Broadcast History - September 4

Broadcast History - September 4

Postby jon » Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:20 pm

In 1987, CISS Calgary debuted, as "Kiss" with an Adult Contemporary format, but on AM. Former Top 40 powerhouse CKXL dropped its Contemporary Hits format and call letters, to become CISS. The move to FM, as "Kiss-FM" CKIS-FM on 96.9 MHz, came on June 3, 1996.


In 2000, CICT-TV Calgary joined the Global Television Network. The station had been independent since September 1, 1975, when, as CFAC-TV, it had disaffiliated with the CBC following CBRT-TV's signon on that date. In between, the station had been CKKX-TV from March 1990 until September 7, 1993. But even the CFAC-TV call letters were not original, having been acquired in 1968 when Selkirk Broadcasting bought the station, and wanted to show its affiliation with CFAC-AM, which Selkirk already owned. CFAC/CICT/CKKX-TV began life as CHCT-TV on Channel 2 on October 8, 1954, Calgary's first TV station, co-owned by radio stations: CFCN, CFAC and CKXL.

In 2005, Larry Thomas passed away in Nanaimo at the age of 75. He had joined CHUB Nanaimo as an evening DJ in 1951, moving to morning drive, play-by-play of Intercity lacrosse and Nanaimo Clippers games, and was elected to Nanaimo City Council, before joining the News team. In 1978, he won the Radio-Television News Director's award for coverage of the Lantzville Cutoff bus crash.

In 2006 at 8:00 a.m., the FM of Canada's most popular station of all time, CKLW-AM Windsor, launched its new Adult Album Alternative format as "93.9 The River". CIDR-FM (DR = Detroit's River) had changed call letters from CKLW-FM in November 1994. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, CKLW-AM was The Big 8, ruling the Detroit radio market, and scoring well in the ratings in several Ohio markets, among other states where its 50,000 watts signal on a Canada/Mexico clear channel could be heard. CKLW-FM had been on the air on 93.9 MHz since 1948, finally getting a power boost from 250 watts to 50,000 watts in 1963. CKLW-AM debuted as CKOK on June 2, 1932. The call letters changed to CKLW on November 6, 1933, when CKOK merged with CJGC London, and the LW stood for London-Windsor. The London Free Press pulled out of the partnership and CJGC went back on the air the next year, but CKLW retained its call letters.

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