Broadcast History - January 9

Broadcast History - January 9

Postby jon » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:57 pm

In 1984, ACCESS Alberta, parent crown corporation of CKUA, received a license for an educational television station in Calgary on channel 13 with 1800 watts. They had previously been operating an unlicensed 10 watt television station to force Calgary area cable companies to carry their satellite service, and as part of a legal challenge to the CRTC's jurisdiction.


In 1994, CKBD Vancouver became the first station in Canada to be licensed under the CRTC's new regulations that allowed full-time religious programming. CJCA Edmonton followed a few months later, obtaining the AM license surrendered by CIRK-FM. Both CKBD and CJCA combined a Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) format with periods of spoken word religious block programming, both paid and unpaid. Religious stations were not new to Canada, having been extremely common in the 1920s as outreach programs for churches. CHMA Edmonton, for example, which was later sold first to Taylor and Pearson, and then to Dr. Rice, becoming CFRN. The federal government soon outlawed religious stations, but later granted exceptions to the Newfoundland stations that existed prior to 1949, when Newfoundland became a province.


In 1996, CFYR-AM Whitecourt was approved for an FM flip to 96.7 MHz with 9000 watts. It was the first of the Yellowhead Broadcasting stations to operate in stereo, and the Edson studios were upgraded to stereo before CFYR-FM signed on.

In 2002, CJME Regina moved to 980 KHz from 1300.

In 2006, CHAT Medicine Hat moved from 1270 KHz to 94.5 MHz, retaining its Country music format. The new FM transmitter fed the co-owned CFMY-FM/CHAT-TV 175.8 metre tower with 100,000 watts.


In 2007, Little Mosque on the Prairie debuted on CBC Television.

In 2013, at 12 noon, CKNG-FM Edmonton ended eight years as JOE-FM to become the third Fresh-FM station owned by Corus. JOE, which initially debuted on CHQT-AM, before displacing the Power 92 branding, was Edmonton's first Jack-FM format. JOE-FM enjoyed immediate success, but it did not last.
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