Broadcast History - November 15

Broadcast History - November 15

Postby jon » Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:04 pm

In 1974, CKSA-TV was licensed by the CRTC for a second television station in Lloydminster. CITL-TV signed on in 1976 on Channel 4 with 82,000 watts video. CKSA continued to provide CBC service and CITL became the CTV affiliate for the area. In 1989, the two stations were Canada's first to broadcast directly from hard drives.

In 1979, CKRA-FM Edmonton signed on to 96.3 MHz with 100,000 watts. The station was owned by CFCW Camrose and popular CHED DJ Len Thuesen became the founding Program Director, a position he held until the 1990s. Initially billed as RoCK RAdio 96, the station quickly switched to K-96 branding to go head to head with the former CJCA-FM, which branded itself as K-97 after changing call letters to CIRK. Then a funny thing happened. CIRK management filed a complaint with the CRTC that CKRA was not Light Rock as stated as its intention in its original application. The CRTC then ordered CKRA to change format to Light Rock, and K-Lite was born. The station created a Music at Work audience, the first station to have a large number of office workers listening to their radios at work. After a number of format changes, CKRA today is 96.3 The Breeze.


In 2006, three new FM stations were approved by the CRTC for Grande Prairie, Alberta:
  1. A license for CFRI-FM was awarded to Vista. Free-FM signed on March 30, 2007, with a mix of Classic, newer and Country Rock. The antenna for the 100,000 watt station on 104.7 MHz was installed on the CKUA-FM tower in Grande Prairie.
  2. CIKT-FM was awarded to Independent Bear Creek Broadcasting, controlled by Ken Truhn. Q99 Quality Music - True Variety signed on April 9, 2007, at 12 noon with 100,000 watts on 98.9 MHz on the Jim Pattison tower.
  3. SHINE-FM co-founder Allan Hunsperger was also approved for a Gospel music and Christian spoken word station aimed at 25-44 year olds, on 96.3 MHz with 100,000 watts.

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