Broadcast History - November 21

Broadcast History - November 21

Postby jon » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:18 pm

In 1927, CKUA Edmonton signed on for the first time. The University of Alberta's Department of Extension had purchased CFCK Edmonton from Taylor & Pearson for $600, and changed the call letters to CKUA. For its 75th anniversary, in 2002, CKUA began broadcasting 24 hours a day.

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In 1929, Laurier LaPierre was born in Lac Megantic, Quebec. His first television experience was CBC's Inqui'ry (pronounced In-Kwy'-Ree), which set the stage for This Hour Has Seven Days, where he also co-hosted for the entire run of the series. He and co-host Patrick Watson were both fired as part of the series cancellation. Laurier hosted the two hour nightly Vancouver Show on CKVU-TV Vancouver from 1976-82. Shortly after, he did some work in Edmonton for the newly-opened Access TV. He became a federal senator in June 2001.

In 1947, VE9FG Vancouver signed on to 105.7 MHz with 1000 watts from a 40 foot antenna. The CBC's first FM station west of Toronto rebroadcast CBR-AM Vancouver, and the call letters soon became CBR-FM. It would be October 1, 1964, before the station, with call letters CBU-FM, joined the reopened CBC FM network. But it still only received programming on tape and disc.

In 1965, CKCR Revelstoke signed on as a full-time satellite of CKXR Salmon Arm, totally simulcast, on 1340 KHz with 250 watts. Together, they were known as The Big R Network. CKGR Golden signed on in 1974.

In 1967, CFNL Fort Nelson signed on with 250 watts on 590 KHz as a semi-satellite of CKNL Fort St. John. CFNL moved to FM in 1997, on 102.3 MHz with 1800 watts, changing call letters to CKRX-FM.

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