Broadcast History - November 10

Broadcast History - November 10

Postby jon » Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:22 pm

In 1958, John Diefenbaker's government adopted a new Broadcasting Act that created the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG), replacing the CBC as regulator of broadcasting in Canada. The BBG's first and only chairman was Dr. Andrew Stewart, who had spent the past 23 years as Lecturer, Professor, Dean and, for the last nine years, President of the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He died in 1990.

In 1989, the All News CKO network signed off forever. Its license for 12 transmitters across the country was issued by the CRTC in 1976. And it prevented the station from changing formats, so the 10 licenses that actually made it on the air were surrendered to the CRTC, rather than being sold.

In 2001, Joe Chesney passed away at age 82. Depending on your age, you might know him from the station bearing his initials in its call letters, CJJC Langley. Or as Uncle Joe hosting CKNW's morning show beginning in October 1947. CJJC was licensed in 1962 and signed on January 19, 1963, on 850 KHz with 1000 watts. Its Country music format was a first in British Columbia and had a lot of followers in the Lower Mainland, but its signal and frequency were both problems in Vancouver itself. In the day, there was interference from KTAC in Tacoma. And, at night, 50,000 watt KOA from Denver. Even CKRD Red Deer (Alberta) could be trouble at night.The early 1970s brought a new and much better frequency, 800 KHz, but also a much stronger competitor, 50,000 watt CKWX, when it went Country in March 1973. Joe sold out in 1978, and CJJC became CJUP then CKST, merging with CIMA in 1992, creating 50,000 watts CKST-1040, "Coast 1040". Today, it is TSN 1040, owned by Bell Media.

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