Broadcast History - February 25

Broadcast History - February 25

Postby jon » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:00 pm

In 1992, Dr. G.R.A. (Dick) Rice died in Edmonton. He was 91. His career began at age 15 with the Marconi Admiralty Wireless Service during World War I. He was CJCA's first station manager, when the Edmonton Journal opened the station in 1922. In 1934, in a swap with a difference, Taylor & Pearson got the contract to manage CJCA, and Dr. Rice bought CFTP from Taylor & Pearson, with financial help from Coalspur grocer and friend Hans Nielsen. CFTP was renamed CFRN (RN = Rice-Nielsen). Dr. Rice bought out Nielsen in 1946. FM and TV stations were added in the years that followed. His CCF bio is at ... r-gra-dick


In 1945, after preparing his 848th "Golden Memories" radio show, Bill Schultz died of a heart attack. It had been airing on CHAB Moose Jaw since 1941, when it moved from CKCK Regina. The show began in Moose Jaw in 1928 on CJRM, and was aired every Sunday afternoon. No one will ever know for sure, but he was likely the most popular broadcaster in Saskatchewan, from the beginning of the Great Depression in late 1929, until his death just months before the end of World War II. Bill knew how to reach people in bad times. His CCF bio is at ... lford-bill

In 1997, a deal was announced between Baton, Electrohome and CHUM that gave Baton control of the CTV television network. Late the previous year, Electrohom and Baton announced their plans to merge. The CRTC approved both deals on August 28, 1997.

In 2005, CKXR Salmon Arm was approved for an AM to FM flip. Reception problems were solved by installing repeaters in Enderby on 104.3 MHz with 210 watts, and Sicamous on 102.1 MHz with 200 watts. The Salmon Arm frequency ended up on 91.5 MHz with 810 watts, with a directional pattern.

Also in 2005, a similar problem was addressed for CKIZ-FM Vernon, with the approval of a 10 watt repeater in Enderby on 93.9 MHz.

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