Broadcast History - December 5

Broadcast History - December 5

Postby jon » Mon Dec 04, 2023 9:23 pm

In 1954, CFQC-TV Saskatoon signed on to Channel 8. CFQC-AM had been on the air since 1923. Today CFQC-TV is known as CTV Saskatoon.


In 1984, CKQR Castlegar was approved to move from 1230 KHz with 1000 watts to 760 KHz with 20,000 watts day and 5000 watts night. 760 KHz had once been a U.S. 1-A clear channel with WJR Detroit the only North American station on the air at night. KFMB San Diego had moved from 540 to 760 in the mid-1960s.

In 1990, the CBC announced budget cuts that resulted in Calgarians getting all their News from Edmonton. Ironically, the process was reversed in the early 2000s; local News was restored to Edmonton in 2007. I cannot speak for the earlier move, but the most recent decimated CBXT-TV's ratings in the hard fought Edmonton Supper Hour News battle. Back in 1990, CRTC approval was required for the change, with CBRT-TV Calgary to receive all but "station identification, public service announcements, occasional specials, and commercial messages" from CBXT-TV Edmonton.

In 1996 at 5:00 a.m., CHET-FM Chetwynd (B.C.) became English Canada's first Class A Community Radio Station. Broadcasting on 104.1 MHz with 50 watts, the station ran out of a former closet at Chetwynd Secondary School. A 50 watt FM rebroadcaster, CHAD-FM, was added in 2002 for Dawson Creek, also on 104.1 MHz.

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