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West 4th Avenue".
early Fall of 1959 at Vancouver radio
station CFUN, a young disc-jockey named
Dave McCormick, introduced and hosted a
weekday afternoon program of popular tunes
called the "House of Hits". Additionally
Dave hosted the Vancouver chapter of the
nightly "Hi-Fi Club" sponsored by
Coca-Cola. Dave also began producing his
own weekly surveys, reportedly using the
one-finger method on his home typewriter.
The survey was called the "HI-FI FORTY".
For the first few weeks the surveys were
not publicly distributed, but soon a
limited number were printed out on a Ditto
copier, typos and all, and with Dave's
hand-drawn C-FUN logo at the top. They
were then issued to a limited number of
Vancouver record stores.
By the the summer of 1960 CFUN had morphed
into a 24-hour Pop/Rock 'N' Roll station.
The first "official" C-FUN survey labeled
number 1, was issued for the week of March
19, 1960. Like the earlier homemade
McCormick surveys it still carried the
name "HI-FI FORTY" although the surveys,
which were now more professional in
appearance, usually listed at least fifty,
sometimes 60 songs. By mid-summer the
station settled in on the name "FUNTASTIC
FIFTY" (or C-FUNTASTIC FIFTY). It would
remain as such for many years. CFUN,
largely due to McCormick's efforts, had
established itself as Vancouver's new hit
parade station and in addition to Dave,
gave us the radio personalities, known
then as the "Swingin' Men At 1410", which
included Al Jordan, Brian Lord, Frosty
Forst, and Jerry Landa. On Sunday evenings
Andy Laughland (pronounced LOCK-lund)
would host "Comedy Night", the only time
during the week that CFUN deviated from
the hit parade format.
In early 1962, as competitor CKWX began
phasing itself out of the "Top Forty"
format, over at C-FUN Dave McCormick was
preparing to leave the station for a
position in Fresno, California. (Brian
Lord had departed only a few months
earlier, also for California.) Red
Robinson left WX and moved to C-FUN that
April, filling Dave's spot as Program
Director. Red didn't actually move into
Dave's time slot, but rather the evening
slot occupied by George Morris (aka the
Late Daddy 'G'), who also left the station
around this time.
With Red and other new personalities
coming aboard, by this time nicknamed the
"Good Guys", C-FUN solidified its position
for the next few years as Vancouver's Rock
'N' Roll/Pop music station. The new DJs
would include, over a period of time, Buzz
Leboe, Ronn "The Beard" Grimster, Tom
Peacock, Fred Latremouille, Mad Mel,
"Jolly" John Tanner, and Daryl 'B'.
Rival station CKLG entered the "Top Forty"
format in August 1964. The two stations
vied for top spot in the Rock/Pop format
for several years during which time
personalities moved back and forth between
the two stations, although mostly from the
former to the latter. Eventually CKLG
Red Robinson left C-FUN in 1967 and
returned to CJOR. CFUN's last
survey, by this time called the "FUN
FORTY", was issued in September 1967. The
station switched to easy listening music
and soon began introducing "Talk" shows.
Then it went to an all-news format, first
under the CFUN banner, but later changed
its call letters to CKVN.
In turn, when the news format failed after
only a few years, CKVN went back to the
Top Forty format. In late 1972
Toronto's CHUM purchased CKVN and had the
old CFUN call letters reinstated.