Broadcast History - April 1

Broadcast History - April 1

Postby jon » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:53 pm

In 1923, CFDC began broadcasting in Nanaimo on 430 meters with 10 watts of power.

Also in 1923, but in Victoria, Dr. Clem Davies of the Centennial Methodist Church opened CFCL on 410 meters with 500 watts of power.

In 1933, after a gradual transfer to the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC), the CNR Radio system no longer existed as of this day.

In 1936, The Real Don Steele was born as Donald S. Revert in Hollywood, California. Don passed away in his sleep Tuesday morning, August 5th, 1997, at his home in the Hollywood Hills, after a short bout with lung cancer. Steele had given up smoking in 1979. He was 61. Less than a year later, on May 22, 1998, Robert W. Morgan lost his battle with lung cancer. Together, the two are universally acknowledged as the greatest examples of Drake-style announcers that ever lived.


In 1944, CKNW New Westminster was licensed to operate on 1230KHz with 250 watts.

In 1946, CJAV Port Alberni signed on for the first time, on 1240KHz with 250 watts.

In 1968, the CRTC replaced the BBG, with Pierre Juneau as its Chairman.

In 1973, the CBC began satellite television broadcasting in The North. For Yellowknife, the feed was from Vancouver (CBUT), which made no sense to me when I was there in 1974.

In 1974, the CBC became the owner of French language CHFA in Edmonton.

In 1979, CHED and Rob Christie got in trouble for an April Fools stunt:

courtesy: albertaboy4life/The Globe & Mail

In 1982, CiTR-FM Vancouver (UBC) began FM broadcasting for the first time, in mono with 49 watts on 101.9 MHz; stereo arrived on July 24, 1984. UBC had had a radio society since 1937, when students began playing records in the cafeteria during lunch hour. "Varsity Time" was born that same year, airing initially on CJOR, then moving to CBC radio in 1938, where it was heard twice a week. Closed circuit broadcasts to residences began in 1950, with carrier current on 650 KHz installed in 1964. The CYVR call letters were first used in 1969 when $250,000 was spent on studios designed by Stan Davis in the new Students Union Building. The call letters changed to CiTR in 1974 after the carrier current station was shut down for 6 months as a CRTC penalty for operating illegally. Although CYVR had applied for a license as soon the CRTC began regulating carrier current stations, they had not shut down their transmitters.

In 1985, Saskatoon's CJWW was granted a change of frequency, from 1370 to 750 kHz. Power would remain 10,000 watts full-time. On the same day, Regina's CJME was denied a change of frequency to 760 kHz.


In 2001, several months before going on the air, Nanaimo's CHLY-FM began live streaming on the Internet.

In 2007, Today in Broadcasting History debuted on It began as an experiment with a Google date search of the Canadian Communications Foundation's web site.
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