Broadcast History - December 23

Broadcast History - December 23

Postby jon » Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:54 pm

In 1957, CJFB-TV Swift Current signed on as the third TV station in Saskatchewan.

In 1978, CKST in the Edmonton suburb of St. Albert signed on to 1070 KHz with 10,000 watts. A decade later, the call letters had been changed to CHMG, the frequency was switched to 1200 KHz and power increased to 25,000 watts. In the previous three years, the station had moved from almost totally automated to 25 employees, with a live Oldies format, and imaging as MG 1200, with billboards all over Edmonton. In the mid-1990s, a move to FM with 100,000 watts, initially on 104.7 then 104.9 MHz, saw another call letter change, to CFMG-FM, but the MG branding disappeared almost immediately along with the Oldies format, for a faithful recreation of CKRA's early '80s success as K-Lite. Easy Rock was born, with heavy emphasis on the Music At Work that had proved so successful at K-Lite. By the turn of the century, under Telemedia ownership (since 1996), the station began sounding stale, playing the same few '80s Adult Contemporary favourites over and over again. A few months after Standard Radio took over in 2002, current Adult Contemporary became the genre most frequently heard, with '80s AC a close second, and it put some life into the sound of the station. The ratings reflected it, and CKRA-FM finally dropped out of the AC market soon after.


In 2001, CKSB-FM Winnipeg signed on to 89.9 MHz with 61,000 watts, providing Radio-Canada's La Chaine culturelle, the CBC French FM network. Early the next year, the CRTC approved 100,000 watt FM repeaters in Regina on 88.9 MHz and Saskatoon on 88.7 MHz.

In 2003, BCIT's CFML-FM Burnaby was approved as a 12 watt FM station on 107.9 MHz, although the station did not actually go on air until March 7, 2006. The home of one of the oldest broadcast programs in the country had been operating a closed circuit radio station for decades, but it was not until 1982 that CFML-AM signed on as a carrier current station in campus buildings on 650 KHz, which forced cable companies to carry the station on their FM cable service at 104.5 MHz.

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