Broadcast History - June 25

Broadcast History - June 25

Postby jon » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:04 pm

In 1955, CBOFT-TV Ottawa signs on (some sources say yesterday). The CBC's French language television station broadcasts from Camp Fortune, Quebec, on Channel 9 with 128,000 watts video and 25,600 watts audio. Studios were at 250 Lanark Street in Ottawa.

In 1966, the first nationally televised series originating from CBC Edmonton ended a three month run. The Stu Davis Show was a 15 minute country music show that began on April 2nd. It featured his band, The Pathfinders, and his son Duane on guitar. Duane released an album on London Records to coincide with the show's airing. Stu had formerly hosted the CBC's Red River Jamboree program.

In 1973, The David Clayton-Thomas Show began as a weekly series of three half hour programs on CBC Television. He had recently returned to Canada after leaving Blood, Sweat and Tears for a solo career, but later rejoined the group.

In 1995, following the 5:00 p.m. News, CFVR-AM Abbotsford (B.C.) changed call letters to CKMA, format to Oldies (Top 40 hits from 1955 to 1980), imaging to "85 Radio Max" and added the late Robert O. Smith, both live and voice-tracked, to weekends. The station had originally signed on August 20, 1962, with 250 watts on 1240 KHz, with five hours daily of local programming; the rest was simulcast from CHWK-1270 Chilliwack. On September 8, 1997, CHWK and CKGO Hope joined Radio Max in a network that was not technically simulcast. Most of the programming was identical, but the differing lengths of local commercials and announcements meant the individual stations could drift up to two minutes apart. On September 10, 1999, the three stations were purchased by Rogers. And on August 31, 2001, all three moved to FM, with Abbotsford now CFSR-FM with 215 watts on 107.1 MHz. They became "The Valley's Light Rock". On March 25, 2005, CFSR Abbotsford went to separate programming as "Today's Country Favourites".

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In 1997, CFGP-FM Grande Prairie (Alberta) was approved to add an FM rebroadcast transmitter in Peace River, on 104.3 MHz with 2000 watts. This undoubtedly resulted from CFGP's switch from AM to FM the previous year, since the CFGP signal from Grande Prairie would no longer reach Peace River on FM as the AM signal had done. CFGP-AM first signed on at 7:30 p.m. on November 2, 1937, on 1200 KHz with 100 watts.

In 2002, Pamela Wallin became Consul General in New York City. She was born in 1953 in Wadena, Saskatchewan, a town that may hold the world record for being the birthplace of the most broadcasters per capita. Shortly after beginning a career in Social Work in 1973, she received a phone call while working at the Prince Albert Penitentiary, asking her to replace the suddenly ill host of a Regina phone-in radio program. She loved it, and was soon offered a full-time job at the CBC, initially in Radio in Regina, but later in Ottawa and Toronto. After 25 years with the CBC, she spent two years at the Toronto Star, then to CTV's Canada AM, Question Period and weekend anchor for the CTV National News. In 1992, Pamela moved back to the CBC, co-hosting Prime Time News with Peter Mansbridge. But was laid off in 1995 in a seemingly infinite number of CBC downsizings.

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In 2004, Central Island Broadcasting Ltd. was approved by the CRTC to purchase independently-owned CJAV-AM Port Alberni (B.C.). CJAV first signed on April 1, 1946, on 1240 KHz with 250 watts. The terrain of the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island, shielded by the local mountains, left the area with virtually no daytime radio reception. CJAV changed that, also bringing local-like signal coverage into Powell River, 75 km to the North East on the B.C. mainland. In its first year, CJAV hired two future legends of Greater Vancouver radio: Jack Cullen and Joe Chesney. CJAV switched to FM at 9:33 a.m. on September 2, 2005, on 93.3 MHz with 6000 watts, and is currently owned by Jim Pattison.
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