The People Who Make CJNU Possible
On Air and Production
Working Behind the Scenes
Creative and Production Coordinator
Marketing and Development Manager/Partnership Development
Tom Dercola, Jim Pappas
Chief Technical Wizard
Newsletter Editorial Team
Robbi Goltsman-Ferris Editor
Art and Design
Gail Henderson Brown
Anna Maria Colman
Board of Directors
Lorne Kearns – Chair
Lawrence Prout – Vice Chair
Jim Tomko – Treasurer
Aengus Kane – Secretary
Scott Best – Announcer
Since the age of four, I have loved Nostalgia music. Radio was a large part of my life. I would wake up to Don Percy, Cliff Gardner or Jack Wells every morning and imagine what it would be like to be a broadcaster. My favourite spot on the dial was a little Nostalgia station called CKVN. In December 2006, I was thrilled to hear about the launch of CJNU. I had done some work for Kelvin High’s in-school radio station, but I never thought I had enough experience for them to give me a second look – or should that be listen. Thankfully, they did, and I am proud to be an announcer, former board member, and member of the cooperative. CJNU has given me the opportunity to combine my two passions: the magic of radio and the most magical music I’ve found anywhere. When I’m not working with CJNU, I’m a writer for the Manitoba Government. I’m looking forward to an exciting career as a writer, broadcaster, or both. When I retire, I hope to work full-time, here at my favourite radio station!
I had retired from 35 years of office work when I joined CJNU. I had also spent six years in the field of recreation with older adults. My volunteer experience includes Neighborhood Watch, the Luxton Play Centre, VoicePrint (online review service) and McClure United Church. I’ve always been heavily involved in the community and with my love of music, I’m now very happy to be a part of CJNU. CJNU is a perfect fit for me and I enjoy answering phones for the station and helping with CJNU special events.
After over 43 years in broadcasting, I retired in 1998. My career began in 1955 at KFYR in Bismarck, then I spent 4 years at CJOB AM-AM and CJQM AM-FM in Winnipeg, short stretches at a couple of other stations, and almost 32 years at WSM (home of the Grand Ole Opry) in Nashville, Tennessee. I thought that would be my final curtain call, but when CJNU-FM was in the planning stages I was invited to participate in ‘the little station that could’. I have served in many capacities on CJNU-FM, but am probably best known as host of “Music In The Night” and “Music Just For You”, along with hundreds of commercial messages and promotional announcements. Through the magic of digital technology, I am able to do all voice recording at my home in Nashville, and immediately transfer it digitally to the station. My contributions to CJNU allow me to remain active in broadcasting as well as contribute to a unique broadcast format which truly considers the interests of its listeners.
Brett Buckingham – Announcer
I have been involved with radio since the early 80’s. First, working at CKRC from 1983-89. I have been with Nostalgia radio since 1995. I was one of the original founders of the current station CJNU. I hope that this station will continue to grow and be enjoyed by our listeners and members for years to come. I currently host Bucky’s Balcony on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
Prior to retirement, I was an Accounting Clerk 2 with Manitoba Lotteries for twenty years. I have been actively involved with the Scottish Community for over 45 years in various capacities and still dance. I have been with CJNU for the past ten years where I am responsible for monthly sponsors, guest interviews, reconciliation of the live broadcast log sheets, training and scheduling of telephone volunteers, office finances as well as answering the studio phone every Wednesday.
I come from a very musical family. I have wanted to work in radio. I hung around CJOB where I met Garry Robertson who let me sit in with him while he was on the air. I was a timpanist with my high school band and the Greater Winnipeg School Orchestra and drummed with the Ron Paley Band, although my main instrument is the piano. I trained as a Registered Nurse working in many areas in many areas including Intensive Care specializing in Cardiac Care. I have always kept my affinity for music and now enjoy a wide range of nostalgic sounds – classical, jazz, big bands, rock and roll from yesterday, and many songs from the Great American Songbook – just like we play at CJNU.
I found my way to CJNU after a 35 year career at Manitoba Hydro’s Information Technology division. Prior to that, I had graduated from both the Electronic Technology and Computer Analyst Program courses at Red River College. My hobbies include electronics, computers, playing bass guitar, and running half-marathons. My wife Erin and I have two daughters and two grandchildren. Volunteering at CJNU had been a very good experience that allows me to give back to the community while learning new skills and meeting new people. I get great satisfaction seeing the public come up to the radio hosts and expressing their love of the music on CJNU.
