CFPR-AM, Radio One, Prince Rupert

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

CFPR-AM19638601,000Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CFPR-AM19531240250Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
CFPR-AM193658050Northwest Broadcast & Service Co. Ltd.


CFPR signed on the air, operating on 580 kHz with a power of 50 watts. The “PR” in the calls: Prince Rupert.


Under the Havana Treaty, CFPR moved from 580 to 1240 kHz (Class IV) on March 29. Power was 50 watts.


CFPR was being leased to the CBC for the duration of the war, to supply service to the Pacific Coast defence zone.


R.C. “Rob” Willett joined CFPR as production manager. He had been promotion manager at CJVI in Victoria.


Clarence H. Insulander was manager and S.J. Anderson was commercial manager.


CFPR’s owner was noted as being Northwest Broadcast And Service Co. Ltd. Studios and transmitter were at 336 Second Avenue.  

The domestic program service offered by CFPR was expanded. The station was now on the air from 7:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. CFPR had been going off the air between 2 and 4 p.m. and signing off on weekdays at 11 p.m. The station had operated between 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sundays. The change also allowed for the offering of full Trans-Canada network service. Local programs and special event broadcasts would continue to be important features. CFPR was locally owned but operated by the CBC. 


CFPR was installing a new 250 watt Gaetz transmitter as well as new control room equipment.

C.H. Insulander was manager and S.J. Anderson was commercial manager.


Power increased to 250 watts.


CFPR closed and was then purchased by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 


Ken Buhr became regional sales manager for CBC British Columbia.


CFPR’s Roderick Falconer was on loan to manage the Corporation’s newly acquired CFWH Whitehorse. 

Ad slogan: In British Columbia CBC Radio alone matches your advertising to your distribution with stations CBU Vancouver, CFPR Prince Rupert plus 31 repeater stations serving 150,000* extra listeners at no extra cost. (*Elliott-Haynes)


Ads: One radio buy gets the whole province in British Columbia – CBU Vancouver / CFPR Prince Rupert. CBC Radio is the only way to reach everybody in B.C.! Proof? With Radio Stations CBU and CFPR, plus a bonus audience covered by repeaters of 220,000 people, your sales talk in B.C. can be heard everywhere by everybody! / Get the Big Plus on CBC Radio in British Columbia. PLUS – more adult listeners per dollar! PLUS – coverage of 220,400 listners via 35 repeater stations! PLUS – complete competitive protection. 


CFPR was given approval to move from 1240 to 860 kHz and to increase power from 250 to 10,000 watts. (In 1966, the station was still operating on 1240 kHz with 250 watts of power). 


Ken Buhr left the CBC (BC) where he had been regional sales manager.


CFPR was authorized to change its studio location from 336 Second Avenue West to Stiles Place and 3rd Street.


Bob McGall was named director of CBC British Columbia as of July 1. He succeeded Kenneth P. caple who retired at the end of May.


By this time, CFPR was operating on 860 kHz with 10,000 watts (DA-1).


On August 2, the CRTC denied the CBC’s application to make CFPR a rebroadcaster of CBYG-FM Prince George. The Corporation’s intention was to sell its properties in Prince Rupert and transform the existing operation in that city from an originating station to a two-person contributing bureau that would feed stories and news items to a new storefront production bureau in Prince George. At this time, CFPR employed a staff of 14 and originated 28 hours of programming each week made up of weekday morning and afternoon shows, a Saturday morning program that was broadcast throughout the province, and newscasts. Its service area encompassed the northwest portion of the province, including the North Coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands.


On May 30, approval was given to change the program source for the following transmitters from programs received partly from CFPR Prince Rupert and from CBU Vancouver, to programs received partly from CBYG-FM Prince George and from CBU: CBXB-FM Burns Lake, CBXR-FM Fort Fraser, CBUV and CBUV-FM Fort St.James, CBKG Granisle, CBUR-FM Houston, CBTI-FM Moricetown, CBRS-FM Smithers and CBRV-FM Vanderhoof. (The CBC changed the program source for these stations on November 24, 1988 without prior CRTC approval).


CBC Radio added overnight programming to its schedule on May 1, with “CBC Radio Overnight”. The programming started out on certain CBC stations and was expanded to all of its stations by September. The program aired between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. (local time) and offered reports from public broadcasters in 25 countries, with Canadian news on the hour. The program service was provided by the World Radio Network in London, England.


On September 1, the CBC Radio network (CBC Radio) was renamed “CBC Radio One”.


At this time, CFPR operated the following transmitters: CBYA-FM Aiyansh, CBKL Alice Arm, CBTD Kispiox, CBUK-FM Kitimat, CBTZ-FM Kitwanga, CBTM-FM Masset, CBRH New Hazelton, CBYB-FM Port Clements, CBYQ-FM Queen Charlotte,  CBKA Stewart, and CBTH-FM Terrace. CFPR broadcast approximately 15 hours of local programming each week (jointly produced in Prince Rupert and Prince George).


The CRTC renewed the licence for CFPR on May 12. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBKA Stewart, CBKL Alice Arm, CBRH New Hazelton, CBTD Kispiox, CBTH-FM Terrace, CBTM-FM Masset, CBTZ-FM Kitwanga, CBUK-FM Kitimat, CBYA-FM Aiyansh, CBYB-FM Port Clements and CBYQ-FM Queen Charlotte.


On August 9, the CRTC administatively renewed the licence of CFPR (and its transmitters) to August 31, 2011.


On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFFR and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.


On March 19, the CRTC approved the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence for CFPR Prince Rupert, in order to add a new FM transmitter in Kispiox. The new transmitter would operate at 91.3 MHz (channel 217A) with an effective radiated power of 252 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -329.6 metres). The new FM transmitter would replace the AM transmitter CBTD at Kispiox. The CBC submitted that this change was necessary because the existing AM transmission site was in the village’s totem pole park and the equipment was detracting from the park.


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CFPR Prince Rupert and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CFPR Prince Rupert and its transmitters CBTD-FM Kispiox, CBTH-FM Terrace, CBTM-FM Masset, CBTZ-FM Kitwanga, CBUK-FM Kitimat, CBYA-FM Aiyansh, CBYB-FM Port Clements, CBYQ-FM Queen Charlotte, CBKA Stewart, CBKL Alice Arm, CBRH New Hazelton and CBTD Kispiox, for a five year term, to August 31, 2018.

On August 15, the CRTC approved the deletion of transmitter CBTD Kispiox from the licence of CFPR.

On October 25, the CRTC approved the CBC’s request to delete the following transmitter for CFPR Prince Rupert: CBKL Alice Arm.

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