Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The view from Studio 'B' still looks quite chilly and frightful.
Luckily, most of the WAGRadio programming is produced in the much cozier Studio 'A'.
Look for the last Groovin' Blue show of 2008
PLUS the premiere GB program of 2009 in the first nine days of January.
Among those artists featured in that last-week-of-2008 program will be Elephant Man & Seal plus Lyfe Jennings, Sam Sparro, Shifta feat. Flo Rida, Omarion and from The Comedy Channel's Chocolate News - 'Black Daddy'.
2009's debut show will showcase tunes by Notes To Self feat. Dilated Peoples, B.O.B., Big Caz, Bobby Womack, Rock City and a three tune tribute to recently departed trumpet star Freddie Hubbard.

Photo: Frederich Hende

Saturday, December 27, 2008

*** !! 2009 IS ALMOST HERE !! ***

!! ***2009*** !!
IN THE NEW YEAR - Look for new programs like "RUN DA TRAK" and "FUNK SHUI" joining WAGRadio's flagship show "GROOVIN' BLUE"
PLUS new Videos and Playlists on WAGRadio's YouTube site.
Add to this - the first "Groovin' Blue" 2009 radio show premiering soon and the coming year should be a delite!!
RIGHT NOW - Over fifty videos in PLAYLISTS section of WAGRadioYouTube - simply click on "Playlists" and open
Playlist #1 - 'Christmas Tunes 2008'
which features 2008 New World African Christmas Music videos
Playlist #2 - 'Favourite Tunes Christmas 2008'
which will open up a treasure chest of YouTube videos featured on WAGRadio in the past year.

Collage illustrations: Susan Ferguson / CNS & Ebba Reiter & Amanda O'Connell [Hounds Tooth Productions]

Thursday, December 18, 2008

When Vancouver Rock Radio Bubbled Up From The Underground

Vancouver Sun article re: the birth of Groovin' Blue from Canada.com...

Another pioneer in radio in 1967 was 24-year-old Bill Reiter, who owned Bill & Bob's Record Shop, which sold rhythm-and-blues and soul records in the world's narrowest building at 10 [West] Pender St. in Chinatown. CKLG program director Frank Callaghan asked Reiter to host an experimental program on CKLG-FM, which at the time was playing classical music and wanted to appeal to a younger audience. Reiter called the show Groovin' Blue -- the title of a 1961 jazz album by Curtis Amy and Frank Butler. It was the first of its kind in Canada, playing only black music: the latest R&B, soul, blues, jazz, funk, gospel and salsa.

It first aired in September 1967 on Saturday nights from 6:30 to 8:30. Six months later, when CKLG-FM switched to all-rock, it ran 6-8 p.m, Monday through Saturday. The 100,000-watt signal could be heard by fans in Washington state, recalls Reiter, who says a New Yorker phoned one night to say he'd recently been on a freighter in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, heading to Vancouver from Japan, when he picked up the Groovin' Blue signal. The Big Apple denizen said he couldn't believe anyone in Canada was playing New York conga drum hero Mongo Santamaria, as well as Pucho & his Latin Soul Brothers. Reiter recalls that many recording artists got their first Canadian airplay on the program: Ollie & the Nightingales, Marva Whitney, the Dapps, Sy Risby, the Joe Tex Band, Sly & the Family Stone, the Trials of Jayson Hoover, Freddy Robinson, Mabel John, Oscar Toney Jr., the Raelettes, O'Dell Brown & the Organizers and Melvin Van Peebles.

