Broadcast History - June 20

Broadcast History - June 20

Postby jon » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:29 pm

In 1962, CKNL Fort St. John (B.C.) signed on with 1000 watts day and 500 watts night on 970 KHz. The next year they moved to 560 KHz, lowering their night power to 250 watts. In 1967, CFNL Fort Nelson signed on, simulcasting much of CKNL's broadcast day. In 1991, a 10 watt FM repeater of CKNL signed on in Hudson Hope as CKHH-FM. CFNL moved to FM as CKRX-FM in 1997, and CKNL in 2003, keeping the same call letters.

In 1969, the last original CBC-produced Don Messer's Jubilee was broadcast. It was so popular in syndication that CHCH-TV Hamilton began producing new programs. The show began on radio in the 1930s at CFCY-AM Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island).

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In 1989, CKO-AM Montreal was approved to move from 1470 to 650 KHz, decreasing power from 50,000 watts to 10,000 watts day and 2500 watts night. But the entire CKO network collapsed November 10th of the same year, before the change could be made. The CKO network had purchased CFOX-1470 in 1977 after a July 24, 1972, switch to "new country music". Previously, the station had been one of the best Top 40 stations in Canada. Not that long ago, Edmonton had three ex-CFOX DJs on the air: the late Chuck (Charles P. Rodney) Chandler and the late Gord Robson on Cool 8-80, and now-retired Rob Christie on Capital-FM.

In 1996, 10,000 watt CFGP-1050 Grande Prairie (Alberta) switched to FM as SUN-FM, CFGP-FM on 97.7 MHz with 70,000 watts. The station began at 7:30 p.m. on November 2, 1937, with 100 watts on 1200 KHz, operated by Taylor & Pearson Ltd., who also operated CJCA Edmonton.

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In 2000, Betty Kennedy was appointed to the Canadian Senate. More than just a pretty face on CBC-TV's Front Page Challenge, she was already a journalist for the Ottawa Citizen while still a teenager. She moved to Radio during a newspaper strike in the 1940s. In 1959, she became Public Affairs Editor for CFRB-1010 Toronto, which holds the record for more Canadian listeners than any other radio station. She held the position for 27 years and interviewed 25,000 guests on her daily hour-long Betty Kennedy Show.

In 2002, Abbotsford's X-FM CKVX-FM-1 and Star-FM CFSR-FM reversed a swap of frequencies that began at the end of April the same year.
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