[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.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
THANK YOU REEL RADIO FOR POSTING THE DECEMBER 9th, 2001 "... All Christmas, All The Time" CHMB-AM / 1320 GROOVIN' BLUE FOR THE 2nd YEAR IN A ROW and A HUGE THANK YOU TO RADIOCOLOGIST JON PEARKINS FOR ORIGINALLY ADDING THE SHOW TO HIS "JON PEARKINS COLLECTION"
Thursday, December 20, 2012
WHETHER Y'ALL HAVIN' TURKEY FROM THE OVEN, CROWN ROAST OF PORK, FRIED CHICKEN FROM CHURCH'S OR A BEAUTIFUL BEEF WLLINGTON (as shown) MAY THE JOY OF THE SEASON BE IN YOUR HEART AND IN THE JOY OF "GETTING SOMETHING" FROM THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND NOT JUST GETTING SOMETHING. TO ALL OF OUR FAITHFUL FANS ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO'VE BEEN WITH US SINCE CHRISTMAS 2008 - WE SEND THE 2nd XMAS GROOVIN' BLUE FOR 2012 OUT TO Y'ALL.
photo: "Beef Wellington" by cnik
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
OH, YEAH! THEY AT IT AGAIN. . . THOSE BROTHERS AND SISTAS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS (in collaboration with The Oxford American Literary Project, Inc.) PROVIDE US WITH A YEAR-END SPECIAL "THE SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE: TRAH-LA-LA-LA-LA LOUISIANA!"
THIS NON-PROFIT QUARTERLY (firstname.lastname@example.org) HAS GIVEN WE HERE AT WAGRadio LITERALLY HOURS OF READING ENJOYMENT. OF COURSE WE SPECIALLY LOVE THE DECEMBER MUSIC ISSUE!!
CHRISTMAS NOSE ALL AGLOW - GOTTA BE THAT BRO' CEE LO ! (Christmas in Rockefeller Center (Nov. 28 2012)
DEAR SANTA . . WE PEEPS WORKING IN THE WAGRadio MUSIC LIBRARY WOULD LOVE A K-TEL RECORD SELECTOR FOR CHRISTMAS. IT WOULD MAKE OUR JOB OF FINDING VINYL L.P.'s SO MUCH EASIER. Yours hopefully and with a song of noel in our hearts, the WAGRadio Library staff . . .
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR LOYAL LISTENERS FROM EVERYONE AT WAGRadio - HERE IS THE FIRST XMAS 2012 GROOVIN' BLUE ! ! !
MERRY 2012 XMAS TO OUR NEW WORLD AFRICAN MUSIC PLANET ! ! !
BEST WISHES FOR XMAS 2012 AND A HEALTHY AND FULFILLING 2013 ! !
And a huge end-of-year Doh Jeh ! ! to WAGRadio's cast and crew . . .
Ted Bishop - Staff Announcer
Don Chessa - Creative Department
*Marnie Coulter - Executive Copy Editor
Mike Cvetkovich - Co-Host/Creative Dept.
DJZigZag - Music Director/Host-Producer
Blu Mankuma - Staff Announcer
Miss A - Station Manager
Ebba Reiter - Staff Photographer
Ron Simmonds - Creative Dept./Music Contributor
Morgan Tanner - Creative Dept./Music Contributor
Jason Vanderhill - Contributor/World Wide Web Engineer
Keith White - Head Engineer
Sunny "Sweet Daddy Fonk" Wong - Host-Producer
*Ms. M. Coulter was recently chosen as "Employee of The Year - 2012" - Congrats!