Groovin' Blue lasted for two years, ending in mid-September 1969. Reiter says the Groovin' Blue format will make its home next February on the Internet via radio station WAGR, which he will co-host with Sunny (Sweet Daddy Fonk) Wong, Al (Mr. Big) Foreman, Buddy Bok & Harry Bok (Chow) and voice-actor Jim Conrad.
You can read the full article online here.


as compiled by DJZigZag : XMAS 2006

1. “Please Come Home For Christmas” – CHARLES BROWN
(King) 1960
2. “Merry Christmas Baby” – JOHNNY MOORE’S THREE BLAZERS
(Charles Brown - vocals) (Exclusive) 1947
2. “Merry Christmas Baby” – CHARLES BROWN
(King) 1960 /(Aladdin) 1956
3. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)”
- NAT KING COLE (Capitol) 1946
4. “Christmas Time Pt. 1&2” – JIMMY McCRACKLIN
(Art-Tone) 1961
5. “White Christmas” – THE DRIFTERS
[feat. Clyde McPhatter & Bill Pinckney] (Atlantic) 1954
6. “Snow Is Falling” – RAY CHARLES TRIO (Swing Time) 1953
7. “Winter With McGriff Pt. 1&2” – JIMMY McGRIFF (Sue) 1963
8. “I Hear Jingle Bells” – FREDDY KING (Federal) 1961
9. “Snow Bound” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO (Cadet) 1964
10. “The Silent Night Sermon” – ROBERT BANKS
11. “Christmas Tears” – FREDDY KING (Federal) 1961
12. “Christmas In The Ghetto” – BIG DADDY RUCKER (GME) 1965
13. “Christmas Time For Everyone But Me” – HANK BALLARD
14. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – JIMMY SMITH (Verve) 1964
15. “When Was Jesus Born” – MARION WILLIAMS
& THE STARS OF FAITH (Savoy) 1959
16. “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” – JAMES BROWN (King) 1968
17. “Winter Wonderland” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO
(Cadet) 1966
18. “This Christmas” – DONNY HATHAWAY (Atco) 1970
19. “Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday” – WILLIAM BELL (Stax) 1967
20. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” – KING CURTIS
(Atco) 1968
21. “Winter Moon” – ART PEPPER (Galaxy) 1980
22. “Silent Night” – IMPRESSIONS (Cotillion) 1976
23. “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” – MABEL SCOTT
(Exclusive) 1948
24. “White Christmas” – JOHN EDWARDS (Cotillion) 1976
25. “It’s Christmas Time” – (SMOKEY ROBINSON &) THE MIRACLES (Tamla) 1963
26. “This Christmas” – THE WHISPERS (Solar) 1978
27. “Snowfall” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO (Cadet) 1964
28. “This Time Of The Year” – BROOK BENTON (Mercury) 1960
29. “Santa Claus Is Coming” – HANK BALLARD
30 “Run Rudolph Run” – CHUCK BERRY (Chess) 1958
31. “This Christmas” – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
(Columbia) 1982
32. “Merry Christmas Mama (Vocal / Inst.)” – BILL COSBY
(Capitol) 1977
33. “Sleighride” – LLOYD GLENN (Exclusive) 1948
34. “Egg Nog” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO (Argo) 1964
35. “White Christmas” – THE RAVENS (National) 1949
36. “Back Door Santa” – CLARENCE CARTER (Atlantic) 1968
37. “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’” – MACK RICE (Stax) 1977
38. “Soul Santa” – BROOK BENTON (Cotillion) 1971
39. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – McCOY TYNER (Columbia) 1969
40. “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” – MAHALIA JACKSON (Columbia) 1968
