Broadcast History - July 23

Broadcast History - July 23

Postby jon » Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:41 pm

In 1923, a CN Rail observation lounge car was equipped with speakers connected to a radio receiver. As the U.S. dignitaries left Montreal's Bonaventure Station, on their way to attend the opening of Alaska's Mount McKinley National Park, they heard a special program just for them on CHYC Montreal. CNR had leased the CHYC facilities and air time for the event. CHYC was owned by Northern Electric.

Radio was added to many other CNR lounge and parlour cars, initially tuned to local Canadian stations and high powered U.S. stations such as WEAF New York, WJW Detroit, KDKA Pittsburgh and WGN Chicago. But, before long, CN was leasing time regularly on existing Canadian stations, and building stations of their own, both under their own call letters that began "CNR". Use of the call letters was negotiated with Morocco, because Canada did not have rights to all C call letters.

But, it all began much earlier, in 1902, when Sir Ernest Rutherford of McGill University, had sent the world's first wireless telegraph message from a moving train, aboard the Grand Truck's Toronto to Montreal line. In the summer of 1921, the CNR Telegraph Department worked with the Canadian Marconi Company, to broadcast special programs from its Lake Ontario steamship, the S.S. Dalhousie City, to a radio-equipped CNR coach at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Experimental broadcasts were also made to CNR passenger trains travelling in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto triangle.


In 1937, Robert W. Morgan was born. He has always been considered the best Top 40 DJ at Drake formatics who ever lived. And is best remembered as the morning man on KHJ Los Angeles. Sadly, Morgan died of lung cancer on Friday, January 9th, 1998.


In 1940, Don Imus was born. Beginning as a DJ at KUTY Palmdale (California) in 1968, he worked at KJOY Stockton, KXOA Sacramento and WGAR Cleveland before arriving at WNBC New York in 1971, to do the morning show. Many consider him the first "shock jock".

In 1987, Brooklyn pirate radio station RNI began broadcasting on 1620 KHz.

In 2002 at 6:00 a.m., CHAB-AM Moose Jaw launched sister station CILG-FM as Country 100, and CHAB switched to Oldies. CILG broadcast on 100.7 MHz with 100,000 watts. The FM license had originally been issued on October 19, 1999 as a speciality license on 93.7 MHz. On May 15, 2006, the CRTC approved yet another Moose Jaw FM station for CHAB/CILG owners Golden West Broadcasting. On April 23, 1922, 10AB hit the Moose Jaw airwaves as a non-commercial station on 1200 KHz with 50 watts. Financial support dried up on November 11, 1933, but a company was formed and a commercial license granted, with CHAB the call letters assigned for the December 17th sign-on. Moose Jaw was one of the few Canadian communities to do fairly well during the Depression, as a favourite spot of Chicago gangsters like Al Capone, when the heat got too hot south of the 49th parallel.

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