[Description by contributor Jon Pearkins]
Left: DJ Zig Zag (Bill Reiter),
Right: Sweet Daddy Fonk (Sunny Wong)
Bill Reiter's impact on Vancouver radio is substantial. His voice is still heard most days on the radio as far away as Edmonton, Alberta. This special All Christmas, All The Time show is a continuation of his franchise Groovin' Blue show, featuring "New World African Music", comprised of "Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Blues and Gospel".
Groovin' Blue, produced and hosted by Bill Reiter, first aired on Vancouver radio station CKLG-FM in October, 1967. CKLG management wanted to air a unique program that echoed the type originally hosted in San Francisco by Russ "The Moose" Syracuse on KYA's "All Night Flight". Since that original show, the Groovin' Blue format has aired on other Vancouver radio stations including CKST-FM (Coast 1040), CJVB-AM/1470, and CHMB-AM/1320.
For this special Holiday show, Bill is DJZigZag, and his co-host Sunny Wong appears as Sweet Daddy Fonk. Sunny never worked in radio, other than with Bill. One promo that includes short clips from Wolfman Jack on XERB and Art Laboe offers a clue for Reiter's influences. He dedicates a song to the incarcerated ("things are bad, but they could be worse") and tells a story about receiving a Rooty Toot for a Christmas present.