TORONTO – Randy Bachman says his rock ‘n’ roll radio show ultimately didn’t work.
Less than a year after the cancellation of “Vinyl Tap” by CBC Radio, the 78-year-old musician from Winnipeg announced to The Canadian Press that he will relaunch the series on March 6 on commercial radio.
A new syndicated version was picked up by Corus Entertainment for play on nearly a dozen of its rock stations across the country. The episodes will air on Sundays in most markets, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and others.
It’s a win for Bachman, who last year described being shocked by CBC’s decision to ax his series, citing lower ratings.
“Vinyl Tap” debuted on CBC in 2005 as a platform for Bachman to spin classic rock favorites while sharing his knowledge of music history and memories of life on the road. The final episode aired on Canada Day 2021.
“I had a 16-year-old audition and I passed it,” Bachman joked in an interview from his home in Victoria.
“It’s a very familiar groove…I’m really happy and comfortable doing this show.”
“Vinyl Tap” will follow its familiar format, although frequent listeners may notice a few changes. One of the most important is the introduction of commercial breaks in the two-hour duration.
Bachman said broadcasters also wanted him to spend early episodes introducing himself to new audiences by recalling his own rise – from young violinist to founding member of Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
After that, he promises to explore the roots of classic rock, jazz and the contemporary music they inspired.
“I play everything – three, four or five decades of music,” he said.
“My fans have thanked me for playing this music. I get letters from 11 or 14 year olds saying, ‘Thanks for playing Robert Johnson.’ We’ve only heard of this guy. We can’t buy his record. We don’t know where to hear him.
Bachman plans to tape an additional 12 episodes each year to meet syndication requirements, increasing his annual output to 48 original shows from CBC’s roughly 36.
Those extra hours will give him plenty of time to share new adventures, like his long search for a rare guitar stolen from his Toronto hotel room in 1976.
Last year, Bachman learned that the missing orange Gretsch from 1957 – which he used to write No. 1 hits ‘These Eyes’, ‘American Woman’ and ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ – had appeared in Japan. .
He now plans to fly overseas and retrieve what he considers his lucky charm.
“The guitar was stolen and I never got a #1 song or album (after that). Dumbo’s magic feather was gone,” he said.
“Now when I get the guitar back, who knows? Maybe the Magic Feather is back. Dumbo can fly again and we have a record of success.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 15, 2022.
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