WE’RE BACK WITH NEW AND FAMILIAR SHOWS FOR 2018.
WE’RE STREAMING LIVE SATURDAYS STARTING AT 9:00 A.M.PST
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STARTING AT 9:00 A.M. PACIFIC SATURDAY
THIS WEEK ON BOOMER HOME COMPANION
- INTIMACY AND SEX OVER FIFTY
- HOW TO GET ALONG WITH BOOMERS, GENEXERS AND MILLENIALS
- WHEN BOOK MAKING WAS AN ART
- THE MOON PIE IS 100 YEARS OLD TODAY
- BOOMER TRAVEL TIPS
- BOOK REVIEW- CHRIS MATHEWS IS INTERVIEWED ABOUT HIS BOOK BOBBY KENNEDY- “A RAGING SPIRIT”
- GOD’S PLAN FOR VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE ACCORDING TO MIKE PENCE
- “LAUGHING WITH MARY” VIGNETTES
11:00 A.M. A NEW EPISODE OF BOOMERTOWN
Whoa! Dude…Roger and Barry are back in 1969 man…Spotrlights on The Amazing Kreskin and Dick Cavett.
12:00 noon CONGRATULATIONS FRANK ALLAN. This Saturday MUSIC BEAT will be celebrating it’s sixth year on the air.
4:00 p.m. At The Crossroads Blues Radio with Brant Zwicker.
Canada’s #1 Blues Radio Program
ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW:
Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, Mitch Woods, John Lee Hooker, Never Get Out Emily Burgess, Bobby Kyle, King Biscuit Boy, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Jack de Keyzer, Corey Dennison Band, Heather Newman, Robert Finlay, Harpdog Brown
5:00 P.M. AMERICA’S OLDIE BUT GOODIES
6:00 P.M FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY
6:30 P.M. SITTIN IN WITH THE CAT WITH RAY WHITE
7:00 P.M. JAZZ ON THE ROCKS WITH SHELLEY G.
Welcome Back Shelley G, host of Jazz On the Rocks. Shelley has been on sick leave and we are thrilled she has healed her sultry voice. Tune in Saturday night at 7:00 p.m for a brand new show, and two hours of the best in jazz, funk and soul. “Purely for your listening pleasure.”
9:00 P.M. JAZZ BOULEVARD WITH MOZ TAYLOR FROM MONTREAL
10:00 P.M. OLD TIME RADIO HOUR WITH JUSTEEN WARD
THIS WEEK: Night Beat: Starring Frank Lovejoy as a cop in Chicago and an episode of the famous series.THE THIN MAN
12:00 MIDNITE BEST SMOOTH JAZZ FROM LONDON WITH ROD LUCAS
NEW SHOW SUNDAYS FROM 1:00-5:00 P.M.
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME MICHAEL GODIN AND HIS SHOW TO OUR SUNDAY LINEUP. MICHAEL HAS BEEN ENTERTAINING LISTENERS ALL OVER THE WORLD SINCE 1997. Share memories of growing up with the great music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Michael’s background includes stints as a radio and television personality as well as V.P. A&R for A&M Records, where he signed Bryan Adams. In 1997, He began Treasure Island Oldies, the Home of Lost Treasures in 1997, and plays the biggies, but extensively features hard to find rare oldies. Let the memories flow!
9:00 A.M BOOMER HOME COMPANION
11: 00 A.M. BOOMERTOWN
12:00 NOON MUSIC BEAT
4:00 P.M. AT THE CROSSROAD BLUES RADIO
5:00 P.M. AMERICAS OLDIES BUT GOODIES
6:00 P.M. FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY
6:30 P.M. SITTIN IN WITH THE CAT
7:00 P.M. JAZZ ON THE ROCKS
9:00 P.M. JAZZ BOULEVARD
10:00 P.M. OLD TIME RADIO HOUR
12:00 MIDNIGHT: BEST SMOOTH JAZZ FROM LONDON
7.00 A.M. THINKING WITH SOMEBODY ELSE’S HEAD
8:00 A.M. DEMOCRACY NOW
9:00 A.M. STICKY NOTES- CLASSICAL MUSIC
10:00 A.M. RADIO DELUXE
12:00 NOON BIG BAND BASH
1:00 P.M. TREASURE ISLAND OLDIES
5:00 P.M. IN THE GROOVE
6:00 P.M. SITTIN IN WITH THE COOOL CAT
6:30 P.M. PIANO JAZZ SHORTS
7:00 P.M. JAZZORAMA
8:00 P.M. BOOMER BOULEVARD
9:00 P.M. OLD TIME RADIO HOUR
11:00 P.M. SIGN OFF
Start your weekends on the bright side with Allan Holender and Canada’s #1 Podcast for Boomers and Beyond . Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. pacific. Allan beings you a cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter, and music from the jukebox of your life.
LAST WEEK’S NEW YEAR TRIBUTE BOOMER HOME COMPANION PODCAST. 1.6.18
Last week’s show was dedicated to my dear childhood friend from Edmonton, Alan Bleviss, who passed away last month.
Alan David Bleviss (August 6, 1941 – December 30, 2017) was a Canadian born voice actor who had been a resident of the United States since 1976. In 1991, he was described as one of the “top names” in the business. His voice over career spanned nearly four decades.
