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March 19, 2021 5 min
In early 1962, I had returned to CKWX and I was trying to regain my following. It was a hopeless cause. The action was now with C-FUN and I knew it. I approached Program Manager John Ansell with the question, "Are you going to be carrying baseball live this Spring?" Ansell said he had been thinking about it but nothing definite had been decided. I went to the sales department of the station and they said that they had signed contracts and baseball would definitely be carried on CKWX. Baseball was going to cut into my nightly program and I felt that CKWX had no hope of competing with C-FUN for the Top 40 audience with this mixed bag of programming. Station management didn't see it quite this way. A simple memo was posted on the wall at CKWX: "It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Red Robinson. He will be leaving us on March 31. His exact plans for the future are not yet definite but I am sure you all join with me in wishing him the very best of luck in whatever he pursues. Sincerely, Bill Speers, Station Manager." CKWX did not realize that I had made arrangements with Dave McCormick and new C-FUN Station Manager Doug Greig to move to their operation. I started at C-FUN on April 1, 1962 and remained until the end of 1967. It was an era like no other and I was glad to be a part of it. It was a new decade, a new station, a new era for the growth of rock'n'roll and the delicious call letters, the best in Canada, made it even more fascinating. Here's my final CKWX Platter Party, broadcast March 16, 1962.
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