CFWM-FM (BOB fm), Winnipeg, Bell Media
James Richardson & Sons were successful in obtaining a licence for a 100-watt station in Winnipeg. The CJRC call letters were assigned. The company also received federal permission to operate a studio in Regina and to move CJRM's transmitter from Moose Jaw to Belle Plain, midway between Moose Jaw and Regina. The new transmitter would operate with 1,000 watts on new frequency of 540 kHz. The new facility would be shared by the Regina and Moose Jaw studios. The CPR broadcast line to Fleming was extended to Regina, and the three studios (in Winnipeg, Regina and Moose Jaw), exchanged some programs from their cities.
Don Copeland joined the James Richardson stations in Winnipeg and Regina from CKGW Toronto.
Don Copeland left the radio business. He had been with CJRC for two years and was formerly with CKGW (CRCT) Toronto.
George Titus was promoted to commercial manager of CJRC. Jack Kemp joined the commercial department on September 15. He had been with CHWC and CKCK Regina and most recently, CKSO Sudbury. He was promoted to assistant manager on December 1. Hugh Young was appointed promotions and special events manager of CJRC.
On December 1, CJRC completed what was believed to be the longest remote broadcast by an independent radio station when it aired a 15 minute program from Iceland, 7,000 miles away. The program was arranged by CJRC to celebrate the anniversary of Iceland's sovereignty and to salute Winnipeg's 8,000 Icelanders, the largest such population outside of Reykjavik itself. CJRC fed the program to CJRM Regina, CJGX Yorkton, CJRO and CJRX Winnipeg.
Sabotage was likely in the April 6 cutting of a two inch lead-encased conduit from the CJRC studios to the transmitter outside the city limits. Program service was interrupted for an hour.
Victor Sifton, president of Trans-Canada Communications of Winnipeg, operating CJRC, CJRM and CKCK, was appointed acting Master General of Ordinance for Canada.
As of September 1, Taylor Pearson & Carson Ltd. (Harold Carson, president) took over management and operation of CJRC and CJRM. At the same time, TP&C ended its management and commercial operation of CKY and CKX, a relationship that had been
F.H. (Tiny) Elphicke, recently manager of CJCA (Edmonton), was named manager of CJRC (Winnipeg). Victor F. Nielsen of CJRC moved to CFAC (Calgary). Gordon Henry of CFAC moved to CJCA. Fred Scanlon of CJRM (Regina) was elevated to manager of that station. New commercial manager at CJRC was P.H. Gayner, formerly with All-Canada in Winnipeg. Stewart MacPherson, formerly with the BBC, would hold a similar job at CJRC. Bob Straker, chief accountant of CJRC was moved to CFAC as program director, replacing Pat Freeman, who joined the RCAF. Fred Luce, CJRC salesman, was transferred to CJRM as was Ken Anderson, accountant. Three CJRC staffers entered military service: Ken Cameron, chief studio engineer (with the station since 1934); Keith McConnell, control engineer; and Hugh Young, special events and sports. Stuart MacKay left CJRC for Vancouver's CKWX. Harry McLoy returned to CJRC as an announcer.
CJRC became a subscriber of the British United Press news service.
Former CJRC (and CKSO Sudbury) engineer Tom Holup was now with CKGB Timmins. Nine members of staff were on active service with the Canadian army and air force. Latest to go on active service: Lt. Jack Thompson (announcer), Harry Harrod (continuity) and Claude Olson (sales). Five members of the staff were in the reserve army: Cpt. P. H. Gayner, Lt. Don Duncan, Cpl. Ev Dutton, Pt. Jack Kemp and Pt. Jim McRae.
CJRC started building new state of the art studios and offices in the Winnipeg Free Press Building on Carlton Street. The station would occupy the entire third floor and special acoustic construction was necessary to overcome vibration from presses in the basement. Included would be a large studio seating 200 with glass enclosed demonstration kitchen at rear of the stage, a concert studio and two smaller studios, as well as a dozen offices, large public reception hall and artist lounge. The station expected to move by mid-September. CJRC had operated from the Royal Alex.
