Broadcast History - August 10

Broadcast History - August 10

Postby jon » Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:38 pm

In 1960, CHQM-FM signed on for the first time. The station began 100% simulcast with CHQM-AM, in mono, with 18,950 watts on 103.5 MHz. CHQM-AM began eight months earlier, at 5:00 p.m. on December 10th, 1959, with 10,000 watts on 1320 KHz, the frequency abandoned by CKNW a few years earlier. Both stations initially broadcast 19 hours per day, with no all-night show. Although Bill Bellman was the "man in charge" that everyone knew, especially from his daily "Perspective" editorials, it was Jack Stark who put up the majority of the funding; Bill's share was only 15%. Jack was quick to mention the fact when I first met him in the CHQM Record Library one weekend afternoon in 1971, as he cruised for some LPs to take home to play.


In 1973, four applications for the use of Channel 10 in British Columbia were turned down by the CRTC. Chako, Great Pacific and West Coast all wanted a TV station in Vancouver, while the CBC hoped for one in Victoria.
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