Broadcast History - December 31

Broadcast History - December 31

Postby jon » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:10 pm

In 1949, CKY Winnipeg was back, but in name only. Lloyd Moffat had applied for, and received, the heritage three letter call letters that had belonged to Manitoba Government Telephones' Winnipeg station until they were forced to sell to the CBC, and it became CBW. The new CKY spent its entire AM existence on 580 KHz, until moving to FM on January 21, 2004. It signed on in 1949 with 5000 watts day and 1000 watts night, initially to save the money it would have taken to broadcast with different directional patterns day and night, as would have been required to run 5000 watts at night. In 1960, CKY increased power to 50,000 watts day and night using four 320 foot towers.

In 1971 Disc jockey Hal Weaver lost his battle with cancer at the age of 28 in Surrey, British Columbia ...

Hal's radio career began in the early 1960's at CKRD in Red Deer, Alberta ...

While at CKRD, a local Mountie used to visit him at the station and soon the radio bug bit him, as well, so he left the force to also start a career at CKRD ... that friend was soon-to-be legendary broadcaster Terry David Mulligan ...

After Red Deer, Hal worked at CJCA in Edmonton, Alberta ... CKOC in Hamilton, Ontario ... and then on to the famed CHUM radio in Toronto ...

In late 1969 Hal packed up his family and moved to Vancouver where he worked briefly at CJOR playing country music ... In April 1970, before Hal was taken ill, he and Mulligan worked together again for a short time at CKVN...

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Also in 1971, CKSP Summerland was licensed to CKOK Penticton, on 1450 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts night. By 1989, the station was broadcasting 114 hours per week of locally-produced programming.

In 1984 at 7:00 a.m., CKIR Invermere signed on to 870 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts at night. All but 33 hours 51 minutes of weekly programming was simulcast from CKCR Revelstoke. The remainder came from CKGR Golden.

In 1999 at 5:00 p.m., STAR-FM became X-FM, with a New Rock Alternative format. The next month, CKSR-FM Chilliwack, CFSR-FM Vancouver and CFSR-FM-1 Abbotsford became CKVX-FM, CKVX-FM-2 and CKVX-FM-1, respectively. Less than a year later, the CRTC removed the condition of license that required the stations to have all studios located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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In 2001, 980 KHz was back on the air in Regina, but this time with CJME testing, in preparation for its move from 1300 KHz. A month earlier, CKRM had moved from 980 to CKCK's frequency of 620 KHz. CKCK disappeared forever at that point. Nonetheless, more than 200 former CKCK staff descended on the Hotel Saskatchewan on July 27, 2002, on what would have been CKCK's 80th anniversary.
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Re: Broadcast History - December 31

Postby Richard Skelly » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:41 am

Hard to believe how long ago Hal Weaver left this earthly plane. Harder, still, to realize just how young he was at the time.

I remember interviewing Terry David Mulligan as the eclectic-rock experiment at CKVN took shape. Terry was ecstatic that Hal had just agreed to come on board. It was probably Hal’s final gig. If so, what a swan song!

Thanks Jon for filling in some details of Hal and Terry’s prior deejay-mentor-to-restless-Mountie relationship.
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Re: Broadcast History - December 31

Postby jon » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:28 am

"Mulligan's Stew", the book, not the radio show, by Terry David Mulligan is a worthwhile read for details on Hal and Terry at CKRD in Red Deer.

Ironically, the book does not even mention CKVN. My best guess as to Why? is that Terry thought it was a failure since word on the street was that he was blown out the door just before the BBM ratings arrived, showing some decent numbers for the station. Although I left Vancouver at the end of April 1974 and was not able to see much of what came after in Vancouver radio, I have always felt that CKVN under TDM was, like KOL Seattle under Robin Mitchell, great listening and the best I've ever seen of appealing to both the AM Top 40 and FM album cut audience of the era.
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Re: Broadcast History - December 31

Postby Richard Skelly » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:55 pm

Amen to that. And RIP, Hal Weaver.
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