A photo of Steve Opitz and Bernie Pascall hosting a children’s show on CHAT TV in 1963 or 1964. Both these announcers went on to have very successful careers in broadcasting. Steve was a DJ at CHAT Radio and hosted a number of music shows on TV. He left Medicine Hat in 1965 and landed a job as a DJ at pirate radio station Radio Caroline in England transmitting “illegal” rock and roll from an offshore ship to British teenagers during the height of the British Invasion (ie: Manfred Mann, The Searchers, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones etc) where he was known as Steve Young. His colleague and to this day good friend was Keith Hampshire, who scored a major hit with the song “the First Cut Is The Deepest” in 1973 and Daytime Night-Time in 1972. He served as MC at shows by many of the top English 1960s rock bands…the Kinks, The Rolling Stones to name just a few. After his return to Canada he worked in Kelowna and Edmonton until arriving in Victoria where he currently resides.. Bernie Pascall left CHAT TV and went to Vancouver where he became a top sportscaster for BCTV doing play by play for the Vancouver Canucks for many years as well as announcing CFL football. He did play by play at the Miracle On Ice 1980 American gold medal hockey game and covered the 1976 Olympics, to list just a few highlights.
One of the highlights of the year for Medicine Hat teens in the 50s and 60s was the annual Teen Queen ball and the choosing of the Teen Queen for the year. This photo is of CHAT Radio personality Steve Opitz interviewing the 1963 Teen Queen ( Does anyone know who that is??).
This is a photo taken in the CHAT TV studio and includes the host of the weekly TV show, Studio A , Steve Opitz ( now known as Steve Young). Steve went on to be a DJ on pirate radio station Radio Caroline during the height of the British Invasion ( pop music invasion that is) in England in 1965. , L to R….Ed Sehn (guitar), Ron Mayer (drums), Ole Johnson (bass), Klaas Craats (guitar) and host Steve Opitz. Both CHAT TV and radio, with DJs like Wayne Craven, Steve Opitz and Pat Pearson, were always very supportive of local talent. Bands could count on frequent mentions of upcoming live band dates on both radio and TV which elevated bands to a new status and helped greatly in attracting crowds to live events. Below is an example of the great publicity that being on TV could provide…..Steve Opitz(Young) introducing a 1963 Cavaliers TV show and mentioning upcoming performances.
Audio: Steve Opitz introducing a Cavaliers TV show:
Below is a cool audio clip of Steve Opitz (Young) as he sounded on the British Radio Caroline in 1967.