Long time listener, I think I called in once. I can’t remember the nature of my call about the Canucks but I seem to recall you disagreeing with me. Got your book for Christmas and just finished it. Thanks for the enjoyable read! I had to listen to the Sportstalk theme again on your website because I have lived in a Dallas suburb since 2001 so it was interesting to hear the backstory that it came from Texas. I have had DIRECTV to follow the Canucks since moving here and my loyalty is unfaded. Had to name drop a few that you mentioned in the book. I texted Elaine Scollan’s brother-in-law in White Rock who forwarded page 17 to her. Dr. Dave Harris, who worked for the Canucks when Babe Pratt passed, lived two doors down from us in Burnaby. His daughter was a very good friend of my sister’s so I remember hearing about his friendship with Harry Neale. And Squire Barnes was on the front row of our scrum on our junior high rugby team at Edmonds. I was a second row lock. We were coached by Merv Magus who used to do the cartoons in the Canucks programs in the 70s and 80s. Squire was not the only pipsqueak at Edmonds then (Charles Barkley Capitol One ad reference to Spike Lee with Gladys Knight on the Midnight Train to Georgia) as he and Mike Fox (better known as Michael J. now) were similar in height.
I aspired to go into broadcasting and did my Grade 10 work experience at CHQM on Burrard back when the FM was a wall of reel to reels and commercials were done on an 8 track and programming was done using a peg board. I mistakenly let the button off the time announcement that Maurice Foisy had for each minute of the 9-12 morning show so I don’t know that I was designed for live radio. My brother wrote “Making sounds that are like music. You’re listening to QM-FM 103.5 in Vancouver” but it never made it to air. It truly was what used to be “elevator music.” Later I met Jim Robson after a Canuck practice in my late teens and later wrote a page and a half of meticulous notes that I still have. His wife Bea was a good friend of one of my mom’s best friends. In the mid 90s, I took a non-credit class at BCIT taught by Doreen Copeland and Terry Chan who were at 96.9 KISS FM at the time. I didn’t have the speed to do play by play or read my newscast (didn’t have the benefit of a teleprompter then). The thing I enjoyed most was interviewing. Having read your book, I can see how much preparation you put in to the show to make it as successful as it was. I just enjoyed talking to people. Scripting and timing it is a real skill. Much like Barbara Walters who has being honoured recently, you weren’t afraid to discuss the uncomfortable. Congratulations on the entertaining read and for providing us an opportunity to learn more about sports and broadcasting! And laugh too!
Thank you so much for writing this memoir. Being able to read your book was like listening to your show all over again.
Your memories and the stories behind the stories represent a collection of the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly that your readers think but don’t really know is part of the media business.
Weaving your stories of your family and, the loss of your parents was both heart warming and wrenching.
And finally, the stories of your interviews and the lengths you would go thru to provide us with your one of a kind show are impressive.
I couldn’t put this book down, I read it in two days. Dan has a way with words that had me smiling as I read much of this memoir. It felt like Dan was reading it to me as his editorial writing style reflects his three decades of experience talking to us on the radio. This book is full of colorful characters and fills a lot of blanks for fans of his show that wondered how Dan’s career highs and lows unfolded. I have a deeper respect for the craft of broadcasting and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the final decades of radio’s golden age!
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