Broadcast History - July 25

Broadcast History - July 25

Postby jon » Sun Jul 24, 2022 8:27 pm

In 1969, CKWL Williams Lake was approved by the CRTC for a new transmitter site, power increase from 250 to 1000 watts, and frequency change from 1240 to 920 KHz. The previous year, the old transmitter site had flooded. And the next year, the new transmitter was the target of arson, causing a fire that took the station off the air for three days. But fortunes improved later that same year (1970) with the CRTC approving CKBX on December 15th, as the third station of Cariboo Radio's network, in 100 Mile House on the 1240 KHz frequency vacated by CKWL. CKCQ Quesnel had been the first to sign on, in 1957. CKWL began in 1960, creating what their owners claimed was "Canada's only full-time privately operated radio network". In 1975, the CRTC authorized CKWL and CKCQ to swap frequencies, putting CKWL on 570 KHz and CKCQ on 920.


In 2005, it was reported that Joe O'Brien had been killed in a car crash at the age of 90. O'Brien spent 50 years in New York Radio beginning in 1935. The pinnacle of his career was at WMCA-AM during the 1960s as part of "The Good Guys" - a lineup of unforgettable Top 40 DJs.

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