To meet growing demands for network time during the evenings, largely due to the war, the CBC set up a second network for commercial sponsorship. The network's first sponsor (on an experimental basis) was the Gillette Safety Razor Co. The Mutual Broadcasting System originated boxing events for 26 Canadian stations through the CBC, plus the MBS affiliate - CKLW Windsor. The second network had 23 Canadian stations with alternative stations in Montreal to meet local conditions there. The new network would operate only after 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Over the past year, private stations had been anxious to have such a network - outside of CBC control. However, under the Radio Act, the CBC had full control over all networks in the country. It was felt that a full second network with full day and night programming was not feasible or economically possible at this time. CBC-owned stations affiliated with the new network: CBK Watrous, CBA Sackville and CBY Toronto. Privately-owned stations affiliated with the new network were: CJOR Vancouver, CHWK Chilliwack, CFCN Calgary, CFRN Edmonton, CJRM Regina, CJGX Yorkton, CJRC Winnipeg, CKCA Kenora, CJIC Sault Ste Marie, CKOC Hamilton, CKTB St. Catherines, CFPL London, CFCO Chatham, CKLW Windsor, CKCR Kitchener, CKCO Ottawa, CFCF or CHLP Montreal, CHLT Sherbrooke, CKNB Campbellton, and CJLS Yarmouth.
CJRC announced that its new studios in the Free Press Building (300 Carlton Street) were now operational.
CKRC's power was increased to 5,000 watts day and night.
Jack Wells was sports announcer. Omar Blondahl (announcer) left CKRC for CJGX in Yorkton. Gertrude Maher, originator and personality of women's programs on CKRC for the past three years, left the station after getting married to former CKRC engineer, Archie Slater, who was now studio engineer at CKOC in Hamilton. Orrin Botsford was appointed supervisor of local sales. He had been on the sales staff for two years. Announcer and sportscaster Jack Wells was named night supervisor. Charles Skelding became chief announcer. George Retzlaff was promoted from control operator to chief operator. Maurice Bunn was now feature editor and writer. Gordon Pollon became office manager. John Jackson was promoted from continuity writer to continuity editor. Beatrice Parenteau (formerly of CKAC Montreal) was named sales promotion director. Clyde Hamilton, Ted Savage and Spencer Smith joined the announcing staff. Hamilton and Savage had been with CJRL Kenora.
The Department of Transport issued two FM licences to CKRC. VD2D would be used as a mobile pickup unit and CK7H would be an emergency link between the Winnipeg studios and the transmitter at Middlechurch. Power for both would be 50 watts.
Announcer Ed McRea joined CKRC from CFQC in Saskatoon. Former CKRC announcer and operator Gordon Lee returned to the station as studio engineer. He had been with the RCAF, and replaced Gordon Woodward, who left for CFAR Flin Flon.
CKRC's two short wave stations - CKRO and CKRX - had their coverage of a good portion of the world confirmed by mail response. Letters had been received from such places as Southern California, Florida, Vancouver, St. John's, Alaska, South America, Seden, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.
CKRC was preparing for the fall return of popular network shows, including Bob Hope, Texaco Star Theatre and Charlie McCarthy. The station also planned to carry baseball's World Series.
Chief engineer Bert Hooper reported he now had a 50 watt FM studio transmitter in operation. It was a standby for emergency purposes and would only be used during program line failures.
In May the Red River flooded. The CKRC transmitter site at St. Vital was in bad shape as a result. Chief engineer Bert Hooper and two assistants were stranded at the site for nine days. The transmitter failed so a new one was set up temporarily, on the roof of the Free Press building.
Some of the staff: Ken Norell, Ken Babb, Al Blondal, Bruce Stewart, George Knight, Al Loewen, Gordie Walker, Ralph Haywood, Dick Schouten and Herbie Brittain (musical director).
W. Keith Murray, former CKRC continuity editor was named Manitoba representative for Gooderham & Worts Ltd. Ev Dutton was a newscaster. Bill Walker was assistant program director.
Bill Walker was an announcer (had been CKRM Regina sales manager). Bob Bye was an announcer (former CKRM program director). George McLean did news (former CJRL Kenora manager). Bill Guest was an announcer. Bert Hooper was chief engineer. Ken Gray was chief operator. Bill Speers was station manager. Ken Babb was continuity editor.
