Broadcast History - July 22

Broadcast History - July 22

Postby jon » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:28 pm

In 1932, Reginald Aubrey Fessenden died in his house by the sea in Bermuda. Most accounts, including several radio specials aired on the 100th anniversary in 2006, claim that Fessenden presented the world's first radio program on Christmas Eve 1906 from Boston. You can read his CCF biography, with details on the event, at A more recent review of the historical record was published in Radio World at

In 1971, W-14-40 Wetaskiwin (Alberta) was first licensed as CJOI-AM on 1440 KHz with 1000 watts. And signed on later that same year. On May 2, 1974, the CRTC approved a power increase to 10,000 watts. In 1987, the station almost lost its license for CanCon violations and failing to keep adequate logger tapes, but was sold early the next year. The call letters changed to CKJR in the mid-1990s. NewCap acquired the station in 2002. And the station switched from Cat Country to Oldies on September 29, 2006, at 2:40 p.m. Well-known Edmonton DJ Billy Williams was hired for mornings and moved to Wetaskiwin. Later the imaging has been styled to resemble Edmonton's Cool 8-80 when CHQT first switched to Oldies, in June 2001, and achieved its best BBM ratings shortly thereafter.


Also in 1971, CKIQ-1150 Kelowna was approved by the CRTC, and signed on November 8th with 1000 watts. The station is currently CKFR. The original owners were Bob Hall and Walter Gray, who began in 1965, building stations in Salmon Arm (CKXR) and Revelstoke (CKCR). Nick Frost, who would later found CILK-FM Kelowna, was hired as an announcer from CHQM Vancouver nearly two months before CKIQ first signed on.

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