Broadcast History - January 21

Broadcast History - January 21

Postby jon » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:46 pm

In 2003, two B.C. AM to FM flips and a new Alberta low-powered FM station were approved by the CRTC:

(1) CKNL Fort St. John was approved to move to 101.5 MHz with 40,000 watts. The application by Standard Radio to the CRTC stated that the country music format would be retained, but sign-on that October was as The Bear, patterned after Edmonton's CFBR-FM, combining classic and new rock.

(2) CKPG Prince George was to move to 99.3 MHz with 9300 watts. The May 30th sign-on dumped the News-Talk format for The Drive classic rock with new CKDV-FM call letters

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(3) CJLT-FM was licensed to Medicine Hat with 48 watts on 99.5 MHz. The station signed on in April. A frequency change and power increase was approved in 2007, to 93.7 MHz with 2300 watts.

In 2005, Harry Boyle passed away. He was the first member of either the BBG or CRTC to have on-air experience. Harry was appointed Vice Chairman of the CRTC in 1968 and succeeded Pierre Juneau as Chairman in 1975. During his short tenure -- he retired in 1977 -- the CRTC was expanded to include regulation of telecommunications on April 1, 1976, and was renamed the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, with a hyphen before "Television" to retain the CRTC acronymn. Harry was born in 1915 on a farm near Goderich, Ontario. His first job after high school was for the Goderich Signal Star and he freelanced for several western Ontario weekly newspapers. In 1936, he was covering a murder trial in Wingham, and listened to local CKNX. Hearing national and international News that was up a week old, he challenged the station owner "Doc" Cruickshank to carry local News. In turn, Doc challenged Harry to do it himself, on the air, that evening. Harry got a 24 hour extension so he would have a chance to actually dig up the News, and was at CKNX for the next five years. In search of a more regulated life, Harry went back to newspapers, as District Editor of the Stratford Beacon Herald. But Don Fairburn, who Harry befriended at a Wingham bookstore, was now working for the CBC, and convinced management to hire Harry the next year, in 1942. His CCF bio is at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personal ... oyle-harry

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