Bill Edge was named to direct the national sales promotion activities of CKRC.
Ad slogan: Power + Listenership = CKRC.
Ad slogan: Manitoba gets its NEWS from CKRC. Accurate up-to-the-minute news coverage.
Clifford Sifton, owner of CKRC, was appointed honorary lieutenant-colonel of the Governor-General's Horse Guards, Toronto regiment.
CKRC's sister station - CKRM in Regina - was sold to Western Communications Ltd.
Ad slogan: CKRC - Broadcasting to all of Manitoba from the Red River Valley.
In December, CKRC installed the first Continental 5,000 watt screen modulated transmitter in Canada.
ACMO - the All-Canada Mutually Operated stations set up a radio news bureau in August. The bureau channelled news from Ottawa by telegraph, telephone and tape recorder. Stations using the service: CJVI, CKWX, CJAT, CJCA, CFAC, CFGP, CJOC, CKCK, CKRC and CKOC.CKRC had three mobile units, including a new mobile trailer studio - first of its kind in Winnipeg. From an ad: CKRC is willing (with its 3 mobile units) to go anywhere, anytime to serve the listeners of Manitoba.
Following the death of Harold Carson, Trans-Canada Communications, a Sifton-owned company, took over the management of the three "Sifton stations" in Winnipeg, Hamilton and Regina. (Trans-Canada was succeeded later by Armadale Communications Ltd, with headquarters at the Sifton-owned airport in Buttonville, Ontario).
The following ad lists all people on staff at CKRC in 1960: These talented people ... R. Alderson (news announcer), V. Armen (announcer), T. Ashmore (announcer), K. Babb (music director), L. G. Ball (announcer), E. Bennett (C.C.A. director), R. T. Bye (programme manager), J. Cochrane (announcer), J. W. Couper (salesman), S. A. Dagg (continuity writer), D. Daly (announcer), E. F. Dutton (news editor), W. H. Edge (salesman), J. Esaw (sports director), J. S. Farrell (news announcer), G. C. Gardner (announcer), L. Gibson (continuity writer), V. Gillespie (receptionist), L. Gzebb (continuity editor), E. Halpenny (continuity writer), J. A. Hammond (manager), K. Harris (receptionist), A. W. Hooper (chief engineer), J. Jordan (operator), N. Kaspick (book-keeper), J. P. Keelan (salesman), W. K. Kozak (operator), R. T. Maguire (studio engineer), W. Michaluk (chief operator), J. G. McRory (sales manager), R. W. Oakes (news announcer), R. J. O'Donovan (salesman), M. Parker (operator), K. Parkin (secretary), J. Perreau (stenographer), C. V. Powell (news announcer), G. Robertson (operator), D. Rogers (secretary), G. Rost (book-keeper), R. J. Smith (librarian), E. Teillet (salesman), T. Thorsteinson (receptionist), J. E. Turnbull (announcer), P. Valentine (traffic), G. E. Vincent (transmitter operator), W. G. Woodfield (accountant) ... will make radio history in '60 on RADIO 630 CKRC Winnipeg.
Clifford Sifton was one of the applicants for a second television station in Winnipeg. Sifton was the publisher of the Regina Leader Post and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, and owner of CKCK-AM-TV Regina and CKRC-AM Winnipeg. The licence was awarded to Ralph S. Misener & Associates and would become CJAY-TV and later, CKY-TV.
Ad: Responsibility - you won't find it in "Webster" - we have it all...Radio CKRC Winnipeg.
CKRC instituted a new programming policy - described as "Modern Radio". Al Hammon was station manager and he said CKRC would still present news on the hour with fill-in briefs and no announcer ad-libbing. Announcers would not put together their own shows...instead, he would write his entire program with the assistance of the announce staff. To keep the listener tuned in longer, there would be no regular flow - for example, you would not always know what would follow the 8 p.m. newscast. Everything would be jumbled up. The new CKRC would play the complete musical spectrum.
