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EP 262 | The final 2 interviews with The Last DJ, Red Robinson



Red Robinson was the first announcer to play rock music on the radio in Canada. He was 16 years old.

Imagine the lives he influenced. Loved by teens. Hated and hounded by parents and adults.

Red made no distinction between black and white artists:  he just played the hits.

That drive and determination took him all the way to induction into the Rock Hall of Fame.

I’m told I did the last interviews with Red Robinson.

He was in a retirement home in Vancouver and living with his memories.

Red was directly responsible for the turning point in my career. He phoned me at CKCK in  Regina and asked “Would you like to come home.? Back to the West Coast?

One of the happiest moments in my life.

We became friends and co-workers.

His timing was impeccable.  He was the right guy. In the right place. At the right time

He got to play and then meet and interview

Elvis Presley

The Everly Brothers

Jerry Lee Lewis

Roy Orbison

James Brown

Bill Haley

Carl Perkins

Johnny Cash

Little Richard

Jackie Wilson

Fats Domino

Chuck Berry

Ray Charles

Rickie Nelson

Buddy Holly

Sam Cooke

Patsy Cline

Peggy Lee


The Beatles.

He Introduced The Beatles at their Vancouver Concert.

Started the careers of many many announcers. Me for one.

Changed the lives of millions of teens during the late ’50s and 60’s.

I have a number of interviews with Red…

The last two were Zoom interviews. The first didn’t go well. Red couldn’t hear the questions but the second and last in 2022 went much better.

This Podcast is both of those Zoom interviews back to back. The first was in March 2022 and the second October 2022.

I hope it tells some of the story of his life, the music he played, the lives he changed and his place in Canadian radio.

Red died on April 1, 2023.  He was 86


Mulligan Stew July1st 2023 – Remembering The original rock DJ Red Robinson (Hall of Fame) and Canadian donors in Texas


Red Robinson died this year.  A sell-out crowd of fans and many friends filled The Commodore Ballroom to remember the man who singlehandedly brought rock and roll to Canadian airwaves. Millions of listeners truly loved him in and around Vancouver and  Red was directly responsible for the first wild formative years of rock on radio North of the Border.
Red also introduced black artists to a generation who had never heard of them.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Red was directing traffic at the Rock Crossroads.
He was recognized for his place in music history by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. (also called and hired me on the prairies and brought me back to Vancouver. Red changed my life.)
In the last two years of Red’s life, I decided to ask my friend to sit down on Zoom and allow me to ask questions about the artists he met and became friends with and the lives he changed in his audience.
Just think about it …Red got to interview and introduce
  • Elvis Presley
  • Roy Orbison
  • Fats Domino
  • Little Richard
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Everly Brothers
  • Chuck Berry
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bill Haley
  • Buddy Holly
  • Ray Charles
  • Sam Cooke
  • Bo Diddley
  • James Brown
  • The Beatles
I interviewed him twice… March 2022 and October 2022.
I felt the first one was not his or my best and thus the follow-up.
Those were the last two interviews he did.
That’s Hour Two of The Stew – Hour One as donor-driven suggestions and requests. Connect Canadian artists who toured and recorded in the USA and American artists who chose to play live and record in Canada.  Plus we play the best of us
Joni. Neil. The Band. As many as we can fit in.



The Stew-Remembering Red Robinson Terry David Mulligan Canada Day 2023
sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Best of Neil
copperhead road (live) Steve Earle Live in Calgary (Copperhead Deluxe)
A cade of you (Live) Kris Kristofferson and Brandi Carlile Joni 75
Under Pressure (live) Queen Queen Rock Montreal
If you could read my mind Johnny Cash CASH
A Salty Dog (live) Procol Harum Live in Concert. Edmonton Symphony
The last 2 Red Robinson Interviews with Terry David Mulligan Details MulliganStewdotca
Up in Canada The Sheepdogs Changing Colours
Beyond the Stars Tami Neilson and Willie Nelson Kingmaker
Deane House (Stampede) River Cafe (Folk Festival) Make a reservation
Helpless (live) The Band with Neil Young (& Joni Mitchell) The Last Waltz
Four Strong Winds The Band with Neil and Joni The Last Waltz
Suzanne (Live in Vancouver) Leonard Cohen Cohen Live
Manitoba Sunset at Motel 6 Tami Neilson Sassafrass
Mulligan Stew TDMulligan [email protected]
NEXT – Remembering Red Robinson His last 2 interviews with TDMulligan
Red Robinson Interview from 2022 with Terry David Mulligan Red’s inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame
I got a woman Ray Charles Ray Charles
DJ Red Robinson Rock Hall of Fame Interview with TDM Complete interview on Mulligan Stew Podcast
Heart Break Hotel Elvis Presley 30 #1’s
Red Robinson Interview Complete interview on tdm YouTube channel and Mulligan Stew Podcast
Lucille Little Richard Good Golly
Red Robinson The Last DJ Interview with TDM Rock Hall of Fame
Only the Lonely Roy Orbison Sings Lonely and Blue
Red Robinson – The Last DJ Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame Interviews from 2022
Johnny B Goode Chuck Berry Best of
Red Robinson – Rock Radio Pioneer These are his last two interviews. with terry david mulligan
Lewis Boogie Jerry Lee Lewis Goldies R&R
Complete Red Robinson Interview Mulligan Stew Podcast and TDM YouTube Channel
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino Best of
Red Robinson Canada’s first rock DJ Reflections on his career
Trying to get to you Elvis Presley Best of
Coyotes Banff – wishes U Happy Canada Day Red Robinson – The First and Last DJ complete on Mulligan Stew Podcast and YouTube Channel
Since when 54.4 La Difference – A History Unplugged
ooh baby hold me Colin James Miles to go
Drive all night The Bros. Landreth Come Morning
Happy Canada Day How Lucky are weeeeee To live on this spot on Earth?
For loving me Gordon Lightfoot Lightfoot