Volunteering at CJNU is one of my many activities; I also enjoy quilting, painting, and reading. I love all genres of music – especially musicals of the 60s and 70s, and the singing of Dean Martin. I share my life with my partner Bryan and our cat Osca; I am a retired nurse, with 42 years experience in cancer, burn, and elder care. I have a master’s degree in health care administration and I’m a board member of The Firefighters Burn Fund. I’m happy to do my part in keeping “nostalgia” music alive. I’ve always been very committed to supporting our community, and I feel there’s no better way to demonstrate that then by being involved at CJNU radio.
I’ve been surrounded by music, records, and radio practically my whole life. However, unlike my father Cliff (CKX, CKRC, CJOB) or my younger brother Ford (CKY, 92 CITI), I preferred to perform music (I’m a drummer and percussionist,) rather than play it on the radio.
Until now…I’m still a musician, and working on many different projects, but at CJNU I’ve discovered I have a bit of the ol’ “radio bug” in me after all.
My first foray into radio was in the 1950’s, on CKRC’s “The Blue Boy Show” (sponsored by the popular ice cream.) I was six years old and I played the Blue Boy. A few years later, my brother Ford joined the show as Pint Size. Today, there are countless ways in which music bombards us: in stores and malls. TV commercials, on the internet, or from thumping cars next to you in traffic. I prefer creating radio shows where the listeners deliberately seek you out, and there’s a more personal rapport between the on-air host and the audience. Many of the folks at CJNU seem like old friends, because I first met them through my dad at radio stations, media events, and social gatherings. In those days, I loved Gene Vincent and The Ventures, The Beatles and The Stones – my father would shrug his shoulders in the same way I did at Nat King Cole, Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. Years later, dad was back on the air again, playing The Doors, John Lennon and The Guess Who – and liking them! Meanwhile I was digging out his Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Julie London records. We both benefited from broadening our interest in different kinds of music. I feel fortunate being associated with all the members at CJNU, from the veteran voices of yesteryear to those who are new to broadcasting. Our common bond is a passion for the classic music that is the soundtrack of our nostalgic memories.
I started my broadcasting career at volunteer run Radio Harrow in North-West London, providing entertainment and public service announcements. For five years, I presented a variety of programs, read news bulletins, and for a time served on the board. Subsequently, I worked with the BBC and some of Britain’s leading commercial stations, providing traffic news reports. Locally, I’ve also freelanced with the Canadian Traffic Network. My musical tastes are broad and eclectic – I favour the 60s era and have a great love of The Beatles. I also enjoy instrumental music, particularly film scores and television themes. I’ve been a volunteer with CJNU since 2013 – currently hosting “The Full English Breakfast” every Sunday morning from 9am-12pm; and have been working in the office as the Station Manager since November of 2016.
Susan Hamilton – Announcer, Scheduler
Upon retirement I volunteered at CKVN and was also a volunteer/broadcaster at the short-lived AM station CJML. Gren Marsh and Johnny Murphy encouraged me to try broadcasting. I was scared green at ﬁrst, but the fact that I love music and wanted to share it with others, kept me going. It was a great day when Garry Robertson got a few of us together in the fall of 2006 to try one last time to get a nostalgia station up and running. Ten years later we are still on the air. I have never had so much fun as I have working as a broadcaster and scheduler at CJNU.
I often say that I’m an electrician by trade, a music lover at heart. I began my electrician apprenticeship in 1961, before becoming a Journeyman with the City of Winnipeg in 1969. I progressed through the ranks until 2000, when I retired as a foreman. In the mid-60s I began playing music at dances and socials, first for my own company and then with Garry Robertson Music. Sharing a love for great recordings, I came to know Garry very well. When he and a few others decided to inaugurate nostalgia radio – the forerunners of CJNU – I contributed many songs from my own vast collection. I’m very pleased to have donated a large part of the CJNU music library – particular for the Cream of Country and Music Just for You programs. In the last two years, our station has benefitted greatly from contributions of CDs from the families of broadcasters and other loyal members of CJNU. I’ve gladly spent many hours at home transferring our “legacy” music to computer and preparing it for use on the air. The station has been a significant part of my life for almost a decade.