41. “Jingle Bells” – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (Columbia) 1982
42. “Oh What A Night” – THE KEYNOTES (Nashboro) 1978
43. “Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas” – CARLA THOMAS (Atlantic) 1963
44. “Silent Night” – THE TEMPTATIONS (Gordy) 1968
45. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” – DANNIEBELLE ( Light) 1976
46. “Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby” – AMOS MILBURN
and his ALADDIN CHICKENSHACKERS (Aladdin) 1949
47. “Merry Christmas Baby” – JAMES BROWN (King) 1966
48. “Children Go Where I Send Thee” – GOSPEL STARLETS (Holiday) 1980
49. “Snowed In” – ALBERT COLLINS (Alligator) 1980
50. “(It’s Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas” – THE ORIOLES
(Jubilee) 1948
51. “Family Reunion This Christmas” – THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS (Savoy) 1978
52. “Presents For Christmas” – SOLOMON BURKE (Atlantic) 1967
53. “Silent Nite (Chip! Chip!)” – JIMMY McGRIFF (Jell) 1965
54. “The Christmas Song (Versions 1&2)” – JAMES BROWN
(King) 1966
55. “Rise Up Shepherd” – THE KEYNOTES (Nashboro) 1978
56. “Little Boy Dear” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1967
57. “Merry Christmas Baby” – HANK CRAWFORD (Cotillion) 1976
58. “Winter Wonderland” – JOHNNY MATHIS (Columbia) 1972
59. “Had It Not Been For Love” – THE KEYNOTES
(Nashboro) 1978
60. “Christmas Lullaby” – THE MIRACLES (Tamla) 1963
61. “The Christmas Song” – KING CURTIS (Atco) 1968
62. “White Christmas” – OTIS REDDING (Atco) 1968
63. “Sleigh Ride” – THE SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
64. “Soul Song Of Christmas” – JIMMY McGRIFF (Jell) 1965
65. “Christmas In Heaven” – BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES (King) 1953
66. “Jingle Bells” – JIMMY SMITH (Verve) 1964
67. “Silver Bells” – BOOKER T & THE MG’s (Stax) 1967
68. “Someday At Christmas” – STEVIE WONDER (Tamla) 1967
69. “Good Time Christmas” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1967
70. “Hip Santa” – JIMMY McGRIFF (Sue) 1963
71. “Winter Wonderland” – CHICO HAMILTON (Columbia) 1962
72. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – IMPRESSIONS
(Cotillion) 1976
73. “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” – MAHALIA JACKSON (Columbia) 1962
74. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO (Argo) 1960
75. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1967
76. “Sleigh Ride” – SALSOUL ORCHESTRA (Salsoul) 1976
77. “This Christmas” – THE GAP BAND (Total Experience) 1984
78. “I’ll Be Your Santa Baby” – RUFUS THOMAS (Stax) 1973
79. “First Day Of Snow” – HEATWAVE (Epic) 1979
80. “Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” – SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
81. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – DANNIEBELLE (Light) 1976
82. “Love Comes With Christmas” – THE TEMPTATIONS
(Motown) 1980
83. “Silent Night” – THE WHISPERS (Solar) 1985
84. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – JIMMY McGRIFF
(Sue) 1963
85. “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’” – ALBERT KING (Stax) 1974
86. “My Favorite Things” – THE SUPREMES (Motown) 1965
