CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

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CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby albertaboy4life » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:26 am

From the RadioWest (www.radiowest.ca) aircheck archives -

We thank Don Kennedy for this April 1979 composite aircheck from his time as the host of the 6 to 9 pm show on Calgary's 1140 CKXL. Listen for a transition from Gentleman Jim Jackson's afternoon drive show to Don along with a number of other characters.

https://soundcloud.com/westernbroadcast ... april-1979

With thanks to Gord Lansdell at www.vancouverbroadcasters.com, here's a summary of Don's radio career -

BCIT Broadcast Program graduate 1973; CKOV Kelowna 1973-75; CHED Edmonton 1975-78; CKXL Calgary 1978-81; CFMI-FM Vancouver 1981; CISL Vancouver 1982-83; CJAZ-FM Vancouver 1983-85; Satellite Radio Network Vancouver 1985-89; CKWX Vancouver 1989-91; Satellite Radio Network 1994-96; CISL 1996-2010

For the last number of years, Don has been a realtor - https://www.donkennedyrealtor.com/

Got a scoped aircheck or two you'd like to share? Please let us know - radiowest@telus.net or send me a PM, thanks.
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby CubbyCam » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:49 am

WOW Donnie! Now THAT'S a whole side of you I never knew! A little belated (like 40 years) but well DONE lad! :worthybow:
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby Rocky » Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:52 am

Wasn't Don at CFRN Edmonton before CHED? I heard he was causing CHED some concern, so they hired him away from 1260.
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby jon » Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:39 pm

First Edmonton Journal reference to Don at CFRN is Feb 28 1975. Last is Nov 21 1975.

He did 9-midnight with a "Six Pack" (six current hits in a row) at around 10:15 pm every night.
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby jon » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:37 pm

Funny postscript: while doing the search through the Edmonton Journal, I kept getting matches on an Edmonton Realtor of that era with the name Don Kennedy.
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby PicturesForYourEars » Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:49 am

Creative! Enjoyed that!! I am truly impressed!!!
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STAYED PLACES I SHOULDA LEFT...
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby CubbyCam » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:36 am

...and just as a postscript, I'd say Donnie had been listening to Bob McCord during his stay in Edmonton... Right Donnie? No shame in that... probably my all time favourite DJ...
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby DonovanTildesley » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:46 am

Wow! While I listened to Don for many years on CISL (and he had some excellent one-liners), I never heard him quite like this. One station missing from the above bio was JR Country, where Don spent some time around 1993. From about 1995-2000, first at SRN then later at CISL, he was Don Huntly. Then in summer 2000 he was back to Don Kennedy. A radio friend of mine told me at the time that it had to do with restrictions on realtors in training simultaneously working in other professions. Perhaps another poster could share some more insight?
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby Neumann Sennheiser » Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:10 am

At CKXL in 1973, we were doing that same shift changeover conversation and here it is, still in place six years later.
Happily so; I always thought it played well. It was never scripted, we the jocks enjoyed it, and I think it humanized us to the audience.
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Re: CKXL Calgary - Don Kennedy - 1979

Postby BossRadio » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:24 am

Worked with Don in 94 at CJJR. He would follow my overniter. Saturday morning,he would pop in ready to go with a briefcase full of sfx and beds on cart. Old school morning jock fun. Enjoyed working with him.
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