Broadcast History - December 31

Broadcast History - December 31

Postby jon » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:42 pm

In 1949, CKY Winnipeg was back, but in name only. Lloyd Moffat had applied for, and received, the heritage three letter call letters that had belonged to Manitoba Government Telephones' Winnipeg station until they were forced to sell to the CBC, and it became CBW. The new CKY spent its entire AM existence on 580 KHz, until moving to FM on January 21, 2004. It signed on in 1949 with 5000 watts day and 1000 watts night, initially to save the money it would have taken to broadcast with different directional patterns day and night, as would have been required to run 5000 watts at night. In 1960, CKY increased power to 50,000 watts day and night using four 320 foot towers.

In 1971 Disc jockey Hal Weaver lost his battle with cancer at the age of 28 in Surrey, British Columbia ...

Hal's radio career began in the early 1960's at CKRD in Red Deer, Alberta ...

While at CKRD, a local Mountie used to visit him at the station and soon the radio bug bit him, as well, so he left the force to also start a career at CKRD ... that friend was soon-to-be legendary broadcaster Terry David Mulligan ...

After Red Deer, Hal worked at CJCA in Edmonton, Alberta ... CKOC in Hamilton, Ontario ... and then on to the famed CHUM radio in Toronto ...

In late 1969 Hal packed up his family and moved to Vancouver where he worked briefly at CJOR playing country music ... In April 1970, before Hal was taken ill, he and Mulligan worked together again for a short time at CKVN...

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Also in 1971, CKSP Summerland was licensed to CKOK Penticton, on 1450 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts night. By 1989, the station was broadcasting 114 hours per week of locally-produced programming.

In 1984 at 7:00 a.m., CKIR Invermere signed on to 870 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts at night. All but 33 hours 51 minutes of weekly programming was simulcast from CKCR Revelstoke. The remainder came from CKGR Golden.

In 1999 at 5:00 p.m., STAR-FM became X-FM, with a New Rock Alternative format. The next month, CKSR-FM Chilliwack, CFSR-FM Vancouver and CFSR-FM-1 Abbotsford became CKVX-FM, CKVX-FM-2 and CKVX-FM-1, respectively. Less than a year later, the CRTC removed the condition of license that required the stations to have all studios located outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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In 2001, 980 KHz was back on the air in Regina, but this time with CJME testing, in preparation for its move from 1300 KHz. A month earlier, CKRM had moved from 980 to CKCK's frequency of 620 KHz. CKCK disappeared forever at that point. Nonetheless, more than 200 former CKCK staff descended on the Hotel Saskatchewan on July 27, 2002, on what would have been CKCK's 80th anniversary.
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