Broadcast History - November 14

Broadcast History - November 14

Postby jon » Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:02 pm

In 1922, 2LO London was officially opened as England's first non-experimental station. The government issued the license to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which officially came into existence the next day. 2LO had been running as an experimental station since May 11th. 2ZY Manchester officially opened the next day, but had been operating with an experimental license since May 16th. The BBC was formed as a result of its funding being provided for its first two years by The Marconi Company, The General Electric Company, The Radio Communications Company, Metropolitan Vickers Company, Western Electric Company and The British Thompson-Houston Company. Radio broadcasting had begun in the U.K. in 1920 with Marconi's experimental station 2MT in Writtle, Essex.

In 1937, CFAR Flin Flon, Manitoba signed on with 100 watts on 1370 KHz. In the Great Frequency Shuffle of 1941, CFAR moved to 1400 KHz, a "Graveyarder", as stations were known on any of the Local Channels where maximum power was 250 watts back then. The station moved again in 1944 to 1230 KHz, another graveyard frequency, but got a power increase to 250 watts. Two years later, in 1946, power was increased to 1000 watts full-time and frequency changed to its current home of 590 KHz. CHED/CHQT/CHUM/CKDA announcer Ed Mason got his start at CFAR in the early 1960s, where his father was Chief Engineer.

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