Broadcast History - September 12

Broadcast History - September 12

Postby jon » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:44 pm

In 1969, CKCK-TV Regina was approved by the CRTC to switch from CBC to CTV affiliation after the CBC bought CHRE-TV Regina and CHAB-TV Moose Jaw.

In 1988, CFUV-FM at the University of Victoria was approved by the CRTC for a power increase from 49.4 to 883 watts, but a frequency change was required: from 105.1 MHz to 101.9 MHz. The new frequency was shared with CiTR-FM at UBC in Vancouver. And it was up to the two stations to work out any interference issues. CFUV-FM began as closed circuit CKVC in 1965, broadcasting to two student residences. It first signed on to FM on December 17, 1984.

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In 1999, Western Canada radio pioneer Don Wright passed away. He began as a teenager in Regina as a freelance announcer at CHWC and CKCK, before joining CJRM when the Moose Jaw station opened studios in Regina in 1933, later becoming Program Director. While still at CHWC, he is believed to have broadcast Canada's first Remote, at Harkie McPherson's store. A leading Regina haberdasher, Harkie sponsored a daily 15 minute program, and Don broadcast live from the store, with the records spun back at the studio. His very eventful career is detailed at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personal ... ight-don-e including his role in the startup of CP's Broadcast News (BN) service, founding CHFI-FM in 1957 as Toronto's first stand-alone FM station, and developing a system for muting out the commercials on CHFI-FM as part of a competitive service to Muzak. Don was born in Indian Head, just East of Regina, in 1911, and raised and educated in Regina.

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This day in 2001 was an eventful day -- surprising given the shock of 9/11 the day before.

CKCI-AM Parksville (B.C.) was approved by the CRTC to flip to FM as CIBH-FM on 88.5 MHz with 960 watts. The station began in 1973 as CHPQ on 1370 KHz with 1000 watts, as a partial rebroadcaster of CHUB Nanaimo.

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CKEK-AM Cranbrook was approved for an FM flip to 102.9 MHz with 1600 watts. The station is now CHDR-FM. CKEK signed on October 19, 1957, with 1000 watts on 570 KHz.

CICF-AM Vernon was approved to move to FM on 105.5 MHz with 46,000 watts. The CRTC approved a frequency change to 105.7 before the actual sign-on as Sun FM on November 28th. The station began as CKAL on 1050 KHz with 10,000 watts day and 1000 watts night on October 23, 1978.

The CRTC approved a license for CFUR-FM Prince George, to be operated on the UNBC campus. With a power of only 4.3 watts, the station was licensed to 88.7 MHz. On-air testing began later in the month, with official sign-on in November. A power increase to 510 watts was approved by the CRTC on February 16, 2007.

CIRX-FM Prince George branded itself as 94X. Sister station CJCI-AM moved to FM the next year. In 2005, both stations were purchased by Vista Broadcast Group Inc.

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