Roy's Record Room on CKUA

Tune in every Sunday at 1 PM Mountain Time / Noon Pacific Time, to Roooooy’s Record Room, the show that continues to revolve. You can stream it live at Fifteen years and counting!

Roy’s Record Room is a weekly radio show on the CKUA Radio Network, Hosted by singer/songwriter/performer/broadcaster, Roy Forbes. RRR is a program that unravels and reveals the roots of today’s tunes, for the pure joy of it. Roy spins some familiar but mostly obscure 78s, 45s and LPs from his ever-expanding record collection – sides that don’t show up on many other stations. He loves all kinds of music and explores that eclectic passion weekly on Triple-R Radio.

Roy first came to CKUA at the age of twenty in 1973, when he was invited to guest on Holger Petersen’s legendary ACME Sausage Company program. CKUA has supported Roy and his music since those early days, with his new album, “Edge Of Blue”, having recently spent some time in the upper reaches of CKUA’s Top 20 album chart. Roy’s Record Room (RRR) launched in 2006.

"I love the sense of history that CKUA gives me as a listener as well as the sense of the now and the future," says Roy. "CKUA is the sound of surprise. You never know what you'll hear next”.

Roy’s record collection is more like a record library - running into the thousands of discs, with some even sent in by loyal RRR listeners. His appetite for music is virtually unlimited and he finds creative revelations everywhere.


Jazzy 78s from the Crates

It’s a jazzy shellac world this week on Roy’s Record Room as Triple-R host, Roy Forbes, digs deep in those crates of 78s for some serious early jazz action. You’ll hear indispensable sides from the likes of Bix Beiderbecke, Jay McShann’s Kansas City Stompers with Julia Lee, Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers, Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and so much more.

Among the many highlights is a 1932 platter from the Washboard Rhythm Kings, an informal collective of top-flight jazzers who made numerous loose, jug-band type discs between 1930 and 1935. Their washboard-driven recording of Irving Berlin’s “How Deep Is The Ocean” features some inspired wordless vocalizing from early scat pioneer, Leo Watson. Not to be missed.

The spin begins this Sunday, February 5th, 2 PM, Mountain, on CKUA. Dial in for a stack of jazzy 78s from the crates on Rooooy’s Record Room, The show that revolves and reveals. Sixteen years and counting.

A Fresh Fingerfulla 45s

This week, on Triple-R Radio, Roy checks out a fresh stack of 45s that recently showed up in The Room. You’ll hear the obscure and the familiar from the likes of Doris Troy, Joe Barry, the Flamingos, the Fiestas, Alvin Cash & the Crawlers, the Impressions, the Marvelettes, and so many more.

Here’s a FUN highlight. Before the official British Invasion led by the Beatles in 1964, two of the top English rock ‘n’ roll imports to Canada were Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Cliff and the Shadows were all over the radio, together and separately. Well, actually, most of the early Cliff Richard 45s featured the Shadows as his backing band. Like “Dancing Shoes”, from 1963.

The spin begins this Sunday, January 29th, at 2 PM on CKUA. Tune in for a Fingerfulla 45s on Roooy’s Record Room, the show that continues to revolve.

More 78s From The Crates

Hecks-a-poppin this week on Roy’s Record Room as Mr. Forbes presents another instalment in the ‘78s from the crates series. You’ll hear a 1930 super session with the Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers, joined by Louis Armstrong and his wife, Lil, for an unforgettable musical meeting. Bessie Smith sings of the devastating Christmas Day Nashville flood of 1926 Hank Williams sings about another river. John Lee Hooker hears his mama and papa talking late into the night.

A true highlight is a 1953 disc from Portuguese singer, Amalia Rodrigues, Queen of Fado. Amalia declares her lifelong love for Fado. She says, “Fado was my beginning, it will be my end”. Portugal declared its love for Amalia by declaring three days of mourning upon her death in 1999.

The spin begins on Sunday, January 22nd, 2 PM, Mountain, on CKUA. Dial in for more 78s from the crates on Rooooy’s Record Room, the show that continues to revolve.

78s from the Crates – 2022 Highlights

2022 was another year of discovery on Triple-R Radio’s ‘78s from the crates’ series. This New Years Day, Roy spins some of the shellac that stood out. You’ll hear Western Swing from Spade Cooley. Hot string band Hillbilly from the Plainsmen. Jive vocals from the Royal Rhythm Boys. Fiery string-band jazz from Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang. Clean blues fingerpicking from Blind Blake. Acapella Gospel from the Birmingham Jubilee Singers. Rockin’ jump-blues from Annisteen Allen. And that’s just scratching the surface.

The first spin of 2023 begins this Sunday, January 1st, 2 PM, Mountain, on CKUA. Dial in for some 2022 ‘78s from the crates’ highlights on Rooooy’s Record Room, the show that resolves to revolve and reveal.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to more shellac and vinyl in 2023 on Triple-R Radio aka RRR aka The Room aka Roy’s Record Room.

Christmas Day on RRR

This Sunday, it’s Christmas Day on RRR. Roy digs deep into his extensive collection of Christmas records for an audio holiday haul. Bessie Smith says “Hooray for Christmas”. NRBQ have a sincere Christmas wish. The Three Wise Men (aka XTC) are extremely thankful for Christmas. Aretha Franklin confesses a liking for kissing by the mistletoe. Tommy Flanagan treats us to an exquisitely jazzy Christmas waltz. Merle Haggard is dreaming of a white Christmas. Etta Jones hopes we all have a merry little Christmas.

A highlight of a three-song trip to the manger is Nina Simone’s stomping rendition of “Children, Go Where I Send You”, taken from her 1959 Colpix LP, “The Amazing Nina Simone”. True to the album’s title, Nina is absolutely amazing.

The Christmas day spin begins this Sunday, December 25th, 2 PM, Mountain, on CKUA. Join Santa Roy for Christmas Day on Roy’s Record Room, the show that repeats the sounding joy.

Roy wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a real gone 2023.

Santa, Santa, Santa

It’s all songs about Santa, Santa, Santa this week on Roy’s Record Room. Mr. Claus gets up to all kinds of shenanigans on the show. Big John Greer wants to see Santa do the Mambo. The Korn Kobblers are endorsing the Santa Claus Polka. The Hepsters are rockin’ and rollin’ with the big guy. According to Marty Martin (aka Boxcar Willie), Santa’s given up rock ‘n ‘roll to become a hootenanny Santy. All Pearl Bailey wants from Kris Kringle is a five pound box of money. Louis Prima wonders what Santa will say when he finds everybody swinging. Lord Nelson suggests that we throw a big party for the jolly old gent.

On the other hand, Loretta Lynn isn’t all that impressed with ol’ St. Nick. She’s really giving him a piece of her mind. He’s not been cooperative at all. Loretta says, To Heck With Old Santa Claus.

The spin begins this Sunday, December 18th, 2 PM, Mountain, on CKUA. Dial in for a mess of tunes about Santa, Santa, Santa on  Roooy’s Record Room, the show that repeats the sounding joy.