87. “The Christmas Song” – KING CURTIS (Atco) 1968
88. “Little Drummer Boy” – THE TEMPTATIONS (Motown) 1980
89. “I Saw Three Ships” – NAT KING COLE (Capitol) 1962
90. “What Child Is This” – VINCE GUARALDI (Fantasy) 1964
91. “Christmas Comes But Once A Year” – ALBERT KING
(Stax) 1977
92. “Christmas In Heaven” – CHARLES BROWN (Jewel) 1970 (King) 1961
93. “White Christmas” – THE TEMPTATIONS (Gordy) 1969
94. “It’s Christmas Time” – THE FIVE KEYS (Score) 1957
(Aladdin) 1951
95. “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO (Cadet) 1964
96. “Sweet Little Baby Boy Pt. 1&2” – JAMES BROWN (King) 1966
97. “Christmas Joy” – THE SOUL STIRRERS (Checker) 1965
98. “I’ll Make Everyday Christmas (For My Woman)” - JOE TEX (Dial) 1967
99. “Christmas Time” – THE KEYNOTES (Nashboro) 1978
100.“I Wanna Spend Christmas With You” – LOWELL FULSON (Kent) 1967
101.“Believers Shall Enjoy (Non-Believers Shall Suffer)”– JAMES BROWN (King) 1968
102.“O Holy Night” – ELLA FITZGERALD (Capitol) 1967
103.“Christmas Ain’t Christmas New Years Ain’t New Years
Without The One You Love” - O’JAYS (Neptune) 1969
104.“Merry Christmas Baby” – THE RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO
(Argo) 1961
105.“The Little Drummer Boy” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1967
106.“Xmas Party Rap Pt. 1&2” – VESSIE SIMMONS (Simco) 1981
107.“Rain On Christmas” – DAVID SANBORN (WB) 1982
108.“Bluebells Of Christmas (Chip Chip)” – JIMMY McGRIFF
(Sue) 1963
109.“A Very Special Holiday” – THE WHISPERS (Solar) 1985
110.“Go Tell It On The Mountain” – JAMES CLEVELAND
(Savoy) 1978
111.“Merry Christmas Baby” – BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND (MCA) 1980
112.“Joy To The World” – CHARLES TAYLOR (Vee-Jay) 1963
113.“Christmas In The Sun (Carribbean Medlay)”[sic]
(Solar Sounds) ____
114.“Parade Of Wooden Soldiers” – SOULFUL STRINGS
(Cadet) 1968
115.“Christmas Rappin’” – KURTIS BLOW (Mercury) 1979
116.“African Noel” – DANNIEBELLE (Light) 1976
117.“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – DAVE BRUBECK (Columbia) 1969
(Columbia) 1969
119.“Please Come Home For Christmas”
120.“White Christmas” – RANCE ALLEN GROUP (Stax) 1982
121.“The Christmas Song” – BOBBY TIMMONS (Prestige) 1964
122.“Christmas Won’t Be Christmas Without My Baby”
– JONAH ELLIS (Total Experience) 1984
123.“Drummer Boy” – MICHIGAN AND SMILEY (Ras) 1984
124.“White Christmas” – LIONEL HAMPTON (Columbia) 1969
125.“Sending Out Love And Peace” – WILLIAMS BROTHERS (Savoy) 1978
126.“He Is King” – DANNIEBELLE (Light) 1976
127.“Christmas Eve Baby” – JOHNNY MOORE’S BLAZERS (Hollywood) 1955
128.“What Christmas Means To Me” – STEVIE WONDER
(Tamla) 1967
129.“The Christmas Song” – CARMEN McCRAE (Columbia) 1969
130.“Silent Night, Holy Night” – MAHALIA JACKSON (Columbia) 1956 (Apollo) 1951
131.“Give Love On Christmas Day” – THE TEMPTATIONS
(Gordy) 1968
132.“The Christmas Song” – SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
133.“Jingle Bells” – BOOKER T & THE M.G.’s (Stax) 1966
134.“Feliz Navidad” – JOSE FELICIANO (RCA Victor) 1970
135.“Christmas In Vietnam” – JOHNNY AND JON (Jewel) 1965
136.“Merry Christmas Baby” – CHUCK BERRY (Chess) 1958
