Broadcast History - July 4

Broadcast History - July 4

Postby jon » Sun Jul 03, 2022 9:59 pm

In 1912, Arnold Davidson (Davey) Dunton was born. On June 16, 1945, in an amendment to the Canadian Broadcasting Act, Canadian Parliament appointed Davey as the first full-time Chairman of the CBC's Board of Governors. The predecessor of the BBG and the CRTC, it licensed broadcasters in Canada. In fact, Davey stuck it out until the end: 1958, when the Diefenbaker government created the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG) as a regulatory and licensing body separate from the CBC. He became President of Carleton University, and passed away on February 7, 1987.

In 1929, WOWO Fort Wayne, Indiana, went off the air when its transmitter burned down. But they managed to be back on the air the next day.

In 1958, WKBW-1520 Buffalo switched to Top 40 and became one of the most influential stations in the U.S. R&B/R&R radio pioneer George "Hound Dog" Lorenz left soon after because of the restrictions of the Top 40 formatics. He would go on to found his own Buffalo radio station, WBLK-FM. Full details of the switch to Top 40 can be found here.


In 1966, the federal government tables a White Paper outlining the purposes of Canadian broadcasting. It reiterates the need for a national radio and television system to help maintain Canadian identity and national unity, and reaffirms the notions of broadcasting as a public property and of Canadian broadcasting as a single system. Some other recommendations include: a) maintaining minimum standards for public service programs for both private and public broadcasters; b) limiting ownership changes that are not in the "public interest"; c) creating regional broadcasting councils that will allow for greater public input in broadcasting; d) creating a new federal organization to license public service broadcast facilities for provinces wishing to engage in educational broadcasting; e) restructuring CBC finances to allow for a five year financing plan; f) ensuring that cable television is treated as part of the national broadcast system; and g) the creation of two separate boards to regulate private and public broadcasters.

In 1972, WCBS-FM New York switched to an Oldies format.

In 2000, CKYL-AM and CKKX-FM of Peace River were approved by the CRTC to add FM repeaters in Valleyview (Alberta) on 105.7 MHz and 106.9 MHz, respectively. They shared a broadband directional antenna with 75,000 watts. CKYL originally signed on 630 KHz with 1000 watts on November 1, 1954, and moved to FM in 2018.

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