Broadcast History - February 26

Broadcast History - February 26

Postby jon » Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:01 pm

In 1918, Glen Robitaille was born in Toronto, but finished his schooling at King George High School in Vancouver. In 1934, he started at CKWX, first as a "Joe Boy", then transmitter attendant, operator, and finally announcer. He hosted "Behind the Mike" and "Make Believe Ballroom". But the highlight of his CKWX experience was as Operator at the railway station for the broadcast of the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. The transcription was damaged when the disc recorder failed to track because of the vibrations from the train rumbling into the station. He joined the RCAF in 1942, attended McGill University, joined RCA after the War, eventually installing transmitters for 17 stations across the country. The travel was killing his home life, so Glen joined CFPL London, Ontario, in April 1949, retiring in 1983. He retired to Kamloops where he died on June 21, 2015.


In 1971, the sale of CFCF Montreal officially fell through, as Bushnell's purchase agreement with Canadian Marconi expired on this day. Bushnell had been unable to secure the necessary financing. A subsequent deal saw Canadian Marconi hold on to 20% and CHUM own 80% of a partnership that bought all of Marconi's station. But, there was a catch. The partnership had to sell CFCF-AM, CFCX-SW, CFQR-FM Montreal and CKVR-TV Barrie. On July 20, 1972, the Montreal stations were sold to the Bronfman family. The entire chain of events began in 1970 when the CRTC forced the sale of Canadian Marconi's stations, because the company was just over half owned by English Electric. Today, both CFCF's 600 KHz freqency and the station CFCF became, CINW-940, are silent.

In 2007, CHUM announced that it had agreed to purchase CFBT-FM Vancouver. The CRTC approved the sale on October 12, with a stated value of $45 million. The Beat originally signed on in 2002.

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