Ex-Pirate and UFO Enthusiast Errol Bruce-Knapp Passes

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Ex-Pirate and UFO Enthusiast Errol Bruce-Knapp Passes

Postby jon » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:19 am

Errol Bruce-Knapp has died after a massive heart attack and open heart surgery at the end of July.

From Coast to Coast's web site:
August 14, 2016

Canadian paranormal broadcaster Errol Bruce-Knapp passed away on August 11th at the age of 73. Knapp was born in Alexandria Egypt just after WWII and was a Canadian citizen.

In 1964, he was an announcer and DJ with Radio Caroline, one of the most popular British pirate stations of the era, broadcasting from ships moored off the coast to circumvent the restrictive laws of the time.

From the 1990s until shortly before his death, Knapp interviewed UFO and other paranormal researchers on his legendary program Strange Days…Indeed, based in Toronto.

He also founded and moderated an early online UFO discussion group which hosted debates and flame wars from some of the biggest names in ufology, and now survives on Facebook.

He will be remembered as a relentlessly positive and forward-thinking force in the paranormal community.

Here are a couple of other items:
Errol Bruce Knapp, 73, born in Alexandria, Egypt
and brought up in Canada. Knapp got his start
in broadcasting at pirate Radio Caroline off the
UK coast. Afterwards he returned to Canada
and worked at CKFH, CHUM-FM, Q107, CBC and
TVOntario in Toronto since the late 60s. Knapp was
intrigued by UFOs and had a long-running UFO
radio programme, Strange Days...Indeed on CFRB.
Upon cancellation, he began producing it in weekly
podcast form.
(Broadcast Dialogue, August 18, 2016)

Errol Bruce-Knapp

Although born in Alexandria, Egypt, in October 1942, Errol Bruce-Knapp was brought up in Canada and was one of the many Canadian broadcasters to bring a touch of professionalism to Britain's emerging commercial radio industry.

He joined Radio Caroline in April 1964. His theme tune was Jimmy McGriff's I've Got A Woman, and he was heard on both Caroline ships before transferring to "Swinging" Radio England in 1966. This station referred to itself as "Boss Radio", its disc-jockeys were called "Boss Jocks" and Errol now became known as "Bosscat" Bruce.

After the pirate era, Errol returned to Canada and worked for CKFH, CHUM-FM, Q107, the CBC, was part of the TVOntario team that created the expression 'Fast Forward' for a high-tech TV programme and was involved with North America's first All-Night Show.

Errol has worked in broadcast media for over 45 years and had worked the Toronto radio scene since the late sixties. He ran the Virtually Strange Network web site under his full name of Errol Bruce-Knapp, and he also moderated the UFO UpDates E-mail List which he had started in 1995.

His long-running UFO radio programme, Strange Days...Indeed, eventually got cancelled and was no longer on the air. So Errol began producing it in weekly podcast form, which are still available from his web site.

There is a fascinating interview with Errol, in which he discusses his offshore career, on The Spectrum Radio Network (also available on You Tube).

He'd been intrigued by UFOs for many years and got involved, on a full-time basis, in 1993 when he got his first computer and joined The Mutual UFO Network of Ontario. He is now retired and lives quietly in Peterborough, Ontario.

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