John ‘The RockDoctor’ Kereiff
Born in Victoria, BC, Canada, the son of a nurse and a sailor, I fell in love with music at an early age. As a toddler my first record was “Percy The Friendly Seal”; not too long after that, I stole one of my sister’s Beatles albums, and the die was cast.
I grew up listening to everything that came into the house, and on the radio too. I started with what my parents and 3 older siblings were bringing home, then started to develop my own taste… Neil Diamond and Creedence Clearwater Revival are still favorites. In 1971 I heard my first Black Sabbath record and everything changed… and got louder.
In the summer of 1975, going into my last year of high school, I landed my first radio gig at the local station, and it’s been a love affair ever since. I’ve done other things for a living, sure- those were ‘jobs’. The only profession I’ve considered a career is radio.
I’ve worked at many radio stations over the years in British Columbia and Alberta, but watched with dismay as the business gave itself over to corporate structures; consolidated resources, pre-programmed playlists on computers, and the almighty bottom line. It has not been a good place for true music lovers to be. So imagine my delight when UDJ came along; a place for deejays to ply their trade, to share the music that excites them because they’re good songs- not because some bean-counter at head office says you have to!
I get two hours every week to share music with you that I think is worth a listen. Oh sure there’ll be hits, but there’ll be awesome album tracks, rarities and more, from virtually every genre. I’m a musical slut, so strap in… it’s going to be quite a ride!
RADIO STATIONS JOHN THE ROCK DOCTOR HAS WORKED FOR OVER THE YEARS
CKQR: Castlegar, BC (5 times)
CKPG: Prince George, BC
CJCI: Prince George, BC
CJAT: Trail BC
CKCQ: Quesnel, BC
CKRX: Kamloops, BC (“K-97”)
CKLZ: Kelowna, BC (“The Lizard”)
CIZZ: Red Deer, Alberta (Zed-99)
CIOI: Rossland, BC (Co-op Radio)
The Newcap Broadcasting Northeast Alberta Hub (worked for all 7 stations at the same time!)
CKSA: Lloydminster, AB
CKWY: Wainwright, AB
CKEY: Wainwright, AB
CJEG: Bonnyville, AB
CJXK: Cold Lake, AB
CILB: Lac La Biche, AB
CHSP: St. Paul, AB