Broadcast History - September 18

Broadcast History - September 18

Postby jon » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:20 pm

In 1944, Bill Rea hosted the first of the record-breaking long-running "The Roving Mike" on CKNW, just 5 1/2 months after the station signed on to 1230 KHz with 250 watts, as one of the few new stations licensed during World War II. Although licensed to New Westminster, the transmitter was located on Lulu Island in Richmond, giving it a listenable signal in Vancouver, as well.

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In 1967, CFUN dropped Top 40 for what today would be termed Adult Contemporary, with a lighter commercial load. They called it "The Sound of Music". The previous year, the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG - predecessor of the CRTC) had denied the station a power increase to 50,000 watts on the grounds that the station's programming didn't justify the power increase. But they liked what they heard in 1968, as CFUN was approved for 50,000 watts on May 28, 1968, the same day that Jack Tietolman was approved to buy the station. Tietolman owned Radio Futura, which also owned CKVL in Verdun, Quebec.

In 1974, Charles Doering substituted for Gordon Sinclair in a public reading of The Americans to the 28th National Convention of the United States Air Force Association at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington. Sinclair could not attend because of family health problems. Doering was a CFRB Newscaster. Sinclair lived another decade, passing away May 17th, 1984, after a heart attack two days earlier.

In 1985, CBAK Aklavik was approved by the CRTC as a CBC repeater of CHAK Inuvik. At a time when the CBC was moving to FM repeaters, the CBAK-AM application replaced one made the previous year for an FM repeater in Aklavik. CBAK was granted 540 KHz with 40 watts.

In 1989, CFWE-FM Lac La Biche (Alberta) was licensed by the CRTC for 10 FM repeaters. Unusual, but not unheard of, all of the transmitters were licensed for the same frequency! In British Columbia, in the 1960s, the CBC had operated many of its 40 watt AM repeaters on the Canada/Mexico clear channel of 860 KHz. In this case, CFWE's repeaters operated on the same frequency as the originating station: both originating station and repeaters operated with 10 watts on 89.9 MHz. Similar large groups of FM repeaters were added in 1993 and 1994. At last count, CFWE had a total of 48 FM transmitters in Alberta, with Aboriginal broadcasting societies in B.C., the Yukon and Northwest Territories also picking up the programming. In total, the programming reaches about 200 Canadian communities. The Anik F1 satellite is used for distribution.

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In 1997, CKEM-TV Edmonton signed on as A-Channel. Its sister station in Calgary signed on two days later. Owner Craig Broadcast Systems sold the stations to CHUM in 2004, and they were both rebranded as City-TV in 2005.

In 2006, CIXM-FM Whitecourt (Alberta) signed on as XM 105, with a Country music format. Even before the station signed on, it was sold to CJVR Melfort (Saskatchewan). CIXM is on 105.3 MHz with 42,300 watts, 377 metres off the ground.

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