Aengus Kane comes from The Rock. An avid lover of a vagabond existence, Aengus has learned over the decades that music both nourishes the soul and liberates the mind to travel through time and over great distances. He has settled in Winnipeg (the Paris of the Prairies) until the next quest for a life well lived presents itself. Aengus treasures CJNU’s power to invigorate and inspire our listeners through the music of yesteryear. He savours delivering warmth, humour and history while the denizens of Winnipeg rendezvous with reminiscences of their own sojourns on this little blue marble we call Earth. Aengus has found his little slice of heaven right here in Winnipeg at CJNU. Meet you wherever you listen to Nostalgia Radio!!
I was born in Montreal and lived there for the first 40 years of my life. I majored in economics at Loyola College, and in 1956 I joined the CN marketing department. After bouncing around to several locations I was transferred in Winnipeg in 1983. Starting in 1996 I spent the next seven years managing The Farm Business Centre at The Canadian Wheat Board. After retirement I did a fair bit of volunteer work, finally landing at CJNU; I started out answering the phones and taking song requests. I married my late spouse Geraldine in 1963; it was a marriage that produced two beautiful daughters, and I now have two great sons-in-law and four fabulous grand-children. My interests are varied; I coached minor spots for years, did a little amateur theatre and was Vice Chair of The Baldwin-Cartier School Board in Montreal. I have only one regret – giving up piano to play in the NHL (we all know how that turned out.) My real passion, though, has always been music – it always played a significant part in our family life. While my musical tastes are eclectic, I favor the big band era. I’m so grateful to CJNU for giving me the opportunity to share great music with such a wonderful and loyal listening audience.
Linda Lamb, Broadcast Assistant
Having grown up on a farm in Treherne, in the 60’s, I remember the radio was always on. I listened to Elvis, the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Having retired from a career in Continuing Care, I was thrilled to discover Nostalgia Music and CJNU. I immediately volunteered. The genuine feel of live radio is exhilarating. I enjoy volunteering at CJNU, it’s a lot of fun, and sometimes listening to 93.7 seems like the only normal and familiar thing in our chaotic world today. Listen, relax, and enjoy.
I’m originally from Bissett, Manitoba; like many people then, my family did not have television growing up…but we did have radio. My fondest memories are of spending many hours listening to the radio, acting out the songs and being totally enraptured by stories read “just to me” by the voice over the airwaves. In other words, the radio truly was a “friend.” I earned my degree in social work in 1975 and worked in the field until my retirement in 2009 – it was an extremely rewarding career. I continue to be involved in my hometown; I’m the membership chairperson for the Bissett & Area Historical Society and a member of the Hearing Panel for the Vulnerable Persons Commission of Manitoba. I’m also very pleased to be part of the CJNU family – I serve as the Volunteer Committee Chairperson. In all the best ways CJNU allows me to bring together my favorite memories, interests and skills. I thank my husband Neil for being the one who suggested I listen to this radio station “that plays the kind of music you like.”
Garry has had a career in broadcasting that spans more than 45 years, which includes work at CBC radio and several other private radio and television stations. He has served as a correspondent for Maclean’s magazine, a contributor to Time magazine, and broadcasting instructor at Red River College. Garry has written extensively about local broadcasting history including a book titled On the Air: The Golden Age of Radio in Manitoba. At CJNU, Garry is a part time newscaster and produces the daily “History Vault.”
I have spent my whole life enjoying music. As a little girl, I sang on the sound track of a puppet show of Peter Pan. I joined in all the school choirs I could, as well as Winnipeg Girls Choir. At Kelvin High School, I took lead roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas ‘The Goldoliers’ and ’Yeoman of the Guard’. Right out of High School, I was asked to join the Neil Harris Singers on ‘Swingalong’. This association with the Neil Harris Singers continued for 40 years, including 13 years at the Hollow Mug. I sang on CBC’s Hymn Sing and performed with the Manitoba Opera Chorus for 15 years.
I was part of a company called “A La Carte Productions” which wrote and produced banquet and convention entertainment. This led me to arts administration. I managed the Winnipeg Singers and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, where I enjoyed planning concerts and taking the choirs on tours to Germany, Austria, Toronto and New York.
For fifteen years I was Executive Assistant to the President of the Business Council of Manitoba, and managed the Aboriginal Award Program, helping Aboriginal students attend university and community college.
