Broadcast History - January 8

Broadcast History - January 8

Postby jon » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:44 pm

In 1929, Bill Stephenson was born in Elrose, Saskatchewan. He began a 53 year career in broadcasting, most of it in Sports, in 1948 at CJAV Port Alberni. He moved quickly on to CJOR Vancouver and CKDA Victoria before landing the Sports Director position at CKWX Vancouver in 1950. Over the next 10 years, he covered the British Empire Games, including Roger Bannister's and John Landry's Four Minute Mile. And did play by play for the Lions, Canucks and Mounties. In 1960, he moved to CFRB Toronto, still as Sports Director, where he was the voice of the Argonauts. He was also sideline reporter for CTV's CFL broadcasts for 15 years. Jim Robson, Brian Williams and Dave Hodge are three of the best known sportcasters that give Bill credit for mentoring them. When asked what was the hardest job of his life, Bill usually mentioned having to fill 15 minutes of airtime on national television when football co-hosts Pat Marsden and Mike Wadsworth were both indisposed, laughing so hard at a joke that neither could appear on camera. Bill passed away at age 85 in Toronto on July 22, 2014.

In 1983, legendary Canadian DJ Tom Rivers started a 10 year run at Top 40 powerhouse CFTR Toronto. From Born Thomas Neil Loughridge. DJ WNBY Newberry, Michigan 1966; WIDG St. Ignace, Michigan 1967; (as Tom Neal) WKNR Detroit 1969-71; CHUM Toronto 1971-72; CKLW Windsor 1972; WIBG Philadelphia 1972-73; CHUM 1973-74; KIQQ Los Angeles 1974-76; KFRC San Francisco 1976-78; KYA San Francisco 1978-79; Program Director KFQD Anchorage, Alaska 1979-80; CHUM 1980-82; morning drive CFTR Toronto 1983-92; CKFM Toronto 1992; CJEZ Toronto 1992-93; CKRA-FM Edmonton 1993-95; CHED-AM Edmonton 1995-97; talk show host CHQR-AM Calgary 1997-98; talk show host CHOG Toronto 1998-99; CHUM 1999-2003; CJAQ (Jack-FM) Toronto 2004. Died of cancer 2004.


In 2001, at 7:40 a.m., CHWO Oakville signed on to 740 KHz from Toronto, taking over the frequency recently abandoned by the CBC when CBL moved to FM, as CBLA-FM. CHWO had previously been on 1250 KHz, and simulcast there for a few weeks before relinquishing the frequency to a new sister station, CJYE. CHWO also took over the CBL transmitter and tower, the latter shared with CJBC-860, CBC's French language Toronto station. Both CHWO and CJBC are 50,000 watts, non-directional both day and night.

In 2007, CFEX-FM Calgary was on the air fully staffed with its Alternative New Rock format. Owner Harvard Broadcasting had received a license the previous August for a full powered FM station on 92.9 MHz, to be known as X 92.9.

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