Broadcast History - October 18

Broadcast History - October 18

Postby jon » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:50 pm

In 1956, CFRY Portage La Prairie (Manitoba) signed on with 250 watts on 1570 KHz. In 1986, CFRY was approved by the CRTC for a power increase to 25,000 watts day and 15,000 watts night on 920 KHz. The station made history in 1995 when it became the first AM station in Canada to be granted a simulcast high powered FM repeater transmitter within its primary coverage area: on September 7th, the CRTC approved a transmitter in Portage La Prairie on 93.1 MHz with 27,000 watts. And on September 3, 2003, CFRY was approved for a new non-simulcast FM station in Portage La Prairie, CJPG-FM, on 96.5 MHz with 24,000 watts. Finally, in 2013, the CRTC approved owner Golden West's request to split the simulcasting of CFRY on AM and FM, making them separate radio stations.

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In 1960, Art Wallman was hired by Wilf Gilby at CKSW Swift Current (Saskatchewan), where he worked until his retirement on August 30, 1996. He was born on July 12, 1928, with spastic paralysis, but his family was too poor to pay for any medical treatment until he was 9. He then began the first of 14 operations, which allowed him to walk with the aid of crutches. He had always dreamed of working in Radio, but his auditions during the 1950s never led to a job. His CCF bio is at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personalities/wallman-art.

In 1976, veteran CTV News anchor Harvey Kirck was first joined by Lloyd Robertson on-air for the late evening CTV News. They co-anchored for 11 years, until CTV dropped Kirck in 1987. It may sound like it, but it wasn't World's Longest Layoff notice, because Harvey and Lloyd worked very well together on-air during all those years. Harvey died of congestive heart failure on February 18, 2002, at the age of 73.

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In 1981, CIGV-FM Penticton signed on to 100.7 MHz with 10,600 watts. The GV in the call letters stood for the owners' company, Great Valleys Radio Ltd.

In 1999, Telemedia Radio Inc. was approved by the CRTC to purchase Okanagan Skeena Group Limited. Exactly 11 months earlier, Okanagan Skeena had purchased Nornet Broadcasting Ltd.

In 2001, Pamela Martin joined Bill Good (Jr.) as co-anchor on CTV News at Six on CIVT-TV Vancouver. Both had previously been on CHAN-TV Vancouver.

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