Life and career
Alan was born and raised in Edmonton, where his father owned several theaters and a cigar store. He was educated at the University of Alberta and the National Theatre School of Canada. He lived in the New York City area at the height of his career from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, and passed away at his home in New York City on December 30, 2017.
Alan had done voice over work for the coming attraction trailers for hundreds of Hollywood movies, especially those made by Miramax His corporate clients included American Express, AT&T, Canada Dry and Kodak. He has done political work for the National Abortion Rights Action League and many Democratic Party campaigns, including the 1988 campaign of Michael Dukakis for President.
Allan had won six Clio awards. Among the earliest was a 1971 TV ad for Heinz Tomato Juice, which used a celery stick to emphasize how thick the product is.
In 1992, Allan developed Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, which led to partial paralysis and damage to his voice. He barely worked for 20 years, although therapy eventually allowed him to regain professional use of his voice.
Alan served on the Board of Directors of the National Theatre School of Canada, and has funded scholarships and a student theatre facility at the University of Alberta.
He is the inspiration for a sandwich called “The Edmonton” at Shopsins, a diner in Manhattan. It is a tuna and avocado sandwich on garlic bread. He was a well-known collector of Civil War tokens, unofficial currency of the early 1860s. In 2009, he auctioned off 500 items from his collection, described by the auctioneer as “one of the most extensive holdings ever assembled”.
NEW YEARS EVE PODCAST
BOOMER HOME COMPANION PODCAST 12.16.17
BOOMER HOME COMPANION PODCAST 12.9.17
BOOMER HOME COMPANION PODCAST 12.2.17
U.S. THANKSGIVING SPECIAL
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BPR AND OKANAGAN VALLEY RADIO TOGETHER AGAIN
During our transition of carrying both BPR and Okanagan Valley Radio programs we will be broadcasting on our live stream on weekends beginning Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. pacific.
However on occasion we will have Pop Up Programs during the week at any time, so feel free to check us out. We will soon be adding a morning news segment Mon-Fri from 7- 9 a.m. pacific. from NPR and Democracy Now.
5,272 and counting!
“Look Mom, we found a real radio”
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A BOOMER TO BE ONE OF OUR 5,272 GLOBAL FANS!
PLEASE HELP US BY SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT BPR.
IF EACH ONE OF YOU TELLS JUST ONE OTHER BOOMER ABOUT BPR WE’LL REACH OUR NEXT GOAL OF 10,000 IN 2018. JUST FORWARD (copy and paste) THIS LINK TO A FRIEND OR SHARE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER www.boomerpublicradio.com
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
The Okanagan’s ORIGINAL “Oldies” web radio station founded on June 23, 2015 by Allan Holender, is now the NEW Okanagan Valley Radio.COM and becomes part of the ever expanding Boomer Public Radio Network . We thank all of our loyal Okanagan Radio Fans for following us and now listening on BPR. Stay tuned for our official launch party in January!
PODCAST FOR NOV. 18, 2017
We were honoured this past month for being a top fifty over fifty award winner. The first such awards in Canada. Here’s what they wrote about us;
From the Peachland Community Arts Council Newsletter. Our thanks to the Editor Christopher Byrd for the mention!
“Allan Holender, a former Peachlander now West Kelowna resident, is pleased to announce that Okanagan Radio.Com has joined forces with Boomer Public Radio (BPR) to create Okanagan Valley Radio.COM. Holender has always felt that mainstream media has short-changed the boomer generation by avoiding music of the golden years. BPR brings the kind of service “to the Okanagan Valley and the 10 million Baby Boomers and beyond in Canada that are ‘hungry’ for a radio network they can call their own. One that will remove nagging roadblocks for creative broadcast professionals and listeners alike.”
“The medium Holender uses is the streaming Internet via cell phones, tablets, and laptops rather than traditional car and home radios. His broadcasts are filled with a wide range of jazz blues from Armstrong, Coltrane, Davis, Motown, Sinatra, Bennett, ,Holiday, Vaughn, Fitzgerald and the like, mixed with stimulating stories and conversations, many from around the Valley. If you want to relive those musical years you remember so well, you won’t be disappointed.”
WEEKENDS ARE WONDERFUL ON BPR
Best part of it all is you don’t need a car to listen to our radio station. At work at home or play, either way you can enjoy the music you remember on our clear digital stereo live stream. And you don’t even have to be a Boomer to listen to our commercial free programs hosted by award winning radio personalities that you won’t hear anywhere else in the Okanagan, Canada, or the World.
Veteran Broadcasters bringing you award winning programs filled with; news, information, stories, conversation, entertainment, nostalgia and best of all the memories and the music of a bygone era when radio was king and the airwaves were filled with the magical sounds of the jukebox of your life.
Return with us EVERY WEEKEND to those golden days of yesteryear!
We are streaming live on the weekends.
Click on the link above starting on Saturdays @ 9:00 a.m. pacific till Sunday night at 11:00 p.m.
Stay tuned for the announcement of when we will be 24×7.
Until then, please enjoy our archived podcasts below.
SPECIAL WEEKEND MINI FEATURES
LAST WEEK’S PODCAST
Check out todays TRIBUTES AND AWARDS PODCAST
I am honoured to have been chosen one of the 50 over 50 award recipients announced today in Ottawa.
Below is the link to the page with the complete list of winners . I profiled all the award recipients and their businesses on my show today.