137.“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – THE WHISPERS
(Solar) 1985
138.“Silent Night” – THE RAVENS (National) 1949
139.“Jingle Bells” – LOU DONALDSON (Cotillion) 1976
140.“The Christmas Song” – JOHN EDWARDS (Cotillion) 1976
141.“We Three Kings Of Orient Are” – JIMMY SMITH (Verve) 1964
142.“Christmas Dreams” – JOHNNY MOORE’S BLAZERS (Hollywood) 1955
143.“Lonesome Christmas Pt. 1&2” – LOWELL FULSON (Swingtime) 1950
144.“Deck The Halls / Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”
– THE MIRACLES (Motown) 1970
145.“At Christmas Time” – LUTHER [Vandross] (Cotillion) 1976
146.“Good Time Christmas” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1975
147.“Silver Bells” – THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS (Savoy) 1978
148.“The Little Drummer Boy” – SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
(Salsoul) 1976
149.“X-mas - Larma” – THE ASTRONAUTS (12 Star) 1980
150.“Deck The Halls” – HERBIE HANCOCK & CHICK COREA (Columbia) 1969
151.“Snowfall” – SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
152.“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – THE WHISPERS
(Solar) 1985
153.“Deck The Halls” – THE SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
154.“The Christmas Song” – JIMMY SMITH (Verve) 1964
155.“Christmas With No One To Love” – CHARLES BROWN
(King) 1961
156.“I Wrote To Santa Claus” – HUEY “PIANO” SMITH
& THE CLOWNS (Ace) 1962
157.“Christmas Time” – SALSOUL ORCHESTRA (Salsoul) 1976
158.“Glory To The New Born King” – THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS (Savoy) 1978
159.“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – WILLIS JACKSON
(Cotillion) 1976
160.“Christmas Gift” – MARGIE JOSEPH (Cotillion) 1976
161.“The Christmas Song” – JOHNNY MATHIS (Columbia) 1972
162.“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” – THE ORIOLES (Jubilee) 1948
163.“Christmas Celebration” – B.B. KING (Bluesway) 1962
164.“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – BOOKER T & THE MG’s (Stax) 1966
165.“Sleigh Ride” – THE RONETTES (Philles) 1963
166.“Winter Wonderland” – JIMMY McGRIFF (Sue) 1963
167.“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – DARLENE LOVE (Philles) 1963
168.“The Little Drummer Boy” – SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
169.”Had It Not Been For Love” – THE KEYNOTES
(Nashboro) 1978
170.“Santa Claus Is Back In Town” – ELVIS PRESLEY
(RCA Victor) 1957
171.”The Christmas Song” – OSCAR MOORE TRIO (Surrey) 1965
172.“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” – LOU DONALDSON (Cotillion) 1976
173.“Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year Pt. 1&2”
– JAMES BROWN (King) 1967
174.“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – WILLIS JACKSON (Cotillion) 1976
175.“Feeling Like Christmas” – MARGIE JOSEPH (Cotillion) 1976
176.“Ave Maria” – STEVIE WONDER (Tamla) 1967
177.“Love For Christmas” – THE GEMS (Chess) 1964
178.“Frosty The Snowman” – THE JACKSON 5 (Motown) 1970
179.“Had It Not Been For Love” – THE KEYNOTES
(Nashboro) 1978
180.“Go Tell It On The Mountain” – JAMES CLEVELAND
(Savoy) 1978
181.“Blue Christmas” – ELVIS PRESLEY (RCA Victor) 1957
