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#ldnont history mystery: what was the first album in the CHRW-FM record library?

- September 28th, 2012

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ZZ Top album image courtesty of listal.com

What was the first album purchased or acquired formally for mighty RW library back in the day . . . anybody know? A long-time friend of JBNBlog insists it was the first Zed Zed Top album & this caused quite a controversy in the pages of The Gazette etc. The RW’s Grant Stein of the era defended the choice with what you would have to say was truly long-range vision what with ZZ Top playing the RBC Theatre/Gardens on Nov. 4, perhaps 40 years after said acquisition.

JBNBlog admits to doubts. Starting a collection with the last letter of the alphabet? Starting with ZZ Top. Maybe.  My friend also insists I was a proud owner of the first ZZ Top album & loved the group. Hmm. No bells being rung here.

That said, it was same friend who gifted me with the classy T starring The Stooges c. Fun House so JBNBlog owes him big-time.

The celebrity judges who have been busy chanting “Save 199 Queens! Save 199 Queens!” in the St. Paul’s parking lot await your answers. The first album truth must be out there somewhere & meanwhile, a bow to the Top, so kewl to have Frank Beard as the one guy in the band sans barbe.

Here’s some RW background on the era from the chrwradio.com site:

CHRW origins date from 1959 when student politicians suggested that a student-run radio station would be a good idea.  However, it was not until 1971 that radio at Western started to get going when a group of students began broadcasting for six hours every Sunday night on CFPL-AM 980.  This encouraged the University Students’ Council (USC) to give financial support for a closed-circuit station to be set up first in Somerville House and later at the new (at that time) University Community Centre.  Interest in the station waned between 1974 and January 1978, at which time the old carrier current and cable frequencies were established.  The station ceased to exist as 1978 began. At one point Radio Western was also broadcast as a weekly show on 95.9FM in London.

 

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4 comments

  1. Grant Stein says:

    Maybe Steve Kopp can shed some light on that…he was here then and he’s here now!

  2. james.reaney says:

    The celebrity judges await Steve K’s input. Seriously, could it have been ZZ Top?

  3. GREG SIMPSON says:

    I think the only person who can answer that question is Ian Davies…he was music director at the inception of Radio Western, if not CHRW. and is blessed with pretty good recall. I still recall myself and Tom (Thomas Aquinas) Plewman showing up one evening at Ian’s frat house to go over the loose rules of what it took to program music for a radio station…Tom and I were such experts as, at the time, each of us had been at it a full year for CFPL (Tom) and CJOE (me). Not sure what Ian learned from us that night but it was the beginning of a friendship that has remained intact for 42 years now.

  4. Steve Kopp says:

    I have an idea what was the first album played at CHRW on October 31, 1981 when we went from closed circuit to a full fledge FM station at noon that day. However, I must admit that I have no idea what was the very first album in the CHRW record library. That was done in the 70′s, but not sure what year. But I do know that it was before my involvement with the station!

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