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Dorothy Dobbie

Lifestyles 55 is adding a new brand of joy for our audience: 24-hour digital radio, a first for Winnipeg.

We go on the air with our first live broadcast May 1, 2022. To find us, all you need to do is google Lifestyles 55 digital, but you can also tune in with any of your favourite digital apps.

We have been working on this for a year. A group of seasoned broadcasters and radio lovers has been adding an audio feature to our What’s Up Winnipeg – Lifestyles 55 website through a series of podcasts. In total, we have more than 90 episodes online ready for your listening pleasure as you wait out the rest of this month and while we prepare for our fully programmed, 24-hour casting in May.

There are eight principles in our company, five with their own shows. 

Chris Golden present Golden’s Oldies; a light-hearted look back at the British charts through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Sprinkled with anecdotes of working in the biggest UK venues and unusual song facts, Chris brings a touch of fun from his days over three decades as a UK disc jockey. 

John Einarson’s show is My Generation. John is a well-known musicologist and author. He presents a fast-paced eclectic smorgasbord of musical flotsam and jetsam from the 1960s and 70s along with plenty of platter chatter about the artists and the recordings. It’s an hour of music you won’t want to miss.

Alex Regiec and John Panting present The Rec Room. Johnny “Lightning” Panting and “Captain” Alex Regiec welcome you down into their basement rec room for a journey back in time when shag carpeting, flair leg pants, lava lamps, ripple chips with onion dip and vinyl 45 RPM records were all the rage! The boys wind up the old turntable and spin some of the best pop, rock and one-hit wonders that the ‘60s, ‘70s and 80s had to offer. 

Jim Ingebrigtsen’s Radio Redux, will include interviews from time to time, including Colin Blunstone (The Zombies), Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) and Peter No-one (coming up in early April). When not interviewing, Radio Redux will be filled primarily with mid-50s to mid-60s music, what Jim calls. “a cool, cacophonous collection of crooners and cronies”. 

Yours truly, Dorothy Dobbie, will continue The Gardener for a time, gradually letting my daughter Shauna replace me with our Canada’s Local Gardener podcast, turned radio show. I am hoping to mount a new feature called Issues in the News, interviewing all sort of interesting people, both political and non-political, about the issues that affect us today.

 Ian Leatt and Dwight McAuley round out the roster, although Dwight has a talk show in mind, too. Ian is taking care of the business side of things.

Joining us on air when we go live are Greg Gardner with his Sounds of Summer. Bill Quinn will fill that well rooted need for the soothing sounds of Country, and Walle Larsson will focus on jazz. Glen Kowalchuk, who used to produce my show on CJOB, is planning to delight you with tales of the arcane: spooky stories, UFOs and other creepy things that might just go bump in the night. Well known writer and music producer, Dan Donahue, will be joining us a little later in the summer as his work load permits. 

This is our starting lineup. Other stars will be added as we go along. This is exciting news for listeners who are looking for something new that is focused on entertainment, not corporate ratings, and will deliver unfiltered opinions.

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