Broadcast History - March 15

Broadcast History - March 15

Postby jon » Tue Mar 14, 2023 8:07 pm

In 1922, CJCE Vancouver was signed on by the Sprott-Shaw School of Commerce. The Vancouver Sun was owner, but had been beaten by two days by The Province, which signed on CFCB on March 13th. The World, Vancouver's third newspaper, got CFYC on the air March 23rd. CJCE signed off forever in 1924 after Sprott-Shaw acquired CFCQ. CFCB became CKCD in 1923 and had its license revoked effective February 1940 after the CBC, then also a regulator, decided that there were too many stations in Vancouver. CFYC's new owners failed to get their license renewed after experiencing financial difficulties, and went off the air in 1928.

In 1923, the first Canadian broadcast of a professional hockey game was aired on CKCK Regina. The home game between the Regina Capitals and the Edmonton Eskimos (before the team name migrated to football) had a player named Dick Irvin. He went on to be a coach in the first televised hockey game, in October 1952.


In 1957, the stage was set for the CBC to lose its regulatory powers. On this day, the Fowler Report (Report of the Royal Commission on Broadcasting) was tabled to Parliament. And its recommendation was passed into law as Bill C-55 on September 6, 1958. And became reality on November 10th of the same year, when the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG) was formed. This was the final nail in the coffin of the federal government's plan, hatched in the depths of the Great Depression, to make the CBC the only broadcaster in Canada.

In 1960, Montreal's CFOX Pointe Claire signed on to 1470 KHz with 1000 watts. Son of CFRB's Gordon Sinclair, Gord Sinclair was primary owner and President. CFOX had a great run as a Top 40 station in the late 1960s until 1972 when Allan Slaight bought the station and switched it to Country to match Toronto's CFGM Richmond Hill, which Slaight also owned. Top 40 CFOX started a lot of careers and propelled others. But it also created history as Charles P. Rodney Chandler did his show live with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and played coffee table on "Give Peace a Chance".


In 1964, CFRN AM & FM Edmonton moved to the famous log cabin known as Broadcast House, located West of the City. From the CPR Building right in the centre of downtown Edmonton.
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