Survey of the week

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This week, we head north of the “dotted line” to Vancouver BC to see the very first survey from 1410 CKVN a short-lived top40/album-rock hybrid.  The station had been once the mighty top40 powerhouse C-FUN, but had gone through a couple of disastrous format flips.  The “VN” in the calls stood for ‘Voice of News’ & was one of Canada’s first stations to attempt programming all-news.  Top40 CKLG & underground/album-rock CKLG-FM had the city’s rock listeners to themselves.  CKVN picked the middle ground & was immediately appealing.  Hiring a first-class group of DJs, they hit the air in spring 1970.  They lasted 3 or 4 years before gradually returning to all-top40 & even acquired their old C-FUN call letters back!  Enjoy!  And…we’ll head north again soon whenever I can convince head admin Jason to fuel up the Puget Sound Media SUV for a road-trip!

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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