Broadcast History - August 1

Broadcast History - August 1

Postby jon » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:31 pm

In 1932, late this night, Sir Henry Thornton and his wife boarded his radio-equipped private coach and departed Montreal's Bonaventure Station for New York. You would be hard-pressed to find a case of worse treatment by the federal government. They saw to it that he lost his government pension, forced a Canadian bank to remove him from its Board of Directors and publicly tarnished his reputation to prevent him from heading Indian State Railways. He died 7 1/2 months later of cancer, broke, in New York City.


Sir Henry created the CNR (Canadian National Railway) as we know it today. He brought together government-owned rail lines with those of bankrupt Canadian Northern and Grand Truck, which the government had taken over, to create the world's largest railway system. Sir Henry knew that Promotion was key, and formed the CNR Radio Department on June 1, 1923. But a change in government and the appointment of the Royal Commission of Railways and Transportation in 1931 spelled his doom.

In 1957, CHCA-TV Red Deer was licensed to Fred Bartley who had been General Manager of CKRD-AM. The station signed on December 11th of the same year, on Channel 6 with 4150 watts video and 2080 watts audio from a 714 foot tower. The "CA" in the call letters stood for Central Alberta. The station became CKRD-TV in September 1965.


In 1960, CFTK Terrace first signed on, to 1140 KHz. CFTK-TV signed on two years later. And CFTK-AM moved to 590 with 1000 watts the year after that. The next year saw CKTK Kitimat sign on, and the following year CHTK Prince Rupert.

In 1969, CBXFT-TV Edmonton was licensed on Channel 11 with 90,000 watts video and 9000 watts audio. For the first three years of the license, both Radio-Canada (French language CBC) and Metropolitan Edmonton Education Television Association (MEETA) programming would be carried, after which the station would be full-time Radio-Canada. MEETA was absorbed into ACCESS Alberta, along with its Calgary equivalent and CKUA Radio.

In 1980, CISV-AM Winkler-Morden (Manitoba) signed on 1530 KHz with 10,000 watts day and 1000 watts night. The "SV" in the call letters stood for Sun Valley Radio Inc., the owner. Henry F. Wiebe, Mayor of Winkler, was one of the shareholders.


In 1989, W.T. Armstrong began the shortest appointment of a President of the CBC: 3 months. He took over from Pierre Juneau, who had been appointed in 1982, and was founding chairman of the CRTC. Gerard Veilleux replaced Armstrong and also held the newly-defined role of CEO (Chief Executive Officer).

In 2000, CKAY-AM Duncan (B.C.) became CJSU-FM on 89.7 MHz with 1862 watts. CKAY's 1500 KHz frequency went silent on August 27th. And the call letters were picked up for CKAY-FM Gibsons (B.C.), which signed on May 20, 2006. CKAY-AM originally signed on in October 1964 on 1500 KHz with 1000 watts. Original owners were Dr. John Coleman and a group of Duncan businessmen. On July 24, 1972, CKAY was approved by the CRTC for sale to Ernie Mykyte. Dick Drew purchased the station in 1979. Vista Broadcast Group Inc. purchased the station in January 2005. By the time it switched to FM in 2000, CKAY-AM was 10,000 watts daytime and 1000 watts at night.


In 2003, CKBL-AM Kelowna switched from Country to become Oldies 1150, changing call letters to CKFR in May 2004. The station began on July 22, 1971, as CKIQ-1150 Kelowna with approval on that day by the CRTC, signing on November 8th with 1000 watts. The original owners were Bob Hall and Walter Gray, who began in 1965, building stations in Salmon Arm (CKXR) and Revelstoke (CKCR). Nick Frost, who would later found CILK-FM Kelowna, was hired as an announcer from CHQM Vancouver nearly two months before CKIQ first signed on.
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