Broadcast History - January 23

Broadcast History - January 23

Postby jon » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:46 pm

In 1924, Ross McCreath was born in Toronto. He began as a copy boy for the Toronto Star, joining the army in 1942, quickly getting involved with the Army Show. Finally back to civilian life in January 1946, Ross decided advertising was as close to showbiz as he could get in the media field, becoming a time buyer for radio programs like Wayne and Shuster. In 1949, he moved to All-Canada, owned by Selkirk, and helped establish its Television Division in 1955. But his greatest contribution was to preserve broadcasting history as President of the Canadian Communications Foundation (CCF), an otherwise dormant organization that now has an active web site charged with, among many other things, documenting the history of every radio and television station in Canada. Ross died on October 7, 2014. His CCF bio is at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personal ... reath-ross

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In 1978, CBKFT-1 Saskatoon signed on. Like CBKFT-TV Regina, it was a French language television rebroadcaster of CBWFT Winnipeg.

In 1984, CKYX-FM Fort McMurray was approved as a new station by the CRTC for owner CJOK-AM. It signed on 14 months later on 97.9 MHz with 1740 watts. CJOK did an AM to FM flip in 1998.

In 1987, famed WABC DJ Bob Lewis died at the age of 49. Born Robert Schwartzman, Bob did his first show on WABC-770 New York City on June 16, 1962. Some WABC fans name "Bob-A-Loo" as the best DJ that WABC ever had. Beginning in 1967, he also did work on WABC-FM, sounding equally at home doing Top 40 or Underground/Progressive Rock. Desiring a more consistent shift schedule, he switched to WABC-FM full-time. His radio career began in the 1950s at WNHC in New Haven (Connecticut), hitting New York Top 40 Radio at the beginning of the 1960s, first at WMGM, then WINS, before landing at WABC. He left WABC-FM for WCBS-FM in 1970, then WNEW-FM in 1971-72. Near the top of http://www.musicradio77.com/interviews.html you will find a tribute to Bob, aired on WNEW-FM two weeks after his death, complete with interviews, airchecks and samples of his voice-over work.

In 1993, CHQM-AM Vancouver began selling its late night programming, 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., to Canadian Chinese Radio. It would be just over a year before the transition was complete to all-ethnic CHMB.

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Also in 1993, CHEC-AM Lethbridge was approved for sale by Shaw to Monarch. The station did an AM to FM flip in 1996 as CHLB-FM. Jim Pattison bought the station in 2000.

In 2002, Laurie Irvine died in North Vancouver. He was the founding department head of BCIT's Communication Program in 1964. By then, he already had 30 years of broadcast experience, beginning at CKFC Vancouver in 1934. His CCF bio is at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personal ... -laurie-sn

In 2007, John Majhor, the barefoot disc jockey died of cancer at age 53, in Young America, Minnesota. Born in San Bernardino, California, on November 28, 1953, he spent 11 years at CHUM Toronto, from 1975 to 1986, mostly hosting morning or evening drive. John began his career in 1974 as Curt Martin at KKLS Rapid City, South Dakota, then moved to WAPE Jacksonville, Florida, before making it to CHUM. While still at CHUM he pioneered VJ'ing at CFMT-TV Toronto in 1983 on Video Singles. From 1984 to 1986, he hosted Toronto Rocks on CITY-TV. He was also one of the original anchors on the E! Network in the U.S. His other radio experience includes KLAC Los Angeles (1988), KCBS-FM Los Angeles (1989), CJEZ Toronto (1990), KSFQ Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999-2000) and WCOO Charleston, South Carolina (2002-04). His barefoot moniker stuck because of his love of doing his shows with neither shoes nor socks.

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In 2008, CBR Calgary's nested FM repeater was approved for a power increase to 2800 watts, with a decrease in antenna height. CBR-1-FM originally signed on January 27, 2007, on 99.1 MHz with 1100 watts.
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