CBT-AM, Radio one, Grand Falls

Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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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. CBT broadcast on a frequency of 1350 kHz. 

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.

John J. Grace was CBT’s manager.


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CBT received approval to move to 540 kHz. Power would remain 1,000 watts. CBT had been on 1350 kHz.


The CBC consolidated its Trans-Canada and Dominion networks into a single service. CBT had operated as a Trans-Canada station


CBC Radio added an all-night service in June.


CBT was now operating on 540 kHz with a power of 10,000 watts. 


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 June 13, CBTB-FM Baie Verte signed on the air.

CBTR-FM Roddickton went on the air on July 18.


CBTJ-FM Hampden was opened on June 1.

On August 6, CBTL-FM Millertown began broadcasting.


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, CBT operated the following transmitters: CBTB-FM Baie Verte, CBTJ-FM Hampden, CBTL-FM Millertown, and CBTR-FM Roddickton. CBT broadcasts approximately 25 hours of local programming each week from Grand Falls.


On April 20, CBT was given approval to increase the effective radiated power of transmitter CBTB-FM Baie Verte from 5,850 watts to 24,200 watts, and to decrease the antenna height.  In 2007, the CBC plans to install a new tower at the existing site south of Wild Cove. At that time, it will combine the CBTB-FM antenna with a future Radio Two transmitter.  


On May 12 the CRTC renewed CBT’s licence. The renewal included the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBTB-FM Baie Verte, CBTJ-FM Hampden, CBTL-FM Millertown and CBTR-FM Roddicton.


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


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


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CBT Grand Falls and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CBT Grand Falls and its transmitters CBTB-FM Baie Verte, CBTJ-FM Hampden, CBTL-FM Millertown and CBTR-FM Roddickton, for a five year term to August 31, 2018.

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