The "Rockhouse on Burrard Street".
is not affilliated with radio station CKWX
1130. To go there click here.
is known today as all-news station. But it was
Vancouver's first station to adopt the "Top Forty"
format back in 1958, giving Vancouver its first
weekly hit parade. The lineup of DJs included Red
Robinson, who joined the station during the latter
part of 1957 (having been brought over from CJOR).
It was during this era that Red Robinson brought
Elvis to Vancouver. CKWX was dominant in the Top
Forty format for several years, even after Red's
departure for Portland, Ore. in
hit parade was known as the "SENSATIONAL SIXTY"
until November of 1960 when it became the "FABULOUS
FORTY". In early 1961 Red Robinson returned to the
station following his two-year stint in Portland,
Ore. Competition with upstart C-FUN was keen. In
addition to Red, WX's lineup included the
horn-honking Buddy Clyde, Del Erickson, and an
early morning show hosted by Steve Woodman and
was a comparatively large operation which included
a large news and sports department. The station
regularly carried the Vancouver Mounties baseball
games and WHL Hockey Vancouver Canucks, both for
which the legendary Jim Robson did the
play-by-play. The constant preemption of regular
programming was perplexing to the station's DJs,
especially Red Robinson.
the Fall of 1961 a gradual change came over CKWX.
The station introduced a new morning talk show
hosted by Barrie Clark, Vancouver's first "open
line" show. This was followed by a gradual drift
from Rock/Pop over to Middle-of-the-Road music. The
once nicely printed FAB FORTY was now being typed
out on an office typewriter and mimeographed on
standard colored paper, presumably to cut costs. By
early 1962 Red Robinson was the only DJ at the
station still playing the Rock/Pop format on his
nightly Platter Party show. The last FABULOUS FORTY
was issued for the week of March 3, 1962,
effectively ending the era of CKWX as a Top Forty
station. Red left the station shortly after and
went to CFUN, starting there April