Dave McCormick and the "Swinging Men at 1410.

This is Bruce Stewart's newest artistic work, a digital painting completed this very year (2009).  In Bruce's own words he writes: "Late evening - summer of '61.  I, as a boy of (almost) fifteen, in hospital for a small procedure, but bed-bound for almost two weeks.  Nothing to do but count the holes in the acoustic ceiling tiles, over and over -- and listen to CFUN, when Roy the Boy was 'Crying', and Paul Anka was 'Kissing on the Phone' . . . . All I could think of was the hot days and how they were passing me by, outside my window.   And that imaginary summer view inside another window: the 'Control Room' and the board, where mischief was afoot, with Big Daddy at the controls, the Good Guys providing backup, awaiting their turn at the mike, taking requests, spinning the disks and weaving the magic! . . . a fantasy image of what the listener (me) imagined just what the DJ board at CFUN 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!"

Bruce further writes:  "In the late 60s, when I was working summers at UBC, I did an illustration for a dual AMPEX tape deck module (reel to reel) commissioned by Stan Davis, whose company Broadcast Technical Services produced the module. Long after, I learned that Stan (now sadly passed) designed and built the technical end of CFUN in the early 60s. I guess he was my inspiration for this piece, although a lot of my 'technical' input was made up -- part of my 'imagining' concept.  It IS a change from the other illustrations on the [Vancouver Top 40] site, however!" . . . "I kept adding more and more 'stuff', until it became a bit of a MAD magazine piece with subplots abounding (cats keeping the mice population down, and Frosty passing a chipped 45 to a harried and overworked Dave!)."

In further describing the illustration technique Bruce writes: "I use the computer to access the imagery, but a paint program approach to vary the colors, smooth the transitions and such. In this way, I might call it a "digital painting", as it uses no tube colors or canvas in the traditional sense, but I do use computer "brushes" to "paint" with.

Thank you Bruce for this wonderful contribution.