Broadcast History - December 1

Broadcast History - December 1

Postby jon » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:44 pm

In 1928, CKX Brandon signed on using an old 500 watt transmitter from CKY Winnipeg. Both stations were owned by the Manitoba Telephone System. In December 1947, the Manitoba government announced that CKY and CKX would be sold to comply with a new federal government policy that prevented provincial governments from owning broadcast stations. The CBC bought CKY, but local Brandon businessmen bought CKX. The company created for the purchase of CKX would grow into Craig Broadcast Systems, named after John B. Craig, who headed the local businessmen.

In 1934, CKY Winnipeg increased power to 15,000 watts while moving from 780 KHz to 960 KHz. The Manitoba Telephone System station's studios and facilities were used extensively by the CRBC and later the CBC to originate programs to its network.

In 1944, CKWX Vancouver claimed to be the first station in Western Canada to join a U.S. network. On that day, CKWX joined the Don Lee-Mutual Broadcasting System, and began offering top international radio shows that Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island listeners had previously only heard on Seattle stations.


In 1956, CHEK-TV Victoria signed on at 5:00 p.m. with announcer Len Carlson voicing an O Canada film. CKDA AM & FM owner David Armstrong had purchased the license of CKTV-TV before it signed on, changing call letters to CHEK, and making it the first private station in British Columbia, CBUT-TV Vancouver being the only other station on the air at the time. Channel 6 (CHEK) began with 1800 watts video and 900 watts audio. On June 1, 1960, power was increased to 100,000 watts video. That same year, Armstrong sold the station to CHAN-TV Vancouver owner BCTV, after consistently losing money on the station. But, back in 1957, using some of the proceeds from the sale of CKNW, Bill Rea purchased 20% of CHEK-TV from Charles R. White, who had been CHEK'S Vice President before he left.


In 1967, at the end of Canada's centennial year, CBUF-FM Vancouver signed on at 5:00 p.m. with 100,000 watts on 97.7 MHz. It was British Columbia's first French language broadcaster. CBUF was a part of the mono Radio-Canada AM network, but local programming was in stereo.

In 1979, CIOK-1 Grand Centre, near Cold Lake, Alberta, signed on to 1340 KHz with 250 watts. Owner O.K. Radio was licensed to rebroadcast CIOK St. Paul. Less than two years later, both stations were sold to CILW Wainwright. Shortly after, CIOK-1 became CILW-1, rebroadcasting CILW. But, not long after that, the call letters became CHLW-1 when the station switched back to rebroadcasting St. Paul, which had changed call letters to CHLW. The CHLW-1 call letters would change again, to CJCM, a decade before an AM to FM flip at 11:00 a.m. on September 3, 2004, when the station, now owned by NewCap, became CJXK-FM on 95.3 MHz with 100,000 watts, under K-Rock branding.


In 1993, Northern Native Broadcasting was approved to install low powered FM transmitters in Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Canyon City, Cheslatta Indian Reserve, Decker Lake Indian Reserve, Fort Babine, Klemtu, Nemaiah Valley, Redstone Flat Indian Reserve, Stony Creek Indian Reserve, Sugarcane and Topley Landing. Each station was to broadcast some locally-produced programming, with the remainder of the broadcast week retransmitting programming from CFNR Terrace, CKNM Yellowknife, CHON Whitehorse and CFWE Lac La Biche. CFNR had been licensed the previous year, with low powered FM transmitters in Blueberry River, Burns Lake, Doig River, Fort Ware, Iskut, Kincolith, Kitimat, Kitkatla, Kitwancool (Gitanyow), Metlakatla and Telegraph Creek.

In 1997, Nornet Broadcasting received CRTC approval to purchase CJPR Blairmore and rebroadcaster CJEV Elkford from Rogers. On November 21, 2002, CJPR was approved for an AM to FM flip from 1490 KHz with 1000 watts, to 94.9 MHz with 760 watts. CJEV remained on 1340 KHz with 50 watts.

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