Broadcast History - October 29

Broadcast History - October 29

Postby jon » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:42 pm

In 1929, the death of the EKKO Company became only a manner of time. The manufacturer of the early radio stamps previously seen in this daily column could not cope with the Great Depression, which began with the stock market crash on this day. Sales of EKKO stamps to radio stations was based on listeners sending the station a dime and a reception report for each stamp. The reception reports kept coming, but the dimes were few and far between.

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In 1938, Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) was beaten to the honour of being the first program to air a hockey game on television. The second and third periods of a game in the Harringay arena in London, England, were aired on this day by the BBC. W2XBS New York aired a Rangers/Canadiens game on February 25, 1940. KTLA Los Angeles began airing Pacific Coast League games in November of 1946. Later in the 1946-47 NHL season, the New York Rangers home games were regularly aired on New York City television. Hockey Night in Canada televised its first game, experimentally on closed circuit television, in April 1952 at Maple Leaf Gardens. CBC executives, Imperial Oil and the MacLarens advertising agency were all extremely impressed with Foster Hewitt's play-by-play announcing. Foster had been calling HNIC games on radio since 1931. But it was Rene Lecavalier who actually called the first Hockey Night in Canada that was ever aired on television, on October 11, 1952, at the Montreal Forum. Foster was not up to calling a game in French, as the CBC required for this Canadiens/Red Wings game. But Foster was there on November 1, 1952, for the first English language game aired, with the Boston Bruins visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 1959, CFRN-AM Edmonton increased power to 10,000 watts from a new transmitter site six miles South of Winterburn. The move to 50,000 watts came only two years later. And the same site is used today, with one tall tower and one short tower.

In 1981, two country music FM stations were licensed to Edmonton. CHED DJ Bob McCord was granted a license for CISN-FM, with 100,000 watts on 103.9 MHz. The station signed on June 5, 1982. With a two month head start over CFCN-owned CJAX-FM, which signed on August 11th, CISN-FM never looked back. CJAX changed call letters to CKNG-FM in 1986, but it wasn't until the 1990s, as Power 92, that the station became successful. A Current Hits format targetted at youth lasted early into this century, when, after a few missteps, the station became JOE-FM, inspired by Jack-FM; today the station is The Chuck.

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In 1996, two specialty FM licenses were issued in Calgary. Since both stations had applied for the same frequency, 88.9 MHz, one was assigned the frequency and the other had to propose a new frequency, significantly delaying its sign-on. The winner of the frequency was CJSI-FM, given 23,500 watts. CJSI called itself SHINE-FM Calgary and was owned by Touch Canada Broadcasting, which also owned CJCA Edmonton. Sources differ on who owned how much of Touch back in 1996, but Charles Allard Jr. and Allan Hunsperger were the major partners. At the time, Hunsperger hosted a weekly religious program on CHQR. Thomas Fung and Roger Charest got a license for an ethnic station, but not a frequency to run it on. CHKF-FM eventually signed on to 94.7 MHz, with 53,000 watts, but it took two years to get there.

In 2007, Astral Media's acquisition of Standard Radio was completed, making Astral the largest radio broadcaster in Canada. But, not for long, as Astral was acquired by Bell in 2013.

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Re: Broadcast History - October 29

Postby Talker » Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:47 am

Jon, you wrote, "In 2007, Astral Media's acquisition of Standard Radio was completed, making Astral the largest radio broadcaster in Canada. But, not for long, as Astral was acquired by Bell in 2013."

That prompted me to think it might be interesting for some to check the history of Standard Broadcasting. If memory serves, it had quite a history in Vancouver with CKWX.

When you have time, of course.
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Re: Broadcast History - October 29

Postby jon » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:00 pm

Good idea. The first thing that pops out, looking at Standard Radio's history, is its connection to the Rogers family. The first related use of the name "Standard Radio" is Ted Rogers, Sr.'s company, Standard Radio Manufacturing, to build the world's first radios that you could plug into the wall, rather than run on batteries.

The "Standard Radio" name soon disappeared in favour of the Rogers name, but reappeared in 1941 as Rogers Majestic was renamed Standard Radio, as part of a long sad process that began with the sudden death of Ted Rogers, Sr. in 1939 at age 38, and ended with the loss of the entire Rogers "empire" by the Rogers family. That empire included CFRB AM & FM in Toronto, initially put on the air to demonstrate that radio transmitters, not just radio receivers, could be run on standard AC current.

It was not until 1962 that Standard Radio began to expand, with the purchase of CJAD in Montreal, then creating Standard Broadcast Sales, Standard Sound Systems as a Muzak clone like Q Music, Standard Broadcast News Service, The Canadian Talent Library, two music publishing firms, a syndication arm and even a British presence to help the first commercial stations there get started after the BBC lost its monopoly on Radio.

Standard's only presence in Vancouver was CISL and CKZZ-FM, which they purchased in 1996, and sold to Astral with most of the rest of their holdings in 2007.
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Re: Broadcast History - October 29

Postby Russ_Byth » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:11 pm

Actually, Standard owned Standard Broadcast News (SBN) which was a short-time competitor to Broadcast News/CP, and it's BC operations ran out of the CKWX building after it had taken over Satellite Radio Network (SRN)
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Re: Broadcast History - October 29

Postby jon » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:32 pm

Thanks, Russ. I didn't know that.
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