Broadcast History - June 14

Broadcast History - June 14

Postby jon » Mon Jun 13, 2022 8:12 pm

In 1922, the Canadian Independent Telephone Company (CITCo) experimental station 9AH aired the last of 19 very successful Toronto Daily Star (newspaper) concerts. On June 22, 9AH became CFCA, after a commercial license was issued to the Star on 400 metres using a CITCo 2000 watt transmitter. The station went off the air forever on September 1, 1933, after its founder became convinced that the federal government was going to set up its own radio monopoly.

In 1937, at 1:00 p.m., The Happy Gang debuted on CBC Radio. A mix of banter and popular music by top Canadian musicians, Bobby Gimby being the best remembered today, the popular half-hour daily series concluded in 1959. More details can be found with the CCF's bio of pianist Bert Pearl at ... pearl-bert


In 1948, Wally Slatter and Fred Metcalfe first signed on CJOY Guelph (Ontario), with 250 watts on 1450 KHz. In the late 1950s, a move to 1430 KHz was proposed, but on April 1, 1960, the station moved to 1460 KHz with 10,000 watts day and 5,000 watts night. CJOY-FM (now CIMJ-FM) signed on July 1, 1969, on 106.1 MHz with 50,000 watts. The pair also purchased CFTJ-AM Cambridge (Ontario) in 1977. But Fred Metcalfe is best known for having formed Canada's first cable television system in 1952: Neighborhood TV in Guelph. Fred died in February 1996 and Wally in June 1995.

In 1985, multi-cultural CHIN Toronto was finally allowed to begin broadcasting at night on its AM frequency of 1540 KHz. It had been licensed for 50,000 watts on AM and FM, but daytime-only on AM, having to sign off at sunset. Initially its night power was only 300 watts, but was later increased to 30,000 watts after the U.S. FCC objected to the proposed 50,000 watts at night. CHIN-AM had been one of the few daytime-only stations in Canada. Toronto's 1050-CHUM had been daytime-only until switching to Top 40 in 1957.


The United States licensed daytime-only radio stations in a big way, and they numbered more than a thousand there. Each day at sunset, they had to signoff. But, until about 1970, they could sign on as early as they wanted in the morning. They were everywhere, from the smallest to the largest U.S. radio markets. Some legendary, like KGBS-1020 Los Angeles, which was even allowed to be on the air when 1-A Clear Channel KDKA-1020 Pittsburgh was off the air for weekly transmitter maintenance, from midnight to 5:00 a.m. Sunday nights Eastern Time, which was 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Pacific time. KGBS actually staffed the shift, simulcasting it on KGBS-FM, which normally signed off at midnight. Recently retired Mike Lundy manned the shift in 1969. Mike spent nearly 30 years at All News KFWB-980 Los Angeles.

In 2002, CJNW-730 Vancouver left the air for five weeks to replace it's aging transmitter and towers. It had abandoned its All News format on May 28th at 5:00 a.m.
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