Broadcast History - January 15

Broadcast History - January 15

Postby jon » Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:03 pm

CKNW New Westminster liked to move on January 15th. The move to McBride occurred on this day in 1969, and to the TD Tower in 1996. 815 McBride Boulevard was a former Safeway store in New Westminster; the 15,000 square feet was required for the planned opening of CFMI-FM the next year. Space doubled to 30,000 square feet with the move to TD Tower in Pacific Centre in Downtwon Vancouver.

In 1959, CJDC-TV Dawson Creek first signed on. Initially, broadcasting was only from 5:00 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. But, that was not unusual in those years, as CBUT-TV Vancouver only signed on at 5:00 p.m. during the summer months during the 1950s. CJDC-TV installed a new transmitter in 1962, with 9500 watts at 312 metres above the town site. Colour came in 1967.


In 1975, CHQB Powell River was approved to be acquired by CFCP Courtenay, which already owned CFWB Campbell River. By 2005, a fourth station had been added, CFNI Port Hardy, and the group was sold to Vista.

In 1985, CJSW-FM Calgary signed on, with 1900 watts on 90.9 MHz. Since 1975, the University of Calgary student-run campus station had been running a carrier current station on 1580 KHz with 20 watts, but surrendered the license when the FM license was approved by the CRTC in 1984. In 2003, the transmitter moved to a CBC tower, and increased power to 4000 watts, claiming coverage of all of Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie and Cochrane, with limited coverage of High River. On January 7, 2014, a further increase to 18,000 watts, still non-directional, was approved by the CRTC. Any concerns about interference to Edmonton's CBX-FM on the same frequency have been addressed by a 50,000 watt CBC Radio Two repeater in Red Deer on 99.9 MHz.


In 2007, Percy Saltzmann died in his home in Toronto at age 91. Although he spent almost his entire career in Toronto radio and television, it was in Vancouver where he got his start. At age 15, he was the announcer for a music show put on by his friends on a Vancouver radio station. He graduated from UBC, but went on to McGill. Percy's biggest claim to fame was as the first live person seen on English language CBC Television when they started on September 8, 1952. He became Canada's first television weatherman, and could claim other firsts: first to use radar and satellite, and first to give road reports and forest fire reports.
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