As construction workers tore down CKRC's old Playhouse studio built in 1941 by Tiny Elphicke, some radio history was coming to light...log boards bearing the names of George Young, Ernie Bushnell, Wally Koster, Bert Pearl, Esse Ljungh, Waldo Holden, Jack Dennett, Jack Scott and Bill Walker...scripts by Neil LeRoy, Beth Lockerbie and George Silverson. The construction work underway was to make way for ultra-modern studios.
February program line-up: Red Alix (6:30-10:00 a.m.), Bob Washington (10-noon), Doug Burrows (noon-3), Bob Washington (3-4), Dave Palmer (4-8), Jim Paulson (8-1) and Murray Parker (1-6:30 a.m.)
CKRC increased power to 10,000 watts full-time, using three 405' towers at St. Vital. It operated with separate day and night directional patterns.
Billy Gorrie was one of the CKRC announcers. Dick Wilson left CKRC for the weekend shift at CFRW. Doc Stone was at CKRC.
CKRC's program director was Bob Washington. He was famous for the K-tel TV commercials.
CKRC now had a country format. Announcers included Stan Kubiceck and Buster Bodene (who left for CKGM in Montreal).
CKRC was granted an FM licence in 1979, and CKWG-FM went on the air on February 14, 1980, at 103.1 mHz with power of 100,000 watts.
On February 15, the CRTC renewed CKRC's licence until September 30, 1989. The Commission commended the licensee for developing programs in support of local creative musical talent on an ongoing basis, such as its "Concert in the Park" specials and annual Canadian Music Competitions.
On August 20, CKRC was authorized to make changes to its daytime pattern, extending service to the east and west with a slight reduction to the north.
Bill Gorrie succeeded Gary Miles as general manager of CKRC and CKWG-FM.
Carol Bruce was executive assistant at CKRC.
George Youngman was named general sales manager for CKRC and CKWG-FM. Richard W. Jackiw became marketing manager for the two stations.
CKWG-FM became CHZZ-FM.
It was announced that Western World Communications would purchase CKRC-AM / CHZZ-FM and CKIT-FM / CKCK-AM from Michael Sifton's Armadale Communications of Markham, Ontario. Sifton said Armadale planned to retain CKOC-AM / CKLH-FM in Hamilton but would focus more strongly on newspaper publishing.
On January 22, Clint C. Forster's Western World Communications Ltd. received CRTC approval to acquire Winnipeg's CKRC / CHZZ-FM and Regina's CKCK / CKIT-FM from Michael Sifton's Armadale Communications Ltd. Western World, based in Saskatoon, was licensee of CJWW Saskatoon, SK and CKST Langley, BC, and owned 100% of Balsa Broadcasting Corp., licensee of CHMG St. Albert, AB. CKCK and CKRC were two of the oldest radio stations in Western Canada.
CKRC and CKLU-FM moved to new studios and offices on the 17th floor of a high rise building at 155 Carlton Street. This was just three blocks away from the old facility in the historic Winnipeg Free Press Building. CKRC-AM had operated from that building for over fifty years. The new FM and AM control rooms featured Soundcraft SAC-200 boards. The production studio had a new Soundcraft 6000 stereo board. A Tascam 8-track recorder and Denon CD player were also added to the production room. The newsroom was equipped with Nakamichi cassette decks and IBM 386 computers. AM sound quality was improved thanks to new STL microwave link between the new studios and the CKRC transmitter. The move went smoothly as CKRC lost no air time and CKLU lost one second at the most.
After the move, CKRC brought in new morning man Doug Anderson who was also program director. Other members of the management team at this time: Bill Gorrie (general manager), Bryan Zilkey (general sales manager), Daryl Braun (news director), Ken Porteous (senior producer) and Ray Patterson (chief engineer).
On January 30, the CRTC approved the application for authority to acquire the assets of CKRC Winnipeg from Western World Communications Limited Partnership, and for a broadcasting licence to continue the operation of this undertaking. The Commission issued a licence to 3152464 Manitoba Ltd. (Bill Gorrie and Terry O'Rourke - would later operate under the name of Celtic Communications), expiring 31 August 1997 (existing expiry date). It was noted that CKRC had been unprofitable over the past three years.
