Broadcast History - September 10

Broadcast History - September 10

Postby jon » Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:51 pm

In 1982, CKLW began AM Stereo testing in conjunction with GM Delco, making The Big 8 Canada's first AM station to operate in stereo. Excluding, of course, those stations in the late 1950s and early 1960s with a simulcast FM mono sister station, where they would occasionally broadcast in stereo, with the AM one channel and the FM the other stereo channel. XETRA-690 Tijuana is believed to be the first AM station in North America to broadcast in stereo. During the late 1960s, during their background music phase, they broadcast each of the AM sidebands, above and below the carrier frequency of 690 KHz, as separate stereo channels. FCC regulations required U.S. stations to broadcast identical sidebands.

CJVB Vancouver celebrates two anniversaries today. In 1983, CJVB became the first Vancouver AM radio station to broadcast in stereo; the station used the Motorola system. In 1992, the CRTC approved the sale of CJVB from founder Jan van Bruchem's family to the Fairchild Radio Group. Jan retired as General Manager the next year, but died on June 1, 2000, at the age of 70.

In 1984, at 7:00 a.m., CFCN Calgary became AM 106


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(newspaper articles courtesy albertaboy4life)

From the audio archives ... Listen to the launch of Calgary's AM 106

In 1999, August's sale of Fraser Valley Broadcasters to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. was approved by the CRTC. As well as the Radio Max network, consisting of long-time AM stations in Chilliwack (CHWK), Abbotsford (CKMA, previously CFVR) and Hope (CKGO), the STAR-FM network was also included in the deal, having expanded into Vancouver two years earlier. Just over two years later, Rogers flipped the three AMs to FM.


Also in 1999, Rogers was approved to purchase CFFR-AM (66-CFR) and CKIS-FM Calgary from Rawlco, adding to Rogers current Calgary holdings of CFAC-AM and CHFM-FM. Oldies CFFR became 660 News on April 3, 2006.

In 2001, Mr. Dressup, Ernie Coombs, suffered a stroke. He died eight days later, at the age of 73. He came to Canada in 1963 with Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood fame.

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