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Like Young Host Jim McKenna Thinking on his Feet

Like Young Host Jim McKenna Thinking on his Feet

By Ian Howarth, August 2019Soothing Sammi's Psyche It's a post-major snow storm  Saturday afternoon in Montreal and the host of the popular CFCF-TV teen dance show Jim McKenna is in the dressing room trying to put out a fire. It's a miracle the production crew,...

Rock’n’Radio  The Early Years of Radio

Rock’n’Radio The Early Years of Radio

Welcome to the Rock 'n' Radio Serialized Digital Edition. Ian Howarth publishes a new chapter of out takes from his book Rock 'n' Radio ~ When Rock Music and DJ's Ruled the Airwaves. Introduction.. Like the making of a film, where a lot of footage winds up on the...

Don’t Sit on the LP: Vinyl Still in the Game

Don’t Sit on the LP: Vinyl Still in the Game

I'm a Baby Boomer, old enough to have had an intimate relationship with vinyl. My mother, with her record collection (probably handed down by her parents) of mostly 78 rpms, tried diligently to keep her four sons away from them - and the record player. But in some...

A look back at Montreal’s English radio heyday

A look back at Montreal’s English radio heyday

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...

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