Broadcast History - January 7

Broadcast History - January 7

Postby jon » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:53 pm

In 1926, the previous year's amendment to the Copyright Act resulted in a meeting on this day of radio station owners. CKNC Toronto had been threatened with legal action if they did not pay copyright fees for recorded music that they broadcast. A.R. McEwan of Canadian National Railways was elected as Chairman. Even though the entire discussion was about Copyright, The Canadian Assocation of Broadcasters was formed, with its first annual meeting held only three weeks later, on January 28th at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

In 1984, CJSR Edmonton finally hit the airwaves, with 44 watts on 88.5 MHz. The University of Alberta student station had been heard on FM cable since September 1976 and carrier current since July 6, 1978, on 1580 KHz with 20 watts. The station had begun as CKUA in the late 1920's, switching to a closed circuit PA system in 1960 when they were no longer allowed air time on CKUA, after Alberta Government Telephones took over CKUA just after World War II. A power increase in 1992 gave CJSR 900 watts, providing a signal heard throughout most of Edmonton.


In 1985, Midday debuted on CBC Television, as a noon hour version of The Journal. Budget cutbacks, plus competition from CNN and Newsworld, saw the program cancelled, with its last broadcast on June 30, 2000. Sheldon Turcott usually did the 10 minute Noon Newscast that kicked off Midday. The original hosts of the remaining 50 minutes were Valerie Pringle and Bill Cameron.

On the same day on the same network, Venture debuted, lasting nearly seven years, until May 20, 2007. It provided informative looks inside Canadian businesses.

In 1994 at 6:00 p.m., CHRX Vancouver signed off. Two days later, the former CJOR morphed again, into The Bridge, CKBD, as Canada's first Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) station; in April, CJCA Edmonton would become Canada's second CCM station, under new management, but using the AM license left dormant by CIRK-FM since December 1993.

Mike McCoy and Company did the last show on Classic Rock "CHRX 600"; the final 70 minutes of which can be heard by clicking here.
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In 2002, Trina McQueen's resignation took effect. She had been President & CEO of CTV for only one year.

In 2003, CJRY-FM Edmonton was licensed to Touch, owner of CJCA-AM Edmonton and CJSI-FM (SHINE-FM) Calgary. Exactly 20 months later, at 6:00 a.m., the station signed on, with 100,000 watts on 105.9 MHz, with Charley West hosting Morning Drive. Charley had left CFMG-FM Easy Rock Edmonton just weeks before. He had held down Morning Drive since the creation of the Easy Rock format more than a decade earlier.

In 2007, CJNB North Battleford, Saskatchewan, was denied an AM to FM flip because owner Rawlco already owned two FM stations in the market. The night-time pattern, shown below, at the existing CJNB-AM transmitter site, four miles North of North Battleford, did not adequately serve the Southern reaches of the licensed service area. This was not just a problem in the evening hours, but, during the winter months, the Saskatchewan government's change in time zones left North Battleford in darkness (and CJNB on night pattern) most of Morning Drive. An FM flip would have been substantially less costly than building a new AM transmitter site far enough South to cover the entire licensed service area at night.

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