Broadcast History - November 18

Broadcast History - November 18

Postby jon » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:38 pm

In 1927, "Knowlton National" was born in Toronto as Knowlton Nash. He began his career as a part-time Sports Reporter for the Globe and Mail, joining British United Press in 1947 as Bureau Manager in Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto. His first CBC experience was in 1956, freelancing from Washington, D.C. Although best known as the Anchor for The National on CBC Television, he was Director of Television News and Current Affairs when he accepted the Anchor position while searching for a replacement for Lloyd Robertson. Knowlton died May 24, 2014 at the age of 86.

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In 1965, CKXR-AM Salmon Arm signed on to 580 KHz with 1000 watts. It marked the birth of Hall-Gray Broadcasting, named after owners Bob Hall and Walter Gray, who had met at CKOV Kelowna. CKCR Revelstoke signed on three days later as a full-time satellite, totally simulcast, on 1340 KHz with 250 watts. Together, they were known as The Big R Network. CKGR Golden signed on in 1974.

In 1968, As It Happens debuted on the CBC AM network. Created by Mark Starowicz, it and Peter Gzowski's This Country in the Morning soon delivered CBC Radio measurable ratings in major markets, something unknown since TV became popular in the early 1950s.

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In 1998, Okanagan Skeena Group Ltd. received CRTC approval to acquire Nornet Broadcasting Ltd. Less than a year later, Telemedia acquired Okanagan Skeena.
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