Mulligan Stew July 5th-Dj Red Robinson Interview



Arts club classic Vancouver, 1957. Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the biggest hits of the time—from the raucous “Great Balls of Fire” and “Jailhouse Rock” to ballads like “Diana” and “Crying.” This infectious musical captures the excitement and innocence of the city’s burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene.
REd Rock Diner

About Red

Red Robinson’s roots go back to the beginning of Rock’n’Roll.
Red was spinning the hits on Vancouver’s CJOR while still in high school in 1954. He was the first DJ to play rock’n’roll music on a regular basis in Canada. In 1957, Red jumped to Vancouver Top 40 giantCKWX, where he met Buddy Holly and Elvis and was MC for Elvis’ appearance.
In 1964, Red introduced The Beatles on the same stage where Elvis appeared seven years earlier.  I couldn’t wait to talk to Red about his life and times with legends such as:
Wynonie Harris , Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, Bobby Darin, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Ray Charles, The Every Brothers.
His web site is :
And we play them the second hour..

 Red and TDMListen to my RAW Interview with Red Robinson here:       Red Robinson RAW June 2014




Highway 61 (live) John Mellencamp JM performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall July 31 2003
Satellite (live) Dave Mathews Band Live at Red Rocks
Born in the USA (live) Bruce Springsteen The Bridge School Concerts
Don’t make them like they used to The harpoonist & the Axe Murderer A real fine Mess
Tommy Gun (live) The Clash Live / Mojo
Instead Madeleine Peyroux Bare Bones
Taking it to the Break TDM/The Stew
Daytime Nighttime Keith Hampshire single
Wondering where the Lions are (live) Bruce Cockburn Roots Essentials Vol 1
Stones in my Passway (live) John Mellencamp JM performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall July 31 2003
Water or Gasoline Blackie & the Rodeo Kings Roots Essentials Vol 1
sneaking Sally through the Alley (live) Colin James Twenty Five Live
Down by the Henry Moore Murray McLachlan Songs from the street
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Rock&Roll: The Early Days
Please Hold. We’ll be right back with Red Robinson. Canada’s 1st Rock DJ and all the stars from rocks roots
Host TDM playlist
Pink Houses (live) John Mellencamp JM performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall July 31 2003
Driven to Tears (live) Sting Bring on the Night
Break Loading up the tunes for Red Robinson playlist
TDM and Red How it all started
Good Rockin Tonight Wynonie Harris Rock&Roll: The Early Days
tdm and Red Jerry Lee & Chuck Berry
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis Rock&Roll: The Early Days
Maybelline Chuck Berry Rock&Roll: The Early Days
TDM and Red Talking Ritchie Valens & Bobby Darin
Queen of the Hop Bobby Darin Best of
La Bamba Ritchie Valens The Ritchie Valens Story
tdm and Red Robinson Stories of Little Richard and The Fat Man
Tutti Fruiti Little Richard Rock&Roll: The Early Days
Blue Monday Fats Domino They call me The Fat Man Box Set
tdm and red Talking Elvis – first impressions
Heartbreak Hotel – Live in Vegas May 1956 Elvis Presley The Complete 50’s Masters
tdm and Red Robinson Memories of Buddy Holly. Sam Cooke. James Brown. Ray Charles
Cupid Sam Cooke best of
Mess Around Ray Charles Ultimate hits Collection
tdm and red the wrap up..
Wake up Little Susie The Everly Bros Uncut: The Beatles
Thank You Red Keep on Rockin TDM/The Stew