Airchecker wanted to know more about the person who runs the site of Vancouver Broadcasters/Northwest Broadcasters. We searched out Gord Lansdell for answers.
A Broadcaster himself who worked at CKCQ in Quesnel , CFCP Courtenay/CFWB Campbell River.
Gord has documented all the radio personalities that have come through the city of Vancouver. Although he left the radio industry in 1967. His passion for the radio industry has never left him. We talked to Gord to find out who the man is behind Vancouver Broadcasters.
Welcome to AC, Gord Lansdell. Vancouver Broadcasters is like the “Personnel Department” of the radio industry. Lets find out a little bit about you today rather than you documenting history, we are turning the tables on you. Where did you grow up in Vancouver and lets find out about the time you spent in radio.
Gord: I graduated from Lord Byng High School in Vancouver in 1961. After three years with Pacific Press in Vancouver, I landed (thanks to CKWX personality Cal George and his broadcasting school) a position in radio starting in 1964 at CKCQ Quesnel, first as a copy writer/weekend announcer, then in 1965 as the morning host. That first winter in Quesnel was a bit rough for me, so in early December 1965, just as the first snow started falling, I headed to Coast Radio (CFCP Courtenay/CFWB Campbell River) as a split shift jock at CFWB, then within a couple of months (early 1966) as news director of the two stations, based at CFCP in Courtenay. The summer of 1967 I moved to do the afternoon shift at CJJC Langley
Airchecker: Why did you leave the industry?
Gord: I needed more money than radio could provide. So I landed a job in car sales. I continued selling cars until 1970, branching out into the car accessory business. By early 1973, I started with BC Tel (now Telus) as an installer, moving to technical support by 1983. For my last six years with the company, I headed up technical support and design for the Wireless Services division of BC Tel Mobility. That was one of the most interesting positions of my work career, although news at CFCP was pretty interesting too. I retired from BC Tel in March 1999.
AC: Gord I’ll assume in 1999 this is when you decided to have the radio blood boil again?
Gord: I always had the radio bug, so I started “Northwest Broadcasters” in August 1997, initially as a station listing website with links. By 2000, I had added a Recent News page and the site started to get more recognition. I currently spend about an hour or so each morning scouring news services and filtering through press releases, with regular re-checks later in the day.
In 2001, I answered an online ad by the “Canadian Communications Foundation” in Toronto for a BC representative and landed a contract position with them. I continue to research and write their BC-related history.
AC: Gord the hard work is noted. We salute you for continuing to provide current background on radio personalities plus documenting the latest going on’s. I know have a better understand why one of the website pages has technical frequency broadcast range infotmation. I thought that I was the only one interested in the sort of thing. Your technical background at Telus allowed you to explain it on the site. What made you document Vancouver Broadcasters?
Gord: I started to get to know many of the local broadcasters as a result of my research, including author Chuck Davis, who suggested I start a site listing local personalities to help make contacts. As a result, Vancouver Broadcasters was born in 2002. It was a grind at first, several hours a day, as it quickly got up to listing about 800 personalities, then over 1000, and up to nearly 2000 today. It’s a bit easier now, as most of the mainstays are up on the site and it has become more a maintenance job. And, or course, when people started to learn they were on the site, the info began rolling in from a number of contributors, whom I acknowledge on the home page.
Airchecker: Any other sites that you run?
Gord: Less known is my “Okanagan Broadcasters” website, which lists stations in the Okanagan/Kamloops areas and also has a Recent News page. Also other cities are using my Vancouver site as a template. I understand there is a Vancouver Island one in the planning stages.
Thanks Gord. We wanted to acknowledge Gord’s dedication to the radio industry. He took it upon himself to use his radio news/technical skills to create an information website that provides past/current history on personalities. The latest breaking news information in the radio industry. His template is being used across the country by others who will carry on Gord’s legacy. His website has documented radio history in Canada and the U.S.A. for everyone to enjoy.
Airchecker: Gord you get the last word !
Gord: Last word as we always give our guest the final say.
Thanks very much for the opportunity to document my short radio career and talk about my websites.
Airchecker Canada has been sharing information with Vancouver Broadcasters/Northwest Broadcasters for many years.