1923: April 1: The same day CKWX known as CFDC in Nanaimo went on the air with 10 watts of power. Power was increased to 50 watts later in the year. CKWX history. More information about the early years of CFDC Nanaimo/CKWX Vancouver click here.
1927: CFDC Nanaimo shuts down when there is no money to run the station. A new licence and call letters were granted and the 100 watt transmitter moved to Vancouver to become CKWX. CKWX officially signs on the air in Vancouver Aug. 1 at 6 pm.
1928: CKWX 730 shared airtime with CKCD and CFCQ. CKWX moved its studios to the top floor of the Hotel Georgia. Power was 100 watts.
1933: CKWX moves to AM 1010 with 100 watts.
1938: June 25: CKWX 1010 moves to AM 950 and increases its power to 1000 watts.
1941:March 29: CKWX 950 moves to AM 980.
1948: CKWX 980 increases its power to 5000 watts and joins the Mutual Network.
1954: Jan. 1 12:30 am: CKWX begins 24-hour a day broadcasting with a program called "Concert Under the Stars" hosted by Bob Gillies.
Aug. 15: CKWX 980 moves to AM 1130 and became the first Vancouver radio station to broadcast at 50,000 watts.
March 7 3 pm: CKWX 1130 drops its adult contemporary music and becomes a country music station. The talk shows between 8:30 am and 3 pm weekdays would continue for another 2 years.
1996: Feb. 8: CKWX 1130 drops it’s country music format after 23 years just before 8 am with the country classic Ray Price’s “For the Good Times.” At 8 am CKWX NEWS 1130 brings a 24-hour all news format to Vancouver with a tight 30-minute wheel of news every half hour. This change would make the CKWX newsroom the largest radio newsroom in Western Canada.
1: CKWX's teen-age king,
Red Robinson demonstrates his brand of rock n roll in competition with
the Tahitian version at the station's PNE exhibit.
2: Two teams of weirdly
costumed CKWX teenagers parading Vancouver's downtown section with
sandwich boards fanfaring the station's power boost.
3: This is what happens
when Red Robinson holds a beach party at Kitsilano Pool. Park
officials estimate that crowd reached a total of 8000 during the recent
4: CKWX helped with the
opening of the new Philips Industries Ltd Building. It made
arrangements which included this on-the-spot broadcast. Here,
Attorney-General Robert Bonner declares the building officially
open. With him is Mr. Al Lucas, Philips regional supervisor.
5: Rehearsal time for
"Our Neighbour Nina" finds WX staffer Nina Anthony and Cal George in
the CKWX kitchen. Their project: pre-test a recipe for their
daily afternoon show, from 2:05-3 pm. Recipes form only part of
"Our Neighbour Nina." Nina and Cal tell where to shop for best buys,
give household hints, and discuss personalities of the entertainment
world. A cheery show enjoyed by B.C.'s womenfolk.
6: CKWX Sports Director
Bill Stephenson broadcasts Western Hockey League games direct from
Vancouver's Exhibition Forum. Stephenson relays all the speed and
excitement of Canada's fastest sport right into listeners' living
rooms! His "Sports Desk" airs 4 times daily over CKWX at 6:55 and
8:10 am; 6:15 & 11:05 pm.
7: Billboard from late
1952: "Look to
the Leader" CKWX, then at 980.
new CKWX building on
Burrard St. Dec. 1956.
Rhythm Pals rehearse for
their daily half-hour show. Dec. 1956.
new control room
designed by the CKWX engineer. Dec. 1956.
newsroom. Dec. 1956.
CKWX Outdoor Party,
held from a special studio in the heart of the PNE grounds.
sampling at the 1956
PNE, where three times as many products were sampled than in 1955.
couldn't see the bigger-than-ever PNE Parade, could hear it live
on CKWX. Yes, a parade on radio!!
the 1956 PNE, CKWX gave
out more than 12,500 shopping bags and 40,000 fans labelled "I'M a CKWX
this picture, near the end of
a 100-hour marathon, Bob Davis, Bob McGavin & Red Robinson kick-off
the 1958 BC Centennial celebrations at the beginning of January,
1958. In that time they were visited by over 62,000 people.
house in the new CKWX
studio every night for two weeks, when 1,000 people dropped by every
night. In this picture, the Rhythm Pals entertained the crowd.
September 26, 1956 at 2:30 pm
Canada's most modern radio station, equipped with the newest
electronic wonders and costing over $500,000 was declared officially
open. Hon. R.O. Campney, Minister of National Defense, performed
the ceremony. In the phot are F.R. Tiny Elphicke, CKWX
Vice-President and General Manager, receives congratulations and best
wishes from Vancouver's mayor, Fred Hume.
new CKWX board room where
marketing strategies are being worked on.
