-FUN 1964 Index page)
3) Capilano Stadium view from Little Mountain.
(CKWX 1959 Index page)
4) Peter's Ice Cream on West Broadway (C-FUN 1966
5) Kits Beach summer fun (Soundathon #12 page)
6) Lazy Summer Night from Stanley Park (Soundathon
7) John Oliver High School reunion (Soundathon #8
8) Oldsmobile/Vancouver panorama digital image
(CKWX 1960 Index page)
The remaining changes
on the site all center around C-FUN, and involve
changes I've made over the past several months but
as yet have not reported in an update. If
you've been a regular visitor to the site you've
probably already noticed them and there will be few
surprises here. Otherwise here' a
C-FUN 1960 Index Page -
completely reorganized to include:
1. DJ Photos and Survey
2. Jingles reorganized and expanded. These
are C-FUN's first jingles from CRC, heard in that
banner year of 1960 and into 1961. Courtesy
of Radio West and Owen Coppin.
3. Hits of the Day Jingles. Courtesy of Radio
4. Audio Montage of the very first C-FUN chart.
Compiled by, and courtesy of, Larry
5. Read about C-FUN's Saturday night "Party Line"
show. Hear the audio clip courtesy of Radio
6. More survey scans.
7. Brian Lord's Radio Stories. From the forum
pages of Radio West.ca. These are must-read
of fans of early C-FUN. You can read the
early installments from links on my site or, for
all 18 installments, go directly to the Radio West
forum at http://www.radiowest.ca/forum/
8. Two new audio promos for the Hi-Fi Club, one
featuring Frosty Forst and another with the
C-FUN 1961 Index
Page - In addition to Bruce Stewart's new
painting, this page has been completely reorganized
1. DJ Photos and Survey scans.
2. Jingles reorganized and expanded. More from the
CRC series. Courtesy of Radio West and Owen
3. Audio promo with Frosty Forst plugging an
upcoming DJ G0-Kart race at Westwood Racing
4. Audio promo for the 1961 local hit "Fujikami the
Warrior" by the Hi-Fives.
5. A recording of the local novelty hit "The
Corruptibles" by the C-FUN Good Guys.
Courtesy of Radio West.
6. Battle of the Bands. Read about this event
from the May 1, 1961 issue of Box Office
Showmandiser, then hear the audio clip by Al
7. More installments of Brian Lord's Radio Stories
from the Radio West forum.
C-FUN 1962 Index
1. DJ Photos showing
many of the outgoing and incoming personalities of
2. Jingles reorganized and divided into two
-in the left column are the last
of the CRC jingles of that era.
-in the right columnds,
from late 1962, the first of the PAMS jingles, and
for the first time C-FUN now heralds itself as
Channel 14. (These jingles were originally on
the 1963 page but moved here to be more in keeping
with the timeline.)
Next to be done:
CKLG 1969 charts.
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