CKRC switched from Country to Lite Rock on May 1.
Former CKRC morning man Bill Walker passed away on June 25. In 1954, he left CKRC for CBLT-TV in Toronto.
On January 18, the CRTC approved CKRC's move from 630 kHz (AM) to 99.9 MHz (FM), with 100,000 watts of effective radiated power.
CKRC-AM became CFWM-FM.
On July 15, the CRTC approved Standard Radio Ltd.'s acquisition of a 25% interest in Celtic Communications, which would reduce Bill Gorrie and Terry O'Rourke's ownership share from 50% to 37.5% each.
On September 11, the CKRC 630 transmitter was shut down forever.
Standard Radio acquired 100% ownership of CFWM-FM.
MAGIC 99.9 acquired the program "Lovers and Other Strangers" from Rogers Broadcasting. The two-hour Adult Contemporary love and relationships music show aired live from CHFI-FM Toronto nightly.
Ray Walker was the new afternoon drive host at Magic 99.9.
Lee Sterry, formerly with Power Broadcasting in Oshawa, became general manager at Standard's Magic 99.9 Winnipeg. Former general manager Don Kay returned to his home town of Edmonton.
The CRTC approved the swap of stations between Standard Radio and CHUM radio which resulted in CHUM acquiring ownership of CFWM-FM.
CHUM Ltd. closed on its purchase of CFWM Magic 99.9 FM on February 1 and relaunched the station as Bob-FM ("Playing 80s, 90s and whatever) on March 4.
On April 14, CFWM was authorized to decrease its antenna height and operate from a new transmitter site.
Allan Waters, the founder of CHUM Limited, owner of CFWM-FM, passed away at the age of 84, on December 3rd.
On July 12 it was announced that Bell Globemedia would pay C$1.7 billion for CHUM Ltd., in a deal that would see the company become part of the BCE-owned media conglomerate, subject to CRTC approval. On August 31, the two companies announced that BGM had been successful in its offer to acquire approximately 6.7 million common shares and approximately 19.2 million non-voting Class B shares of CHUM. The shares were to be placed in the hands of an independent trustee pursuant to a voting trust agreement approved by the CRTC.
On December 12th, it was announced that Bell Globemedia would henceforth be known as CTVglobemedia.
A CRTC hearing on the CTVglobemedia application to acquire the assets of CHUM Limited was held on April 30th 2007. On June 8 the CRTC approved the acquisition of CHUM Ltd. by CTVglobemedia, on condition that CTV sell off its five City-TV stations, CITY-TV Toronto, CHMI-TV Portage La Prairie/Winnipeg, CKEM-TV Edmonton, CKAL-TV Calgary and CKVU-TV Vancouver. Rogers Communications announced on June 25th that a deal had been reached for them to buy these stations from CTV, subject to CRTC approval. Among the CHUM assets acquired by CTVglobemedia in the deal were seven television stations, 21 specialty channels and some 33 radio stations, including CFWM-FM.
It was announced that after nine years apart, Tom and Frazier would be back together again, hosting mornings on 99.9 BOB FM. Frazier would be rejoining long-time pals Beau and Tom. Tom & Frazier were together between 1995 and 2000. Beau, Tom and Frazier were scheduled to hit the airwaves (6-10 a.m.) beginning August 31.
Chris Brooke was program director.
Michelle Pereira, the Retail Sales Manager at HANK-FM/CKJS from 2007 to 2009 was now with CHUM Winnipeg as Agency Liaison.
Over the Christmas holidays, sister station CURVE 94.3 (CHIQ) flipped to an oldies format, as FAB 943. Beau, Tom and Frazier from BOB FM moved to FAB mornings, while Jay and Andrea, formerly mornings on CURVE, moved to BOB FM.
Darrell Bezdietny left CHUM Radio Winnipeg where he had been assistant engineer since 2007.
