Broadcast History - February 11

Broadcast History - February 11

Postby jon » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:25 pm

In 1993, it was the beginning of the end of dual frequency radio stations in Canada. CHYR Leamington, Ontario, was approved for an FM flip, to 96.7 MHz with 21,200 watts. CHYR-AM had operated on 710 KHz during the day and 730 KHz at night. Ironically, the only other known Canadian station that had to switch frequencies at sunset and sunrise was also on 710 KHz during the day. At sunset, French language CFRG Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, became CFGR and moved to 1230 KHz. The CBC bought the Saskatchewan station in 1973, and moved it to 690 KHz both day and night as CFGR in 1975. Call letters later became CBKF-1 as a repeater of CBKF-FM Regina.

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In 2005, at 10:13 a.m., CKKN-FM Prince George became Classic Hits. It had been launched by CKPG-AM in 1981 as CIOI-FM, the call letters being an optical illusion of part of the station's slogan: Country 101.

Also in 2005, at 12 noon, CKWV-FM-1 Parksville became CHPQ-FM, its original AM call letters from the 1973 sign-on with 1000 watts on 1370 KHz. At the time of the 2005 change, CHPQ had been a repeater of CKWV-FM Nanaimo, with its All Hits format. CHPQ became "The Lounge" with an Adult Standards format. Owner Island Radio announced its sale to Jim Pattison later that same year. CKWV Nanaimo had previously been CHUB.

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