Broadcast History - August 18

Broadcast History - August 18

Postby jon » Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:24 pm

In 1910, Richard del Valle was born in London, England. Known professionally as Roy Ward Dickson, he had been a high school teacher before he joined the Toronto Star where he invented a quiz game in 1934 to test the knowledge of students. On May 15, 1935, Professor Dick and his Question Box debuted as a quiz show on CFRB Toronto. The King of Quiz, Roy's many shows ran internationally until the late 1990s, even though he passed away in Victoria on September 16, 1978. His website lives on at

In 1958, John Diefenbaker's Conservatives introduce a new Broadcasting Act that creates the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG, the predecessor to the CRTC) to replace the broadcast regulatory role that had been the CBC's up to this point. The BBG actually comes into being in November of the same year. The Act also places a 25% limit on foreign ownership of broadcasting stations.

On August 18, 1958, CKNW moved from 1320 to 980 on the AM dial.

In 1997, STAR-FM's CFSR-FM began broadcasting with 15,000 watts from Mount Seymour in North Vancouver on 104.9 MHz, expanding its coverage into the Vancouver market. A 890 watt transmitter was also added to serve Abbotsford and Mission on 92.5 MHz, with the call letters CFSR-FM-1. STAR-FM had originally signed on October 1, 1986, with transmitters in Chilliwack (CKSR-FM) and Abbotsford (CFSR-FM).


In 2004, the CBC's CFWH-AM in Whitehorse is approved by the CRTC for a 400 watt AM repeater in Dawson, Yukon, on 560 KHz. It replaces CBDN-FM.

In 2005, CTV announced that almost every hour of its prime-time programming in the upcoming Fall television season would be broadcast in High Definition (HDTV) on its Vancouver and Toronto digital transmitters. CTV HD West had only been officially launched on June 21st.
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