Broadcast History - November 2

Broadcast History - November 2

Postby jon » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:10 pm

In 1936, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation came into existence as the Canadian Broadcasting Act officially came into force. The CBC replaced the four year old Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC). And retained most of its regulatory powers, though frequency assignment was given to the federal Department of Transport. But it would be another year before most CBC stations, inherited from the CRBC, which, in turn, had inherited them from the CNR, would change their call letters from those beginning CRC to begin CB. Negotiations were required with Chile for the use of the call letters, since CB was not assigned to Canada. Hear the official opening by clicking here.

In 1937, CFGP Grande Prairie signed on at 7:30 p.m. with a Remote from Speke Hall, where the official opening ceremonies were taking place. The station was on 1200 KHz with 100 watts. A lot of frequency changes followed: 1310 in 1940; 1340 in 1941; 1350 in 1944; 1050 in 1946; and to FM on 97.7 MHz in 1996.

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In 1987, CFCR-FM Red Deer became CIZZ-FM at 9:00 a.m., switching from its money-losing country music format, to Rock. In late August, Shaw (later known as Corus) had acquired the station, and Country-formatted CKGY-AM, from Park Country Broadcasting, which had just bought CFCR from Central Alberta Broadcasting.
Listen to the birth of CIZZ Click Here.

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In 1994, the CRTC revoked (at owner request) the licenses of Quebec AM stations CJMS Montreal, CJRP Quebec City, CJMT Chicoutimi, CJRS Sherbrooke, CJTR Trois-Rivieres and CKCH Hull following the merger of Telemedia and Radiomutuel, who each owned an AM station in those markets. They retained their FM stations.
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