Broadcast History - April 15

Broadcast History - April 15

Postby jon » Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:33 pm

In 1944, Information Please became the first sponsored program on the new CBC Dominion Network, a second national radio network added by the CBC a few months earlier, on January 1st, when the original CBC network was renamed The Trans-Canada Network. The intellectual NBC Monday night panel show foreshadowed the full set of programming scheduled for that Autumn. CJBC Toronto was the only CBC-owned station in this new network; all others were privately-owned affiliates.

In 1969, it was the beginning of the end for Famous Players as an owner of Canadian broadcasting outlets, including cable companies. On this day, their reorganization application is heard by the CRTC, and denied soon after. Their first application for a television license had come before the BBG in November 1948.

In 1970, Western Broadcasting (CKNW) assumed ownership of CHQR Calgary.

In 1973, CKBR Brooks (Alberta) signed on for the first time, broadcasting on 1340 KHz with 1000 watts daytime and 250 watts at night. The station was owned by CJDV Drumheller (Dinosaur Broadcasting). Today it is CIBQ-FM and is owned by NewCap.


In 1974, Izzy Asper took over the Global Television Network from founder Al Bruner.

In 1975, after three months of testing, Vancouver Co-operative Radio CFRO-FM officially signed on, with 3717 watts on 102.7 MHz. The initial schedule was only six hours per day, but quickly expanded.

In 1982, Calgary's CKIK-FM signed on for the first time, on 107.3 MHz. Today it is CFGQ, Classic Hits Q-107.

In 1983, CKNW founder Bill Rea died in Santa Barbara (California) at the age of 74. In February 1956, after a series of health problems, he moved to California after selling the station to 'NW accountant Frank Griffiths and the Ballard family. In turn, to raise money for the purchase, the Ballard family sold their Dr. Ballard pet food business.


In 2005, the CRTC approved the application by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) to operate CJHQ-FM, an English-language FM developmental community radio station in Nakusp (B.C.). The new station was to broadcast an average of 105 hours of programming per week, consisting of advertising, public affairs, tourist information, news and weather. Programming was to showcase local musicians, poets and other performing artists, as well as that produced by students of the local secondary school. Volunteers were to consist of students and members from the community. The station was licensed to operate at 107.1 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1.6 watts, expected to cover a 15 mile radius around the Village of Nakusp. After testing, which began in the summer, official on-air date was September 5.

Also in 2005, after more than 20 years on the air, CJFW-FM Terrace re-broadcaster CJFW-FM-1 Kitimat increased power from 50 to 170 watts, finally becoming a regular Class A1 transmitter, rather than a low-powered unprotected service.

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