Broadcast History - July 19

Broadcast History - July 19

Postby jon » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:52 pm

In 1922, CKCK Regina signed on for the first time, during a prairie thunderstorm. A flat-top antenna was attached to two steel towers atop the Regina Leader newspaper building, transmitting on 420 metres with 2000 watts. At night, the lighted towers could be seen for miles due to Regina's flat terrain. Until 1929, the station accepted no advertising, with all costs borne by the newspaper. With no need for a sales staff and because the station did not operate full-time, there was only one station employee: Albert Walter "Bert" Hooper, who got his start as a Marconi wireless operator aboard the Empress of Japan. He moved to CJRM Moose Jaw-Regina in 1933 as Chief Engineer, and was transferred to CJRC Winnipeg in 1939, where he retired in 1966, by which time the call letters had been changed to CKRC. As for CKCK, it signed off forever on November 30, 2001, in a complicated set of consolidations and frequency swaps.

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In 1974, CHQR-810 Calgary was approved to increase power from 10,000 to 50,000 watts by adding a fifth 305 foot tower. The station had originally signed on by Ted Soskin on November 17, 1964. Western Broadcasting (CKNW) bought the station on April 15, 1970. A new transmitter site with six towers was used in 1985 for the move to 770 KHz, providing much less night-time interference, especially to listeners South of the previous transmitter site.

In 1989, CKVH-AM High Prairie was approved by the CRTC to rebroadcast CFOK Westlock, plus provide 24 hours per week of local programming. CKVH was licensed to 1020 KHz with 1000 watts day and 400 watts at night.

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In 2002, CJNW-730 Vancouver signed on with modern rock and no DJs after more than a month off the air to replace an aging transmitter and towers. On May 28th, it had terminated its 16 month All News format. And, on July 11th, announced that it would become MOJO Radio on August 6, patterned after its Toronto sibling, talk radio for males. The call letters were changed to CHMJ on August 6th. What had once been the Top 40 powerhouse CKLG is currently running a Traffic format.

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