Broadcast History - December 12

Broadcast History - December 12

Postby jon » Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:10 pm

In 1901, just after Noon, Guglielmo Marconi heard the Morse Code letter S at his receiving site in St. John's, Newfoundland. His crew was continuously sending that signal from Cornwall, England, so this marked the first Trans-Atlantic signal ever transmitted and received. Getting there was difficult, as the Cornwall site was wrecked in a violent storm, and the signal was much weaker from the tempoary masts erected to replace it. A Cape Cod site had suffered a similar fate and temporary masts were blown down in St. John's, so he actually heard the signal from an antenna held aloft by balloons and kites!


In 1965, CFMC-FM Saskatoon signed on to 103.9 MHz with 6020 watts. Repeated attempts to obtain a second Saskatoon broadcast license, on AM, failed, so the station was sold to Rawlco on May 21, 1985. Rawlco owned CKOM-AM, and, on the same day that the CRTC approved the purchase of CFMC, CFMC obtained a power increase to 100,000 watts, on a new frequency, 95.1 MHz. The transmitter was moved to the CKOM site.

In 1987 at 10:00 p.m., Saturday Night Blues debuted on the AM network of CBC Radio. The host was Holger Petersen, the Founder of the label Stony Plain Records and a DJ at CKUA Alberta since 1969.

Also in 1987, CKKQ-FM Victoria signed on with 44,000 watts on 100.3 MHz from Mount Work, 12 km NW of Victoria. The owner was OK Radio and the format was Rock. Plans were to change to 92.1 MHz before signing on, but were scrapped when it was learned that the CBC wanted the frequency for an FM in Victoria.

In 2002, CKTK Kitimat (B.C.) was approved for an AM to FM flip, to 97.7 MHz with 170 watts, with a six month period of AM simulcasting. The station first signed on to 1230 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts night on March 23, 1964, partially simulcast with CFTK Terrace.


Also in 2002, CBCX-FM Calgary, then not yet on the air, had its power decreased from 100,000 to 10,000 watts on 89.7 MHz, after Nav Canada expressed its concerns about interference.

In 2006, Bell Globemedia announced that it would now be known as CTVglobemedia.
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