Broadcast History - March 14

Broadcast History - March 14

Postby jon » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:51 pm

In 1923, CKCK Regina's Albert W. "Bert" Hooper set up the first play-by-play broadcast of a complete hockey game. This one was between the Regina Capitals and the Edmonton Eskimos, before that name was attached to Edmonton's CFL football team. The announcer was Pete Parker of the Regina Leader newspaper, which owned CKCK. Just a month earlier, Bert broadcast the first church service ever heard on radio anywhere in the British Empire. Bert joined the merchant navy during World War I, in 1916, as a Marconi Operator. In 1922, he became CKCK's first employee, a combined job of Station Manager, Chief Engineer, Program Director and Announcer. Bert died in 1981, after retiring from CKRC Winnipeg in 1966. His CCF bio is at http://broadcasting-history.ca/personal ... ert-w-bert

In 1933, Sir Henry Thornton died of cancer, broke, in New York City. Seven and a half months earlier, he had headed Canadian National Railways, where he created the CNR radio network that would become the CBC. A change in government backed by the CPR guaranteed his demise.

In 1946, one of Canada's most memorable call letters signed on. CHEF Granby, Quebec, began on 1450 KHz with 250 watts. The CRTC revoked the station's license on February 28, 1996, after a continuing set of financial problems, despite the fact the station was owned by Power Corp.

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