You can listen to the podcast and or read their profiles below.
What a wonderful showcase of seasoned seniors who started their businesses well into retirement. Remarkably many were well into their 60’s and 70’s.
Count me in as one of the 70 plus, although the pic was taken a few years ago…LOL
Congratulations to Wendy Mayhew for founding and organizing this first ever event in Canada.
Over half of the award recipients were on stage in Ottawa to get their awards in person today.
BOOMER HOME COMPANION IS NOW LIVE STREAMING ON THURSDAYS WITH NEW EPISODES AT 9:00 a.m. pst, 10:00 a.m. mst, 12:00 noon est
Allan will be behind the microphone on THURSDAYS at 9:00 a.m. pacific …where will you be? Tune in online at home, at work, on the go on your I-Pad or I-Phone on our live stream.
OCTOBER BOOMER HOME COMPANION PODCASTS
TECH ALERT: There is a loss of sound for about two minutes at the beginning of the show. My apologies for this. You can fast forward. Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian fans.
HEY BOOMER HOME COMPANION FANS! WANT TO HEAR AND SEE A SONG YOU HEARD ON ONE OF THE SHOWS. ALL THE MUSIC VIDEOS FROM THE SHOW ARE ON OUR BLOG AT: http://boomerpublicradio.blogspot.ca/
Streaming Live on Weekends
SATURDAYS ON BPR
9:00 A.M. A BOOMER HOME COMPANION WITH ALLAN HOLENDER
A cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter, and music from the jukebox of your life. North America’s #1 Podcast for Boomers and Beyond.
11:00 A.M. BOOMERTOWN WITH BARRY BOWMAN AND ROGER CURRIE
Canada’s #1 Nostalgia Podcast
12:00 NOON MUSIC BEAT
Fifties, Rock & Roll, Soul, R & B, and Motown direct from New York City hosted by the legendary DJ Frank Allan.
4:00 P.M. AT THE CROSSROADS BLUES RADIO
A weekly 60 minute program,, hosted by 30 year radio veteran Brant Zwicker and launched in 2003, that focuses upon the irresistible earthiness of blues music and the various genres-soul, R&B , swing, delta,zydeco and many others-that fit under its umbrella.
5:00 P.M. AMERICA’S OLDIES BUT GOODIES
Hosted By Dick Scoppettone, lead singer for Harpers Bizarre who had the ’60s hit, “Feelin’ Groovy”. Each episode of America’s Oldies But Goodies features interviews with the players who were there during the fabulous era known as the Sixties. Actors, musicians, DJ’s, purveyors of ‘60s memorabilia, talk show hosts, and even fans reliving the events of the good old days. Baby boomers and nostalgia buffs, here we are.
6:00 P.M. FEISTY SIDE OF FIFTY
6:30 P.M. SITTIN IN WITH THE CAT WITH RAY WHITE-
Interviews with Music Legends
7:00 P.M. JAZZ ON THE ROCKS WITH SHELLEY G.
A syndicated Jazz show originating from Kamloops that is gaining accolades from radio station managers and Jazz musicians across North America
9:00 P.M. OLD TIME RADIO HOUR WITH JUSTINE WARD
Popular & rare vintage radio programs with brief commentary.
JAZZ AFTER DARK
11:00 P.M. JAZZ BOULEVARD
JAZZ BOULEVARD is a weekly award-winning 2-hour jazz radio show produced in jazzy Montreal Quebec, Canada. On-air since 2004, each week host Moz Taylor mixes up a blend of the best jazz (the latest releases to classic tracks) with roots blues, acid jazz, and world music. The program is syndicated to community radio stations in Canada.
1:00 A.M. BEST SMOOTH JAZZ FROM LONDON
From London host Rod Lucas plays more instrumental soulful Smooth Jazz grooves. In this Rodcast you’ll new music including the new album from Nick Colionne (April) and Chris Standring plus more. Also check out those super classic soft jazz vibes. This is a 3 hour show first broadcast on BSJ.FM 12th March 2016 Rod plays 5 decades of smooth jazz, special music form Work, Rest and Play.
SUNDAYS ON BPR
6:00 A.M.-THE SUNDAY SPA
Music For Meditation, relaxation, massage and Yoga
7:00 A.M. THINKING WITH SOMEBODY ELSES’ HEAD WITH RICHARD LLOYD JONES
8:00 A.M DEMOCRACY NOW
Independent, weekday global news hour anchored by Amy Goodman and Juan González. Airs on 1,400+ TV/radio/internet stations in the United States and around the world.
9:00 A.M. Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast
Sticky Notes is a classical music podcast for everyone. Whether you are a beginner just looking to get into classical music but don’t know where to start, or a seasoned musician interested in the lives and ideas of your fellow artists, this podcast is for you. The show will feature interviews with the top artists of today, in-depth looks at specific pieces from the repertoire, and deep dives into each era of classical music, plus much more.
10:00 A.M. RADIO DELUXE
Among radio’s greatest pleasures is each weekly instalment of Radio Deluxe, two hours of great jazz and smart, sassy repartee from John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, the hippest husband-and-wife team since Louis Prima and Keely Smith.”
Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli has enjoyed visits by many memorable guests since its first show on December 3, 2005. Regis Philbin dropped by on Christmas weekend; Janis Siegel, of the Manhattan Transfer, brought biscotti; Margaret Whiting broke into a live song about her “Uncle Johnny” Mercer;
Liza loved what John and Jessie had done with the apartment; Keely Smith told about being engaged to Frank Sinatra; and Stacey Kent revealed her favorite ski resorts and why none of them are in Holland. Other guests have been Tony Danza, Steve Tyrell, Kenny Rankin, Peter Cincotti, Ann Hampton Callaway, and of course, the members of the John Pizzarelli Quartet, along with daughter Madeline Pizzarelli and her grandfather, Bucky Pizzarelli.
12:00 P.M. BIG BAND BASH WITH FRANK MILLER-
The Sounds of the Great Big Bands from Yesterday and Today . CHECK OUT FRANK’S BLOG AT http://bigbandbashfm.blogspot.ca/
1:00 P.M. SITTIN IN WITH THE COOOL CAT WITH LISA DAVIS
1:24 P.M. THE SUNDAY PUZZLE
NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Will Shortz, The New York Times’ crossword editor and Weekend Edition puzzlemaster, play this week’s puzzle with Jonas Singer of Washington, D.C.
1:30 P.M. CAR TALK
America’s funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus. You don’t have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.
2:30 P.M BOOMER BOULEVARD
Come take a trip down Boomer Boulevard: it’s Memory Lane for Baby Boomers — but everyone is welcome! Listen to stories, nostalgia and old time radio programs we actually remember — shows like Gunsmoke, Our Miss Brooks, Have Gun-Will Travel, Ozzie & Harriet and many more! Your host Bob Bro is a story-teller and nostalgia buff whose shows have been featured on numerous venues since 2008. Join Bob as he shares his favorite memories about growing up in the 1950s & ’60s. Come along and cruise with us down Boomer Boulevard!
4:30 P.M BOOMERTOWN (REWIND)
5:30 P.M AT THE CROSSROADS BLUES RADIO (REWIND)
6:30 P.M. In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond WITH KEN LASTER-
From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here
7:30 P.M. PIANO JAZZ SHORTS
Conversations and improvisations with Marian McPartland and the brightest stars from the world of jazz.
|8:00 P..M. JAZZORAMA|
Jazz-O-Rama is an hour of vintage records – the lighter side of early jazz–presented by Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev)–from his personal 78rpm record collection
9:00 P.M. OLD TIME RADIO HOUR WITH JUSTINE WARD .
Welcome to the world of Old Time Radio! Travel back in time and listen to great radio mysteries, dramas and comedies from yesteryear.
Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers
Our Final Show Of The Summer of 2017- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!
Pop Up Radio
We invented this term, not Donald Trump. Each day we’ll just pop in and post a show on our live stream. So be sure and check it out after you surf this page.
THE LONGEVITY REVOLUTION AND THE EMERGING ECONOMY
Andy Sieg, Head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Age Wave CEO Ken Dychtwald teamed up to deliver the keynote “The Longevity Revolution and the Emerging Economy” at last month’s annual IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics—the largest worldwide conference on aging hosted over 6,000 professionals in gerontology and geriatrics.
With the advent of global demographic aging and many people living and working longer, issues pertaining to longevity, funding for later years, and discussions of life priorities in the next phase of their lives are coming to the fore. Together, Sieg and Dychtwald imparted significant insights on how the changing culture of aging is generating exciting possibilities for individuals and opportunities for business and investors in the massive, growing and global longevity economy. Kevin Crain, Head of Workplace Financial Solutions at Merrill Lynch facilitated a lively discussion between the two on ways the private and not-for-profit sectors can collaborate to help people live long, healthy, and productive lives.
Here is the entire presentation. Enjoy freely!
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Welcome to the home of “A Boomer Home Companion”, Canada’s #1 Podcast for Boomers and Beyond!
EVERY THURSDAY MORNING AT 9:00 A.M pst YOU CAN JOIN ALLAN LIVE IN THE CHAT ROOM.
It’s a cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter, and music from the jukebox of your life. North America’s #1 Podcast for Boomers and Beyond.
A Boomer Home Companion 8.25.17
On last week’s show 8.17.17
- After one of the craziest days in Donald Trump’s presidency, Jimmy Kimmel delivers a message to those who voted for him and presents a plan that could solve all of our problem.
40 years ago yesterday on August 16th, 1977, Elvis Presley died. This is a report from a news anchor Jim Mitchell who made the trip down to Memphis for the funeral. He even found local people from Kentuckiana who made the trip.
- And we have a very rare and intimate concert from June 1, 1957 that Elvis had with a few of his friends where he sings and recalls where it all started for him.
Red Robinson was the first Canadian disc jockey to play rock and roll music in Vancouver, B.C. At the age of 16, he started working at radio station CJOR and was one of the first DJs to play Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.
Yesterday was the 40th Anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. We found this rare up close and personal intimate concert with a few of his friends. I think you’ll love it!
You’re Never Too Old To Boogie Woogie!!
BPR ON THE WEEKEND
Join us on Boomer Public Radio Weekends starting at 9:00 a.m. pacific on Saturday with Canada’s #1 Podcast For Boomers and Beyond. “A Boomer Home Companion” hosted by veteran radio guy, Allan Holender.
Followed by Canada’s #1 Nostalgia Podcast, BoomerTown with Barry Bowman and Roger Currie. And then we’ve got golden oldies with Frank Allan from NYC and the best damn Blues show in Canada hosted by BPR’s resident Blues guy, Brant Zwicker.
