British Columbia, Greater Vancouver
CKCD-AM, Vancouver, Vancouver Daily Province / Left the air
(Started as CFCB - became CKCD in 1923)
On March 13th, 1922 The Daily Province went on the air with music and news programming. The location and designation and unusually low frequency used suggest that station “FB” was actually someone else’s transmitter pressed into service to be the first of the Newspapers on the air.
Late in the 1920s, a phantom station CHLS, took over the entertainment portion of the programming while The Province provided the news on shared CKCD.
The Pacific Broadcasting Co. took over the operation of CKCDs schedule with W. G. Hassell as manager. The Province still supplied the News.
Throughout almost 20 years, the news voice of The Province was Earle Kelly, known as “Mr. Good evening”, whose great voice and delivery was very popular with listeners.
Hassell was known on the air as “Uncle Billy” and he broadcast “doggy stories” on the air to promote his dog breeding and dog food business.
The Calangis family, George and his sisters playing many instruments such as violins, mandolins and a vibraphone, and along with John Avison on the piano were great favorites with listeners.
Written by Ross McCreath - October, 2005