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On this site you will find an extensive collection of surveys from the three Vancouver radio stations that adopted the "Top Forty" format at one time or other. These are not replicas of the originals nor are they scans, but rather stylized retypes of the originals. Many of the original errors have been kept, but it was necessary to correct some errors as well. (There may be a few typos of my own as well, which will be corrected when found.)

Feel free to browse the surveys and relive the past of Vancouver's hit parades. Compare them to Billboard's, or CHUMs. You'll see many of the top hits by Elvis, and the Beatles. You'll see immortal classics like Runaway, Telstar, Hit the Road Jack, Stranger On the Shore, Runaround Sue, Get Off My Cloud, Roses Are Red and dozens of others all hitting the number one spot as they did on Billboard. But you'll also see the more obscure hits, and you may remember those too, or wonder what they sounded like. Some perhaps, deserve obscurity. But some didn't and gained huge popularity here, all because our DJs had the freedom and independence of mind to play them.

So click on the radio station links. Then enjoy.

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Update #23 - December 6, 2009

Many of you in the past have enjoyed the paintings and digital images of Bruce Stewart, many of which Bruce has generously allowed me to display on the Vancouver Top 40 Radio website.

I am pleased to now have the privilege of displaying Bruce's latest artistic work, competed this very year (2009), and his first painting in many years.  This digital painting pays tribute to 'Big Daddy' Dave McCormick and the original "Swinging Men at 1410", Al Jordan, Brian Lord, Frosty Forst, and Jerry Landa.  The year is 1961 and the scene is inside, not the "real" C-FUN control room, but "a fantasy image of what the listener (namely Bruce himself) imagined what the DJ board at C-FUN might look like amid the chaos of a Summer Soundathon week -- if radio had pictures!  Only in the mind's eye of a listener, out there, everywhere around a place called Funland!"

You'll find Bruce's new painting on the C-FUN 1961 Index page and you can enlarge it and read more about it by clicking on the image.

Bruce, now retired, lives in Victoria.  He was once a medical illustrator and ran the department in the 1980s in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.  He has worked on many paintings over the years, many of them Vancouver-themed, having diplayed his vast collection at art shows throughout the lower mainland.  It is extremely fortunate, and I am extremely grateful, that Bruce has graciously allowed many of his images to be posted these past few years on the Vancouver Top 40 Radio website.  These images include:

1) Summer Soundathon painting (Soundathon Index page)
2) Red Robinson and the C-FUN good guys at the White Spot drive-in (C-FUN 1964 Index page)
3) Capilano Stadium view from Little Mountain.  (CKWX 1959 Index page)
4) Peter's Ice Cream on West Broadway (C-FUN 1966 Index page)
5) Kits Beach summer fun (Soundathon #12 page)
6) Lazy Summer Night from Stanley Park (Soundathon #10 page)
7) John Oliver High School reunion (Soundathon #8 page)
8) Oldsmobile/Vancouver panorama digital image (CKWX 1960 Index page)

The remaining changes on the site all center around C-FUN, and involve changes I've made over the past several months but as yet have not reported in an update.  If you've been a regular visitor to the site you've probably already noticed them and there will be few surprises here.  Otherwise here' a rundown:

C-FUN 1960 Index Page - completely reorganized to include:

1. DJ Photos and Survey scans.
2. Jingles reorganized and expanded.  These are C-FUN's first jingles from CRC, heard in that banner year of 1960 and into 1961.  Courtesy of Radio West and Owen Coppin.
3. Hits of the Day Jingles.  Courtesy of Radio West.
4. Audio Montage of the very first C-FUN chart.  Compiled by, and courtesy of, Larry Morton.
5. Read about C-FUN's Saturday night "Party Line" show.  Hear the audio clip courtesy of Radio West.
6. More survey scans.
7. Brian Lord's Radio Stories.  From the forum pages of Radio West.ca.  These are must-read of fans of early C-FUN.  You can read the early installments from links on my site or, for all 18 installments, go directly to the Radio West forum at http://www.radiowest.ca/forum/
8. Two new audio promos for the Hi-Fi Club, one featuring Frosty Forst and another with the Beau-Marks.

C-FUN 1961 Index Page - In addition to Bruce Stewart's new painting, this page has been completely reorganized to include:

1. DJ Photos and Survey scans.
2. Jingles reorganized and expanded. More from the CRC series.  Courtesy of Radio West and Owen Coppin.
3. Audio promo with Frosty Forst plugging an upcoming DJ G0-Kart race at Westwood Racing Circuit.
4. Audio promo for the 1961 local hit "Fujikami the Warrior" by the Hi-Fives.
5. A recording of the local novelty hit "The Corruptibles" by the C-FUN Good Guys.  Courtesy of Radio West.
6. Battle of the Bands.  Read about this event from the May 1, 1961 issue of Box Office Showmandiser, then hear the audio clip by Al Jordan.
7. More installments of Brian Lord's Radio Stories from the Radio West forum.

C-FUN 1962 Index Page

1. DJ Photos showing many of the outgoing and incoming personalities of that year.
2. Jingles reorganized and divided into two groups:
   -in the left column are the last of the CRC jingles of that era.
    -in the right columnds, from late 1962, the first of the PAMS jingles, and for the first time C-FUN now heralds itself as Channel 14.  (These jingles were originally on the 1963 page but moved here to be more in keeping with the timeline.)

Next to be done:
CKLG 1969 charts.

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