Check out the rest of our weekend program lineup of Jazz on The Rocks with Shelley G. and of course our Sunday prime time morning show at 10:00 a.m. pst RADIO DELUXE with John and Jessica.
Enjoy the weekend, stay safe, drive carefully and remember what Smokey The Bear says;
CLICK ON OUR LIVE STREAM FOR THIS WEEKEND AND ALL WEEKENDS BEGINNING ON SATURDAYS AT 9:00 A.M. PST
If you have any trouble, you can always listen to our live broadcast at http://mixlr.com/boomerradioguy
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONY !
We celebrated Tony Bennett’s 91st birthday on a recent show- the man and his music on a very special BOOMER HOME COMPANION SHOW that day. Here is the podcast and script for that show.
But first a shout out to all of our fans and friends in Kamloops BC who listen to us on Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m on 92.5 FM THE X. On behalf of all British Columbians and Canadians we thank your for being such gracious hosts to the thousands who have been displaced by the hundreds of wildfires still burning in our province.
Six years ago the truly legendary American singer celebrated his 85th birthday in fine style, with a special concert at the historic London Palladium. Accompanied by his quartet, Tony Bennett moves effortlessly through a repertoire spanning 60 years, with songs such as Steppin’ Out With My Baby, The Good Life, Smile and his favourite, I Left My Heart In San Francisco. We will be hearing excerpts from that concert as well as tributes and interviews with Tony and of course Tony at his best SINGING AND SWINGING ! Click to listen below.
10 :00 A.M. SUNDAYS
RADIO DELUXE WITH JOHN PIZZARELI AND JESSICA MOLASKEY-Fabulous music, legendary guests, entertaining chatter with New York’s coolest couple broadcasting from their Lexington Avenue apartment. This week John and Jessica honor that day in New York, on August 1, 1998, when they were wed. They celebrate it every year, with favorite music and dinner out. It’s all very deluxe.
Tuesday marks the first of five nights at Birdland in Manhattan for John, Jessica, Maddie, Daniel Jobim (grandson of Antonio Carlos Jobim), and other excellent Brazillian musician
BOOMER HOME COMPANION PODCAST 7. 29. 17 “A SWINGIN SUMMER
This year marks the 150th anniversary of our nation’s birth free and proud, The Great North deserves something truly special to commemorate this incredible milestone. What better than a new Canadian Radio Station for a new generation of Boomers.
Boomer Public Radio looks to build a better radio network.
Veteran broadcast executive Allan Holender brings a fresh take to the radio of the future.
Allan Holender is the founder of Boomer Public Radio
The first internet radio broadcast in Canada was in 1997, and Allan Holender was behind the microphone in a little studio at Dowco Entertainment in Burnaby, B.C. That was exactly 20 years ago. So it’s fitting that some of the most creative experiments in the growing medium of radio online were developed by Holender over that time by building five global online radio networks.
Boomer Public Radio, a year-old company headquartered in West Kelowna , is trying to build a better listening experience for the underserved 98,000 Boomers in the Okanagan Valley and the 10 million Baby Boomers and beyond in Canada that are “hungry” for a radio network they can call their own. One that will remove nagging roadblocks for creative broadcast professionals and listeners alike. That puts the startup in competition with terrestrial radio stations both AM/FM with their default way of listening to radio in cars and at home on old style radios. BPR now is on the virtual dial streaming live.
If chief executive Allan Holender seems unfazed, it’s probably because he’s not new to the task. As the founder of terrestrial radio station C-ISL 650 in Richmond founded 37 years ago (see original owners above) that was just sold to Rogers, and online radio networks like Media On Tap, Positive World Radio, Conscious Planet Radio,and recently Okanagan & Peachland Radio.COM, Holender’s been working in the field since radio first crossed paths with the Internet.
“If you were to build radio now,” he says, “this is how you’d do it.”
OUR ONE BIG DREAM
“Our ONE big Dream is to be the preferred media choice for connecting the voices of Boomers from around the Okanagan, Canada, U.S. and the world where imagination and ideas flourish. Boomer Public Radio will be the #1 digital source for news, information,stories, conversations, entertainment, and music for the 10 million baby boomers in Canada and 80 million in the U.S. Boomers represent the fastest growing demographic in North America, and the most valuable generation in the history of marketing” according to Forbes Magazine”.-Allan Holender, Founder
“Boomer The Beaver” invites you to the Great Canadian Beach party every weekend this summer.
EVERY WEEKEND TILL SEPTEMBER TUNE IN TO OUR LIVE STREAM:
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(Encore) ON BOOMER HOME COMPANION 7.29.17
Then it doesn’t get any more Canadian than Roger Currie in Winnipeg and Barry Bowman in Victoria as they team up to host Boomertown, the #1 nostalgia podcast in Canada.
Then we head to New York City, where Frank Allan takes over the airwaves for four hours of unforgettable music from the 50’s , 60’s, Motown, Doowap, R & B.
Brant Zwicker in Kamloops than steps in to host the best damn Blues show in Canada. “At The Crossroads. Check it out and you’ll give it two big thumbs up!
Then grab your gal or guy and head down to your favourite Malt Shop. Don’t forget to bring a bunch of quarters for the old juke box, as it’s time for America’s Oldies But Goodies as we bring back the music of the fifties , sixties, and more. It’s an hour of milkshakes and memories .
