John Worthington began his broadcasting career in 1946 as the junior announcer at CFQC in Saskatoon. He came to CKUA three years later, in 1949. At the time it was a small and strictly local radio station operated by Alberta Government Telephones (AGT.)
John started as announcer and took on many roles at CKUA over the years, including chief announcer, program director, general manager and then executive officer. After 'retiring,' he came full-circle, returning to his announcer role, which he retains to this day.
It was in 1974 that John first filled in on The Old-disc Jockey program. “The then-host left Edmonton,” he says. “Initially I was a temporary fill-in while the station looked for a permanent host but that permanent host just never materialized and I had a permanent hobby!” Permanent isn’t an exaggeration, he's still on the air today.
After retiring, John was asked to return to CKUA to take over temporarily as general manager after CKUA returned to the airwaves in 1997. Now, back to being retired (with, of course, his “permanent hobby” going strong,) John says he enjoys continuing to share his musical discoveries with listeners.
“Records and the big bands have always been one of my interests, going back to my teen years,” he says. “Now long retired and into my 90s, I still love the old music and the old records but, most of all, I love being the Old-disc Jockey!”
The Old-disc Jockey
The Old-disc Jockey celebrates the swing bands recorded between the late 1920s and the 1950s, presented by the enthusiastic, encyclopaedic and entertaining John Worthington, himself a radio deejay of the latter part of that era.
You’ll hear a grand balance of original vocal and instrumental big-band music, the obligatory record by Duke Ellington (whom John calls the real fountainhead of it all) and some of the familiar hits of the era. But you’ll also hear many less well-known treasures showcasing the style of the bandleader, or the skill of a particular sideman in the band.
The Old Disc Jockey
The Old Disc Jockey