CJSD-FM, Rock 94, Thunder Bay

H. F. Dougall Ltd.

CJSD-FM194994.393,000H. F. Dougall Ltd.


CKPR-FM signed on the air in October. The station was owned by H. F. Dougall who also owned CKPR-AM. CKPR-FM used an RCA transmitter. Power was 250 watts and the frequency was 94.3 MHz.


Approval was given for the transfer of CKPR from Dougall Motor Car Co. Ltd. to H.F. Dougall Co. Ltd.


CKPR-FM was operating with a power of 250 watts on a frequency of 94.3 MHz, and was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate. Ownership of H. F. Dougall Co. Ltd.: H. F. Dougall 74.0%, Mrs. Clara H. Dougall 0.5%, Ross W. Thomson 0.5%, W. C. Dougall 12.5% and H. F. Dougall, Jr. 12.5%.


Fraser Dougall joined his father’s company.


Hector Dougall passed away and son Fraser took over as head of the company. Hector had been a decorated First World War vet and was responsible for bringing local TV and Radio to the Lakehead.


The Trans-Canada and Dominion networks consolidated into a single CBC radio service. CKPR-AM-FM had been the Trans-Canada affiliate while CFPA in Port Arthur was the Dominion station. Following consolidation, CKPR-AM-FM’s affiliation with the network ended while CFPA continued on as a CBC affiliate.

At age 21, Fraser Dougall became president of CKPR Radio and Television (1962-63).


By this time, CKPR-FM 94.3 was operating with an effective radiated power of 48,000 watts and offered programs that were independent of CKPR-AM between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Midnight, each day. The corporate name was H. F. Dougall & Co. Ltd. 


Mrs. Hector F. Dougall died on July 2. She was president of CKPR Radio-TV from 1960 to 1963.

Slogan: CKPR-TV-AM-FM Serving Canada’s newest city – 6th largest in Ontario – Thunder Bay, Ontario – in the heart of the nation.


On March 9, approval was given for the transfer of 50 common shares of H. F. Dougall Co. Ltd. (CKPR-AM-FM) from W. C. Dougall to H. F. Dougall.


On November 8, CKPR-FM 94.3 was authorized to increase effective radiated power from 48,000 watts to 95,000 watts. It would continue to transmit a non-directional signal. 


On January 11, the CRTC renewed CJSD-FM’s licence until September 30, 1985.

Broadcast News launched its service on satellite. CJSD and CKPR-AM were the first stations to receive the BN audio service via satellite – on October 15.


The province appointed Fraser Dougall (president of CJSD/CKPR) to be chairman of the board of the debt-plagued Minaki Lodge in northwestern Ontario.


Ray Dee was CJSD’s program director.

Brand new studios were completed in the existing building for CJSD and CKPR-AM.


CJSD had its licence renewed to August 31, 1992 but its application for a format change was denied as a result of its non-compliance with foreground programming requirements. The station’s request for a reduction in spoken word and news programming and in its traditional and special interest music were approved.


Jerry Cox was general manger of FM94 and CKPR.


CKPR-FM bcame CJSD-FM and the corporate name changed from H.F. Dougall Company Limited to C.J.S.D. Inc.


On January 6, Dougall Media took over the operation of Newcap’s CJLB-FM, through a local marketing agreement. CJLB’s studios and offices moved to the Dougall facility on Hill Street.


On March 12, CJSD-FM was granted a decrease in effective radiated power from 95,000 to 93,000 watts. The decrease would be the result of an increase in antenna height, resulting from the replacement of the aging tower and antenna. Format – Mainstream Rock. 


Jim Birchard left CJSD to become news director at CFOS Owen Sound.


CKPR/Rock 94/KIXX 105 added Robert Watson as promotions/marketing manager. He had been with CIGV-FM Penticton. Also at Rock 94, Shelli Summer became afternoon drive announcer. She had been with CFQM Moncton.


In October, Newcap ended its local marketing agreement with Dougall Media. CJLB immediately left the Dougall building. 


Fraser Dougall was presented with an Order of Ontario. Dougall, the owner of Dougall Media, was the first Canadian to create a TV operation that held two licences in the same market. Thunder Bay Television carried CTV on one station and CBC on the other. The media owner and philanthropist actively promoted community interests and supported local projects through his radio stations’ and TV programming.


The CRTC approved a change to the ownership structure of the licensees listed below, for estate planning purposes, through the transfer of the Class A Voting Preferred shares held by Mr. H.F. Dougall in H.F. Dougall Company, Limited, the parent corporation of the licensees, to a joint ownership of these shares by Mr. Dougall and Ms. E.C. Dougall. The transaction would not affect the effective control of the broadcasting undertakings as it continued to be exercised by Mr. H.F.Dougall. North Superior Broadcasting Ltd., Northwest Broadcasting Inc., 1333598 Ontario Limited and C.J.S.D. Incorporated were the licensees of FM radio programming undertakings in Northwestern Ontario.


On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJSD-FM until March 31, 2012.


On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CJSD-FM to August 31, 2012. On August 28, the licence was administratively renewed to December 31, 2012. On December 21, the licence was renewed to August 31, 2019.


In August, Fraser Dougall passed away at age 73. He was president of Dougall Media and joined the company in 1958.

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