Broadcast History - February 3

Broadcast History - February 3

Postby jon » Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:43 pm

In 1955, CKLG Vancouver signed on, with a great on- and off-air staff. But a terrible signal. The 1000 watt transmitter was on a hill in North Vancouver with very poor ground conductivity, and North of the intended listening audience. A formula for disaster from sunset to sunrise on a frequency, 1070 KHz, so dominated by 50,000 watt clear channel KNX Los Angeles. Because several other stations also wanted the frequency, it took CKLG several applications for 730 KHz before the change was granted in 1957. Three 300 foot towers were located in Delta, South of Vancouver, and the power was 10,000 watts. The station was founded by the four Gibson brothers, who made their money in lumber; Lloyd Moffat purchased the station in 1961, but died in 1964. Son Randy quickly moved the station and many others to Top 40.


In 1975, Ed Mason was first heard on CHQT Edmonton, doing Morning News for Bob Bradburn. CHQT co-founder Lew Roskin hired Ed from CHUM Toronto. By the time of his retirement in August 2014, Ed had moved to Morning News on sister station CHED, but was still heard on CHQT (iNews880) News reports.

In 1984, CISL Richmond gained approval from the CRTC for a frequency change, from 940 to 650 KHz, and a power increase, from 2500 watts to 10,000 watts day and 7500 watts night. A move of the transmitter from Lulu Island to the North shore of Boundary Bay at Mud Bay was also approved, but the new location was no longer available by the time approval was received. The CRTC later approved the move to 650 from the Lulu Island transmitter site, but with only 2500 watts day and 725 watts night, based on the directional patterns possible from the existing site. CISL made the frequency move on July 1. BCIT's carrier current campus station in Burnaby swapped frequencies at the same time, from 650 to 940. 650 had once been a 1-A Clear Channel, with WSM Nashville the only station on the air at night.


In 2005, CKKC Nelson was approved for an AM to FM flip, from 880 KHz to 106.9 MHz, with 920 watts and a directional pattern. The AM station originally signed on July 15, 1939, as CKLN, on 1420 KHz with 100 watts. In the great North American frequency shuffle of 1941, CKLN moved to graveyard frequency 1240 KHz, increasing power to 250 watts in 1943. The station made history on July 4, 1945, as Bill Good (later known as Bill Good, Sr.) aired coverage of the Midsummer Curling Bonspiel across the CBC Trans-Canada network, the first national program ever aired from Nelson.

Also in 2005, Golden West obtained a second FM license for Swift Current, Saskatchewan. CKFI-FM signed on that same year as Magic 97.1, with 100,000 watts from a 140.4 metre tower. Golden West already operated CKSW-AM and CIMG-FM.

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