Broadcast History - May 28

Broadcast History - May 28

Postby jon » Sun May 27, 2018 8:36 pm

In 1968, CFUN Vancouver received CRTC approval for a change in ownership and increase in power to 50,000 watts. The CRTC specifically stated that the station's programming had improved since the CRTC's predecessor (the BBG) had turned down a power increase in 1966. The new owner was Radio Futura, owned by CKVL Verdun (Quebec) owner Jack Tietolman. It was not long before talk surfaced of CFUN switching to all French language programming. But, instead, an increasing focus on News culminated in a call letter change to CKVN (VN = Voice of News) on July 1, 1969.

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Also in 1968, the CRTC denied an application by CFCN Calgary for an FM station in Calgary on 102.1 MHz. It would be a full decade before they were approved exactly 10 MHz lower, on 92.1 MHz, as CJAY-FM, which signed on on June 1, 1977.

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In 2002, at 5:00 a.m., CJNW-730 Vancouver stopped their 16 month old All News format, and had no live programming except Stanley Cup Playoffs until 6 a.m. on August 6, when they changed call letters to CHMJ and launched male-oriented talk as Mojo Radio. They were even off the air for a while as they rebuilt their transmitter site. The station originally signed on as CKLG on February 3, 1955, with 1000 watts on 1070 KHz, from a North Vancouver transmitter site with very poor ground conductivity. Unless they lived right next door, what few listeners the station had at the time suddenly found themselves listening to 50,000 watt clear channel KNX from Los Angeles around sunset each day. A 1957 switch to 730 KHz, 10,000 watts and a Delta transmitter site -- south of Vancouver with excellent ground conductivity -- suddenly gave CKLG a great signal. And caught the eye of Lloyd Moffat, who purchased the station in 1961. His unexpected death in 1964 left his young son Randy with stations spread across Western Canada, most of which he quickly switched to Top 40, which Lloyd had originally pioneered at CHED Edmonton in 1957.

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Re: Broadcast History - May 28

Postby thehighwayman » Sun May 27, 2018 10:04 pm

Who was the News Director at CKVN initially?
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Re: Broadcast History - May 28

Postby Richard Skelly » Mon May 28, 2018 1:49 pm

Good question about VN’s first news director. I think Roy Jacques had overseen news at Channel 8 in the early ‘60s. But I only remember him as a CKVN open liner. Ditto Emmett Cafferky. Bren Traff read news. But didn’t he arrive well after the news/talk format was underway? Bren kept reading when VN switched to an early form of indie-rock programming with Terry David Mulligan and his crew of marvellous veterans.
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Re: Broadcast History - May 28

Postby mccrady » Mon May 28, 2018 2:58 pm

thehighwayman wrote:Who was the News Director at CKVN initially?


Methinks it was my old sidekick Bruce Hood. His Vancouver Broadcasters bio puts him at CFUN/CKVN through that period.
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Re: Broadcast History - May 28

Postby thehighwayman » Mon May 28, 2018 10:08 pm

mccrady wrote:
thehighwayman wrote:Who was the News Director at CKVN initially?


Methinks it was my old sidekick Bruce Hood. His Vancouver Broadcasters bio puts him at CFUN/CKVN through that period.



I don't think that was the one. I know I was offered a job there, but didn't take it. I just can' remember who made the offer!
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Re: Broadcast History - May 28

Postby radiofan » Tue May 29, 2018 1:23 pm

Would it have been Del Archer by any chance?
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