Fonds PR1503 - CFRN Radio fonds

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CFRN Radio fonds

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    • 1943-1982 (Creation)

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    195 audio reels. -- 110 audio discs. -- 0.06 m of textual records.

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    Administrative history

    On November 1, 1934, G.R.A (Dick) Rice and Hans F. Nielson formed the Sunwapta Broadcasting Company following their acquisition of the CFTP radio station in Edmonton, Alberta; the Company was incorporated November 26, 1934 under the Companies Act. The Company received a broadcasting license and the call letters CFRN, R for Rice and N for Nielson.

    CFRN Radio began broadcasting on November 3, 1934. That year, CFRN Radio offered thirteen hours a day on the AM frequency. In 1944, CFRN Radio became a member station of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Dominion Network. Rice became the sole owner of the Sunwapta Broadcasting Company in 1946, after purchasing Nielson's interest. In 1947, CFRN obtained a license to broadcast on the FM frequency; CFRN-FM first aired April 25, 1951 as a simulcast of CFRN-AM. In 1953, CFRN Radio became Northern Alberta's first twenty-four hour station.

    In 1954, the Sunwapta Broadcasting Company broadened its services to include television and established CFTN-TV. CFRN-FM started its own autonomous operation in 1964. The CFRN-FM received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to change its call letters from CFRN to CKXM on November 30, 1978 and this change became effective January 1, 1979; this was again changed in 1987 to CJKE-FM.

    After receiving approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1988, Dr. Rice transferred ownership of his shares of Sunwapta Broadcasting Company to Electrohome Limited of Kitchener, Ontario; Sunwapta Broadcasting became a division of Electrohome, In October 1991, Electrohome announced the sale of the two radio stations, CFRN-AM and CJKE-FM, to Standard Broadcasting Corporation Limited of Toronto, Ontario. The CRTC approved the sale in 1992. Standard Broadcasting Corporation, then known as Standard Radio, was acquired by Astral Media in 2007, which was subsequently acquired by Bell Media in 2013.

    CFRN, operating as TSN 1260 AM, was shut down by Bell Media on 14 June 2023 and the broadcasting license for CFRN was revoked by the CRTC on 10 April 2024.

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    The fonds consists of broadcasts from the following CFRN programs: Alberta Traveller (1974), Sunday Morning Magazine (1979-1980), Summer in the City (1980), Sunday in the City (1980-1981), Alberta Report (1980-1982), and Jubilee (1980); Second World War broadcasts (including an interview with a leader of the Dutch resistance movement, updates on Allied POWs, VE and VJ Day celebrations, women in the workforce, and the death of Franklin Roosevelt) and other broadcasts on a variety of subjects which include music, opening ceremonies and sportscasts.

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    George A. Duffield, Operations and Assistant Manager, (PR1971.0339), and Don O'Neil, Program Director, on behalf of Dr. G.R.A. Rice (PR1985.0263) allowed records to be copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1971 and 1985; Don Hill (PR1978.0224, PR1984.0340, PR2010.0564) deposited records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1978 and 1984.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Associated materials

        Also see the Dr. G. R. A. Rice fonds (PR0072), the Pamela Farmer fonds (PR1505) and the CFRN Television fonds (PR0019).


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history sourced from the fonds. Please see Gertrude, Baskine, Hitch-hiking the Alaska Highway, MacMillan, 1946, for more information on Gertrude Baskine.

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        Includes accessions PR2010.0564, PR2008.0085, PR1984.0340, PR1985.0263, PR1971.0339, and PR1978.0224.

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