On March 7, the CRTC approved an application by BCE Inc. on behalf of CTVglobemedia Inc., for authority to change the effective control of CTVgm's licensed broadcasting subsidiaries to BCE. The Commission concluded that the transaction would be beneficial to the Canadian broadcasting system by ensuring the long-term stability of a significant Canadian television network and advancing the Commission's objective of providing relevant high-quality Canadian programming to Canadians through conventional and new media distribution channels. BCE was a public corporation and controlled by its board of directors. Before this approval, BCE held 15% of the voting interest in the capital of CTVgm. The other shareholders were 1565117 Ontario Limited (a corporation ultimately controlled by Mr. David Kenneth R. Thomson) (40% of the voting interest), Ontario Teacher's Plan Board (25% of the voting interest) and Torstar Corporation (20% of the voting interest). Under the transaction agreement dated September 10, 2010, BCE would acquire the remaining 85% of the voting interest in the capital of CTVgm and would therefore exercise effective control.
On March 15, CTV Inc., CTV Corp., CTV Limited and CTVglobemedia Inc. amalgamated to continue as CTV Inc.
BCE Inc. announced on April 1 that it had completed its acquisition of CTV and that it had launched Bell Media (replacing CTVglobemedia), a new business unit that would make CTV programs and other Bell content available on smartphones and computers as well as traditional television. In addition to CTV and its television stations, Bell Media now also operated 29 specialty channels, 33 radio stations, Dome Productions, a mobile broadcast facilities provider, and dozens of high-traffic news, sports and entertainment websites, including the Sympatico.ca portal.
The CRTC approved a change to the ownership of Bell Media Inc., from BCE Inc. to Bell Canada. This transaction would not affect effective control of Bell Media Inc. and of its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, which continued to be exercised by BCE Inc. Bell Media Inc. held, directly and through its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, various radio and television programming undertakings as well as specialty and pay-per-view television services.
On August 22, the CRTC approved the applications by BCE Inc., on behalf of Bell Media Inc. and 7550413 Canada Inc., carrying on business as Bell Media Canada Radio Partnership, for authority to acquire, as part of a corporate reorganization, CJCH-FM and CIOO-FM Halifax, CKGM Montréal, CKKW-FM and CFCA-FM Kitchener, CFRW, CFWM-FM and CHIQ-FM Winnipeg. Bell Media, the managing partner holding 99.99% of the voting interest in the general partnership, is wholly owned by Bell Canada and controlled by BCE. 7550413, the other partner holding the remaining 0.01% of the voting interest in the general partnership, is wholly owned by Bell Media and is also controlled by BCE. BCE submitted that the purpose of this corporate reorganization was to realize tax efficiencies. The Commission noted that this transaction would not affect the effective control of the undertakings which would continue to be exercised by BCE.
Chris Stevens, who had been vice president and general manager at Bell Media Radio Winnipeg since October, 2007, was succeeded by Mark Maheu.
On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFWM-FM until March 31, 2012.
Shelley Smith-Hines was the new manager of promotions & marketing at CHUM Radio Winnipeg.
Dale Davies left CFWM and CHIQ where he had been assistant program and music director. He joined CHWE and CFJL on January 16.
On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFWM-FM to August 31, 2012.
The new music director and assistant program director at FAB 94.3/99.9 BOB FM was Frank Andrews. He had been doing much the same thing across the street at 92 CITI FM. He succeeded Dale Davies who left for The Breeze 100.7 Winnipeg.
Kelly Parker crossed the hall from BOB FM to FAB 94.3 to host mornings with Frazier, while "Beau" moved over to join Bob and Dez on 99.9 BOB FM.
Former Kids in the Hall star Kevin McDonald joined 99.9 Bob FM's morning team as a fill-in for when either of Bob's breakfast hosts, Kelly Parker or Dez, was on summer holiday.
On August 28, the CRTC administratively renewed CFWM-FM's licence until December 31, 2012. On December 21, the licence was renewed to August 31, 2019.
Mark Maheu, who'd been running Bell Media Radio Winnipeg since August, 2011, added CTV Winnipeg to his responsibilities. Maheu was now Vice President/General Manager of both. Before moving to Winnipeg, he was an acquisitions and regulatory consultant based in Ottawa, VP/COO of Newcap (also Ottawa-based) and, before that, VP/GM at CHUM Radio Ottawa.
Bill Dulmage - updated June 2013