Broadcast History - July 6

Broadcast History - July 6

Postby jon » Fri Jul 05, 2024 9:40 pm

In 1924, the first photo was sent across the Atlantic by radio, from the United States to England.

In 1978, CKUL Lethbridge was approved by the CRTC to operate a carrier current station on 560 KHz with 20 watts on the newly-constructed University of Lethbridge campus. The station left the air forever in 1986 when the transmitter exploded. They returned the next year, but only on cable FM at 99.7 MHz. On April 8, 2004, the station finally signed on, as CKXU-FM, with an on-air license on 88.3 MHz with 125 watts.


Also on this day in 1978, CJSR at the University of Alberta in Edmonton was licensed as a carrier current station on 1580 KHz with 20 watts. The station moved to true on-air FM on January 7, 1984, on 88.5 MHz with 44 watts, from a transmitter mounted atop the Student's Union Building. The station has also been on cable FM since September 1976, originally as CKSR. By 1960, CKUA had stopped broadcasting student programming, so the Alberta Student Radio Society moved to a closed circuit speaker system around the campus. In 1969, a 100 watt carrier current AM transmitter was added. The CKSR call letters, SR for Student Radio, were adopted in 1970. A budget shortfall by the Students Union shut the station down from April 1974 to January 1976.

In 1989, after nine years on the air, WHOT Brooklyn was silenced by the FCC. It had survived all that time as a pirate station.

In 2000, two years after the sale of WIC to Corus was announced, and a lot of restructuring had occurred, the CRTC finally approved the sale on this day. WIC had begun with CKNW. And Corus was owned by Shaw.

Also on this day in 2000, CanWest was ordered by the CRTC to sell CKVU-TV Vancouver. CHUM became the CRTC-approved owner effective October 15, 2001. Ironically, on July 13, 1988, CanWest Chairman Izzy Asper issued a statement celebrating the fact that "after 10 long, rather difficult years", his company finally owned CKVU. At the time, he was right: it had taken a B.C. Supreme Court ruling on June 19, 1987, to force a sale to CanWest, based on disputed commitments by the owners when they had received $12 million in funding from CanWest. CKVU originally signed on to Channel 21 on September 1, 1976, with 880,000 watts.


Again, in 2000, CIVI-TV was approved for Victoria by the CRTC, with a rebroadcaster in Vancouver, and CHUM as owner of both. Victoria had 12,000 watts on Channel 53 and Vancouver 44,000 watts on Channel 17. Official launch was at 6 p.m. on October 4, 2001.

And finally, also in 2000, CHNU-TV-66 was approved for the Fraser valley of B.C. with 18,000 watts, but cable companies were required to carry it through the B.C. lower mainland. The station was originally licensed as CFVT, but changed call letter to CHNU by sign-on at 7 p.m. on September 15, 2001, as NOWTV. On May 20, 2005, Rogers received CRTC approval to purchase the station, and build a rebroadcast transmitter in Victoria with 720 watts on Channel 21, forcing Victoria cable companies to also carry the station. The station rebranded itself OMNI.10 on September 5, 2005, the same day that the Victoria transmitter signed on. The "10" in OMNI.10 referred to the Vancouver cable channel. CHNU had its roots with Trinity Television's "It's a New Day", which began airing weekday mornings on CKND-TV Winnipeg on October 6, 1976, and spread to four other TV stations by 1988. "Follow Me" was a children's program aired for five years beginning in 1978. "Sonshiny Day" was another children's program that began in 1986.

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