Broadcast History - March 13

Broadcast History - March 13

Postby jon » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:01 pm

In 1923, CKY Winnipeg signed on to 665 KHz with 2000 watts. The broadcast day ran from 12:30 noon to 2:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Manitoba Government Telephones was the owner, a Crown Corporation of the Manitoba government. Manitoba struck a deal with the federal government to control all radio broadcasting in the province. At the same time as they signed on CKY, they shut down CJGC and CJNC, owned by two Winnipeg newspapers, and both launched the year before. CKY leased time to Canadian National Railways beginning on March 27, 1924, which began using the phantom call letters CNRW on July 17th. Power was boosted to 5000 watts on October 17, 1928. CKY was (forceably) sold to the CBC in 1948, and became CBW. Lloyd Moffat started a new Winnipeg station with the CKY call letters soon after.

In 1939, the Newfoundland government took over VONF St. John's, which had amalgamated with VOGY in September 1934. Both stations had originally signed on in 1932. By 1939, VONF had 10,000 watts on 640 KHz. When Newfoundland became a province, and a part of Canada, on April 1, 1949, the CBC purchased VONF from the Newfoundland government. And changed the call letters to CBN.

In 1957, CFAM (AM = Altona, Manitoba) signed on with 1000 watts on 1290 KHz. A decade or so later, Elmer Hildebrand ended up owning the station, his first of many under the Golden West corporate name. But, on this day in 1957, Elmer had been working for CFAM for a week, as a copywriter. In 1965, he was appointed Station Manager, a promotion from Sales Manager. He also managed CHSM Steinbach.


In 1979, CKRC-630 Winnipeg was licensed for an FM sister station, beating out CanWest, which owned CKND-TV. CKWG-FM signed on 11 months later, on 103.1 MHz with 100,000 watts. The station is now owned by Astral under the call letters CKMM-FM.

In 1986, CBC-owned CFYK Yellowknife was approved for an increase in night-time power to 4000 watts. 13 1/2 months earlier, CRTC approval was given for a power increase to 2500 watts full-time, from 1000 watts. What makes this at all noteworthy is that CFYK broadcasts on 1340 KHz, a so-called Graveyard Frequency, where a North American broadcast treaty restricts power to 1000 watts. CFYK has long been exempt, running 1000 watts full-time when I was there in 1974, and the then-existing treaty capped night power at 250 watts.

In 2000, Elmer Hildebrand celebrated the 43rd anniversary of CFAM's signon (see above) with the CRTC approval of a new FM station in Saskatoon. The station signed on as CJMK-FM "Magic 98.3" in May 2001 on 98.3 MHz with 100,000 watts.

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