Broadcast History - April 7

Broadcast History - April 7

Postby jon » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:25 pm

In 1928, Montreal's CKAC aired its first play-by-play description of a Montreal Canadians hockey game, at the beginning of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The announcer, J. A. Dupont, described the game standing against the boards beside the players' bench, but he had to move somewhere else, after being injured by a stray puck that hit him in the face.

In 1978, New Brunswick's CFAN increased daytime power to 5000 watts from 1000 watts. The station began as CKMR in April 1949 with 250 watts on 1340 KHz, but is best known for snagging the CFUN call letters, after Vancouver's CFUN became CKVN on July 1, 1969. Significant money changed hands once CHUM purchased CKVN and wanted the CFUN call letters back in 1973. New Brunswick's CFUN became CFAN.

In 1994, Frank Griffiths passed away at the age of 77, the same day that he was to be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. A chartered accountant by profession, he purchased CKNW in 1956, launching and purchasing the radio and television stations that became WIC (Western International Communications) in 1983.

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In 1997, the last edition of CBC Edmonton-produced, nationally televised Rough Cutz was aired. It was self-described as an “eclectic, off the wall, artsy look at things in the Edmonton Area.” An earlier "Slackers" episode is available for viewing at http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/slackers
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