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Advertisement for the Victor Talking Machine Co. of Montreal, ca.1924-1930 (161 K)
News (Orson Welles) 100 K : News about Orson Welles, unknown station, Phonothèque québécoise, fonds Legris - Pagé
News (war and soviets) 358 K : News, unknown station, 1939, Phonothèque québécoise, fonds Legris - Pagé
Christmas Gag 64 K Xmas time 385 K Art Director 367 K Copyrighter 314 K Secretary Song 340 K Old Salesman 260 K Da Yes Sir 278 K Xmas End Song 314 K : « Christmas Gag», Unknown station, 1948, Dec. 14, Archives nationales du Québec, Fonds Young & Rubicam
Velvet Touch (announcer) 126 K : «Velvet Touch»; announcer Barry Woods, CFRB, 1951, Archives nationales du Québec, Fonds Young & Rubicam
Receiving set from ca. 1924-1930, Victor Talking Machine Co. of Montreal
Master List of Quebec's English-Language
by the Marconi Company as one of Canada's first broadcasting stations
an experimental station with call letters XWA).
Closed 1992 when bought out by Mount Royal Broadcasting;
Owned by Northern Electric Co. Officially
Montreal. A CNR phantom
station; closed 1932.
First canadian broadcast coast to coast (68 K)
La Presse, July 1977
A CNR phantom station; closed 1932.
the American network NBC.
1933 to 1935: The
Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC) sets up the
CRCK-AM Quebec City
All of these
stations broadcast bilingually: network
English programs part of the time French network programs (produced
mainly at CRCM)
part of the time. Some English
network shows were also sent to private CRBC-affiliated French-language
CHNC New Carlisle and CKCH Hull.
Initially CRCM shared studio facilities in the King's Hall Building with CFCF.
1936/7: All the CRBC stations were replaced by CBC stations in late 1936 and early 1937 (CBM-AM in Montreal).
begins experimental FM broadcasting under
call letters CFCX-FM. Station
opens (as CFCF-FM) in 1947; the programs were the same as those
Some separate programming was authorized in 1949; became
station, CFQR-FM, in 1966.
Advertisement for CFCF (40 K)
Advertisement for CJAD (19 K)
Montreal founded by Quebec radio
pioneer J. Arthur Dupont; authorized to begin simultaneous broadcasting
in 1948. Separate FM programming
authorized in 1961; becomes separate FM station, CJFM-FM, in
1946: CKVL-AM Verdun. (Some sources list 1953 as founding date). Bilingual station in 1950s and 1960s; now French-language.
Advertisement for CKVL (53 K)
1949: CKTS-AM Sherbrooke; currently only re-broadcasts CJAD programming
Quebec City; call sign changed
to CJQC in 1953 and to CFOM in 1964
1953: CJQC Quebec City (See 1949)
Advertisement for CJQC
Claire; closed 1979.
CJAD-AM purchased by Standard Radio Ltd. (owners of CFRB Toronto)
1963: CFCF fails in its attempt to sell out
to Radio Futura
Montreal. Becomes CHOM-FM in
1974. Owned by Toronto-based CHUM
Ltd. after 1987. Programming
changes over the years from MOR (middle-of-the-road) to good music to
underground to progressive contemporary to progressive to AOR
rock or dance).
1964: CFOM Quebec City (See
begins broadcasting as separate
station. (See above, CFCF).
Programming changes over the years from all-Canadian to
easy listening to adult contemporary.
Westmount. Owned by Toronto-based CHUM
Ltd. after 1987.
Changes call letters to CHTX-AM in 1989; to CKIS-AM
1991; back to CKGM-AM in 1998 when it reopens after the ice
Programming changes over the years from MOR to contemporary
contemporary talk to MOR to contemporary hit to lite rock/less talk to
to favourites of yesterday and today.
1970: Rod Dewar
controversy on CJAD during the October Crisis
CFCF-AM investigated by CRTC after it circulates petition against Bill 22
begins broadcasting as separate station (see
(CBC Radio Two)
CFOM Quebec City ceased in
CBVE Quebec City
1977: CKO-AM Montreal. Part of cross-Canada all-news network. Closed 1982.
Owned by Astral. Now
1980: CBON-AM Maniwaki. An English-language CBC station; closed 1991.
station, Concordia University. Changed to
CIRL-FM in 1988.
Kahnawake (Mohawk and English programming).
Montreal. Campus station, McGill
University. Changed to CKUT-FM in
Listed as a bilingual
station until 1995, when
became a French-language station.
Montreal. Hellenic Voice of Canada.
CJMQ-FM Lennoxville. Campus
station, Bishop's University.
Montreal replaces CFCF-AM.
End of one of the few call signs continuously in existence since
broadcasting began in 1922. CIQC
begins as a country and western station, changes in 1996 to talk.
sign to CINW in late 1999 and format to all-news.
list is the most accurate possible listing of English-language
radio stations in Quebec since 1922. There
are some discrepancies in the information available from the original
especially concerning the precise date when stations first went on the
which may have led to some inadvertent errors.
The authors would be grateful for any information to correct or
supplement this list.
Early cartoon showing C.P. Edwards, Director of the Canadian government's Radio Branch (124 K)
Canadian Wireless, December 1921
The principal sources used to compile
this list were the following:
of Canada, 1925,
Report of Special
Committee on Radio
Broadcasting, 1932, Appendix 8
Report of Standing
Radio Broadcasting, 1946, pp. 165-73
and Multilingual Radio Stations in Operation
in Quebec in 1999/2000
Quebec City (CBC;
Royal Broadcasting; adult contemporary; 92.5 FM)
album-oriented rock; 97.7 FM)
Royal Broadcasting; all news; 940 AM)
station; Concordia University)
Broadcasting; news/talk; 800 AM)
(CKTS-AM Sherbrooke also listed as an operating
Broadcasting; adult contemporary; 95.9 FM)
station; Bishop's University)
favourites of yesterday and today; 990 AM)
adult contemporary/country; 103.7 FM)
station; McGill University)
CBM-Radio One Montreal (CBC;
CBM-Radio Two Montreal (CBC;
Cap aux Meules, CHAI-FM Chateauguay
and CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge also report that they provide limited
There are also
approximately 43 CBC re-broadcast transmitters
that provide English-language programs from CBM-AM, CBM-FM
to remote communities throughout Quebec.
Media Directory, March 1999; Montreal Gazette,
May 7, 2000, p. C9.
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