Broadcast History - February 15

Broadcast History - February 15

Postby jon » Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:02 pm

In 1945, CKSF signed on to 1230 KHz with 250 watts. Long before SFU's campus station used the call letters (later switching to CJSF), they were assigned to Cornwall, Ontario, with the SF standing for newspaper owner Standard-Freeholder. In 1959, Stanley Shankman purchased the AM station and its 1957 FM station, changing the call letters to match his initials on June 1st, to CJSS AM & FM.


In 1951, Gary Slaight was born in Edmonton. His father is Allan Slaight, who acquired Standard Broadcasting in 1985, recruiting Gary as President and CEO of subsidiary Standard Radio in 1987. Gary replaced Allan as President and CEO of Standard Broadcasting in 2000. With Gary at the helm, Standard quickly moved to acquire a large block of radio stations from Telemedia. So many, in fact, that some were spun off to Newcap. Most recently, Standard has been sold to Astral Media. Gary got his start in Radio at the University of Western Ontario's campus station, while completing his B.A. in English. Upon graduation in 1973, Gary joined McLaren Advertising's media department before doing promotion for Quality Records and WEA. In 1977, he joined CILQ-FM Toronto where his father was President and CEO.

In 1991, CJXX-AM Grande Prairie was approved for frequency change, from 1430 to 840 KHz, still with 10,000 watts. In the 1960s, 840 KHz had the been the 1-A Clear Channel of WHAS Louisville, Kentucky, the only station on the frequency at night in North America. CJXX first signed on December 16, 1979. And made an AM to FM flip to 93.1 MHz with 100,000 watts around the turn of the century.


In 1993, CHUM took ownership of CKLW AM & FM Windsor. Two weeks later, on March 1st, CKLW-AM and CKWW-AM swapped formats, making CKLW News-Talk. During its Drake-consulted Boss Radio years, CKLW had the record for most listeners of any Canadian radio station ever. Of course, most of those listeners were in the U.S. And not just in Detroit. A review of Top 40 charts of stations in many Ohio markets shows the presence of CanCon that only CKLW played. CKLW began life as CKOK on June 2, 1932.

In 2002, the towers used first by CHUB then CKEG Nanaimo, both on 1570 KHz (at different times, of course), were toppled. Many of us in Vancouver wished it had been 40 years earlier, as CHUB seriously curbed our ability to enjoy Wolfman Jack on XERF, where Robert W. Smith created the character in the early 1960s. Despite moving to XERB, Wolfman was still heard on XERF until the early 1970s. With XEG as well, Wolfman was on the air 14 hours a day across the three stations, with no duplication in programming. Although he wasn't around to enjoy it, Wolfman would have been honoured to know that CKEG left 1570 to become CHWF-FM "The Wolf". In fact, 1570 simulcast the FM programming from September 28, 2001, until February 15, 2002.

Also in 2002, CFBT-FM Vancouver first began testing its transmitter, in preparation for the March 4th official startup.

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