Broadcast History - December 17

Broadcast History - December 17

Postby jon » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:12 pm

In 1928, Rolf Hougen was born in Burns Lake, B.C., moving to Whitehorse in 1944, where he became a very successful businessman. As well as pioneering cable television with local live content, he also opened the first commercial station in Canada "North of 60". CKRW signed on in 1969 in Whitehorse. He later created CANCOM, a Canadian satellite service to provide radio and television to isolated communities in English, French and native languages.

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In 1933, CHAB Moose Jaw signed on for the first time as a commmercial station. The station had been operating non-commercially as 10AB since April 23, 1922, but, with the Depression at its deepest at the end of 1933, public donations had dried up, and 10AB left the air on November 11th. 10AB began with 50 watts on 1200 KHz, and was running 100 watts by the time they signed off for good. CHAB was authorized to run 250 watts day and 100 watts night, still on 1200.

In 1936, Senator Tommy Banks was born in Calgary. But his family moved to Edmonton when Tommy was 11, and he has been here ever since. Primarily, he is a musician, but he also hosted programs on CKUA from 1952-83, and was one of the committee that saved the station in 1997. His band may well have been the first in Canada to be broadcast in stereo, as CKUA-AM provided the right speaker and CKUA-FM the left, in a 1959 broadcast. He had his own show nationally on the CBC (twice) and Edmonton's ITV (CITV-TV), as well as producing the syndicated In Concert series in the 1970s. He was appointed to the federal Senate on April 7, 2000, until his mandatory retirement (age 75) on this day in 2011, when he returned to the Edmonton entertainment scene.

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In 1984, CFUV-FM Victoria signed on with 49.4 watts on 105.1 MHz. The University of Victoria student station moved to 101.9 MHz in January 1989, a frequency shared with CiTR-FM at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. CFUV increased its power to 883 watts. The station began in 1965 as closed circuit CKVC.
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