CJNU 107.9 FM
Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative
Non-Profit Community Service Radio
I grew up with nostalgia - from movies to music, primarily thanks to the influence of my parents and weekend parties where the old hi-fi would be jumping to the sounds of the Big Band Era. To some, I suppose, I am looked upon as an anachronism - but I wouldn't have it any other way, which is why I love TCM for watching . . . and CJNU for listening.
I attended Red River College, the National Institute of Broadcasting and Robertson Broadcast Academy and have both hosted and guested on various radio and television programs, along with appearing in commercials and corporate videos. I've also done some stage and film work.
As a writer, I've published 14 books - fiction and biographical/historical. My lifelong fascination with American mobsters surfaced in my book Dustbowl Desperadoes: Gangsters of the Dirty 30s. I also completed biographies of Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and a two-volume series focusing on famous contemporary and pioneer Canadian actors. An eight-month stint in Las Vegas resulted in co-authoring Dolores Fuller's autobiography Hollywood, Ed Wood and Me, and in 2007 I published a book on the life and career of my favorite actor: George Raft: The Man Who Would Be Bogart. Most recently I have been focusing on Western novels: Denim Ryder, Montana Dawn and The Last Outlaw.
Also have worked as a journalist, and - again with a nod toward nostalgia - had the pleasure of interviewing such legendary performers as John Agar, Coleen Gray, Marc Lawrence, Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Quinn and (his last interview): Robert Stack. Two of my very best friends to this day are '40s film noir actor Mickey Knox and the glamorous actress Margia Dean. I've found each of these people friendly and gracious, and I consider myself very honoured to have known each of them.
Likewise, I feel both honoured and fortunate to be one of the team at CJNU. A great station and a super bunch of people!