Broadcast History - January 20

Broadcast History - January 20

Postby jon » Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:39 am

In 1961, CFCF Montreal finally got a television station on the air. Despite being Canada's, and likely North America's, first radio station, CFCF owner Canadian Marconi was thwarted at every turn, since their first application in 1938! And opening night was no different. At 5:45 p.m., they signed on, but opening ceremonies were interrupted by a power failure. Later in the evening, the Dance Hall downstairs from the temporary studio was raided by police, with sirens blaring and several people arrested.


In 1971 at 6:45 p.m., CFCT Tuktoyaktuk signed on for the first time, as a non-profit society. CHUM Toronto basically got the station on the air, assisting with the purchase and installation of the transmitter, tower and equipment, provided technical help, News and program material, and committed to subsidize CFCT on an annual basis. Initially, there were four hours of local programming per day, and 12 hours per day of CBC Northern Service via microwave from Inuvik. A decade later, the station was in serious financial trouble and considering an offer of free programming from Radio Moscow. Local oil companies provided temporary subsidies to ensure local programming and no Radio Moscow. The station's license expired in 2005. At the same time, the CBC obtained a license for a repeater of CHAK Inuvik, but the only real connection to CFCT was the call letters which only lasted a few more months before being changed to CBAC. The original CFCT operated on 600 KHz with 1000 watts. CBAC operated on 1150 KHz with 40 watts.

In 1972, and on January 21, 1935, the two major ice storms of the 20th Century hit the Fraser Valley. Both times, CHWK Chilliwack (and CFVR Abbotsford in 1972) provided emergency communications for the local communities as the power was out for at least a week in most areas.


In 1997, CIBW-FM Drayton Valley (Alberta) was approved for a rebroadcast transmitter in Nordegg on 93.9 MHz with 120 watts. The Nordegg transmitter began rebroadcasting CHBW-FM Rocky Mountain House in 2000, with the call letters CHBW-FM-1.

In 2004, RPM Magazine co-founder Walt Grealis died at his Toronto home, after a multi-year battle with cancer. Started as a weekly music tip sheet, RPM's charts quickly became the Canadian equivalent of Billboard, especially after the introduction of Canadian Content (CanCon) requirements for Canadian radio stations. But a lesser known fact is that RPM's Golden Leaf Awards evolved into the Juno Awards. Its latter day Big Country Awards became the Canadian Country Music Awards. But RPM is probably best known for inventing the MAPL (Music, Artist, Production and Lyrics) system used to classify Canadian Content. Before RPM, Walt spent four years in Record Promotions with Apex and London Records. But his career began in the RCMP just after World War II, and then the Toronto Police Department in 1952.

User avatar
Advanced Member
Posts: 9214
Joined: Mon May 08, 2006 9:15 am
Location: Edmonton

Return to Today in Broadcast History

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest