Broadcast History - January 31

Broadcast History - January 31

Postby jon » Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:25 pm

In 1905, my grandmother was born in Leamington, England. She moved to Cranbrook, B.C. as a child and married a French-born broadcast band DX'er on May 5, 1926. Her grandson had been DX'ing for nearly a year before discovering that he was following in his grandfather's footsteps. She passed away in 1987, predeceased by her husband.

In 1977, CBO and CBOF Ottawa began broadcasting with 50,000 watts for the first time, from a new, shared transmitter site. CBO had switched from 910 to 920 KHz to get its power increase from 5000 watts. CBOF remained on 1250, but increased power from 10,000 watts.

In 1982, George Duffield retired after a nearly 40 year radio career, during which he only had one boss: Dick Rice. Until the latter years, even the call letters stayed the same. In 1972, he moved from CFRN-AM to CFRN-FM, whose call letters had changed to CKXM by the time Duffield retired. But George had no qualms about new technology, being part of the station's first FM demonstration at the 1946 CAB Convention in Jasper Park Lodge. He passed away in April 2004 at 87. His picture and bio is at ... eld-george


In 1997, CIVT-TV Vancouver was licensed to Baton Broadcasting, which changed its corporate name to CTV Inc. the next year. The licensing of CIVT over competitive license applications from CHUM, CanWest, Craig and Rogers started a chain of events that saw CHAN-TV lose its CTV affiliation and 5:00 p.m. News anchors, and join Global.

In 2001, just before midnight, CKLG-AM Vancouver passed away quietly into the night, playing "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan. At midnight, the station was replaced by CJNW "All News NW2, powered by CKNW". No fanfare, just the midnight News. It didn't last long (16 months) as CKWX's News 1130 had a five year head start on 24/7 News programming, as well as owner Rogers' previous success with the format in Toronto.


In 2007, CKRW-FM Whitehorse was approved for FM rebroadcast transmitter in Atlin, B.C. and Inuvik, NWT. The station already had rebroadcasters in the Yukon in Watson Lake, Teslin, Haines Junction, Faro, Mayo, Carmacks and Dawson City. Other than the main transmitter in Whitehorse and the Dawson City repeater, all broadcast on 98.7 MHz.
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