We close out our day of programming with the Okanagan’s little secret, but no longer. BPR is proud to introduce listeners around the world to the voice of Shelley G from Kamloops as she hosts two hours of a Jazz Show that is getting rave reviews from Jazz aficionados everywhere.
And then it’s time to put your transistor radio under your pillow as we bring back those golden days of The Old Time Radio Theatre. From Fibber Magee and Molly to Suspense Theatre, it’s all guaranteed to bring you back to those days when radio was king and the airwaves were filled with the “theatre of the mind”.
About the show
THE HISTORY OF THE DJ American Radio 40’s – 50’s
American Rock ‘N’ Roll DJ’s The Top 40 radio format developed at WINS in New York, just as the transistor radio was invented. Teenagers gathered around coffee shop jukeboxes listening to Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, whilst America’s radio stations responded to rock and roll’s popularity by releasing the coolest and wildest DJs they could find onto their airwaves. Dick Biondi, Wolfman Jack, Casey Kasem, Jerry Blavet, Jocko, Murray the K, Dick Clark, The Real Don Steele each commanded enormous audience ratings on America’s top radio stations.
And check out these tunes from the Jukebox of your life:
- CHUCK BERRY SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN
- TERRY STAFFORD SUSPICION
- THE DIAMONDS LITTLE DARLIN
- THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE THE CASINOS
- LITTLE BOB AND THE LOLLIPOPS I CAN’T TAKE IT
- THE CHI-LITES HAVE YOU SEEN HER
- THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE HEY LOVER
- FRANKIE VALLE & THE FOUR SEASONS CHERI
- MACOYS HANG ON SLOOPY
- T-REX GET IT ON
- DORIS TROY JUST ONE LOOK
- CANNED HEAT LET’S WORK TOGETHER
- ALLMAN BROTHERS MIDNIGHT RIDER
- ALLMAN BROTHERS RAMBLIN MAN
- JIVE BUNNY LET’S SWING AGAIN
A RETRO WEEKEND
TODAY YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE REWIND OF THE BEST OF BPR 5.27.17
VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND SPECIAL REWIND
CLICK AND LISTEN
Just turn on your computer, bring your speakers outside and start the party. You can even pretend your I-Pad is a transistor radio and listen to the tunes on your patio.
ON A BOOMER HOME COMPANION 5.20.17
(VOICE TRACK) YES , I AM CLAIRES LITTLE BOY FROM EDMONTON, AND I ‘M SURE THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE LOST THEIR MOTHERS MOSTLY DUE TO OLD AGE WILL FIND TODAY’S SHOW INTERESTING. MY MOM WAS 96 WHEN SHE PASSED ON, AND I’M SURE SOME OF OUR LISTENERS HAVE MOMS THAT ARE STILL LIVING, SOME EVEN CELEBRATING THEIR 100TH BIRTHDAY. SO TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE “LONGEVITY REVOLUTION”
Two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived past the age of 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today. For a more local reference, when The U.S. Constitution was crafted, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was barely 36 years and the median age was a mere 16.
During the time of CANADA’S founding fathers, there was no anticipation of an “age wave.” In this regard, we are living in truly unchartered territory and longevity is humanity’s new frontier. As the baby boomers turn 70 at the rate of 10,000 a day, America andCANADA is becoming a “gerontocracy.” Already, 42% of the entire federal budget IN THE U.S. is spent on Medicare and Social Security. In the 2012 election, older adults out-powered all other age groups with 72% of men and women 65+ voting, while only 45% of those 18-29 did. IN BC’S RECENT ELECTION 46% OF THE VOTES CAST WERE FROM OLDER ADULTS.
This demographic transformation will create new lifestyle, social contribution, and marketplace opportunities as well as potentially devastating medical, fiscal, and intergenerational crises. Are we prepared? NO. Are CHRISTY CLARK OR JOHN HORGAN addressing this “age wave” and offering innovative solutions? NO. Has the political media of all persuasions been covering this issue and all its facets in proportion to its social, political and economic importance? NO. I watched every minute of every debate this past election in the Okanagan and I am outraged that these core issues have not been meaningfully covered.
One of my heroes who I have known since he began 36 years ago to prepare the world for the “AGE WAVE, will join us today.
Ken Dychtwald, President and CEO of Age Wave, delivers a keynote on “The Longevity Economy” to an elite group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors focusing on products and services for Boomers and older adults.
ALSO ON THIS SPECIAL VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND WE REMEMBER SOME OF THE LEGENDS IN MUSIC, FILM AND COMEDY.
LIKE THE GREAT COMEDY DUO OF CANADA’S OWN WAYNE AND SHUSTER -AND BECAUSE YOU’LL PROBABLY BE TRAVELLING THIS LONG WEEKEND. IT’S THEIR BIT ON CANADIAN TOURISTS .
To mark legendary CANADIAN jazz musician Peter Appleyard’s album, ‘Sophisticated Ladies’ he stopped in to CBC Studio 211 with some guests. WE’LL HEAR ‘Georgia on My Mind’ featuring Jackie Richardson
AND AFTER YOUVE GONE WITH VOCALISTS MOLLY JOHNSON
AND A SPECIAL RENDITION OF TANGERINE
WE REMEMBER ELLA
Writer-director Charlotte Zwerin’s documentary on jazz vocal icon Ella Fitzgerald was originally produced for Public Television’s American Masters series. The 1999 film, narrated by Tony Bennett, shoWcases the “First Lady of Song” through archival footage of early performances and television appearances. WE’LL HEAR PORTIONS OF THAT FILM.
AND LAST WEEK WE WERE’NT ABLE TO PLAY FOR YOU THE INTERVIEW JOHNNY CARSON HAD WITH SCREEN STAR DORIS DAY
AND AS LONG AS WE ARE REMEMBERING THIS WEEKEND…HOW ABOUT DEAN MARTIN– THE KING OF COOL
We’ll have A fascinating portrait of the ‘King of Cool,’ from his humble beginnings in Steubenville, OH (USA) to his death in 1995. (Think of it as ‘Dean Martin 101.’)
AND WE EVEN HAVE A RARE RECORDING OF WHAT ELSE FRANK AND DEAN AT THE BAR SINGING IMPROMPTU.
YOU CAN HEAR IT ALL . JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO LISTEN
BABY BOOMERS PUSH RETIREE GROWTH RATE TO HIGHEST IN 70 YEARS
CANADA’S OLDEST TOWNS OFFER LESSONS FOR AN AGING NATION
Census 2016: The growing age gap, gender ratios and other key takeaways
BPR REWIND 5.13.17
THE END OF AN ERA
C-ISL AM 650 SOLD TO ROGERS FOR AN ALL SPORTS STATION
THE STATION I HELPED START IN RICHMOND. B.C. BACK IN 1980
HERE’S THE HISTORY
HERE ARE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS (I’m the handsome guy with the moustache)
Left to right; Tom Sponarski, Allan Holender,Michael Dickinson, Leon Geyser
ON THE AIR WITH CANADA’S ONLY RADIO NETWORK FOR BOOMERS
Every Saturday is BPR’s National Day Of Recognition For Boomers.
Tell your friends in Kamloops….
A Boomer Home Companion can now be heard Saturdays from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in Kamloops on 92.5 The X – CFBX-FM http://www.thex.ca/
The local campus and community radio station. We LOVE Community Radio!
(VOICE TRACK) HI EVERYBODY AND WELCOME BACK TO THE ONE RADIO PROGRAM YOU CAN COUNT ON TO BRING BACK A MEMORY OR TWO, A SONG THAT IS FAMILIAR, A MOVIE YOU CAN REMEMBER, AN OLD RADIO SHOW YOU LISTENED TO, A FAVOURITE COMMERCIAL YOU HEARD ON THE RADIO AS A KID, A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN RADIO WAS YOUR HOME COMPANION, AND WITHOUT TELEVISION, YOU EXPERIENCED THE GREATEST JOY OF ALL “THE THEATRE OF THE MIND”. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO BRING BACK THOSE FEELINGS FOR YOU EACH WEEK, TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THE CRAZINESS THAT FILLS THE MEDIA SPACES, WHETHER IT’S T.V., RADIO, NEWSPAPERS, OR THE INTERNET. THE WHOLE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS PRE-OCCUPIED WITH WHAT I CALL CNN–[CONSTANT NEGATIVE NEWS). IT’S NOT HEALTHY FOR YOUR BODY OR YOUR MIND. HOPEFULLY WE CAN BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE AND A WARM AND FUZZY FEELING IN YOUR HEART.
HERE’S A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THIS WEEK’S SHOW FOR YOUR EARS ONLY!
LAST WEEK’S BOOMER HOME COMPANION
A BOOMER HOME COMPANION FROM TWO WEEK’S AGO
SPECIAL SUNDAY FEATURE
SATURDAYS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME NOW THAT YOU FOUND CANADA’S PREMIERE RADIO NETWORK FOR BOOMERS AND BEYOND! JUST TUNE IN ON THE DIGITAL RADIO DIAL ON SATURDAYS FROM 9:00 A.M. PACIFIC
HERE IS OUR LIVE STREAM
IF YOU MISSED THE BIG BOOMER RECORD PARTY HERE IS THE LINK TO THE FULL 12 HOUR LINEUP OF MEMORABLE MUSIC AND AWARD WINNING HOSTS: http://mixlr.com/boomerradioguy/showreel/the-big-boomer-record-party/
A REWIND OF SATURDAY’S BOOMER HOME COMPANION WITH ALLAN HOLENDER
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO THE REWIND OF PROGRAMS
LISTEN TO A SPECIAL EASTER BUNNY BOOMER HOME COMPANION
CLICK ON THE LINK TO LISTEN TO THE REWIND OF OUR PROGRAMMING FOR 4.8.17.
A WONDERFUL STORY TO SHARE
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO LAST SATURDAY’S ALL DAY PROGRAMMING
9:00 A.M. A BOOMER HOME COMPANION WITH ALLAN HOLENDER
A cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter, and music from the jukebox of your life.
On one of our shows we interviewed Herb Gross from the famous rock band of the sixties,The Invictas,
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A nice article in the Kelowna Capital News on Boomer Public Radio. Here is the link:
HEY BOOMER HOME COMPANION FANS! WANT TO HEAR AND SEE A SONG YOU HEARD ON ONE OF THE SHOWS. ALL THE MUSIC VIDEOS FROM THE SHOW ARE ON OUR BLOG AT: http://boomerpublicradio.blogspot.ca/
A CANADIAN CBC RADIO LEGEND PASSES AWAY
STUART MACLEAN R.I.P
A BIG THANKS TO THE 583 LISTENERS WHO TUNED INTO OUR VIRTUAL LAUNCH PARTY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.
IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO LISTEN. HERE IS THE ORIGINAL 12 HOUR BROADCAST:
THIS WAS OUR MID WINTER BHC SHOW LINK
A BOOMER HOME COMPANION SAMPLE SHOW (North America’s #1 podcast for Boomers and Beyond )
What happens when your Doctor Retires?
In the War Room, the U.S President (Peter Sellers) is making a phone call to the U.S.S.R President. From Dr. Strangelove 1964. Fast forward to Trump calling Putin
There’s no way that this act could be done today. Our politically correct society would scream “racism.” The truth is that Frank, Dean and Sammy loved each other as brothers in the truest sense of the word. Frank and Dean refused to perform at any casino that refused Sammy a room. Sammy never complained back then and just performed. But then again this was a different time and Sammy, Dean and Frank had class, character and were real men. JOHNNY CARSON hosts this rare live show with the Rat Pack. It’s vintage COOL!
Mel Tormé – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore [outtake] (The Judy Garland Show) with June Allyson
- From the old time radio vault: Fibber Magee and Molly look for Maple Syrup in the 1940’s and Canada’s own The Happy Gang from 1950
Vintage Jack Webb with “Just The Facts Maam”
And then there is Kelly Ann Conway being interviewed on her version of “alternate facts”
A tribute to Mary Tyler Moore
Bill Mahr on Donald Trump
As we shiver and shudder our way into 2017, the world around us looks a bit scary. Time to look back at those warm and fuzzy times, because they ain’t comin back Boomers. Roxanne and I are now binge watching Leave It To Beaver episodes to help us remember how GREAT and simple life was back then.
Enough depressing talk, we’ve got some exciting news to share that will make you want to come back again and again to Boomer Public Radio, just so you can feel good about everything again. I’ll be unveiling our NEW program lineup for 2017 and you’ll get a sneak peek into the shows and meet the hosts. Hey, I might even dig up an old LITB episode so you we can channel Ward, June, Wally and the Beave.
Lots of Hot Jazz for a Cool Winter Day. Test your Boomer trivia, and we’ll spotlight some of the great articles from our Boomer Gazette newspaper. So stop shovelling the snow, come in from the cold, put a log on the fire, warm up the hot chocolate and snuggle up to those new speakers you bought for your computer, so you can now listen to us in digital static free hi-def sound. We’ll be waiting for you, so just knock three times, or was that the secret code to Hernandos Hideaway…just testing….. now you just have to click and play…nice and simple just like the old days.
Your humble radio DJ…
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” A BOOMER HOME COMPANION ” is a cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter, and music from the jukebox of your life”, host and producer Allan Holender says. “Do you remember the songs you listened to, danced to, kissed to, and cherish”? The program also features candid and insightful interviews with prominent boomers from all walks of life. Allan will be inviting a whole range of interesting folks from around the world to pull up a chair to the big breakfast table and engage in conversation. There’s lots of room for you too!” The show airs LIVE on the BPR Network and is also available later as a podcast.
Holender, born in Edmonton,Alberta was an early pioneer of Internet broadcasting in Canada with over 40 years in the broadcasting industry. Allan has been a producer, nationally syndicated host and co-founder of a terrestrial radio station in the lower mainland of British Columbia. As an early adapter, Allan was at the forefront of developing content rich programming for digital online radio networks in both Canada and the U.S.; Media On Tap, Positive World Radio, Conscious Planet Radio, Peachland Radio and Okanagan Radio . He was one of the first in Canada to broadcast using the internet in 1997.
“I’d like to start a new conversation about active aging in Canada”. We’ll be talking to fellow Boomers from B.C. to Newfoundland about what it means to be getting older, while at the same time, re-inventing, rejuvenating, and re-designing their lives with innovative and creative ideas.””All Boomers have one thing in common”, says Holender. “We all grew up with the radio as our companion in life. We had it by our bedside, in our kitchen, our living room, our rumpus/rec room, our garage, in our cars, at the beach, and at work.” Many Boomers lament that it is difficult nowadays to find a radio station that really cares or caters to their lost generation.
Holender says ” We can fill that gap through NarrowCasting, which allows us to communicate our content to a specific group of Boomers simultaneously over our unique boutique Boomer Public Radio Network”.
Although the program will originate from Canada, the topics and discussions will be general enough to appeal to the 80 million Boomers in the U.S. and around the world.
That’s the beauty of this new media platform, says Holender, you can go LIVE and within seconds people from around the world are listening to you on their internet connection.” I love the idea of bringing back the way radio used to sound with new technology
Holender says this about the future of Boomer Public Radio;”Our ONE big Dream is to be the preferred media choice for connecting the voices of Boomers from around the world where imagination and ideas flourish. Boomer Public Radio can be the #1 source for news, information,stories, conversations, and entertainment for the 80 million baby boomers in the U.S. and 10 million in Canada.
We are also integrating a daily digital newspaper “The Boomer Gazette” into our new media platform, which allows Boomers to have instant access to news, information, and stories all about their generation.”
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