50th Anniversary Today.

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50th Anniversary Today.

Postby Mike Cleaver » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:44 pm

Today marks 50 years in broadcasting for me.
My first ever paid shift was Christmas Eve, 1961 at CKOV in Kelowna.
I gave a station id and weather forecast between 15 minute recorded Christmas shows between 6pm and 1am.
I also forgot to shut off the transmitter after sign off.
Earlier that year, I'd done a weekly high school news show, acted as go-for and remote set up and operator.
It's been one hell of a ride.
I still tell people I've never worked a day in my life.
That's the way it is when you love what you do.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who contributes and lurks on this board and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate in other ways.
Here's hoping the New Year will be great for all of us.
Mike Cleaver Broadcast Services
Engineering, News, Voice work and Consulting
Vancouver, BC, Canada

54 years experience at some of Canada's Premier Broadcasting Stations
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby CubbyCam » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:16 pm

Congratulations Mike, on your "Golden Anniversary!" And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby johnsykes » Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:58 pm

Amen to your remarks Cubby...well done Mike!

A very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to one and all.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby Dan Sys » Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:03 pm

What an accomplishment Mike. CONGRATS !!! :occasion5:
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby radiofan » Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:42 am

Happy 5-0 Mike!

A great career and a stack of impressive call letters along the way.

Congrats my friend.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby Jack Bennest » Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:00 am

Congratulations :unwrap: Mike 50 years - seems like yesterday

- CKOV - the Okanagan's first and best station. While others stood fast with MOR - OV broke into Rock and had a sound in the evenings that made you want to get involved in radio. Yes it was Greg Acres, DJ at OV while I was in Teen Town that inspired me to get inside a radio station.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby Neumann Sennheiser » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:11 am

My story is a lot like MIke's except that I started 9 years later and wrapped it up 10 years earlier. I thought 30 years was a pretty good run in this business but 50 is just outta the park!
Congratulations to a broadcaster I respect immensely.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby hagopian » Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:48 am

Mike - congratulations - like Neumann Sennheiser - we came a bit later....I started in 67 and packed it in in 2011...

50 years! Amazing.

For those here that didn't have the pleasure of listening to my friend - you missed something special.

Merry Christmas, Mike.
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby Steve Sanderson » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:16 pm

Congrats Mike! :occasion5:
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Re: 50th Anniversary Today.

Postby FANOfelesky70 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:30 pm

Congratulations, on your most-impressive milestone.
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