Now, I am enjoying putting together shows for CJNU with my husband Jim, and sharing my love of music with our sons, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
Jim Nowell – Announcer/Operator
I came from a musical family. My Dad played piano, entertaining us with music that spanned the decades. My aunt was an organist and ran a music store. My sister, Mary, sang on CBC TV in the 60’s and 70’s. I married into a musical family as well. I spent many hours attending rehearsals and performances at the CBC and at the Hollow Mug where my wife Carol sang. Carol has performed with numerous choirs and the Manitoba Opera Association. Needless to say, I heard lots of great music. CJNU is my first experience in front of the microphone thanks to Don Milne who invited me to the studio. I am enjoying the opportunity to select and play some of my favorites on 93.7 FM. Carol and I have recently teamed up and she announces while I operate the controls.
Carol and I have two sons, John and Glen. We are proud grandparents and enjoy opportunities to be with our three grandchildren. All enjoy music.
I worked for 34 years in the Winnipeg School Division, in elementary, junior high and high school. The last 11 years were as a Teacher-Librarian. I have drawn on my flying experience to provide half-day flight workshops for Grade 6 students after I retired.
I have had a lifelong interest in steam powered equipment. I operate steam traction engines and locomotives and instruct in steam schools in the United States and in Manitoba. My book, Steam Traction Engineer’s Checklist, is used by a number of steam schools. I am past president of the Steam Association of Manitoba. You will often find me at the Prairie Dog Central Railway maintaining Steam Locomotive #3.
Thanks to my friends Brett Buckingham and Ernie Nairn I am enjoying a wonderful new career on the radio. As one of my friends said “you have re-invented yourself”.
After more than forty years in the Fashion Industry and time spent with family at Kelekis Restaurant this is the most exciting and gratifying thing I have done. I have met so many wonderful new friends and had so many wonderful times with them through CJNU. This truly is a wonderful group of volunteers in every way.
My interests in the arts and music and entertainment have served me well on boards of such Winnipeg institutions as RMTC, Rainbow Stage and Dry Cold Productions. Having chaired both the 75th and the 100th anniversary of Kelvin High School with my friend Richard Bracken brought me back in touch with many people from my past. So nostalgia plays a big part in my life as I treasure relationships from days at school and university.
I have always had a deep appreciation for music and in particular the music of Broadway and the movies and am an avid reader of books about those scenes. I love to watch TCM and adore black and white films too. I have always had a head for trivia and store lots on information about music, movies and Broadway.
What a fantastic opportunity to have to broadcast on CJNU Nostalgia radio. To share this love with the listeners is amazing and the response is terrific too.
I retired from a 36-year career as a teacher and principal a few years ago, and signed on with CJNU in the fall of 2013. As a youngster my father helped me build a crystal set, which I used to listen to distant radio stations late at night. In high school I salvaged an old TV antenna to pull in KYTN from the States. Easy listening music and radio have been part of my life from those early times. I started at CJNU as a weekly announcer, and am now a regular on-air host. I am part of a team working to rebuild the CJNU Legacy Library. I chair the Programming Committee and serve as coordinator of the Host Sponsorship program. I’m also a member of the CJNU Board, so the station keeps me busy! Serving listeners with the music we all love, and providing a platform for community radio allows me to contribute to the unique organization and experience that is CJNU.
I grew up in a musical household – mom and dad always had the radio on or records playing on the old phonograph (yes, 78s) so the love of music was ingrained in me at an early age. I got a set of drums at 16 and played in various combos during the 1960s. I even considered going professional but broadcasting took me down another path. My best friend Rick Hallson worked at 58 CKY radio and I would drop in at the station to watch him work. He urged me to get in the business, so I took a broadcasting course and sent out demo tapes. In 1969 I landed an entry-level position at CFAR in Flin Flon, where I was an announcer, producer and newscaster….I also swept the floors! In 1972 I got the break of a lifetime; a friend at Toronto’s CHUM radio recommended me and I got a job as an all-night operator at the number one radio station in Canada. While there I got into the music programming end and learned even more about the business. In 1975 I moved back to Winnipeg to be Production Manager at CFRW/Q-94 FM. After a brief return to Toronto (and after my daughter was born) I came back to Winnipeg for good. Radio is a very transient business, so I worked for several stations with varying formats before retiring in 2005. Radio was still in my blood, though, so when CJNU got its permanent licence in 2013, I quickly joined in – first working the phones, then becoming an operator/announcer. The staff here is phenomenal and we all love “oldies” music. We think our audience is the greatest – without their support, we wouldn’t have the wonderful sounds of nostalgia radio in Winnipeg.
