It's Throwback Thursday as we celebrate 100 years on the air at 800 CHAB.
Let's go back about 30 years. I was called to action late one afternoon when RCMP chased a bank robbery suspect to Moose Jaw and then lost him. City police, RCMP including the SWAT team surrounded a home in northwest Moose Jaw. The news director sent me to the scene with a Motorola bag phone to send in live reports.
A friend of mine spotted me in the CHAB van and invited me into his home. He said he had a great view of the scene from his back deck.
I set up shop and proceeded to call in those live reports, painting the picture for our local listeners.
Within a half hour the local police were banging on my friend's front door, looking for me!
One of the cops told me I was to stop reporting immediately. I was baffled.
"But, why?", I said.
He said there was the possibility the suspect could be listening to the radio and getting information that could impact the operation.
Hours later, when police entered the home, they found it was unoccupied - nobody there. The bank robber was never there. He was long gone.
And, I wonder, if he was listening to CHAB...as he made his get-a-way.