Survey of the Week

Our last survey for 2019 goes north of the “dotted line” this week to Vancouver’s 1410 CKVN for their first year-end Top 20 album list.  This was the first year that 1410 returned to playing rock.  As C-FUN, the station flipped formats in Sept 1967 to an easy listening/MOR hybrid & in 1969 became Canada’s first experiment with an all-news format, changing call letters to CKVN (the “VN” in the calls stood for “Voice of News”)  The disastrous, expensive & unpopular format collapsed by 1970 & the station switched a top 40/album-rock hybrid, regaining their popularity with listeners in addition to providing competition to top 40 Boss Radio“73CKLG” & underground/album-rock 99.3 “LGFM” CKLG-FM. This is courtesy of Jim Bower’s Vancouver Top 40 Radio

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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