Broadcast History - February 1

Broadcast History - February 1

Postby jon » Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:51 pm

In 1972, CBC-owned CFFB-TV Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) signed on, switching to a live satellite feed the next year. CFFB-AM had been on the air since 1961.

In 1983, Canada's first Pay TV channels signed on. But only one was a financial success: First Choice. Stan Freberg made an LP in the 1960s about Pay Radio, a concept that took even longer to catch on.


In 1985, CBC-owned CFYK Yellowknife was approved for a power increase from 1000 to 2500 watts. Despite being on a graveyard frequency, 1340 KHz, the station had long been exempt from power limitations on these frequencies. And increased power at night to 4000 watts in 1986.

In 1991, a revised Broadcast Act received Royal Assent, becoming law on June 4th. Highlights included elimination of the CBC's national unity mandate, and inclusion of greater federal government power to issue directions to the CRTC on broad policy matters.

In 2001, Grand Slam took ownership of CKST Vancouver, after the death of CKST majority owner Ron Dixon the previous year. As promised in their application to the CRTC, Grand Slam switched the station to All Sports as The Team - 110% Sports on April 25, joining CHUM's Team Radio Network on May 7. The station was sold to CHUM in 2003.


Also in 2001, the CRTC accepted the surrender of CFEQ-FM Winnipeg's license. The station had been on the air for just over a year. Station manager Tom Hiebert was unsuccessful in his attempts to purchase the station, but was awarded the license by the CRTC on August 8, 2002.

In 2002, CFWM-FM Winnipeg was sold by Standard Radio to CHUM, and relaunched as Bob-FM. The station began in 1933 as CJRC-AM, moving to its long-time 630 KHz home in 1935, and obtaining its famous CKRC call letters in 1940 when the Winnipeg Free Press bought the station. They also bought CJRM Regina, which they moved to Saskatoon and renamed CKRM. Previous owner James Richardson and Sons had originally served Manitoba from CJRW Fleming, Saskatchewan, with a transmitter just West of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border and studios in Winnipeg. This awkward arrangement occurred after the Manitoba government denied the company a radio license in Manitoba. CJRW signed on in 1928 on 600 KHz with 500 watts. The stations' (CJRM and CJRW) original purpose was to broadcast grain prices to James Richardson agents throughout the wheat-growing areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


In 2007, CFXE Edson (Alberta) was approved for an AM to FM flip, from its 970 KHz home since its 1968 signon, to 94.3 MHz with 11,000 watts. The FM signed on July 10, and the AM signed off November 2.
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