MICHAEL CONWAY BAKER
Red's radio roots go back to the beginning of Rock'n'Roll.
The first DJ to play rock'n'roll music on a regular basis in Canada,
he was spinning the hits on Vancouver's CJOR in 1954, while still in
high school. In 1957, Red jumped to Top 40 giant CKWX, where he met
recording stars like Buddy Holly and Elvis, and emceed Elvis' stage
show in Vancouver.
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A move to Portland's KGW in 1959 gave Red experience in a brand new
rock'n'roll medium - television. Returning to Vancouver in 1961, Red
was hired as Program Director at Top 40 newcomer C-FUN, and he turned
it into a rock'n'roll powerhouse. In 1964, he introduced the
Beatles on the same stage where Elvis had appeared seven years
In 1968, Red returned to CJOR, where it all began, as Operations
Manager. Three years later, over to CKWX again, where he was on-air
mornings until 1983. His oldies network show REUNION ran cross-Canada
At Expo 86, Red presented The Legends of Rock'n'Roll, featuring 40
acts including Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis,
and the Righteous Brothers. In 1993 he built a top-rated morning show
on Oldies CISL/Vancouver.
Red was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the
Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Rockabilly Hall of
Fame in 2000. He "retired" from radio in 2001, but continues to
host his oldies show Red Rock Diner on Sundays from 8am - 2pm Pacific on FUN-FM 104.9 in Vancouver.He continues to interview performers for his weekly Wednesday morning TV spot on Global Television in Vancouver.