Around Your Radio Dial—Tonight
By DICK DIESPECKER
[Vancouver Daily Province, August 22, 1950]
PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS
Radio performers in Vancouver are doing some shifting around. Personable young actor, Juan Root, has recently joined the staff of CKNW and has taken over Hal Yerxa’s early morning disc jockey stint. Yerxa is at present free-lancing. Juan Root, it may be remembered, conducted the very successful Yawn Patrol on CKWX in the early forties.
Incidentally, CKNW is starting something new in early morning programs by introducing the American live talent Breakfast Club touch some time after the PNE. It is expected that the Rhythm Pals, Mike, Marc and Jack will join Juan Root between 6 and 8 every morning on CKNW.
Wilf Ray, who, for some time past, has been conducting the DX Prowl on CKMO, is leaving that station to take over from Lew Fox as the all-night record man on CKNW. Fox, who is being married, will shift over to a daytime job.
Don Laws, Commercial Manager of CJOR, is raking off for Eastern Canada on a business trip the latter park of this week, and Wallie Peters of the same station is going to Hollywood in September for further television studies. Peters is about the only program man in Vancouver radio who has spent any considerable time in the study of television in American centres. Several years ago he took a radio course at New York University which included some television. Since then he has made a number of trips to Seattle to study television techniques and will extend his studies this fall in Hollywood.
Gisele, who is Canada’s top-flight radio songstress was offered a television contract recently in the U.S., but after she had done a little arithmetic and discovered how little was left after the various agencies, representatives, and innumerable unions had taken their slice, she decided to return to Canada and stay with radio.
That safety razor company which sponsors most of the big sports events has bought the television rights to the 1950 World Series along with Mutual Broadcasting Company for $800,000. They have also bought the broadcasting rights for another $125,000, which means they for the right to both broadcast and televise the World Series they are paying almost a million dollars. Many people wonder what happens to this sort of money paid for broadcasting and television rights. In this case it is going into organized baseball’s general fund.
Billy Rose is shortly starting a new dramatic series on the ABC-TV network. It is to be called “Billy Rose’s Playbill.” Since Billy Rose has never done anything on a small scale it is not surprising to hear that he has engaged the famous Jed Harris to direct with Ben Hecht and Clifford Odets among other big names to do the writing.
There are rumours that Jack Benny’s plans for television don’t include Rochester, Phil Harris and all the other regulars in his radio cast. There are also rumours that he plans to drop radio entirely in the near future and concentrate on TV.
TONIGHT’S BEST BESTS
5:15 p.m.—Racing Highlights, CJOR.
6:00 p.m.—Life With Luigi, KIRO; Easy Listening, CJOR.
6:30 p.m.—Candid Microphone, KIRO; Charles Boyer Show, KOMO.
7:30 p.m.—Leicester Square to Broadway, CBR; A Life in Your Hands, KOMO.
8:30 p.m.—Hawaiian Harmonies, CKNW; Open House, CKMO; Paul Weston Orchestrs, CKWX.
9:00 p.m.—Hon. Brooke Claxton and W.T. Grant, Chief of Naval Staff, CBR; Hobnail Corners, KOMO.
9:30 p.m.—Jake and the Kid, CBR; Mr. Feather, CKWX.