Broadcast History - March 1

Broadcast History - March 1

Postby jon » Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:37 pm

In 1933, the new Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC) purchased the CNR's radio operations. Call letters changed soon after: CNRV Vancouver become CRCV on April 16th.

In 1959, Cecil Elphicke died. His brother, Frank "Tiny", died on May 26th of the same year. They had co-founded CKPG Prince George, which was licensed in November 1944, and signed on at 5:00 p.m. on February 8, 1946. Best known for his time at CKWX Vancouver, his CCF bio can be seen at ... frank-tiny


In 1970, CBXFT Edmonton signed on, sharing its broadcast week between 60 hours of Radio-Canada (CBC French), tape delayed from Montreal by two weeks, and the English language Metropolitan Edmonton Education Television Association (MEETA), which leased 40 hours per week of air time. On July 1, 1973, CBXFT was connected to the Radio-Canada network, with programming live or tape delayed by hours instead of weeks. At the same time, MEETA's English language programming was dropped.

In 1978, All News CKO-FM-6 Edmonton first signed on. Seven weeks later, the CRTC authorized a frequency change, power increase and transmitter move, to 101.9 MHz with 100,000 watts. It was the beginning of the end for local programming in 1980 after a "life-saving" deal with Allarco (Dr. Charles Allard) was turned down by the CRTC because it included the broadcast of a limited amount of music. Eventually, CKO became a simulcast network from Toronto, until, on November 10, 1989, all the stations signed off forever.


In 1980, CJAZ-FM Vancouver signed on as Canada's first all Jazz station. It was owned by CKWX (Selkirk Broadcasting). The transmitter was on Saltspring Island on 92.1 MHz.

In 1981, CKPG Prince George signed on an FM station, CIOI-FM on 101.3 MHz with 900 watts, as Country 101. The call letters were an optical illusion for the frequency: C-101.

In 1993, CHUM swapped formats between its two AM stations in Windsor, Ontario. CKLW became News-Talk. And CKWW became adult standards. CHUM had taken ownership of CKLW AM & FM just two weeks earlier.

In 2002, CJVR-FM Melfort, Saskatchewan, signed on to 105.1 MHz with 100,000 watts. CJVR-AM had been granted a new FM license the previous December, but chose instead to move CJVR-AM's identity, including its Country music format, to FM. And rebrand the AM as CKJH, playing Oldies and Classic Rock. Several rebroadcast transmitters were added to help provide CJVR-FM with coverage into areas where CJVR-AM had listeners, but were unable to receive the Melfort FM signal.

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