Broadcast History - June 28

Broadcast History - June 28

Postby jon » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:50 pm

In 1948, CKUA-FM Edmonton signed on with 250 watts on 98.1 MHz. CJCA had been running an experimental FM station since June 1944, but CJCA-FM was not licensed until 1949, on 99.5 MHz with 250 watts. CFRN-FM signed on in 1951 on 100.3 MHz, also with 250 watts. All three stations began as monoaural simulcasts of their AM counterparts. But only CKUA remained simulcast, beginning an expansion in 1976 that would eventually see 16 simulcast FM transmitters across the province of Alberta. The first step of that expansion was an upgrade of the Edmonton FM transmitter to 100,000 watts, and a conversion to stereo facilities. Around the turn of the century, listeners were asked to see if the Edmonton AM transmitter on 580 KHz was still required. And the answer was "yes". But, in 2013, the AM transmitter was silenced and the license cancelled due to the costs of required upgrades.

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In 1989, CHSN-FM Saskatoon was awarded a license on 102.1 MHz with 100,000 watts. In 1997, the station became CKOM-FM, when CKOM-AM's Oldies format and staff moved there, as part of a Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) with Rawlco (who would later buy the station). Simultaneously, CKOM-AM became CINT-AM, adopting a news-talk format. In February 2002, the CKOM call letters returned to AM, when CINT became CKOM. And CKOM-FM became CJCJ.

In 1996, the sale of CFCN-TV Calgary was completed. Rogers had purchased the station 18 months earlier from MacLean-Hunter, and was now selling it to Baton Broadcasting. Baton was renamed CTV Inc. in 1999. CFCN-TV originally signed on, on Channel 4 on September 9th, 1960, joining the newly-formed CTV network on October 1, 1961.

In 2006, "Sunny 94" signed on in Lacombe, Alberta, at 9:41 a.m. on 94.1 MHz. CJUV-FM was transmitting 9500 watts in a directional pattern, with a promise not to compete in the Red Deer radio market. Red Deer radio station owners Jim Pattison and Newcap had intervened against the license request, but the CRTC granted it nonetheless on March 14 of the same year.

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