Broadcast History - August 12

Broadcast History - August 12

Postby jon » Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:18 pm

In 1933, Sam Ross began his first day at work in the Toronto headquarters of Canadian Press; he had been with CP for two years. After moving up the management ladder in Winnipeg (November 11, 1933), Edmonton (January 1, 1936) and Vancouver (December 1, 1939), Sam returned to Toronto to become the first manager of Press News Limited, known today as Broadcast News (BN). The new company was formed to provide CP News to private radio stations. By the end of World War II, Sam had resigned from BN to work in News at CKWX Vancouver. He died March 24, 1977, having been born in 1905 and beginning his career as an office boy at the Winnipeg Tribune. His CCF bio, with photo, award and an audio interview, is at

In 2002, CKCK-FM Regina officially launched as Rock 94, on 94.5 MHz with 100,000 watts. The station actually hit the airwaves in June with testing and then on August 9th with a commercial-free preview weekend. Rawlco was the owner, the format was classic rock. On July 29, 2005, the station switched to Jack-FM.

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Re: Broadcast History - August 12

Postby ronrob » Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:40 am

Perhaps Sam's biggest contribution was becoming the first broadcast newsman to get full accreditation to the Press Gallery in Ottawa.
Today they're crawling all over the Parliament Buildings, but back in 1958, Sam was the lone radio or TV journalist and had to cover the feds debates from the public galleries. He went on to become president of the Press Gallery before retiring to Vancouver.
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