26: 3 bus
ads from 1955 for CKWX 980.
The Talk of BC ad from Nov.
Great History of Broadcasting
on the West Coast mentioning Amos n Andy, Fibber McGee & Molly, The
Shadow and John Barton. From Jan. 1967.
Fred Bass was staff pianist
and music director at CKWX for many years.
Announcer Don McKim and
technicican Glen Robitaille marshal their
energies for a broadcast from Vancouver's Athletic Park.
emphasizing safety were popular in the 1930's
and 1940's. Allan Klenman (standing) was the studio technician
this broadcast of "The Crime Safety Show" from CKWX's main studio ca.
Operator Jack Hughes in
one of CKWX's control rooms, ca.
equipment shown is "state of the art" for the time. CKWX was
first stations to separate the roles of announcer and operator for all
programming. The announcer would speak from a separate booth
operator played the records and controlled the volume.
Bill Tutte (left) and Ian
Arrol at work in the CKWX newsroom,
skit in rehearsal at CKWX during World War II. Left to right:
Larry McCance, Peggy---, Fred Bass, Barney Potts and Bob Hutton.
Photo 35: "Our
Neighbour Nina" ad from Jan. 1956.
Photo 36: Chief
engineer Charlie Smith and WX Vice-President and General Manager Frank
"Tiny" Elphicke with a picture of new ultra-modern WX transmitter
poster ad from April, 1954 showcasing "All the Big Shows" including
"Perry Mason", "Guiding Light" and "Red Skelton."
Photo 38: CKWX's programming Jan. 3, 1930.
Photo 39: CKWX
president Arthur "Sparks" Holstead welcomes driver of trailer
transportation $250,000 new transmiter from Texas to Vancouver. 1957.
Photo 40: "Wee
Neil" and Queen's Piper had a heart to heart air discussion on a recent
"Mang the Heather" program. Subject "Pibroch" or the classical
music of the bagpipes. Pipe Major Robert Brown is gamekeeper and
piper to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle in
Scotland. Wee Neil's "Mang the Heather" program is popular on
CKWX on Thursday evenings in 1957.
Photo 41: WX
Farm Director Norm Griffin interviews dairyman and farmers throughout
BC on "Farm Fair" heard from 6-7 am daily.
Photo 42: Rhythm
Pals, Mike, Marc and Jack with singing star Lorraine McAllister,
electric guitarist Arnold Nelson and announcer-producer Ron
Robinson. They had the distinction of being first WX
artists on the air after the switchover to 50,000 watts at 1130
on the dial. 1957.
TUTS star Betty Oakes is
interviewed by Ron Robinson.
Bill Stephenson in the
Canucks dressing room. In 1957, CKWX
covered the Vancouver Canucks WHL
(minor-pro) Hockey team, the B.C. Lions and the
Vancouver Mounties baseball games home and away with over 200 games per
year. Jim Robson covered high school sports.
Photo 45: A
4 of CKWX programs that were on the air in 1957 including "Sam Ross
Reports", "The World Tonight" with Roy Jacques, "Plain Talk" with
Dorwin Baird and "Capital Commentary" with Ralph Pashley.
Photo 46: Neighbor
Nina with Cal George and Barry Phillips were heard at 9:05 am when CKWX
switched to 1130.
Photo 47: Teen-age
fans follow Red Robinson wherever he goes in Vancouver. There are
now 20,000 fans in the Red Robinson Fan Club, which is the largest fan
club in B.C. His "Teen Canteen" is heard from 3:30-5 pm &
11:15 pm-1 am daily until 2 am on Saturday nights. 1957.
Photo 48: Annus
Stukus "Sports Open Line
ad" Oct. 67.
Article 49: A newspaper article from
Jan. 21, 1941 focusing on CKWX's move to modern studios which will
occupy the entire top floor of the Georgian Building.
NEW Feb. 8/10:
Photo 50: Radio
Gala 1933 used to promote the sales of radios in Vancouver. CKWX
and other local stations took part in this live event.
Photo 51: A Red Cross fundraising gala in 1947
involving 3 Vancouver radio stations.
Photo 52: From
June 25, 1938 CKWX
moves to AM 950 and increases its power to 1000 watts.
53: From Dec. 1951 "Personalities on Parade."
Photo 54: CKWX
personalities in 1952.
Photo 55: CKWX
1958 "You're never wrong about a popular song."
Photo 56: Barrie
Clarke Open Line 8:30 am-noon.
Photo 57: CKWX
Jim Taylor 1980.