182.“The Christmas Song” – THE KEYNOTES (Nashboro) 1978
183.“Christmas Is” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1975
184.“That Special Time Of The Year” – GLADYS KNIGHT
& THE PIPS (Columbia) 1982
185.“I Can Tell When Christmas Is Near”
– SMOKEY & THE MIRACLES (Motown) 1970
186.“Funky Christmas” – THE WHISPERS (Solar) 1985
187.“White Christmas” – THE DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA (Holiday) 1980
188.“Sweet Little Jesus Boy” – MAHALIA JACKSON
(Columbia) 1962
189.“A Christmas Message” – CHARLES TAYLOR (Vee-Jay) 1963
190.“Silver Bells” – THE SUPREMES (Motown) 1965
191.“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
(Holiday) 1980
192.“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” – JIMMY McGRIFF
(Sue) 1963
193.“Happy Holidays” – THE WHISPERS (Solar) 1985
194.“Christmas With McGriff Pt. 1&2” – JIMMY McGRIFF
(Sue) 1963
195.“It’s Christmas Time Pt. 1&2” – JAMES BROWN (King) 1969
196.“Silent Night” – HUEY “PIANO” SMITH & THE CLOWNS
(Ace) 1962
197.“The Little Drummer Boy” – SOULFUL STRINGS (Cadet) 1968
198.“Little Drummer Boy” – JOSE FELICIANO (RCA Victor) 1970
199.“Pretty Little Baby” – JAMES CLEVELAND (Savoy) 1978
200.“It’s Christmas Time” – SMOKEY AND THE MIRACLES
(Tamla) 1963
201.“Silver Bells” – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
(Motown) 1965
202.“Frosty The Snowman” – JACKSON 5 (Motown) 1970
203.“Away In A Manger” – JAMES CLEVELAND (Savoy) 1978
204.“Wish You A Merry Christmas”– JACOB MILLER
(Top Ranking International) 1978
205.“O Little Town Of Bethlehem” – NAT KING COLE
(Capitol) 1960
206.“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” – LOU RAWLS (Capitol) 1975
207.“Everything For Christmas” – THE TEMPTATIONS
(Motown) 1980
208.“We Three Kings Of Orient Are”
– FULL FAITH & CREDIT BIG BAND (Palo Alto Jazz) 1982
209.“Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” – EARL GRANT (MCA) 1973
210.“Joy To The World” – JACKIE WILSON (Brunswick) 1963
211.“Give Love On Christmas Day” – JACKSON 5 (Motown) 1970
212.”Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas”
213.“Hey Santa Claus” – THE MOONGLOWS (Chance) 1953
214.“Happy Holidays To You” – NEW EDITION (Geffen) 1985
215.“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” – JACKIE WILSON (Brunswick) 1963
216.“Christmas Lullaby” – SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES (Motown) 1968
217.“Frosty The Snowman” – THE RONETTES (Philles) 1963
218.“Merry Christmas All” – SALSOUL ORCHESTRA
(Salsoul) 1976
219.“Please Come Home For Christmas” – THE UNIQUES
(Paula) 1966
220.“Silent Night” – HUEY “PIANO” SMITH & THE CLOWNS
(Ace) 1962
221.“Little Christmas Tree” – MICHAEL JACKSON (Motown) 1973
222.“May Christmas Bring You Happiness” – LUTHER [Vandross]
(Cotillion) 1976
223.“All I Need For Xmas Is Your Love” – PRIMETIME
(Total Experience) 1984
224.“You Are My Christmas” – BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND
(Malaco) 1984
225.“Alone On New Year’s Eve” – THE MANHATTANS
(Starfire) 1979
226.“How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around”
– JIMMY WITHERSPOON (Supreme) 1947
227.”Christmas Medley” – SALSOUL ORCHESTRA (Salsoul) 1976

