Broadcast History - December 18

Broadcast History - December 18

Postby jon » Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:57 pm

In 1974, four Alberta FM stations received CRTC approval for power increases, all of which involved new transmitter sites:

(1) CJCA-FM Edmonton was to move from 99.5 to 97.3 MHz and boost power from 414 watts non-directional to 64,000 watts directional. When these changes were implemented in 1975, the call letters were changed to CIRK-FM, and the station began calling itself K-97 in 1979. When interviewed in 1990, Program Director Neil Edwards said that the "K-97" slogan was chosen because of the hard sound of the letter "K" matching the Hard Rock sound the station was trying to create. He strongly disagreement with my claim that the station wanted to compete head-on with the K call lettered Spokane FM stations brought into Edmonton by cable. At the time of my 1990 interview, every commercial FM station in Edmonton had a K slogan: King, K-Lite, K-97, Key-FM and Kissin' Country.


(2) CFRN-FM Edmonton would increase power from 16,200 watts non-directional to 64,000 watts directional.

(3) CKUA-FM Edmonton was to move from 98.1 to 94.9 MHz, increase power from 352 watts non-directional to 64,000 watts directional, and begin broadcasting in stereo. Rebroadcasters in Calgary (93.7 MHz with 74,000 watts) and Lethbridge (99.3 MHz with 100,000 watts) were also approved.

(4) CHEC-FM Lethbridge would increase power from 245 watts to 32,000 watts.

In 1998, Baton Broadcasting became CTV Inc.

In 2002, CKSA Lloydminster was approved for an AM to FM flip, to 95.9 MHz with 100,000 watts, 164.2 metres high off the CKSA-TV/CITL-TV tower. A repeater on 101.3 MHz with 25,000 watts in Bonnyville was also approved. The Bonnyville decision was rescinded by the CRTC on March 10, 2006, in favour of the same owner, Newcap, applying for an independently programmed Bonnyville station, CJEG-FM.


In 2006, (James) Mavor Moore died in Victoria at age 87. His first appearance on Radio was in 1929 at age 10 on CFCA Toronto, as part of a Christmas choir. He was acting in The Crusoe Boys daily radio serial at age 14, and performing on the new CRBC at age 16. He turned down a CBS job worth $1500 a week for $165 a week as Production Chief for the launch of CBC Television, beginning with CBLT Toronto in 1952.
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