Broadcast History - December 3

Broadcast History - December 3

Postby jon » Sat Dec 02, 2023 9:05 pm

On this day in 1983, according to the CCF ... rck-harvey the late "Harvey Kirck could lay claim to being the first broadcaster on a coast-to-coast network to anchor a nightly television News broadcast for 20 consecutive years." But his background was Radio, beginning as an actor at CKEY Toronto in 1943. His first full-time position was at CJIC Sault Ste. Marie, as a News announcer, moving to CKBB Barrie and CJCJ Calgary. He moved back to Toronto in 1948 as a roving reporter, then to CHUM for seven years beginning in 1953, as well as doing newspaper work for the Telegram. He moved to TV News in 1960, to CHCH-TV Hamilton, then CFTO-TV Toronto and CTV Ottawa. He died of a heart attack on February 18, 2002.


In 1984, CFYZ-AM Toronto was approved for Toronto, with 49.5 watts on 530 KHz, to serve Toronto airport in English and French. By the time the station left the air in November of 2007, they had moved to 1280 KHz and changed call letters to CFBN, after becoming Canada's first all Business radio station on April 9, 2007.

In 1999, 530 KHz got very quiet after CKHL-AM High Level left the air after an AM to FM Flip. Other than very low powered transmitters at airports and the like, CHLO Brampton, Ontario, is the only remaining station in continental North America on the frequency. They currently run 1000 watts day and 250 watts night from a single tower.

In 2001, the AM frequencies 850, 1240 and 1270 KHz went silent in the Fraser Valley. They concluded the customary three months of simulcasting following an AM to FM Flip for CFSR-FM Abbotsford, CKSR-FM Chilliwack and CKIS-FM Hope.

In 2003, CHNM-TV Vancouver was approved for a Victoria transmitter, CHNM-TV-1, with 3300 watts on Channel 29. But was not allowed to solicit local advertising in Victoria or Nanaimo. CHNM-TV-1 signed on in late March 2006.

In 2005, former CHUM Chairman and President Allan Waters died, having only surrendered those roles to Jay Switzer three years and one day earlier. Despite owning 28 radio stations, 8 TV stations and 17 specialty TV channels, Allan managed to own 87.9% of CHUM's common shares in 2002 when he stepped down.

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