Broadcast History - June 26

Broadcast History - June 26

Postby jon » Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:31 pm

In 1984, Bill Hughes made the Guiness Book of World Records as he hosted the 12,000th broadcast of "Roving Mike" on CKNW New Westminster. Bill joined the station on September 1, 1946, exactly two years after CKNW "officially" signed on, and quickly established himself as "Bill Hughes with the News". Until 1949, CKNW was only 250 watts on 1230 KHz, from the original Lulu Island transmitter site. Bill Hughes did not begin hosting the "Roving Mike" program until 1950, taking over from CKNW owner Bill Rea. Rea started the show in 1944 as the Market Broadcast, broadcast Friday and Saturday mornings, interviewing passersby at the New Westminster Public Market.

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In 1985, the CRTC approved the sale of CJJC-800 Langley to Saskatoon Telecable from Ernie Mykyte. Mykyte had bought out founder Joe Chesney's 50% share of the station in 1978. The station signed on January 19, 1963 on 850 KHz with 1000 watts, becoming British Columbia's first full-time Country & Western music station. CKNW had fired Joe in the 1950s, despite his popular morning show on the station, because his attempts to get his own radio station were considered competitive to then mostly-Country music CKNW. Joe was born in Saskatchewan in 1919, moving to B.C. after service in the Air Force during World War II. He began on-air at CFJC Kamloops in 1946, moving quickly to CJAV Port Alberni and CKNW, where he took over the morning show in October 1947. He passed away Saturday, November 10, 2001, at the age of 82.

In 1986, Calgary's CHQR moved down the dial from 810 to 770. A new transmitter site was built for 770 in DeWinton, AB about 5 miles south of the former 810 site which was on Hwy 22 west of Hwy 2 south of Calgary.
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