Reiter Record Relics Best of Xmas – 1946 to 1986, were listened to by DJZigZag from 1954 to 1986. Most of this music was also recorded onto nine cassettes between 1976 and 1982. The series was entitled “Havin’ A Soulful Xmas Vol. 1- 9”.
These recordings were listened to by DJZigZag or played on various radio shows by DJZigZag at Christmas.
They are DJZigZag (Reiter Record Relics) Winter-time Christmas records.
Lastly, if you notice any mistakes or glaring omissions – please contact DJZZ

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DJZIGZAG & the WAGRadio staff wish everyone a Soulful and Irie Xmas 2008

May your twelve days be happy and bright!
And may all your Xmases be soulful and merry and funky and totally da bomb!! - -
From: Miss A. Roccapuccia, Buddy Chow, Harry Chow, Sunny Wong, Ron Simmonds, Ari Anas,
Mike Cvetkovich,
Al Foreman,
Jim "Kono" Conrad & DJZigZag.
- plus Production staffers -
Morgan" Tanner, Keith "Da Kockashun" White, Ian James Corlett, Blu Mankuma, Ted(dy Bear) Bishop, Da Spinnaker Production Boyz and everyone connected to the look / feel / future of WAGRadio 180.2 FM / 1802 AM

Amanda O'Connell & Ebba Reiter / Hounds Tooth Productions

DJZigZag & Sweet Daddy Fonk Circa 1996 @ CHMB AM VanCity

FUNK SHUI - Coming soon to WAGRadio 180.2 FM / 1802 AM

Sunny "Sweet Daddy Fonk" Wong and DJZigZag bring the combined listening habits of more than one hundred years to funk up you shui.
The audience drinks from the pool of literally hundreds of thousands of hours spent by "...one old white guy and an elderly Chinese gentleman" listening to New World African Music.
Included in this mix are thousands of hours attending live music venues. Sweet Daddy Fonk and ZigZagZ remember Hank Ballard & The Midnighters' 1959 Seattle Eagles Auditorium performance plus James Brown's San Francisco Cow Palace appearance in 1971. Add to these, the recently seen live performances by D'Angelo, Don Byron, The Mad Professor, Chico Hamilton and Beres Hammond.
The two SoulMateS "Funk Shui" program highlights the music of their favourite artists including Jully Black, Kool & The Gang, The O'Jays, Michael Rose, Donny "Mr. Soul" Gerrard, The Temptations, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gerald LeVert and Glen Washington - to name a few.

Photo: Shepherd Wong

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DOUG PARKER - Pianist, Arranger, Band Leader passes in Vancouver, Canada

One of North America's top musicians and a wonderful man, Doug Parker passed December 6th of this year. Big Band leader Harry James said Mr. Parker was "the best piano player I ever had". DJZigZag of WAGRadio's flagship program "Groovin' Blue" worked with this very talented man at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. where Doug was called upon to compose, arrange and conduct for most of the music-variety, comedy and C&W programs in the 1960's and '70's. DJZZ remembered: "What a beautiful guy and as a bonus, an East-Ender who went to Britannia High School. He was that kinda musician who always had a smile and a warm, carefree attitude". ZigZagZ sez he thinks it comes from Doug having spent a lot of time "on the road" where so much could, if you let it, get you down. In the liner notes of the Harry James L.P. "Harry James In Hi-Fi" (according to www.jazzstreetvancouver.ca) Mr. James gives a lauditory big-up to Doug Parker.
A North American Jazz giant is no longer with us.

Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, Washington U.S.A.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles building - 1416 Seventh Avenue at Union Street - housed the famed Eagles Auditorium in Seattle, Washington USA. In the late 1950's and in the 1960's top Rhythm 'n' Blues acts including Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Junior Parker played here. "Eagles", the hinterland of the Chittlin' Circuit, witnessed on November 10, 1961, in his only visit to Seattle, Dr. Martin Luther King address an overflow audience.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Burnaby, British Columbia's Royal Canadian Mounted Police ask WAGRadio fans to help find this person.

If you have any leads ...
phone -
or visit -

Friday, December 12, 2008

Back, back, back, back before 'back in the day'

The 1970 CKVN [VanCity] survey is courtesy of former CFMI FM / CKNW AM music director Ted Wendland.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Original Posse member Al "MB" Foreman w/ David Steele (Feldman Chzminsky) at Neptoon Records [Main St. VanCity]. David is now a member of Steel Soul.

Steel Soul, the star-packed VanCity big band is usually gigging every weekend in Vancouver, Canada. So, if you're getting off a ship or train or plane, finding out where Steel Soul is playing would turn out to be a very musically hip place to be.
Band consists of internationally famous musicians; Karen Graves/Sax, Angela Kelman/Vocals, David Sinclair/Guitar, Phil Robertson/Drums, "Sir" Malcolm Aiken/Trumpet, Norm Fisher/Bass, Steve Soucy/Keyboards and the very, very good David "Don't Call Me Kentish" Steele.

Photo: Linda Fraser

WAGRadio Producer/Hosts Harry and Buddy Chow react to the news that their program "Run Da Trak" will be up and running in 2009.

RUN DA TRAK - Coming soon to WAGRadio 180.2 FM / 1802 AM

HARRY and BUDDY CHOW have been brothers for years.
Both are totally into "live" performances.
Gladys Knight & The Pips, Glen Washington and Michael Franti & Spearhead have all recently visited both Canada's Southern British Columbia and North West Washington State USA. And, you know, with the Chow Brothers, if a New World African Musician or Singer had been in the vacinity these two would have been there.
Both Harry Chow and "Funk Shui" co-host Sunny "Sweet Daddy Fonk" Wong annually volunteer for the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society.

Buddy Chow and younger brother Harry will co-host "Run Da Trak" with DJZigZag.

Photo: Phillip Chow