Broadcast History - February 18

Broadcast History - February 18

Postby jon » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:59 pm

In 1929, RPM Magazine co-founder Walt Grealis was born in Toronto to a family of lrish, Spanish and Cree descent. Started as a weekly music tip sheet, RPM's charts quickly became the Canadian equivalent of Billboard, especially after the introduction of Canadian Content (CanCon) requirements for Canadian radio stations. But a lesser known fact is that RPM's Golden Leaf Awards evolved into the Juno Awards. Its latter day Big Country Awards became the Canadian Country Music Awards. But RPM is probably best known for inventing the MAPL (Music, Artist, Production and Lyrics) system used to classify Canadian Content. Before RPM, Walt spent four years in Record Promotions with Apex and London Records. But his career began in the RCMP just after World War II, and then the Toronto Police Department in 1952. Walt Grealis died at his Toronto home on January 20, 2004, after a multi-year battle with cancer.


In 1931, the Federal Government decides to have the Supreme Court of Canada resolve the issue of federal versus provincial jurisdiction pertaining to the regulation and control of radio communications. Arguments in favor of provinces are based on the notion that broadcasting is "property and civil rights." In contrast, federal jurisdiction is based on the idea that broadcasting, like transport, is an "extra provincial" undertaking. On June 30th, the Supreme Court rules (3 to 2) in favor of the federal government, and cites section 92(10)(a) of the BNA Act which states that Ottawa has the power to control all undertakings that connect the provinces or go beyond provincial boundaries (e.g. - telegraph lines). Following this defeat, the Quebec government appeals this decision to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. Tomorrow in history, in 1932, the Privy Council affirms the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Re Regulation and control of Radio communication in Canada (Radio Reference) [1932] A.C. 304 and rules in favour of the federal government, stating it has the authority to legislate for the "peace, order and good government of Canada" in areas that are not specifically covered in the BNA Act and has jurisdiction to regulate and control radio communication.

In 1988, Len Novak was approved by the CRTC to acquire CKWA Slave Lake, CFOK Westlock, CFNL Fort Nelson and CKNL Fort St. John. It was the beginning of Nor-Net, which primarily accounts for Newcap's major presence today in small Western markets.


In 2002, long-time late evening CTV News anchor Harvey Kirck died of a heart attack. But his background was Radio, beginning as an actor at CKEY Toronto in 1943. His first full-time position was at CJIC Sault Ste. Marie, as a News announcer, moving to CKBB Barrie and CJCJ Calgary. He moved back to Toronto in 1948 as a roving reporter, then to CHUM for seven years beginning in 1953, as well as doing newspaper work for the Telegram. Kirck moved to TV News in 1960, to CHCH-TV Hamilton, then CFTO-TV Toronto and CTV Ottawa.

In 2005, the CKAC Employees Union appealed, to the Federal Cabinet, the CRTC's decision to approve the sale of CKAC Montreal to Corus. Exactly two months later the appeal was rejected. The CKAC Newsroom closed down after 80 years on May 30, 2005.
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