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Terry Dimonte Interviews Ian Howarth
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What people are saying about “Rock ‘n’ Radio.
“It’s clear from reading Rock ‘n’ Radio that Ian Howarth has a passion for both. Growing up in Montreal, arguably the most unique radio and music market on the planet, he glories in the tales of those homegrown stars and the local legends of the airwaves on the English-speaking side – Doug Pringle, Dave Boxer, Buddy Gee, Ralph Lockwood and Marc Denis, to name but a few – who gave the city its buzz and soundtrack during the halcyon years of rock ‘n’ roll.Martin Melhuish
“Well, hey, thanks to Ian Howarth for Rock ‘n’ Radio. What a wonderful collection of Montreal-specific nostalgia. I should know, because I’m old enough to remember all of it!”Terry Mosher (Aslin)
“Few broadcasters have achieved the power or celebrity status of the rock ‘n’ roll disc jockeys of the 1960s and 70s. Radio stations such as CHUM Toronto, CKLW Windsor, CFOX, Montreal, CKY Winnipeg, or CFUN Vancouver were setting the standards for changing musical taste. Musical icons such as Randy Bachman and Neil Young have spoken about the role of the rock DJs in shaping their careers. Rock ‘n’ Radio is a book long overdue as the impact of the early DJs is still being reflected today”Gary Moir
The Suburban’s Joel Goldenberg writes about Rock ‘n’ Radio..
When artists and groups recorded a hit single in the 1960s, the first priority when mixing it was that it had to sound good on a portable mono 45 RPM record player and, especially, the radio. AM Radio is as far from good sound as one can get, and the already limited sound is further compressed by the radio signal. And yet, that was the way most people heard the great hits of the day. Read more
The Gazette’s Bill Brownstein writes about Rock ‘n’ Radio..
Like many a kid in the early 1960s, Ian Howarth would feign sleep late at night and, with a transistor radio tucked under his pillow, pick up signals from Boston, Chicago, New York and even Schenectady (who can forget WPTR?) to check out the latest Top 40 hits — which… Read more
Notable DJ Soundchecks
C.P. Rodney Chandler - 1969
Roger Scott - 1969
Ralph Lockwood - 1975
Terry di Monte - 1990
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In the late 1950s, well before the British invasion, Hill put together his first rock group: the Del Cappos (a capo is a clamp that it strapped onto the neck of a guitar to raise the guitar’s pitch). Hill had a new electric guitar thanks to a deal with his father that involved a haircut. He was also gigging with his part-time musician father’s jazz band, where he got to stretch out his young fingers beyond the limitations of the Del Cappos’ early 1960s rock songs.
The Del Cappos didn’t last long and, while attending Monkland High School in Montreal’s west end, Hill joined a band with guys a couple of years older, who were playing club gigs. It was a step up from the weekend church basement circuit and Hill found himself playing much more often, getting home at 3 a.m. and getting up for classes the next day. The band, Dave Nichols and the Coins, wanted to hit the road. But Hill was still in school and was not inclined to make the serious move to full-time musician. It was a wise decision, despite the disappointment of his band mates. “I enjoyed that band,” says Hill. “We were making pretty good money for the time and I thought we had a great sound.” Then he got a call from Dave Nichol’s younger brother Allan. He wanted to start up a new band, one that would soon have Hill putting aside any regrets about leaving his former band behind...Ian Howarth
The DJ’s delivered the hits and vinyl dealers provided the fix.
Read about the early days at CFOX when Dean Hagopian, seen here with Corky Van Guelpen, headlined an exciting new breed of radio DJ’s.