CKST

Summary

CKST (1040 AM) was a radio station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Owned by Bell Media, it last broadcast comedy-oriented programming, including stand-up comedy routines.

CKST
Defunct
Broadcast areaGreater Vancouver
Frequency1040 kHz (AM)
Programming
FormatSilent
Ownership
Owner
CFTE, CFBT-FM, CHQM-FM, CIVT-DT
History
First air date
January 19, 1963
Last air date
June 14, 2023 (2023-06-14)
(60 years, 146 days)
Former call signs
CJJC (1963–1985)
CJUP (1985–1988)
Former frequencies
850 kHz (1963–1975)
800 kHz (1975–1992)
Call sign meaning
C(K)oaST (former branding)
Technical information
ClassB
Power50,000 watts
Transmitter coordinates
49°05′33″N 122°55′57″W / 49.092431°N 122.932388°W / 49.092431; -122.932388 (CKST Tower)
Repeater(s)103.5 MHz HD2

CKST's studios were located on Robson and Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver, while its transmitters were located in Delta.

History edit

CKST went on the air for the first time on January 19, 1963, in Langley as CJJC, broadcasting on its original frequency of 850 AM with 1000 watts of power and offering a country format. The station's original owner was City & Country Radio Ltd., headed by former CJAV and CKNW personality Joe Chesney.

CJJC was given approval by the CRTC on December 15, 1970, to change its frequency and transmission power from 850 AM and 1000 watts to 800 AM and 10,000 watts, but the station waited until June 1975 to put the change into effect. In 1977, CJJC (which had been dealing with financial trouble for some time) rehired 23 of 32 staff members who were given 30 days notice on New Year's Eve. Parent company City & Country Radio was authorized to transfer all of the station's shares to a company run by Joe Chesney and Ernie Mykyte; Mykyte would become sole owner of CJJC in 1978 when he bought out Chesney's half-interest in the station.

CJJC and parent City & Country Radio were purchased on June 26, 1985 (following CRTC approval) by an ownership consortium of Saskatoon Telecable Ltd. (72%), Sam Folstad (18%) and L.M. McDonald (10%); later in the year, CJJC changed its call letters to CJUP and dropped its country format for Top 40 with Up Radio, AM 800 as its on-air name. In 1987, CJUP majority shareholder Saskatoon Telecable was purchased by Clint Forster and his family, and the station changed call letters again to the present CKST in 1988. On July 7, 1989, CKST increased its power to 25,000 watts and began broadcasting in stereo.

CKST switched formats to modern rock and adopted the on-air name Coast 800 on November 9, 1990. The station underwent major changes during the early part of 1992; on January 30, the CRTC authorized station owner Western World Communications (the former Saskatoon Telecable) to buy Vancouver station CIMA (which had begun operations on September 12, 1986,[1] as CIOF, then CKXY, then CIMA) from Monarch Broadcasting Ltd., also granting permission to CKST to switch frequencies (from 800 to 1040), increase transmission power (from 25,000 watts to 50,000), relocate its transmitter from Aldergrove to Delta and move its operations from Langley to Vancouver.[2] CIMA 1040 signed off for the final time on February 4, and CKST moved into CIMA's facilities and became Coast 1040 on March 9.

Plans were made to move CKST to the FM band (at 94.5 FM with 38,000 watts of power) in 1993, but were denied by the CRTC.[3] CKST ended its modern rock format at midnight on September 30, relaunching with an adult standards format under the new on-air name Q104 (which was later dropped in favour of using the CKST calls). The station was purchased by Ronald Dixon and Gary Mathiesen in 1994.

CKST was in the process of being sold when Dixon was killed in a car accident in Mexico on September 15, 2000. The station was sold to Grand Slam Radio Inc., which assumed ownership on February 1, 2001, switched CKST to an all-sports format and adopted the on-air name "The TEAM 1040" on April 25, and joined CHUM's TEAM all-sports network on May 7. The station's founder, Joe Chesney, died in Langley on November 10, 2001, at the age of 82, and CHUM purchased CKST on February 10, 2003, adding to the company's ownership of CFUN, CHQM-FM and CKVU-DT in Vancouver.

It was a member of CHUM Limited's short-lived "The Team" sports radio network in 2001-2002 and remained loosely affiliated with those stations that retained the sports format. It competed heavily with CHMJ ("MOJO Sports Radio"), an all-sports station in Vancouver owned by Corus Entertainment, until that station dropped its sports format in May 2006.

In 2004, it acquired the radio broadcast rights for BC Lions football games, beating the longtime broadcaster CKNW. The veteran play-by-play man J. Paul McConnell stayed with CKNW, while the colour analyst Giulio Caravatta moved to CKST and joined the new play-by-play announcer Rick Ball. In 2006, CKST became the flagship station of the Vancouver Canucks, replacing CKNW, who was the team's flagship since its first year of play in 1970.

