In October 1967 the radio show Groovin’ Blue, produced and hosted by Bill Reiter, first aired on Vancouver radio station CKLG-FM - 99.3 MHz. Uniquely, every record played and opinion expressed was that of the 24 year old host/producer.
Management wanted a unique program that fit with the type of music being played on California FM radio. This California format, originally known as Underground, later became Progressive Rock. Moffat Communications, CKLG-FM's owner, reasoned that if there was acceptance of a Blues music show, then the more universal Underground Music format might be immensely popular.
More than just Jazz or only Blues, the Groovin’ Blue Format covered the complete spectrum of contemporary Black Music - the same music being offered for sale at Bill & Bob’s. Bill feels he was fortunate that the Country & Western-appreciating management weren’t sophisticated enough to ask the right questions. Reiter speculates that if they had, the show may never have been offered to him. Appreciatively, Groovin’ Blue paved the way to meet both parties’ needs.
Many outstanding artists got their first Canadian airplay on the program. Ollie & The Nightingales, Marva Whitney, The Dapps, Sy Risby, The Joe Tex Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Larry Williams & Johnny Watson, George Kerr, Johnnie Taylor, The Trials of Jayson Hoover, Freddy Robinson, Mabel John, Oscar Toney Jr., The Raelettes, O’Dell Brown & The Organizers, Melvin Van Peebles, Lou Donaldson and many more made their Great White North radio debut on Groovin’ Blue. Interviews with Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, King Curtis, John Lee Hooker, Bobby Freeman, Bobby Hebb, Joe Tex, Stanley Turrentine and others were a show feature.
Groovin’ Blue lasted for two years and ended its tenure on CKLG-FM in mid-September 1969.
Since the original show, the Groovin’ Blue program format has aired on other
Vancouver radio stations including CKST (Coast 1040), CJVB and CHMB. The GB
Format with Bill as guest or co-host, has also been featured on many local and
national programs including CBC radio’s Variety Tonight, CITR’s African
Rhythms and Stormin’ Norman’s Blues Show on CFOX-FM. Bill
Reiter also worked as a pop music disc jockey on stations CHQM-FM, CKVN and CKLG-AM.
On ‘LG-AM he was known as Bill Reiter - The All Niter and also earned
the non-commissioned rank of Boss Jock.
November 23, 2008 saw work begin on the WAGRadio (180.2 FM & 1802 AM) blog
with Groovin’ Blue as the flagship program along with it's companion
program entitled "Groovin' Blue Funk Shui Specials" co-hosted by Sunny
"Sweet Daddy Fonk" Wong and DJ ZigZag.