Friday, December 5, 2014


CKLW – The Big 8 was a Windsor, Ontario radio station that put a killer AM signal over metro Detroit.  Canadian stations had to be inventive because they lacked the deep pockets of their Detroit competitors. So, CKLW rocked 24/7.

In those days stations were required to air a specific quota of news. Most stations considered newscasts to be a tune out.  CKLW saw news as an opportunity. At The Big 8 the news was performance art – gritty and totally real.

You’ve got to hear it because there is nothing like it on radio today:

Thank you to Don Gonyea and NPR for inspiring this post.   The idea for Don' story and the archive audio came from Dale Willman.
Check out his terrific story about CKLW from 1999 at:

Also available: Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8, a nifty video documentary at:

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