Broadcast History - February 8

Broadcast History - February 8

Postby jon » Wed Feb 07, 2024 9:14 pm

In 1946, CKPG Prince George signed on at 5:00 p.m., with 250 watts on graveyard frequency 1230 KHz. A license had been issued to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke in November 1944. Tiny had been General Manager of CKWX Vancouver since 1942, previously managing CFAC Calgary, CJCA Edmonton and CKRC Winnipeg. CKPG moved to its long time home of 550 KHz about a year after sign-on. The power was still 250 watts, but the lower frequency greatly improved coverage in the mountainous area surrounding Prince George. A power increase to 10,000 watts was approved in 1963, but was not implemented until November 2, 1965, after the construction of a new transmitter site. On November 19, 1969, the purchase of the station by CHQM (Jack Stark and Bill Bellman) was approved by the CRTC. Original owners, the Elphicke brothers, had both died in 1959, more than two years before CKPG-TV signed on. CKPG-AM flipped to FM as CKDV-FM on May 30, 2003, at 12 noon, with 9300 watts on 99.3 MHz, dashing any hopes of local DX'ers interested in hearing CFOX-FM Vancouver. Sister station CKKN-FM signed on March 1, 1981, originally as CIOI-FM on 101.3 MHz.


In 1996, Vancouver radio station CKWX 1130 abandoned it's country music format after almost 23 years ... ( Super Country had been born at 3 pm on March 7th, 1973 ) ...

The last song played on Country 1130 that day in 1996 was Ray Price's "For The Good Times" ...

At 8 a.m. that day came the launch of News 1130

Listen to the end of Country and launch of All News ... Click Here


In 2001, CJTR-FM Regina was licensed with 480 watts on 91.3 MHz. The station signed that November 1st of the same year, committed to 100 hours per week of station-produced local programming. Format was alternative and eclectic music.
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