Broadcast History - March 27

Broadcast History - March 27

Postby jon » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:38 pm

In 1924, CKY Winnipeg first leased air time to Canadian National Railways (CNR). The CNRW call letters were first used during CNR broadcasts on the station on July 17. At that time, CKY was owned by the Manitoba government through its telephone service (MGT) and operated on 665 KHz with 2000 watts.

In 1964, CJAV Port Alberni was heard across the country, as its News reports were aired covering the local flooding caused by the tsunami, then known as a Tidal Wave, from the 8.5 magnitude Alaska earthquake. 55 buildings were lost, and another 325 damaged. A long inlet exposes Port Alberni to the tidal flow of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

In 1973, CJRB Boissevain, Manitoba, was licensed to 1220 KHz with 10,000 watts. It rebroadcast much of the programming of co-owned CFAM Altona.

In 1996, CFUN Vancouver changed from Oldies to Talk. The station began in 1922, though there might be some argument as to whether you would trace CFUN back through CKMO to CFCQ or CJCE. Both stations signed on in 1922, with the Sprott-Shaw Schools and Commerce & Wireless Telegraphy co-founding CJCE with 5 watts on 750 KHz. In 1924, Sprott-Shaw shut down CJCE and took over CFCQ, increasing CFCQ's power to 50 watts. The next year, CFCQ moved to 730 KHz with 1000 watts, but shared the frequency with CKCD and CFDC. CFCQ became CKMO in 1928, CFUN in 1955, CKVN in 1969, and back to CFUN in 1973. In the early 1960s, CFUN owned the Top 40 market in Vancouver. Periods of success and some of greatness, though not always together, did follow, but never equalled the market dominance that ended soon after the Beatles visited Vancouver, and CKLG-AM went Top 40.

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In 1997, CHBW-FM Rocky Mountain House was licensed to 94.5 MHz with 720 watts. It rebroadcast CIBW-FM Drayton Valley, with 15 hours per week of local programming. In 2003, Jim Pattison purchased both stations.

In 2006, CFWB-AM Campbell River added Southern Rock to their Country-dominated format, becoming known as "14-90 The Ride".
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