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How Bill Coull Paved the Radio Way

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Do you have a story about you and CKUA that you’d like to share with us? Please let us know by writing us. We’d love to feature it!

What do such stories look like? Well, here’s one by listener Ben Eastwood, pictured here in his full 60s splendour! 

In high school in 1964, I came across Bill Coull‘s show, The Groove.

It was such a great program that offered songs and artists that conventional music radio would not play. It came on at a convenient time after school was out. It also came with CKUA’s FM band, which was not available on some other stations but came with car radios.

For years, car radios came with a AM/FM switch, but none of the mainstream radio stations of the day were FM. So, we always joked, “Why do they provide FM service when there was little or no FM radio available.” Well, maybe it was our ignorance of others but to be able to listen to CKUA on FM was, we thought, “cool” and definitely a first for us.

Bill Coull

Bill’s music let us young students be exposed to what is now mainstream. The Stones, the Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Much of this programming went on to inspire and change music forever.

Bill was a friend outside of radio too. May he rest in peace knowing he was one of, if not the first, catalyst for changes that followed.

Hurrah for CKUA evermore!!

Ben Eastwood

Thanks again for sharing this historical anecdote about you and CKUA, Ben! 

Please email us if you would like to share your own CKUA story with our community!