The legendary radio personality Brian ‘Frosty’ Forst discusses his many years on CKNW, the personalities he worked with, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
One of the great treats doing this is that from time to time you get to talk to real legends, but beyond that you have the opportunity to talk to remarkable people you grew up with, people who entertained and enlightened you for many years. Brian Forst joins me now. Better known as Frosty Forst, who for over 30 years ruled the morning airwaves as the host on CKNW’s ratings leader, made many a morning a little more fun with his rapier wit, charm, and what Jack Wasserman described as his ‘sabre-tongue.’ Nobody was funnier, nobody was as quick-witted. From 1973, when he succeeded Bob Hutton, to 2005, he was tops in this town, 32 years out of a career that spanned more than fifty years. We’ll reflect on radio’s past, present and future. I’ll get Mr. Forst to indulge me in reminiscing about some former colleagues, some legends in the lore of Vancouver radio. Since retiring nearly a decade ago, the infamously reclusive Brian Forst has done very few interviews, chiefly a terrific radio history interview with Mike Cleaver , and an appearance or two with Jim Goddard . I am very pleased to welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, from a double-wide in Newton, Brian Frosty Forst; Mr. Forst, good morning.