Broadcast History - September 1

Broadcast History - September 1

Postby jon » Tue Aug 31, 2021 9:10 pm

In 1934, CKLW Windsor moved from 840 KHz to 1030 KHz with 5000 watts. It had been a CBS affiliate since 1932, but lost it to WJR Detroit in 1935, immediately switching to the Mutual network. In 1933, CKOK Windsor and CJGC London had merged to become CKLW, but CJGC owner, the London Free Press, pulled out of the partnership in 1934.

In 1944, CKNW officially signed on, with 250 watts on 1230 KHz. Originally licensed in April, slow equipment deliveries due to World War II delayed regular programming until mid-August. Although located on Lulu Island, the transmitter was in Queensborough, which is part of New Westminster, the City of License.


In 1948, CFRB Toronto moved to 1010 KHz with 50,000 watts. Some sources credit this as Canada's first private station with more than 10,000 watts.

Also in 1948, CBL and CJBC Toronto became the first radio stations in Canada to share a common transmitter tower (while broadcasting simultaneously). Both broadcast with 50,000 watts, with non-directional patterns day and night.

In 1959, CFCP Courtenay signed on 1440 KHz with 1000 watts, with a directional pattern at night. Founder and primary owner was William G. (Billy) Browne, formerly of CJOR Vancouver, and son of radio pioneer William J. Browne.


In 1962, CHQM AM & FM Vancouver began a simulcast all-night show. Previously, they had signed off when their nightly Gaslight program ended at 1:00 a.m.

In 1963, CHUM-FM signed on to 104.5 MHz with 18,000 watts into a 160 foot tower on the roof of the CHUM studios at 1331 Yonge Street in Toronto. There was no simulcasting of CHUM-AM.

In 1966, colour television officially arrived in Canada. CTV created a new logo, with a red C, blue T and green V. CFTO-TV Toronto had actually been broadcasting some of its own programming in colour for three months, after it became the first private station in Canada with colour television cameras in its studios.


In 1971, CFCR-TV Kamloops became CFJC-TV, to match the call letters of the owner's AM station.

In 1973, the CBC took ownership of CFNS Saskatoon and CFRG/CFGR Gravelbourg, both French language Saskatchewan AM stations.

In 1974, CITV-TV signed on in Edmonton on Channel 13 with 325,000 watts into a 880 foot tower. Dr. Charles Allard had applied for a license more than 10 years earlier, but CBXT was licensed instead, with the BBG feeling that Edmonton could, at that time, only support two TV stations (CFRN-TV had been on the air since 1954).

In 1975, Calgary finally got a CBC-owned television station. CBRT-TV broadcast on Channel 9 with 178,000 watts. Repeaters were added quickly to duplicate the coverage of former CBC affiliate CFAC-TV. At the same time, CFAC-TV became an independent station, without network affiliation.

Also in 1975, KCND-TV in Pembina, North Dakota, signed off the air forever, and Winnipeg's CKND-TV first signed on. The brainchild of Izzy Asper, it was the first foray into broadcasting for the Manitoba Liberal Leader. We'll have the complete story on September 19th, the day in 1974 when the station was licensed by the CRTC.

In 1976, CKVU-TV Vancouver signed on to Channel 21 with 880,000 watts. On its 25th anniversary, on this day in 2001, the station found itself without a network, as its Global affiliation moved to CHAN-TV. 45 days later, the CRTC approved CHUM's purchase of CKVU, and they rebranded the station as City-TV Vancouver in July 2002.


In 1977, my favourite call letters disappeared from the radio dial. Don Jamieson took ownership of CJON-930 in St. John's, Newfoundland, separating the AM station from its television sibling, CJON-TV. The new call letters were CJYQ-AM.

In 1979, CFNI Port Hardy signed on, on 1240 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts night. The station was owned by CFCP Courtenay.

In 1989, Don Lawrie retired from Power Broadcasting Inc. He had been President since Power acquired Roy Thomson's Broadcast Division. And had been President of Thomson's Broadcast Division since October 1957.

In 1990, Johnny Esaw retired from CTV, where he had been Vice President of CTV Sports since 1974.

In 1996, Ivan Fecan became President of Baton Broadcasting, and CEO in December of that same year.

In 1997, CBC Radio Two was the new name for CBC Stereo, CBC Radio's national FM network. The AM network became CBC Radio One. Allan McFee coined the term "CBC Radio Also" for the former FM network, and other CBC announcers followed suit. A similar change occurred with Radio-Canada, the CBC's French language service. "Premiere Chaine" was the new name for the AM network. And "Chaine culturelle" for the FM network. The name changes were sparked, at least in part, by the movement of CBL-740 Toronto from AM to FM.


In 1999, Corus Entertainment Inc. came into being from the media assets of Shaw Communications Inc. The Shaw family still owned the majority of voting shares, but Corus was a separate corporation.

In 2001, CHAN-TV Vancouver and CHEK-TV Victoria became Global TV Network affiliates. And CIVT-TV Vancouver became a CTV affiliate branded as BC CTV.

Also in 2001, CTV affiliate CFQC-TV was rebranded CTV Saskatoon.

In 2005, CanWest MediaWorks Inc. became the new name of the amalgamation of most Global and CanWest companies.

Also in 2005, the CRTC approved the sale of a number of companies to the Vista Broadcast Group. CFCP Radio Ltd. owned CFCP-FM Courtenay, CFWB-AM Campbell River, CFNI-AM Port Hardy and CHPQ-AM Powell River. Cariboo Central Interior Radio Inc. owned CJCI-FM and CIRX-FM Prince George, plus numerous other stations and repeaters in Quesnel, Williams Lake and other communities in the area.

CKQR-FM Castlegar, with repeaters CHRT-FM Trail and CHNV-FM Nelson, was also sold to Vista. In April 2006, the stations were rebranded as Mountain FM, with a new format of rock hits from the '70s to current.


In 2006, CIMM-FM Ucluelet officially launched at 7 a.m. as "The Edge". The station transmits on 99.5 MHz with 180 watts. Matthew McBride who was licensed for CHMZ-FM in Tofino in 2004, headed up the CIMM-FM license application.
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