Broadcast History - January 22

Broadcast History - January 22

Postby jon » Sat Jan 21, 2023 7:44 pm

In 1979, CJVI Victoria began using VI-90 branding. But still retained its CBC affiliation until 1991. The station began as CFCL on 410 meters with 500 watts on April 1, 1923. Its AM days ended in 2000 with a novel frequency swap with college station CKMO-FM. Today, CJVI is CHTT-FM on 103.1 MHz, running a Jack-FM format.


In 1982, BCIT's CFML Burnaby signed on to carrier current 650 KHz, requiring it be carried on cable FM in Greater Vancouver. The station was assigned 104.5 MHz. The station swapped AM carrier current frequencies with CISL in 1984, moving to 940 KHz. It would be 2006 before CFML was actually on-air, on 107.9 MHz with 12 watts. BCIT had a long heritage of broadcast training, earning a reputation in the mid- to late 1960s as the best program in Western Canada .

In 1985, CKLQ Brandon was approved for a move from 1570 to 880 KHz, but still with 10,000 watts. Until the late 1960s, 880 KHz had been one of three 1-A Clear Channel frequencies allocated to New York City: one for each of the original three networks. WCBS was the only station in North America on 880 KHz at night. WABC was on 770, and WNBC on 660. All three could be heard on many a winter evening in Vancouver, even with a fairly decent portable transistor radio.

Also in 1985, CKDQ-AM Drumheller was authorized by the CRTC to increase power from 10,000 to 50,000 watts, from a new transmitter site 35 miles East of Calgary. It remains today on its originally assigned (1958) 910 KHz frequency, but the power increases came at a price: protection for CJCA-930 Edmonton to the North in the day, and protection of U.S. stations to the South at night.


In 1988, what would become NorNet was beginning to take shape with the acquisition by Parkland Radio of CHLW St. Paul, CHLW-1 Grand Centre and CILW Wainwright from LW Broadcasting. Parkland already owned CJOI Wetaskiwin and six other small AM stations in Alberta and B.C. And indirectly owned CJYM Rosetown and CFYM Kindersley, both in Saskatchewan.

In 1993, CHQT Edmonton was approved by the CRTC for sale from Monarch Broadcasting to Shaw, which already owned CISN-FM. Later that year, CHQT moved from the 22nd floor of a downtown high-rise into the stand-alone CISN building in a warehouse district just North of downtown.

In 2001, CHUM announced that it and seven of its other AM stations across Canada would join Sports station CFGO Ottawa, to form The Team Sports Radio Network. The move to All Sports was made in May of the same year. CHUM returned to Oldies after little more than a year.

In 2007, CKCE-FM Calgary finally got a frequency: 101.5 MHz. Owner CHUM negotiated with CKUA to move their Red Deer FM transmitter from 101.3 MHz to 107.7 to clear the way for CKCE on 101.5 in Calgary. The station signed on in March of the same year as Energy 101.5.

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