Broadcast History - September 27

Broadcast History - September 27

Postby jon » Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:03 pm

In 1922, CKAC Montreal officially launched at 2:00 p.m. with the weather, stock prices from the Montreal and New York stock exchanges, and the News. The station broadcast with 2000 watts -- which owner La Presse newspaper claimed as the most powerful in North America -- on 430 metres, but rotated with CFCF to broadcast in the evening. In fact, until 1924, CKAC was only broadcasting twelve and a half hours per week.

In 1943, Randy Bachman was born in Winnipeg as Randolf Charles Bachmann. Beyond his recording career, he became a broadcaster in the summer of 2005 when he joined CBC Radio One to do Vinyl Tap on Saturday evenings. Ironically, Randy replaced Danny Finkleman ("Finkleman's 45s") who was also born in Winnipeg just one year earlier than Randy.


In 1974, CIVH Vanderhoof was licensed for a 50 watt repeater on 1480 KHz in Fort St. James. CIVH had first signed on the previous November on 1340 KHz with 1000 watts day and 250 watts night.

In 1976 at 9:30 a.m., CBUFT-TV Vancouver signed on to Channel 26 with Radio-Canada (CBC-TV French) network programming. Repeaters were later added in Kelowna, Kamloops, Terrace, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Chilliwack and Kitimat.

In 1996, CHRX-FM Fort St. John was approved by the CRTC as a new FM station to be owned by CKNL. The station signed on the next year with 20,000 watts on 98.5 MHz.


Also in 1996, CHET-FM Chetwynd became the first Class A Community Radio Station to be licensed in English Canada. It was licensed with 50 watts on 104.1 MHz. A closet at Chetwynd Secondary School had been converted into the CHET-FM studios by the time the station signed on December 5th.

In 2005, former broadcaster Adrienne Clarkson stepped down from her position as Canada's 26th Governor General. She had begun in 1965, hosting the popular Take 30 on CBC TV for the next 10 years, when she switched to The Fifth Estate. She continued with the program until 1982 when she got her first taste of the diplomatic service as Agent-General to France.

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