Broadcast History - August 31

Broadcast History - August 31

Postby jon » Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:06 pm

In 1961, Joseph E. (Ted) Campeau died while still General Manager of CKLW AM & TV Windsor. He was born in Windsor in 1898, and began at CKLW-AM as Sales Manager in 1932, when it was still known as CKOK, broadcasting on 540 KHz. He became General Manager in 1947, and put CKLW-TV on the air on September 16, 1954.

In 1988, the CRTC approved the sale of Kelowna's CKOV-AM and CHIM-FM to CFAX Victoria (Seacoast Communications Group Inc.). Until then, the station had been owned by the family of the man who signed the station on commercially in the Spring of 1931, James William B. "Big Jim" Browne. Browne had helped form the Kelowna Amateur Radio Club in 1928, which was granted a non-commercial license as 10AY with 50 watts. Okanagan Broadcasters Ltd. was incorporated on July 27th, 1931. Browne died on June 3, 1954, at the age of 69. His son Jim had already taken over management of CKOV due to Big Jim's failing health. CJOV-FM signed on in 1964, changing call letters to CHIM-FM in 1978.

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In 1999, the CRTC provided a letter of authority to approve the acquisition of of Okanagan Skeena Group by Telemedia Radio.

In 2001 at 5 p.m., CFSR-FM 107.1 Abbotsford, CKSR-FM 98.3 Chilliwack and CKIS-FM 100.3 Hope officially launched as The Valley's Light Rock. On December 3rd, AM simulcasting ended and the frequencies of 850, 1240 and 1270 KHz went silent.

In 2006, CKCL-FM Chilliwack/Abbotsford/Vancouver announced that Fred Latremouille and his wife, Cathy Baldazzi, would return to a.m. drive in the Vancouver market on Tuesday, September 5th at 5:30 a.m., simultaneous with a format change. For the intervening Labour Day long weekend, the station aired uninterrupted "Favourites of Yesterday and Today": Adult Contemporary hits from 1960-current.

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Also in 2006, Bell Globemedia announced that it had successfully acquired 6.7 million common shares and 19.2 million non-voting Class B shares of CHUM. This followed a July 12th announcement that Bell would pay $1.7 billion for CHUM, subject to CRTC approval. On December 12th, Bell Globemedia was renamed CTV globemedia. A CRTC hearing on the CHUM acquisition was held on April 30, 2007, and approval came on June 8th. Five City-TV stations had to be sold and Rogers announced on June 25th that it had reached a deal to buy them, subject to CRTC approval.

In 2010, Gord Whitehead signed off his #1-rated morning show at CHED at 8:58 a.m., retiring after more than 40 years on the air, and turning over "the chair" to long-time CISN-FM morning man (and former CHED DJ) Bruce Bowie. Gord was born and raised in the Edmonton area [see correction below-jon], but started his career at CKY-FM in Winnipeg in the late 1960s.

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Re: Broadcast History - August 31

Postby Gord Whitehead » Fri Sep 03, 2021 11:24 am

A pal of mine pointed this out to me. Not sure who keeps records here, but I was born and raised in Winnipeg. And proud to have started my career at CKY-A.M. and F.M.
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Re: Broadcast History - August 31

Postby jon » Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:32 pm

Oops! That would be me. I wrote that in 2010, before you spoke at the Edmonton Broadcasters Club luncheon, so not sure where I got the false information.

Thanks for letting me know.
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