Broadcast History - April 18

Broadcast History - April 18

Postby jon » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:13 pm

In 1967, CKFH-1430 in Toronto increased power to 10,000 watts at night. The station had switched to Top 40 evenings only in Autumn 1966 and then 24 hours as of January 2, 1967. A further power increase to 50,000 watts on November 14, 1970, allowed DX'ers like me to hear them occasionally in Vancouver after midnight Sunday nights when other stations on the frequency were off the air. By this time, they had switched to an album-oriented format for the all-night show.

The FH in CKFH was for owner Foster Hewitt, the broadcast voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hewitt started CKFH February 21, 1951 with 250 watts on 1400 KHz, with a 24 hour schedule. Due to Hewitt's health problems and two years of red ink at CKFH, caused by the loss of Maple Leaf broadcast rights to CKO, he sold the station in 1980 to Telemedia. Today, the station is ethnic station CHKT Fairchild Radio.

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In 2001, Saskatoon's CKOM-FM become "Rock 102", dropping its previous Adult Contemporary format. In February 2002, the station gave up its call letters so that its AM sibling (CINT-AM) could revert to the legendary CKOM call letters. The FM became CJDJ.

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In 2005, the final obstacle to the purchase of CKAC by Corus was overcome when the Federal Cabinet rejected the CKAC Employees Union appeal of the CRTC's January 21st decision. Six weeks later, the 80 year old CKAC newsroom in Montreal was closed forever, laying off 20 journalists. All subsequent newscasts have been broadcast from Corus Nouvelles in the studios of Info 690. In April 1922, CKAC was issued one of the original commercial radio licenses in Canada. Others included CFCF and CHYC (Northern Electric). Less than a month later, on May 2, 1922, CKAC owner La Presse (newspaper) created what it claimed was the most powerful radio station in the Americas: 2000 watts on 430 metres.

Also in 2005, CJAV Port Alberni was approved to move to FM at 93.3 MHz with 6000 watts. But Harold Warren, who founded the station in 1946, did not live to see the FM signon on September 2nd, having passed away on June 22nd, at the age of 90. He had sold his last business in 1986.

A third event in 2005 on this day: CJRY-FM (SHINE-FM Edmonton) on 105.9 MHz received CRTC approval to relocate their transmitter to CBC's Sherwood Park tower for economic reasons. Approval was required to increase antenna height to 193 metres from 138.5 metres. Charley West was AM Drive anchor when the station signed on September 7, 2004, having given up what the Edmonton Sun's Graham Hicks described, at the time, as the most secure job in Edmonton radio, AM Drive anchor at Easy Rock Edmonton, a post he held for 16 years.

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