I am a registered professional City Planner working in the public transit ﬁeld. I am a supporter and member of the CJNU Broadcasting Cooperative who enjoys volunteering as an operator/announcer. I grew up listening to great radio stations such as CKRC, CFRW and CKY in Winnipeg, CHAB and CKCK in Saskatchewan, and CHUM in Toronto. In this modern world of pre-programmed packaged channels, I ﬁnds it refreshing that live local community nostalgia radio is easily accessible on CJNU
Marilyn Regiec – Broadcast Assistant
I recently retired from public administration and had been contemplating volunteering at CJNU for quite some time. I love the ‘music of our lives’ and the fun atmosphere working alongside all the other dedicated CJNU volunteers. I am always ready to take on new challenges and projects and am proud to promote CJNU to colleagues, friends and family in the community and beyond.
I have a great love of music, and have been playing in bands for almost forty years. My aunt and uncle were involved in radio in Winnipeg for many years – so it seemed only natural that I would eventually wander into a studio!
Since starting at CJNU in February of 2016, I’ve learnt a great deal from some of the best in the business. As the station continues to grow, I look forward to playing more great music from our extensive library of classic songs.
Jim Snell Operator, Music Library Curator
I am a retired actuary who loves music. My music tastes are somewhat eclectic but I would say Big Band music is my favorite. I have sung in a couple of choirs and currently play a clarinet in a couple of concert bands. I learned of CJNU from Owen Clark. I volunteered as a phone operator in 2014 and became an operator early in 2015.
I previously had a fulfilling career as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with Manitoba Natural Resources. Latterly, I was a community and economic development specialist for the Province before retiring in 2003. I was Mayor of Stonewall, Manitoba for three years; during my tenure I chaired the town’s Community Round Table. Subsequently I became Manitoba’s Manager of Community and Northern Development, facilitating community planning in rural and northern communities. I also organized strategic planning sessions with communities and organizations across Manitoba and in Nunavut. I hold a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development from the University of Manitoba and was an instructor in facilitating and strategic planning at the University’s Planning School. I’m also a past-President of CJNU Nostalgia Radio. I still live in Stonewall with my wife Lynne and our cockapoo Molly. We enjoy the proximity of our three children and five grandchildren; in our spare time, we like campground hosting and RVing.
My grandfather introduced me to classic radio drama back in the fifties just like you hear weeknights on CJNU. My dad was an ordained minister and so there are the two loves of my life. I ventured into radio broadcasting after taking a course from Toronto’s Career Academy. Radio was a lot of fun in those days especially where I worked at CHNO in Sudbury, CJVR Melfort, CKRM in Regina, CKOM Saskatoon, CFCN Calgary. That was a very exciting time in the sixties and seventies but the call to minister was strong and so off to seminary at Emmanuel/St. Chad in Saskatoon I went for four years. After officially retiring a few years ago from preaching all over the country from Ontario to BC I came to the Centre of Canada where my wife and I still attend church and love to listen to the radio. CJNU is a great station to indulge in the music we grew up with. So, if you love the old days of radio with information about today, you just can’t beat live radio where everything old is new again.
My beginnings in radio aren’t quite the same as most who started in the business. I got my first taste of broadcasting during a work experience program in high school. Years later – at age 38 – I decided to return to school and took the radio/television course at Robertson College. I did my practicum at CKVN, which turned into my first job in radio. There were some rough moments at first, but I was tutored by some of the best announcers in broadcasting, including Murray Parker and Jim Coghill. There have been many technological changes and format variations through the years, but my love of the music remains the same. I enjoy being a part of CJNU very much, and I hope to be in the business for many years to come.
Roger York – Announcer
I was an ordained minister of religion and part of my work was for the communication division where I was involved in both radio and TV. I come from a very musical family, a love passed from generation to generation. Having played the piano, I learned guitar later in life and played with the youth groups in the church, putting on services and learning the protest songs of the 60’s and 70’s. I have since joined CJNU. Not being a “Techie” and having done announcing previously, I have found my niche in doing the 9:30 am to Noon Friday show, RY-crisp. All I can say is that I love it.