Broadcast History - February 29

Broadcast History - February 29

Postby jon » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:49 pm

Though we do have one item, it was a quiet day in Western Canadian Broadcasting History. Hey, what do you expect for a day that only comes around every four years? So, we look a little farther afield for most of our stories today.

In 1940, Gretchen Christopher of The Fleetwords was born, three months after trio member Gary Troxel and just 9 days after Barbara Ellis, who was born in the same Olympia, Washington hospital. The Fleetwoods had two #1 hits in 1959, "Come Softly to Me" and "Mr. Blue". On this day in 2012, Gretchen celebrated her 18th birthday (she only celebrates every 4 years, in a leap year), her legal age when The Fleetwoods had their first #1 hit, with special pricing on her recently-self-published first solo album just for Sirius/XM listeners who heard her being interviewed on Norm N. Nite's show the previous Sunday.

In 1948, WCOU-FM Lewiston, Maine, first signed on. Amazingly early for a small market FM station. The station was later WAYU and is now WCYI on 93.9 MHz.

In 1996, at 6:00 p.m., CKUA became the first radio station in Canada to stream their broadcast online, using CADVision, an early Calgary Internet provider. A maximum of 100 listeners was supported that first week, and they were warned to have at least a 28.8 KBps modem and connection up and running. There were already about a dozen stations in the U.S. streaming on the Internet, and the CBC was also experimenting with the medium. As for CKUA, they kicked off the launch with a demonstration that evening at Eau Claire Market in Downtown Calgary.

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Also in 1996, about 30 television and entertainment industry executives met with President Clinton at the White House, where they promised to devise a TV ratings system.
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