[Description by contributor Jon Pearkins]
To celebrate the 09/09/09 release of the remastered Beatles albums, Tom Coxworth's weekly Folk Routes program became Beatles Routes. Hour one explores the early influences on the Beatles, while Hour two looks at musicians influenced by the Beatles. Tom certainly has the credentials to pull this off, having hosted a weekly program for the last 23 years from his own 10,000 album library.
You'll hear Bert Weedon, The Goons, Lonnie Donegan, The Vipers, Chris Barber, Gene Vincent, The Shadows, Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard, The Everly Brothers and many more, including The Quarrymen without Ringo. And that is just in Hour One!
This aircheck's debut on REELRADIO coincides with the week of the first anniversary of the 09/09/09 release of the remastered Beatles albums.
Because I first heard this program while channel surfing in the car, I have no recording of my own. When I asked a friend at the station for a copy, I discovered that they only had the MP3 copy that they aired because Tom records the program in his Calgary home studio earlier the same week.
My friend got me CD copies of Tom's original program masters, but that left me to re-create the original breaks and a few seconds of missing audio from the program itself. I did that by recording Tom's program off-air two weeks later and piecing together some "best of" breaks for this aircheck.
The items in each break were chosen not just for content, but also the range of CKUA announcers that voiced them. For example, Bob Chelmick, who does the station ID in the middle of the first hour, was an announcer at the station in 1969. He left for 28 years with the CBC, where he became a popular Supper Hour TV News Anchor, before returning to CKUA in 2001 to do Morning Drive. Most recently, he moved to an isolated cabin where he does a one hour show four evenings a week.
Bob's 1969 start date is by no means a station record. Another announcer heard each week started with the station in 1949!
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