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Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby radiofan » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:21 pm

Veteran Canadian broadcaster Chuck Chandler passed away last night in Victoria.

Chuck Chandler bio from Edmonton Broadcasters site.

Chuck Chandler – cameraman CJDC-TV Dawson Creek, B.C. 1964; evenings CJDC-AM Dawson Creek B.C. 1964-December 1965; all nights CJCA Edmonton December 1965-1966; as Charles P. Rodney Chandler: CJCH Halifax 1966-67; evenings CJCA Edmonton 1967; afternoon drive CJCH Halifax 1967-68; afternoon drive CFOX Pointe Claire/Montreal 1968-70; Program Director/DJ CFRW Winnipeg 1971-72; as Todd Young: evenings CKGM Montreal 1972-73; as Chuck Chandler: mid-morning host/host Homemakers Hitline CHED Edmonton 1973-79; host Disco Daze (later known as Any Way You Want It) syndicated to six markets from CITV-TV Edmonton 1975-78; CFRN Edmonton 1979-80; actor (Track Announcer) Fast Company movie 1979; announcer Let’s Make a Deal with Monty Hall from Hollywood syndicated to TV 1980-82; CFRN Edmonton 1982; CKXM-FM Edmonton 1983-84; CKNG-FM Edmonton 1984-87; host 4 o’clock Rock CITV-TV Edmonton 1985-86; afternoon drive then Program Director/morning drive CKST Langley 1988-91; morning drive CKDA Victoria 1991-96; live game shows at shopping centres for The Ives (Seattle) 1996-97; afternoon drive 1997-98 then morning drive CFRN Edmonton 1998-June 2002; morning host CHQT Edmonton September 2002-May 8, 2008; DJ CKRA-FM Edmonton May 24, 2008. Born in Northhampton, England. Retired to Spain September 2008.
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Re: Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby Muzik » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:51 pm

Chuck was a radio legend in Edmonton. I first heard him in the mid 70's on 630 Ched. Another we lost to radio heaven.
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Re: Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby jon » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:05 pm

A friend mourning Chuck's passing reminded me of this aircheck of Chuck:
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It is his last program aired in Edmonton and his last live words heard on Edmonton radio. As you'll see further down the thread, Chuck's voice was heard on ads for some time to come after that.

I got to interview, by phone, Chuck not long after that time. Although I never wrote it down, I still remember his story of visiting Edmonton around 1997. He went to the car rental desk and the lady behind the counter immediately knew who he was.

That helped convinced Chuck that he still had Name Recognition here and the next thing we all knew, he was on CFRN-AM doing Afternoon Drive on their Nostalgia format: Nat King Cole, etc. He hardly had a chance to turn around before he was doing Mornings on the new Oldies format, where the rest of the day was simulcast from CISL Vancouver, with local Edmonton commercials, jingles, promos and PSAs. I'm not sure if it began that way, but the 9-10am hour was jockless.
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Postby albertaboy4life » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:15 pm

[Editor's Note: this was being written before jon's post (above) was visible, so there is a bit of overlap]

Very sad news as Christmas approaches.

Some audio memories from Chuck's last air shift at COOL 880 Edmonton and a one-time shot on Capital FM, thanks to Radiowest's jon -

http://www.radiowest.ca/sound/chqtchucklast.mp3

http://www.radiowest.ca/sound/ckrachucklast.mp3

And thanks to Radiowest's radiofan, a show from Chuck's "lotus land" days on 1200 CKDA -

http://www.radiowest.ca/sound/ckdachuck920831.mp3

"Green lights, Chuck" :salute:
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Re: Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby jon » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:06 pm

Edmonton broadcaster Chuck Chandler, 73, dies after battle with cancer
By Eileen Bell
News Anchor
630CHED

One of the most colourful personalities in Edmonton’s broadcasting industry has died.

Chuck Chandler worked in many Canadians cities, but spent the bulk of his years behind a microphone in Edmonton.

He worked at 630 CHED from 1973 to 1979. For part of those years, he hosted the TV show Disco Daze at CITV from 1975 to 1978. Chandler also spent a few years in the early 1980s as the announcer on the TV show Let’s Make A Deal.

Corus Entertainment vice-president of radio west, Brad Phillips, worked with him at CHED.

“They were incredible times. This is a great business, radio, but that was truly a memorable era because it was all about enjoying yourselves on the radio and enjoying yourselves off the radio.

“It was a big family and Chuck was one of the leaders of that family in those days.”

Phillips described Chandler as “an amazing, bigger than life broadcaster.

“Just one of those guys that — in that era, of AM radio music on AM radio, those were big personalities and Chuck was one of the biggest. I’m really sad to hear this news.”

Former CHED news anchor Randy Kilburn remembers their time together fondly.

“He was one of the absolute best broadcasters in this city when it came to doing radio. He got into his other element of doing television.

“Chuck knew more about disco music than probably anybody else in North America because he did that show.”

Retired Edmonton broadcaster Marty Forbes says Chandler was one of the best announcers Edmonton has ever seen.

“An absolutely amazing guy. His death is a big loss to the fraternity of broadcasters that has been together for so many years.”

His friend and former coworker, Keith James Jr., says one of Chandler’s favourite achievements was spending two days broadcasting in a hotel room in Montreal with John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their Give Peace a Chance event.

“Anyone who has heard him on the air has heard him tell that story one time of another.”

James says Chandler was a private man off-air, but loved being recognized.

“He was happy recently when one of his caregivers recognized him from his Winnipeg radio days.”

Chandler had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer several months ago, but suffered a fall this week and needed surgery. His family says while he survived the surgery, his strength was diminished.

In an email Tuesday to friends, Chandler’s son Troy said caregivers report his father’s death was peaceful.

Chandler was 73.
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Postby Tom Jeffries » Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:28 pm

RIP for a GREAT Broadcaster.

Very sad. My sympathies to his Family and his million friends.

They don't come much better, than Charles P.
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Postby jon » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:41 pm

I have re-posted the Eileen Bell story, as I had previously repeated some material and accidentally dropped other material.

My apologies.
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Re: Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby bigbry » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:41 am

Shocking news about a radio legend...My sympathies to his Family
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Re: Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby jon » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:50 am

From Ed Mason (photo was taken by Ed in Edmonton, last night):

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We All Shine On...

...like the moon and the stars and the sun...we all shine on.

Dedicated to the memory of my dear friend Chuck Chandler...a young man in May, 1969 when he spent most of a week with John Lennon & Yoko Ono at their bed-in in Montreal. He played "lead coffee table" on "Give Peace a Chance". Green Lights pal!
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Re: Charles P Rodney Chandler passes

Postby albertaboy4life » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:12 am

"Have you ever seen Two Hills?" :lol:

"Sharkey" (Mark Summers) has posted a tribute compilation of Chuck Chandler bits from Chuck's mid-morning show at 630 CHED on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgetN2CgV5o

Listen for Chuck voicing a couple of spots, along with Bob Layton, Elaine MacDonald, Bob McCord, Wes Montgomery and a number of listener calls, including one from a farm house near Two Hills, Alberta.

Thank you Sharkey!
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