Broadcast History - January 1

Broadcast History - January 1

Postby jon » Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:40 am

January 1st was a big day in history for CKWX Vancouver:

In 1932, Ron Robinson was born. From 1951-68, he was on air at CKWX, then was transferred to CJVI Victoria.


In 1940, Harold Carson moved to Vancouver from Calgary to take over the operation of CKWX; Sparks Holstead was still the station owner.

In 1954, the station began 24 hour broadcasting with an overnight program "Concert Under the Stars".

In 1958 at midnight, Red Robinson, Bill Davis and Bob McGavin began 100 hours of continuous broadcasting from the Pacific National Exhibition studio to celebrate British Columbia's Centennial year. Prompted by the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, 1858 was the year that the (British) Colony of British Columbia was formally established with New Westminster as its capital. The Colony of Vancouver Island had existed since 1849, but was not merged into British Columbia until 1866.


In 1946, CFGP Grande Prairie moved from 1350 to 1050 KHz, the last in a long series of AM frequency changes. Power remained at 1000 watts. The next year, Taylor Pearson & Carson purchased an interest in the station, which had originally signed on November 2, 1937, at 7:30 p.m. with 100 watts on 1200 KHz.

In 1949, CFCF-FM Montreal began broadcasting separately from CFCF-AM, having become Canada's first commercial FM station in 1947. Previously, the station had been operating as experimental FM station VE9CM since 1945 with 25 watts. And had been testing as early as 1940, possibly using the CFCX call letters, which rightfully belonged to CFCF's simulcast shortwave outlet.

In 1973, CHUM took ownership of CKVN Vancouver, returning it to the CFUN call letters on September 30th.

Also in 1973, CJOK Fort McMurray signed on at 12:01 a.m. with 1000 watts day and 250 watts night on 1230 KHz. It was the first station owned by OK Radio Group, founded by Roger Charest and Stu Morton. When I was in Yellowknife in 1974, it was the only station easily received at night, aside from local CFYK.


In 1990, CHQM-AM Vancouver switched to Light Rock as Lite 1320. CHUM purchased CHQM AM & FM later the same year, but was forced to sell CHQM-AM, as CHUM already owned CFUN.

In 1997, Shaw (now Corus) gained control of CKRY-FM Calgary. Robert E. Redmond had received a license for the station in 1981, with 100,000 watts on 105.1 MHz.
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