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Interview with Wild William Wesley

Interview with Wild William Wesley

This is an article from August 30, 1989 which was printed in Terrace Standard about our very own Wild William Wesley.

The CEO of CFNR Network, Greg Smith says, “CFNR has come a long way since August 1989 where we are now Networked to over 50 communities throughout the Northern half of BC, & heard in many counties from our website streaming. With all the changes that took place since 1989 the only constant has been Wild William Wesley!”

And this is true. William Wesley is phenomenally well known in BC not only in aboriginal communities but within non-aboriginal people. On some instances he has been asked for autographs and pictures.

Q :: When was the first time you went on air?
William Wesley :: I was 37 years old. We were more concerned about the cultural native aspect. Our format consisted of story telling, original drumming and singing, legends and myths, and our music content consisted of native artists. ’89 is the first year we went full satellite – all programs were pre-recorded for the mix co-op radio in Vancouver.

Q :: What’s your best memory from going on air?
William Wesley :: The first time I went on air I was excited & proud. Walked around carrying a Sony 3000. And I still get excited when I go on air – I make new friends everyday.

Q :: How did you become “Wild William Wesley” from William Wesley?
William Wesley :: My marker then was Dr. Bill and Dr of Music before. Then CFNR went World Wide Web. So the program director came up with the idea of adding an extra ‘W’ to William Wesley. Hence ‘Wild’. Not that I am or was wild at the time hahah. In 60’s and 70’s I may have been but…I can’t say much you know!!

Q :: What is favorite music?
William Wesley:: I am a fan of Classic rock and 50’s and 60’s Graffiti music.

The program director of CFNR Craig Ellis said, “Since 1989, radio itself has undergone many technical changes; from tape and vinyl recordings to digital audio, the incorporation of computers used to store, manipulate and automate those audio files and the use of the internet to share, capture and distribute information and audio. The one constant that remains the same and cannot be replaced by technology is the key role that personality plays in radio. Wild William Wesley is the definition of radio personality. He is that unseen but well known friend on the other side of the speaker that can’t wait to play your favorite musical memory, tell you what to expect for your day weather wise – how your favorite hockey team did last night, or just be a sympathetic ear when you have tough times. In short, the irreplaceable DJ.”

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One comment

  1. Never knew their original office was on Lazelle. I think that’s awesome that Bill gets asked for photo’s and autographs.

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