Broadcast History - March 20

Broadcast History - March 20

Postby jon » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:12 pm

In 1979, CJCD was licensed to bring private radio to Yellowknife. Like CBC-owned CFYK, it broadcast on a Graveyard Frequency, but with 1000 watts day and night, rather than the 250 watts night power required elsewhere in North America. CJCD signed on to 1240 KHz on November 13th of the same year, increased power to 4000 watts in 1985, and did an FM flip in 1997, with 400 watts on 100.1 MHz. Vista purchased the station in 2007.

In 1986, CJOR Vancouver owner Jim Pattison was licensed for a sister station on FM. CJJR signed on Canada Day at 9:37 a.m. on 93.7 MHz with 36,000 watts. With a successful Country music format that remains to this day.


Also in 1986, CHWK Chilliwack and CFVR Abbotsford were licensed for sister stations on FM. CKSR-FM Chilliwack was assigned to 107.5 MHz with 640 watts. But CFSR-FM Abbotsford got 16,000 watts on 104.9 MHz. The call letters were chosen to match the initials of the new company, STAR-FM Radio Inc., a subsidiary of Fraser Valley Broadcasters Ltd. Both stations signed on October 1st of the same year.

Again in 1986, CJVB Vancouver was allowed to increase non-English/French broadcasting to 60%. It was not long before Morning Drive and Overnights were targetted at Chinese listeners.

In 1997, CKUA's programming suddenly turned very monotonous, when they began a monotone broadcast on all their 17 Alberta transmitters. The tone replaced regular programming when the Board of Directors shut down the station for lack of funds. A combined staff and listener revolt, with some help from the Alberta government and the media, convinced the Board to resign, and the station was back on the air on April 25. On May 2nd, CKUA began a two week on-air fundraiser that raised one million dollars. CKUA remains healthy and on the air today. And has a proud history of public broadcasting that began on November 21, 1927, when the University of Alberta signed on CKUA as part of the Extension Department. The department bought CFCK earlier that same year from Jim Taylor and Hugh Pearson (later known as Taylor-Pearson-Carson and even later as Selkirk). And erected a pair of towers on campus where the current Students Union Building is located. Not even the federal government's repeated insistence that no province should own a radio station killed CKUA, as it did CKY and CKX in Manitoba.


In 2006, CKAY-FM Gibsons began testing on 91.7 MHz with 600 watts. The station had been licensed exactly 11 months earlier. Transmitter site was actually on Vancouver Island, on Mount Benson, West of Nanaimo. Official sign-on was exactly two months later, at noon on May 20. The call letters had been abandoned by CKAY-AM Duncan when it switched to FM on August 1, 2000. Several attempts in 2007 to better serve the Powell River market were denied by the CRTC.
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