Broadcast History - October 5

Broadcast History - October 5

Postby jon » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:13 pm

In 1975, Royal Canadian Air Farce debuted on CBC Radio. Its radio run lasted until 1993, well after it had moved to CBC TV. It just became too time-consuming to produce separate weekly programs for radio and television. Roger Abbott had previously been a DJ on CKGM Montreal and, in this century, has been a strong supporter of Top 40 aircheck history site reelradio.com. Ironically, on this same day in history, but in 1998, Roger and fellow Air Farce member Don Ferguson gave birth to the first airing of Sketchcom, which they produced. The program was dedicated to airing the works of Canada's sketch comedy teams, not including the Air Farce team.

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In 1982, CISP-FM Pemberton first signed on as a repeater of CISQ-FM Squamish. Another repeater, CISW-FM Whistler, had signed on earlier in the year. CISQ-FM itself originally signed on less than a year earlier, on November 30, 1981. Repeaters have since been added in Gibsons, Sechelt, Pender Harbour and Egmont.

In 1985, Finkleman's 45s debuted on the CBC AM network, and ran every Saturday night until host Danny Finkelman retired in 2005. The program was replaced by Vinyl Tap, hosted by Randy Bachman, also born in Winnipeg, but a year later than Danny. Danny had previously been best known for his Saturday edition of Peter Gzowski's This Country in the Morning, which, with As It Happens, gave CBC Radio, in the early 1970s, its first shot at ratings since the advent of television.

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In 1987, On the Road Again began a 20 year run on CBC Television. Host Wayne Rostad started his career as a 19 year DJ at CJET in Smith's Falls, Ontario. Before being aired nationally, On the Road Again was known as Country Report, which lasted for seven years, concentrating on the Ottawa Valley and western Quebec.

In 1998, CKUW-FM Winnipeg was approved by the CRTC to replace the closed circuit campus station that had been running at the University of Winnipeg since 1968. It was licensed to 95.9 MHz with 450 watts, and officially signed on April 30, 1999.

Also in 1998, CKYL Peace River received CRTC approval for an FM station in High Level on 102.1 MHz with 8765 watts. It replaced CKHL-AM High Level and CKLA-FM La Crete, promising 25 hours per week of local programming: a morning show from 6:00 to 11:00 a.m. on weekdays. All other programming was simulcast with CKYL.

In 2001, CHLY-FM Nanaimo signed on officially at 6:00 p.m. as the campus radio station of Malaspina University-College. It operated on 101.1 MHz with 1300 watts. The station had been streaming live on the Internet since April 1st.

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