Broadcast History - July 5

Broadcast History - July 5

Postby jon » Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:54 pm

In 1963, WWVB joined WWV, WWVH and WWVL as official U.S. time signals. WWVB has jumped into the spotlight since 2000, now boasting millions of "listeners", with the appearance of inexpensive automatically-synchronized clocks with built-in long wave radio receivers that pick up the skip across North America from the Colorado-based 70KW WWVB transmitter on 60 KHz during the middle of the night. Experimental station KK2XEI began in July 1956 on 60 KHz, broadcasting an Open Carrier for four and a half hours each working day. WWV began in May 1920 though not initially broadcasting time signals.

In 1974, CKJS-AM was approved by the CRTC for Winnipeg, as a multilingual station on 810 KHz with 10,000 watts. The owner was C. G. Stanczykowski, who founded (and still owned) CFMB in Montreal in 1962. He passed away in a traffic accident on July 12, 1981, but CKJS was not sold until March 23, 2006, when Newcap was approved to purchase the station. CKJS originally signed on March 25, 1975.

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In 1978, CBL Toronto began replacing its 40 watt AM Low-Power Relay Transmitters (LPRTs) with high powered FM transmitters, initially in London, Ontario, on this day with 100,000 watts on 93.5 MHz with the call letters CBCL. CBCO-105.9 in Orillia would follow on November 5th of the same year.

In 1996, Fred Davis died. Best known as the moderator of CBC-TV's long-running Front Page Challenge, he began his broadcast career by winning a scholarship to Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. It was 1946 and Fred had just completed four years in the Canadian Band of Allied Expeditionary Forces. Completing his year of radio training, he joined CFRA Ottawa as an announcer and was promoted to Program Director in 1949. The National Film Board hired Fred in 1953 as a commentator for their On The Spot aka Perspectives series. While there, he married the writer of one of the scripts he was reading, Jo Kowin. She was a successful filmmaker, comedy writer and producer, employed by the CBC. With her encouragement, Fred began as a contract broadcaster for the CBC in 1956.

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