CHTT-FM, JACK 103.1, Victoria
|Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
|Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. bought Maclean-Hunter
|Maclean Hunter bought Selkirk Communications Inc.
|Taylor, Pearson & Carson became Selkirk Holdings Ltd.
|Island Broadcasting Co. (T, P & C 75%)
|Victoria Colonist 50% / Taylor, Pearson & Carson 50%
|Victoria Broadcasting Association
|Centennial Methodist Church
|Centennial Methodist Church
On April 1, Dr. Clem Davies of the Centennial Methodist Church opened CFCL on 410 meters with 500 watts of power.
CFCL’s studios moved from the church to the Fletcher Brothers store on Douglas Street.
CFCL changed to 910 kHz with 500 watts. CFCL carried on as a full-time religious station until 1925 when Dr. Davies left the church. George Deauville obtained a new license for the station, moved the transmitter downtown, changed the call letters to CFCT, and began operating it as a commercial station. The studios moved from the Fletcher store to the top floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank building on Douglas St.
CFCT switched from 910 to 630 kHz. Power remained at 500 watts.
Studios moved from the TD building to the Central Trust building on View Street.
CFCT changed from 630 to 1430 kHz. Power was reduced to 50 watts.
Lawrence Dillibaugh joined CJVI.
CFCT moved from 1430 to 1450 kHz with 50 watts.
Lawrence Dillibaugh left CJVI.
Ed Fairey started his radio career at CFCT. F. R. Halhed joined CFCT.
Listing: CFCT 1450 kHz 50 watts.
Around this time, David M. Armstrong joined the CFCT staff as technician and announcer. Bud Munro joined CFCT from CKMO Vancouver.
Under the Havana Treaty, CFCT moved from 1450 to 1480 kHz (Class III-B) on March 29. Power was 500 watts.
The Victoria Colonist purchased CFCT on October 1, then sold 50% to Taylor, Person & Carson Ltd., thereby forming The Island Broadcasting Co. The Colonist was owned by Jim Matson and family. TP&C managed the station. CFCT became CJVI. The “VI” in the calls: Victoria, or Vancouver Island.
F. R. Halhed left for CBC Vancouver.
M.V. “Ches” Chestnut became CJVI’s manager. He left the east on March 31, where he had been the former manager of CKOC Hamilton and latterly in All Canada’s Toronto office.
George Walton, June Beavan, Vern Groves, Bob Willet and Dick Batey worked in CJVI’s news department. Sheila Graves had a program on the station. Bud Munro left to return to CKMO Vancouver.
Barry Wood left CJVI as production manager to become a freelance announcer-actor-scripter in Toronto. Isabel Stewart was appointed promotion manager, succeeding R.C. “Rob” Willet who left for CFPR in Prince Rupert.
Carl Mack left CJVI for CKMO Vancouver.
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George Walton left CJVI for the production department at CKOV in Kelowna. In February, Bud Munro returned from Vancouver’s CKMO. In October, he left for Toronto.
CJVI changed frequency from 1480 to 900 kHz in May. To mark the change the station aired a special program – “Farewell to 1480”.
Charles Smith, former production manager at CJVI, was appointed assistant chief engineer at CKWX Vancouver.
Al Collins did sports on CJVI. Ruddy Hartman was an announcer. Vicki Stamford was copy editor. Tom O’Neill joined the CJVI announce staff. He had worked in the past with CFGP and CKUA in Alberta. Athlete Art Chapman was handling play-by-play of Victoria Athletics baseball games over CJVI. Ed Smith left CJVI for CKWX Vancouver. Charlie Smith, production and technical man at CJVI, also moved on to CKWX. Daryl Wille joined the CJVI announcing staff. Bill Rapanos joined the CJVI announce staff from CHAB in Moose Jaw.
Like so many other stations, CJVI had been suffering a floor space shortage. The station obtained a few hundred square feet in another building. A 12-station inter office communication system was set up between the two CJVI buildings.
Ralph Pashley did commentaries on CJVI. M.V. Chestnut was manager and Lee Hallberg was commercial manager. Vernon Grove left CJVI as assistant production manager to joine the announce staff at CKWX Vancouver.
CJVI was planning the construction of two 250 foot towers at a new transmitter site with the view of increasing night-time power to 1,000 watts. The station now had 1,000 watts during the daytime, but to avoid interference at night with CKBI Prince Albert (SK) and Mexican border stations, power was reduced to 1,000 watts. The directional antenna was expected to provide better reception on Vancouver Island besides protecting other stations.
