Broadcast History - August 9

Broadcast History - August 9

Postby jon » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:00 pm

In 1979, CFRU-FM Guelph was licensed to serve the University of Guelph. The "FR" in the call letters stood for Frank Ryan who died in 1965 and left $25,000 to the university to start a radio station. Ryan founded CFRA-AM in Ottawa in 1947 and served on the original Board of Governors of the University of Guelph. CFRU began as a carrier-current AM station in 1975, and became a full-fledged FM station on August 9, 1979, on 93.3 MHz, though only with 50 watts. Power was increased to 250 watts in 1991.

In 1991, longtime CKNW sports director "Big" Al Davidson passed away at age 66. One of Vancouver's most colourful sportscasters. Davidson left 'NW after 30 years in 1987. Anyone who ever worked with Al has at least one great Big Al story. Al's career started at CKPR Port Arthur in 1946 followed by stops at CKCK Regina 1948, CKFH Toronto 1951 and CKY Winnipeg 1955. After CKNW, Al worked at Vancouver's CJOR from 1987 until 1988 when the station changed format.

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In 2002, CKCK-FM Regina signed on as Rock 94, on 94.5 MHz with 100,000 watts, with a commercial-free preview weekend. Rawlco was the owner, the format was classic rock and the official launch took place August 12th. On July 29, 2005, the station switched to Jack-FM.

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