 
Logo as The Team, featuring both stations.

CTVglobemedia purchased CKST and its sister radio stations in Vancouver as part of the acquisition of CHUM Limited on June 22, 2007, following its approval by the CRTC, while the former co-owned CKVU was sold to Rogers Communications on October 31, 2007.

On November 5, 2009, its sister station 1410 CFUN dropped its talk radio format and became Team 1410, a secondary station carrying additional sports programming as a complement to 1040.[4] It primarily featured ESPN Radio and other syndicated sports talk shows, BC Lions football coverage, replays of Canucks games and coverage of various sports events not previously available on Vancouver radio.

TSN Radio edit

 
Logo as TSN Radio 1040

On August 28, 2014, it was announced that both Team stations in Vancouver would be rebranded as TSN Radio stations on September 8, 2014. The move coincided with Don Taylor's full-time return to the station after being released from rival Sportsnet.[5]

In 2017, after having CKST as their radio home for 11 years, the Vancouver Canucks moved to the Rogers-owned CISL for the 2017-18 season.[6] With the loss of the Canucks and Toronto Blue Jays' rights to CISL, Bell's need for a secondary sports station in the area diminished and CFTE was therefore relaunched as BNN Bloomberg Radio on April 30, 2018. CKST absorbed much of CFTE's remaining live sports content.[7]

Reformatting to comedy, shutoff edit

On February 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., CKST abruptly ceased local programming in the middle of its morning show. At 9:30, the station broadcast an announcement that TSN Radio would be discontinued on the station effective immediately, and that a new format would be launched at 7 a.m. on February 12. The station then began to stunt with music, beginning with "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day. It was one of three Bell Media stations that concurrently dropped TSN Radio as part of ongoing cuts by the company, which also included stations in Hamilton and Winnipeg.[8] On February 12, 2021, CKST flipped to Bell Media's "Funny" format as Funny 1040, primarily broadcasting stand-up comedy bits.[9][10] The cuts and resulting format change faced harsh criticism from listeners.[9]

On June 14, 2023, as part of a mass corporate restructuring at Bell Media, the company shut down six of their AM radio stations nationwide, including both CKST and CFTE. The station ended regular programming at 8 a.m. that day, replaced with a looped message about the impending shutdown, which is expected to last until the completion of the signoff.[11][12]

References edit

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 85-1054
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 92-27
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 93-75
  4. ^ "A message from James Stuart - Vice President & General Manager of CHUM Radio Vancouver". CFUN website. November 5, 2009. Archived from the original on November 8, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
  5. ^ Douglas, Greg (August 8, 2014). "Don Taylor, Craig MacEwen out as Sportsnet moves away from Vancouver". Georgia Straight. Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
    - "TEAM RADIO SWITCHES TO TSN1040 & TSN1410". Team Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  6. ^ Ip, Stephanie (March 8, 2017). "TSN 1040, radio home of Cancuks loses broadcast rights to Rogers". The Province. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
    - "Sportsnet launching all-sports radio station in Vancouver". The Province. Postmedia. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  7. ^ Johnson, Patrick (April 18, 2018). "TSN 1410 is ditching sports, rebranding as business radio". The Province. Postmedia. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "TSN 1040 off the air as latest victim of Bell Media cuts". Daily Hive. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
    - Beggsy (February 9, 2021). "Bell Media Ignites Fury, Cancels TSN 1040 & Other Sports Radio Stations". Nucks Misconduct. Archived from the original on February 9, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
    - "Bell Media Abruptly Drops Sports Format From TSN Radio Stations In Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton". All Access. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "No joke: Bell's replacement for TSN 1040 gets roasted on social media". The Province. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  10. ^ "Bell cancels all-sports radio format on channels in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Hamilton". CBC News. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  11. ^ Bell Media Shuts 6 AMs, to Sell 3 Others, as Part of Companywide Cuts
  12. ^ Hudes, Sammy (June 14, 2023). "Bell cutting 1,300 positions, closing or selling 9 radio stations". Financial Post. Canadian Press.
  • Houston, William. "Mojo says goodbye to all-sports format", The Globe and Mail, May 30, 2006.
  • Pap, Elliot. "Sports radio stations brimming with hockey coverage", The Vancouver Sun, September 23, 2005.
  • Schecter, Brian. "Radio's Jock Talk Wars", The Tyee, April 19, 2004.
  • Yu, Karl. "Jock Talk", Vancouver Courier, April 14, 2005.
  • "Radio Station Fires Announcer For Comments Made About Vancouver Player's Wife". Associated Press, February 5, 2003.

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