CBG-AM, Radio One, Gander

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VORG, the former R.C.A.F. radio station at Gander became the outlet for the Newfoundland Broadcasting Corp. The station operated on 1450 kHz and had a power of 300 watts.

The Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland owned and operated three stations at this time: VONF St. John’s, VOWN Corner Brook and VORG Gander. BCN’s regular domestic schedule had the stations on the air between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The corporation delivered news at regular intervals for 20 hours a day.


Newfoundland joined Canadian confederation as the country’s tenth province. Stations of the Newfoundland Broadcasting Corp. had their call letters changed April 1 when the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. took over operation of the stations as a supplementary group to the Atlantic region of the Trans-Canada network. VONF St. John’s was now CBN, VORG Gander was now CBG, VOWN Corner Brook was now CBY, and a new 1,000 watt outlet – CBT – was added to the group at the end of the month. CBG Gander broadcast on a frequency of 1450 kHz and had a power of 250 watts. 

Commercial network programs started on the Newfoundland group on April 1 with the Toronto Symphony Concert. Other network programs now carried on the Newfoundland stations: Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts, NHL Hockey, Lux Radio Theatre, Canadian Cavalcade, and the following Monday-Friday programs: Breakfast Club, Big Sister, Life Can Be Beautiful, Ma Perkins, Pepper Young’s Family, and Right to Happiness, and Laura Limited and Aunt Lucy.

William F. Galgay, former general manager of the Newfoundland Broadcasting Corp. was appointed regional representative for the CBC in Newfoundland. He became program director and announcer at VOCM in 1925. In 1930, Galgay joined RCA Victor in St. John’s and then later moved on to Northern Electric. After serving as manager of Newfoundland’s Dominion Broadcasting Co. from 1932 to 1939, he was named general manager of the Broadcasting Corp. of Newfoundland, which operated stations in St. John’s, Gander and Corner Brook, until the recent transfer to the CBC. 


A. Barrett was CBG’s manager.


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The Trans-Canada and Dominion networks merged into a single CBC radio service. CBG had been a Trans-Canada station.


CBC Radio added an all-night service in June


CBC Radio’s all-night service, started in 1963, came to an end on March 1. When the service started it was primarily intended as a national information and warning system to be used in emergencies. Even though the service had now ended, the CBC said it would maintain a stand-by procedure through the night and broadcasts would begin immediately in the event of an emergency.


On July 28, CBG was authorized to move from 1450 kHz to 1400 kHz and to increase daytime power from 500 watts to 1,000 watts. The change of frequency was needed because of interference caused to Transport Flight Services at Gander International Airport.


On December 13, CBG was granted an increase in night-time power from 1,000 to 4,000 watts. 


The CBC decided that CBG would remain open despite budget cuts. It had been planned to consolidated operations with CBT in Grand Falls. The decision was reversed pending an assessment of all community and regional radio stations. CBG was the only radio station scheduled to close in the latest round of cuts.


CBG was given approval to increase daytime power on July 25, from 1,000 to 4,000 watts.


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.


As of 2001, CBG operated the following transmitters: CBGY Bonavista Bay, CBGC-FM Carmanville, and CBNG Glovertown. CBG broadcasts approximately 25 hours of local programming each week from Gander.


On March 29, the CRTC approved the application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence for CBG Gander, in order to operate an FM transmitter in Glovertown to rebroadcast the programming of its national, English-language network service Radio One, and to delete the existing AM transmitter CBNG. The new transmitter would operate at 101.5 MHz (channel 268A) with an effective radiated power of 1,276 watts. The CBC indicated that the new FM transmitter would replace the low-power AM transmitter CBNG and would improve the quality of the Radio One service in this region.


On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBG’s licence. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBGC-FM Carmanville, CBGY Bonavista Bay and CBNG-FM Glovertown.


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


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


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBG Gander and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBG Gander and its transmitters CBGC-FM Carmanville, CBNG-FM Glovertown and CBGY Bonavista Bay, for a five year term to August 31, 2018.


The CBC announced in the fall that it would merge its morning shows in central and western Newfoundland into regional program CBC Newfoundland Morning. Both the CBY Corner Brook and CBG Gander studios would remain in operation with Martin Jones co-hosting from Gander and Bernice Hillier co-hosting from Corner Brook.

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