Fonds - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - CFPR fonds

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - CFPR fonds

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  • 1935-1985 (Creation)
    CFPR (Radio Station : Prince Rupert, B.C.)

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290 sound recordings;294 photographs;9 cm of textual records

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On December 8, 1942, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) leased the radio station CFPR from Clarence H. Insulander and partners Felix E. Batt, Norm Kinslor, and Sid J. Anderson who had formed the Northwest Broadcasting and Service Company Ltd. On October 29, 1935, with the help of Member of Parliament Olof Hanson, they received their broadcasting license. In the beginning, they were on the air for two hours a day, at noon and suppertime. The CBC was formed as a crown corporation on November 2, 1936. CFPR went on the air for the first time on October 12, 1935 for the federal election broadcast. According to the Daily news on November 19, 1992, "the Prince Rupert station received special recognition from the federal government because of the messages on their daily 'Message Period' to outlying districts and its potential use in case of a bombing or disaster." They received messages from the navy to pass onto lighthouses in those wartime days: code "A" for Apple, meaning everything was OK, proceed normally; code "B" for Butter meant douse lights and muffle foghorns; code "C" meant a complete shutdown - a definite alarm." The CBC bought the station outright in June 1953 (CBC's second manned station in BC). William C. Hankinson had managed the station since 1956. In 1966, CBC bought the 53 acre former radio site at Parizeau Point on Digby Island and erected a new 10-kilowatt transmitter. The CBC had two stations in BC until October 1987 when they announced a plan to improve CBC Radio service. CBC operated out of the Stiles Place location since September 1967 and sold the building to CHTK and Skeena Broadcasters in March 1989. Since then, they have operated out of the Third Avenue location.

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the records were donated to the archives by Maureen Atkinson and David Walker.

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The fonds consists of radio broadcasts, press releases, photographs, correspondence, a map of CFPR's listening area, and a scrapbook.

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BCAUL control number: PRC-3346

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988-34; P988-30; P988-32; 989-1; 989-2

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Revised on May 5, 2014

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