Ted Reynolds joined CJVI as announcer/operator from CFJC Kamloops. Jack Kyle left CJVI’s production department for the announce staff at CKWX.
Lee Hallberg was sales manager. Dick Batey was production manager.
Ted Reynolds was sports director.
The CBC approved the transfer of 297 common shares in Island Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
Taylor, Pearson & Carson Ltd. took control of CJVI.
CJVI moved its transmitter site from Portage Inlet to Cedar Hill Road. Power increased to 5,000 watts. Studios moved from the Central Trust Building to the second floor of the Imperial Optical building at 817 Fort Street.
Bill Guild left CJOC Lethbridge as manager to take up the same post at CJVI. He replaced M.V. Chestnut who moved to All-Canada’s Winnipeg office. Chestnut had been manager from April, 1941 to December of this year. Chief announcer Laurie Dillabaugh passed away late in the year.
Cameron Perry joined CJVI from CJOC Lethbridge where he had been for 17 years.
CJVI’s manager W.M. Guild announced plans for an immediate start on construction of new studios which could be used for either radio or TV. The station had applied for a TV licence six years ago, and Guild was hoping that application might soon be considered. He added that the station needed new space whether it went into TV or not. The new facility was opened later in the year and Premier
W.A.C. Bennett was on hand for the opening.
Cam Perry was assistant manager. Jim Taylor was president of Island Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
Taylor, Pearson & Carson Ltd. acquired the one-half interest in CJVI held by the Victoria Colonist. J.M. Taylor continued on as president of the reorganized company and manager Bill Guild became vice president.
CJVI was granted a power increase to 5,000 from 1,000 watts. The power increase took place later in the year – just one day before CKDA increased its power.
In December, Cameron Perry left for CJCA Edmonton.
Bob Switzer was on the air. Mabel Laine was director of the advertiser service department. Jim Bogyo, Maury Gwynne and Earle MacLeod did news. Bill Guild was manager. Lundy Sanderson was an announcer. Roy Parrot was an operator. Ted Reynolds was a sportscaster.
Fred Usher, production manager at CJVI was appointed local sales manager and Dick Batey, news, sports & special events editor, became production manager.
CJVI 900 applied to increase power from 5,000 watts full-time to 10,000 watts day and night.
The CBC Board of Governors approved a power increase for CJVI – from 5,000 to 10,000 watts.
CJVI increased power from 5,000 to 10,000 watts in April.
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.
Ad: CJVI leads in 24 of 36 half-hour periods in Victoria (McDonald survey – May/58).
Harold Carson died. Taylor, Pearson & Carson becomes Selkirk Holdings Ltd.
Dick Batey was promotion manager.
Manager Bill Guild was named B.C. director of Broadcast News. Dave Hill was appointed to the staff of Radio 9 CJVI.
Transmitting facilities moved to Strongtide Islet, off Oak Bay.
Gord Williamson was news director at CJVI.
Approval was given by the BBG in March to move the transmitter site.
Selkirk Holdings becomes a publicly traded company.
Ken Goddard was manager.
Broadcast News was the main source of news for radio stations in Canada but only a handful at this time were subscribing to BN’s voice (audio) service. CJVI was one of those stations.
On December 31, Island Broadcasting Co. Ltd. was given permission to transfer 150 common shares from Sussex Management Associates Ltd. to Selkirk Holdings Ltd. This increased Selkirk’s ownership in CJVI from 75 to 100%.The management of Sussex was closely associated with Selkirk.
CJVI became known as “VI-90” on January 22.
CJVI president John Ansell, was elected president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.
Joe Easingwood left CJVI for CFAX.
On July 21, approval was granted for the transfer of 200 Class B voting shares of Selkirk Communications Ltd. from Southam Inc. to John T. Ferguson, and subsequently, the transfer of these shares from Mr. Ferguson, together with 200 Class B shares from each of seven other individual shareholders, to the Canada Trust Co., pursuant to a voting trust agreement. Southam held 20% of the voting shares and approximately 28% of the non-voting shares of Selkirk Communications. Selkirk owned the following broadcast companies: Selkirk
Broadcasting Ltd.(12 radio stations), Lethbridge Television Ltd., Calgary Television Ltd., and Niagara Television Ltd.
CJVI began broadcasting in stereo in January. CJVI dropped its long-time country format for a mix of adult contemporary and nostalgia.
News and talk pioneer Walter Rutherford retired.
Kim Hesketh became news director at CJVI.
Kim Hesketh was named program director and Haydn Thomas became news director.
A full-time adult-contemporary format was adopted.
Barry Fontayne joined CJVI as general sales manager. He had been at C-FAX.
John Ansell retired as general manager. He was succeeded by Kim Hesketh, who had been in broadcasting since 1972 and has been news director, program director and operations manager at CJVI.
Jeff Hamilton was CJVI’s program director. He had been with Selkirk’s CKKS-FM in Vancouver.
Ken Geiger became CJVI’s program direcotr. He had been with CFGP Grande Prairie.
On September 28, the CRTC approved Maclean-Hunter Ltd.’s purchase of Selkirk Communications and for the transfer of CJVI and several other stations from MH Acquisition Inc. to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
CJVI and Rogers Broadcasting presented a $50,000 grant to the Camosun College Foundation. The grant was to be used to help in the start-up of a low power FM station at the college. The cheque was presented to Camosun president Dan Cornish by Gary Miles, executive vice president of Rogers, and Kim Hesketh, vice president of CJVI.
On January 10, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CJVI by deleting the condition of licence which required the station operate as part of the CBC English-language AM radio network. The CBC advised the Commission that it planned to apply within the next year for a broadcasting licence to provide the full CBC English-language AM radio network service to Victoria. CJVI dropped its CBC affiliation later in the year.
Dick Batey, who began in radio in 1939 at CJVI when it was still CFCT, passed away in September. At CFCT he did hockey play-by-play, news commentaries, and was also a member of the B.C. press gallery. He later became program director and assistant manager. Batey left the industry in 1967.
Barry Bowman announced he was leaving CFAX after 28 years and heading to CJVI. His replacement at CFAX was Steve Ivings. Kim Hesketh, VP and GM of CJVI/The Ocean, said the FM station had done so well in its first year that the company could put some resources into the AM operation. B.J. Bennett will move from mornings to another shift with the arrival of Bowman.
CJVI became known as “AM900 – Victoria’s Information Super Station” on April 1 – it’s 74th birthday. The program format changed from oldies to news-talk. General Manager Kim Hesketh said AM900 would intersperse talk throughout the day and use sister station CKWX Vancouver’s newswheel format in the overnight’s (midnight-six). Robin Adair moved from CHEK-TV to host a two-hour talk show following morning host Barry Bowman. CJVI would now simulcast sister station CKWX Vancouver between midnight and six a.m. Other programs now on the CJVI schedule: syndicated Rhona Raskin, Dr. Laura, Joan Rivers, Dr. Dean Edell and Prime Time Sports. Weekends feature local and network programs, including car and garden shows.
CJVI cancelled the Howie Siegel Show. The talk program was now hosted by Rick Wiertz, who had been producer of Siegel’s show.
Former B.C. MLA Judi Tyabji-Wilson was back on the air in Victoria. She joined AM900 as co-host of a twice daily point-counterpoint debate called “Radio Rumble”. Tyabji had been host of a talk show on CHEK-TV until it was cancelled earlier this year.
CJVI AM900 returned to a music format – from News/Talk. Nine people were let go as a result of the change.
Former CJVI talk host Robin Adair was now news director at Victoria’s CIOC-FM.
On June 30 the CRTC announced approval of an application by Rogers Broadcasting to replace AM station CJVI with a new FM station to serve Victoria. The station was licensed to operate on the frequency of 103.1 MHz with an average effective radiated power of 9,400 watts (20,000 watts peak). The Commission had previously denied the application because Rogers had proposed the same frequency (107.3) as one approved for use by Seacoast Communications, which made the proposal technically mutually exclusive.
Subsequently, Rogers and CKMO Radio Society (CKMO Radio) agreed that, subject to Commission approval, they would exchange the frequencies currently used by CJVI and CKMO-FM Victoria. CJVI operated on the frequency of 900 kHz with 10,000 watts, while CKMO-FM had operated on 103.1 MHz as a low-powered station with 50 watts.
On September 2 CJVI AM 900 signed off the air at 5:05 p.m. after over 78 years of continuous broadcasting. Minutes later, CHTT-FM “Hot 103 – Today’s Hit Music” signed on with ‘N Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye”
At 4 p.m. on January 29, the station became “JACK FM”, starting off with ZZ Top’s “Sharp-Dressed Man”. “We felt it was time for Victoria to have this kind of format,” said vice-president and market manager Kim Hesketh.
Early on the morning of December 2nd, Ted Rogers, founder and former Chief Executive of Rogers Communications, owners of CHTT-FM, died at his home in Toronto, after having suffered from congestive heart failure for some time.
The new General Manager at Rogers Radio Victoria was Jim Schneider, transferring to Vancouver Island from Country 93.3 (CJOK)/Rock 97.9 (CKYX) Fort McMurray. He succeeded Kim Hesketh in leading The Ocean and Jack FM. Schneider succeeded Kelly Boyd at Rogers Fort McMurray (CJOK/KYX 98)where he had been Assistant GM/General Sales Manager. Coincidental to Schneider’s promotion were the departures of Gorde Edlund and Dawn Kaysoe. Edlund was Program Director at Jack FM while Kaysoe was PD at The Ocean.
Jason Manning was the new Program Director at Rogers Victoria (98.5 The OCEAN and Jack FM). He moved from Rock 105.3 Medicine Hat where he was also PD and where he’d been since December of 2007. Before that, he was Music Director at Sonic 102.9 Edmonton.
Dean Fox, chief engineer at Rogers Radio Victoria, was named regional engineering manager for B.C. and moved to Vancouver at the beginning of July. With Rogers since 1996, Fox succeeded Rick Dal Farra who moved to Rogers Radio Toronto at the beginning of June.
Danaye Maier began co-hosting mornings at Virgin 98.5 Calgary on June 27. She had been with JACK FM Victoria.
In September, Tarzan Dan took over the morning show at Jack FM. He had been with CFUN-FM since earlier in the year. Crash Davis moved to afternoon drive on 103.1 Jack FM. Corbet Rutzer became music director at JACK FM.
Tarzan Dan Freeman was no longer morning host at JACK FM. He began there in September 2011, doing the show from the Rogers Vancouver studios. Freeman had lost his job at CFUN Chilliwack-Vancouver-Abbotsford last year after a change in format but Rogers kept him on for the Victoria gig.
Bob Aylward died at age 78, in Victoria. The former CJVI and CHEK-TV veteran was the first broadcaster inducted into the Victoria Music Hall of Fame.
Ian Slipp joined 103.1 Jack FM mornings from Country 107.1 Abbotsford, succeeding Tarzan Dan.
Geoff Venables died at age 95. He was the last surviving founding member of the
Hometowners, heard weekly on CJVI and coast-to-coast on CBC Radio during the 1950s and 1960s.
Barry Fontayne (Ron Quail) died at age 76. He had a 44-year broadcast career, first as an announcer and then in sales and sales management at CKDA, CFMS-FM, CFAX and The Ocean/Jack FM.
Jim Schneider, General Manager/General Sales Manager at Rogers Radio Victoria for close to four years, was no longer with company.
Hugh Curtis passed away at 81. He spent 15 years at CJVI before moving to CFAX. For a time, he was a minority shareholder in CFAX. Curtis had the unique distinction of being the only person who, while mayor of Saanich, read the 6:00 news every night on CFAX.
In February, CHTT changed from Variety Hits JACK FM to Contemporary Hits KISS 103.1.
Crash Davis left KiSS 103.1 on September 29, after 22 years with the station. Davis (Jamie Weiss) left for a role in government public affairs.
In August, CHTT returned to the branding it used between 2004 and 2015, as Kiss 103.1 was replaced by Jack 103.1 (Variety Hits).
John Ansell passed away August 16 at age 93. John started in radio at CKOV Kelowna in 1940. After serving for a few years in the army, he was hired by CJVI as an announcer in 1945. Ansell joined CKWX Vancouver a year later as an announcer, rising through the ranks to PD and eventually operations manager. In 1968, John was appointed GM of CFAC Calgary. He returned to Victoria in 1971 as President and GM of CJVI. He took early retirement in 1987 but continued to serve as Chairman of CJVI’s Advisory Board until 1995. Over the years, Ansell served as chairman of the CAB board of directors (1981-82), earned Broadcaster of the Year accolades from both the BC Association of Broadcasters and the Broadcast Education Association of Canada, in addition to the CAB Gold Ribbon Award. Ansell was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1990.
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