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location of radio and television broadcasting offices and studios.
(Issue # 66 April 2018; previous issue dated April 2018)
Recalling those who contributed to Sault Ste. Marie broadcasting…
We remember one, we remember them all.
This edition of Sky Studio is dedicated to Dave McDougall who had quite a radio presence in Sault Ste. Marie starting as a part-time announcer at CKCY in the Carmen Greco Algonquin Broadcasting days on Queen Street, and later at CFYN/CHAS from the mid 70s through the mid 80s, as recalled by James Warner-Smith, long-time Sault broadcaster who’s provided much of this background for us. “He had a ‘real job’ selling office equipment by day at McClelland-Dumanski at Queen and March Street. On the weekends primarily, he filled in on CKCY for Phil Parks and Tony Deresti.”
James adds that Dave, “… was very special to me because he was my mentor in the business. He let me operate the board at CKCY in the summer of '76 and since CFYN got all that equipment at the Queen Street Studio, I was all set when I started in '77. When I applied for that job, Dave put in every good word and pulled every string he could.”
Both James and Dave Webb, prod manager at Gilder Broadcasting, recalls the program “Hootenanny” with James saying, “Dave McDougall is best remembered for hosting what was probably the first show on CHAS that got any sort of real following, that being the Sunday afternoon "Hootenanny" on 100.5 CHAS. It was a two hour kitchen party filled with Scottish and Irish favourites, which generally lit up the phones with requests.” Dave Webb remembers a show called “Moments to Remember” done with Doug Overman and also that Dave McDougall did radio sales as well.
In addition to the mentoring James received, Dave Webb also recalls that Dave McDougall gets credit for passing along Paul Morris' name and Don Sfortsa, who did an Italian show on CHAS.
On Facebook we see that another part-timer, Fred Edwards posted about a time that Mr. McDougall walked into the studios in full kilt much to the shock of Tony Deresti. An online obituary attracted posts recalling Dave as the DJ at their wedding 28 years ago serving to remind us all of the lasting impression he made on many. Another post recalls his time with Musical Comedy Guild.
James remembers the great ownership changes of 1977 and that Dave hosted one of the first morning shows on CFYN in February of that year along with Don Wayne, until Norman M. arrived in the Sault from Lindsay.
James also reminds us, “Dave McDougall also ran a successful DJ Service called Dave McDougall and the Sunshine Boys which entertained at a lot of weddings, Christmas parties, birthdays and anniversaries back in the day.”
(with assistance from Joe Petrolo and files from James Warner-Smith, Dave Webb and John Chambers)
https://www.sootoday.com/obituaries/mcdougall-dave-896557 (includes a number of comments/condolences)
RAYMOND ‘BUTCH’ BOUCHER
ANGELO ‘SKEETS’ BRAIDO
JOHN DAVID CAMERON (RALPH GLASSFORD)
PEGGI MCNEIL CLIPPERTON
BILL ELGIE SR.
DR. ROBERT EWING
FERN FORTIN (McDERMOTT)
JAMES 'JIMMY' FULLER
GORDON ALLAN HILL
MR. JUSTICE PAUL H. MEGGINSON
STEVE PINE (RAY)
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Radio and television in Sault Ste. Marie from sign on of AM Stations WSOO, CJIC, CJWA, CKNR, CJNR, CKCY and CFYN and FM Stations CJIC, CKCY, Q-104, CHAS-FM and more through the 1970s, our own Golden Age of broadcasting and beyond. Stories, photos and sound files coming soon.. .stay tuned!!
History links include...
Remember CKSO Radio, Sudbury? Here's what those folks are doing to recall their history CKSO
Below, Lou Turco, Wolfman Jack and Art Osborne in CJIC Television studios during a local telethon. Wolfman Jack starred on WNBC-AM, New York, hosted a syndicated program on, "Live from Planet Hollywood", was featured in the song, "Clap for the Wolfman" by the "Guess Who, and played himself in the movie, "American Graffiti". It was quite a night in at CJIC TV with ‘The Wolf’, whose presence attracted a huge viewing audience calling in donations and making the telethon a huge success.
More on Wolfman Jack: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfman_Jack
More on preserving Canada's broadcast history: