Broadcast History - August 19

Broadcast History - August 19

Postby jon » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:10 pm

In 1927, CJGX Yorkton, Saskatchewan, signed on for the first time, with 250 watts on 1430 KHz. Opening ceremonies featured a live local seven piece orchestra and several singers. The "GX" in the call letters stood for Grain Exchange, as the station was owned by the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. In 1939, a local group of businessmen took over the station. And CJGX, along with CFGW-FM, approved as a new FM station in Yorkton in 2000 by the CRTC, remain locally owned and operated to this day.

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In 1942, the raid on Dieppe set the stage for Gordon Sinclair's biggest break. The next day, he was asked by CFRB Toronto for bios of leaders of the raid, and they were so good that five of them were fed to a network. And Gordon instantly had a mid-day personality series called Let's Be Personal on CFRB, which were aired daily until his death. The following January, the Star made him choose between the newspaper and radio, and Gordon chose radio. D-Day on June 6, 1944, saw Gordon join the CFRB News Department, with daily newscasts and features that attracted a huge audience. Gordon was born on June 3, 1900, and was a Toronto Daily Star reporter in 1922, but it wasn't until he became Women's Editor in 1926 that he got noticed for a series of articles on hoboes. He was sent around the world four times as a wandering reporter, also finding time to write four books about his adventures. When World War II began in 1939, he was soon banned as a war correspondent after annoying senior military personnel.

Gordon passed away on May 17, 1984, from a heart attack suffered two days earlier. He is best known to Canadians for his years on CFRB and as a panelist on CBC Television's long lived (1957-95) panel quiz show Front Page Challenge. His approval rating is much higher in the U.S., thanks to his 1973 spoken word recording "The Americans", hitting Billboard charts in 1974 with versions by CKLW News Director Byron MacGregor, Country singer Tex Ritter and Gordon himself. Additional background can be found at http://broadcasting-history.ca/in-depth/americans. More details on his life can be found at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personalities/sinclair-gordon.


In 1965, CHQT Edmonton signed on for the first time, after wet weather delayed construction of the transmitter site: the ground system and towers for the 10,000 watt directional pattern at night on 1110 KHz, to protect KFAB Omaha. The station had been founded by Lew Roskin and Murray (Curly) Dyck, with funding from Charles Allard and Zane Feldman. Studios were located on property owned by Dr. Allard at Jasper Avenue and 112th Street. Until May 2008, the station was Cool 8-80, playing Oldies. CHQT also debuted the Jack-FM format into Edmonton as JOE-AM, as a couple of month trial before CKNG-FM's switch to their very successful JOE-FM format.

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