CKPC (AM)

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CKPC
CKPC-AM.png
City Brantford, Ontario
Branding "AM 1380"
Slogan "Hometown Radio"
Frequency 1380 kHz (AM)
First air date 1923
Format country / news / religious
Power 25,000 watts
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 43°03′20.2″N 80°18′54″W / 43.055611°N 80.31500°W / 43.055611; -80.31500
Callsign meaning CK Preston, Canada
Owner Evanov Communications
Sister stations CKPC-FM
Webcast [2]
Website www.am1380.ca

CKPC is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 1380 kHz in Brantford, Ontario, with its transmitter in the nearby township of Oakland. Owned and operated by Evanov Communications, the station airs country music, some folk music, a Christian religious program and the John Tesh syndicated Radio Show interspersed with country music. Other programming, on weekends, includes Casey Clarke Country Countdown and Just Us Folk.

History[edit]

CKPC went on the air in 1923. Its original city of licence was Preston, Ontario (now part of the city of Cambridge, Ontario). The station first started out as an amateur radio station, but the founder (Wallace Russ) quickly applied for a broadcast licence after a few trial broadcasts. His licence was granted, and he started broadcasting from his home in Preston at a power of just 5 watts. After Russ sold the station to his friend Cyrus Dolph, he still remained active with the station, and watched it grow throughout its early years.[1] Its power would later increase to 25 watts in 1927, doubling in power and moving to 1010 kHz at 50 watts in 1930, and to 880 kHz. The station's main content was local news, and local artists and talents from Kitchener, Hamilton, and Brantford. In 1933 Cyrus Dolph purchased the station, which was soon moved from Preston to Brantford, Ontario.[2]

In 1934, the station moved to Brantford and to 930 kHz on the AM dial; it would move to 1380 kHz, also its current location on the band, in 1947. The company added an FM station in 1949, CKPC-FM, operating at 250 watts and simulcasting the AM signal. (The FM station would not start 100% independent programming until 1976, when its power increased to 50,000 watts.)[3] In 1951, Florence Buchanan became assumed full control of Telephone City Broadcast Limited, including CKPC-FM and CKPC-AM, from her father Cyrus. The AM station then had a 1,000 watt signal. She became the first woman in Canada to own and/or operate a radio station.

In 1959, CKPC built a new transmitter and increased power to 10,000 watts. In 1972, Richard (R.D.) Buchanan purchased Telephone City Broadcast Ltd. from his mother Florence.

On March 15, 1999, Telephone City Broadcast Ltd. was denied a licence to add an FM rebroadcast transmitter at Simcoe to operate on 98.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 1,090 watts. The proposed transmitter was intended to correct coverage inadequacies in CKPC's AM service to the Simcoe, Port Dover and Delhi area.[4]

On June 1, 2004 CKPC-AM switched formats from adult contemporary to oldies. Its power increased from 10,000 watts to 25,000 watts in 2007.[5][6]

In 2009, after the death of then owner Richard Buchanan, the CRTC approved the sale of Telephone City Broadcast Limited from the Estate of R.D. Buchanan[7][8] to William Vasil Evanov, Evanov Communications, through the transfer of all issued and outstanding shares. Telephone City was the licensee of CKPC-AM and CKPC-FM.[9][10]

On June 24, 2010 at noon the station switched to playing country music hits from the 1960s to the present.

In 2012, CKPC introduced an afternoon block of religious programming and inspirational music titled Rise Radio

In 2017, AM1380 airs only limited religious programming and is predominantly a country music station.

Current programming[edit]

In 2017, the programming is primarily country music. "You’ll hear everything from Kenny Chesney to Clint Black, Blake Shelton to George Strait, Tim McGraw to Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum to Alabama, Toby Keith to Alan Jackson and the list goes on and on."[11] The station has several on-air personalities, including Tom Allan, playing country music weekdays 5:30am to 10am, and "Mini" with a religious show, entitled Arise Radio with Mini and Friends, weeknights from 10pm to 11pm, as well as two newscasters.

It airs the syndicated John Tesh Radio Show Intelligence For Your Life, (with country music inserted), weekdays, from 10am to 3pm. In the late afternoon and evening, Hometown Country Music is aired. From 11pm to 5:30am, AM 1380 airs Hometown Country 'Overnite'. On weekends, two additional shows air during specific hours, with their own hosts: Casey Clarke's Country Countdown and Just Us Folk with Jan Vanderhorst. Rise Radio, which previously ran weekday afternoons, is not on the current program schedule.

See also[edit]

  • CKPC-FM, sister station to CKPC-AM

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CKPC". Hammond Museum of Radio. Hammond Museum of Radio. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017. CKPC first went on the air in 1923 in the town of Preston when Mr. Wallace Russ and two of his radio "ham" friends, Tom Mead of and Charles Bonner of Galt were experimenting with a low-powered radio transmitter. Suddenly the phone rang. It was a neighbour reporting that he could hear the three men talking through his radio receiver. The experimenters were unaware that their voices were being transmitted on the broadcast band, and so CKPC hit the airwaves for the first time, in an unscheduled entrance. 
  2. ^ "CKPC Brantford". Broadcasting History. Bill Dulmage & Mike Tennant. February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "CKPC Brantford". Broadcasting History. Bill Dulmage & Mike Tennant. February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 99-64
  5. ^ Decisions CRTC 90-811
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Ibbotson, Heather (30 July 2008). "CKPC radio stations sold". Simcoe Reformer. Simcoe, Ontario. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Media, Sun (10 July 2009). "CKPC radio stations sold". Simcoe Reformer. Simcoe, Ontario. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2009-634, CRTC, October 8, 2009
  10. ^ 2009-0981-4
  11. ^ "Media Kit". AM1380. CKPC AM. 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 

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