Broadcast History - February 4

Broadcast History - February 4

Postby jon » Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:39 pm

In 1944, Norma Locke became the featured vocalist of Mart Kenney's band. She also became Mrs. Mart Kenney. Born in 1910, Mart was first heard on air in 1928 as a saxophonist with the Len Chamberlain Orchestra at the original Hotel Vancouver. By 1934, he had his own dance band, and, that summer, was broadcasting a weekly half-hour aired nationally on the CRBC, the CBC's predecessor, from affiliate CJOC Lethbridge, as a Remote from Waterton Park. At the end of the summer, the CPR offered him a national program originating from CJRM Regina. But the big gig was a 13 year national run on the CRBC, then CBC, originating from CRCV (later CBR) Vancouver, called "Sweet and Low". Not that that was enough for Mart, as he was heard on radio as many as three times a week, occasionally connected to the U.S. NBC network. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1980. Mart Kenney died after a long illness in Mission, B.C. on February 9, 2006.

In 1966, CFMQ-FM Regina signed on to 102.1 MHz with 5900 watts. Owner William Stewart, a former Winnipeg broadcaster, had found that there were a large number of FM receivers in Regina, but it was the largest city in Canada to not have an FM station. The station was sold in 1972. And resold in 1974 to CKRM Regina. Power increased to 100,000 watts in 1978. In 1977, Harvard Communications acquired CKCK-TV, adding CKRM and CFMQ in 1981. Call letters have since been changed to CHMX-FM.

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