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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:12

Voici un bref historique de la station CFOM 1340 selon la fondation canadienne des communications:
http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/index3.html


CFOM-AM, Québec City, Licence revoked.

1949
CJNT 1340 signed on the air with a power of 250 watts.

1957
By this time, CJNT had become CJQC 1340 and was owned by The Goodwill Broadcasters of Quebec Inc. (Peter Nesbitt Thomson 95.80%).

1971
On March 29, Dynamic Metals Inc. (33.33%), Norman M. Wright (30%), C.N. Lucas (13.33%), Owen Carter (13.33%) and Gerard Fortin (10%) were given approval to acquire The Goodwill Broadcasters of Quebec Inc., owner of CFOM.

1972
On May 19, CFOM was authorized to change its studio location from 405 Pere Lelievre in Ville Vanier to 3780 Hamel Blvd. in Quebec City. A change of antenna site was also approved.

1975 august 8 th
CFOM had its licence revoked and it left the air. In the end, CFOM was still operating on 1340 kHz with 250 watts.

Undated
The station returned to the air under CFOM calls and operated as a rebroadcaster of the CBM 940 Montreal (English AM network). CFOM 1340 was later replaced by CBVE-FM 104.7.

Written by Bill Dulmage - May, 2006


CJNT: Canada Joseph-Narcisse Thivierge. Le fondateur de CHRC voulait faire apprendre l'anglais aux gens de la ville de Québec. Il décida alors de fonder une nouvelle station anglophone, CJNT. M. Thivierge avait vécu un bon bout de temps aux U.S.A., donc était bilingue.


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Re: History of CFOM:

Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:14

Deux témoins de CFOM-AM ont rapporté sur Radio-Réveil:

Dave Atkinson êtait à CFOM à la fermeture, Thibodeau en fait une référence le 31 mars 1984.... '' comme disait Dave Athkinson en 1976 nous voila rendus au bout du chemin ''.
Par la suite Atkinson à travaillé à toronto à CFBR ou CFRB je crois.



Me semble que CFOM a fermé le 31 août 1976... Al McKay a fermé à 17h en disant "many thanks for listening, et je vous dis adieu". CFOM avait quand même 110 000 auditeurs pour un AM de 250 watts!


2 autres animateurs de CFOM-AM : Ron Able et Mickael Godin. Étrange qu'une station anglophone se soit installé sur Père-Lelièvre à Vanier.

Éric St-Hilaire sur Radio et Compagnie a écrit:
Voici des extraits de CFOM (anglophone): http://www.dcmix.net/audio/cfommweekend.m3u

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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:14

Témoignage du morning-man de CFOM, Dale Patterson, de son passage à la station. http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/stories.html


""1340 CFOM Quebec City with an effective radiated power of 250 watts"...(On a clear day you can hear us in Levis - way 'cross the St. Lawrence River) Quebec city was the smallest market I ever worked. And with an English population of only 14,000, it was a very small market indeed! I was the morning man and did everything - operating the board, reading news on the half-hour while running CBC network news at the top.

We didn't really cater to the English market except for news. The owners had figured out the advantage was to play rock and roll and shut up. That way we'd garnered an audience of 110,000 per week to the annoyance of all the French stations in town. Yes, we had to play 30% Cancon and grumbled like everyone else in Canadian radio about the restrictions. But we didn't have the added French language quota of 60% French music the other stations in town had to grapple with! The studios were built into a rambling ranch house on the outskirts of town and maintained by a part time Portuguese engineer named Orfeo Gabbino. A good natured guy who had an off handed way of making do despite the chronic parts shortages. Budget shortages and equipment that likely had been hand built by Marconi himself!

My fondest memory was the day Orfeo quit his job. He had been called in because the Sparta cart machine (God, forgive my memories when I think of it!)...the one - count 'em - that recorded had stopped working. There were no extra parts since that model had been discontinued in 1906 or thereabouts.Orfeo had always managed to keep things going like the innovator he was, by remanufacturing and improvising the unavailable parts. He had concocted mechanisms out of rubber bands, paper clips, and bottle caps to keep the machinery going. But, this one day was the final straw! He came into the studio and opened the cart deck then started giggling. First a light chuckle...then a laugh...then more laughing...then a whole hearted belly laugh! Chortling back tears as he looked inside the machine. Then he packed up his toolbag grasping my hand and saying "Goodbye!" as he continued laughing. Walking towards the door he said a fond "Goodbye!" to the sales department staff, the Program Director, and finally the disbelieving General Manager - who couldn't understand why he was leaving? I found out for myself when I looked into the dead Sparta machine for myself and saw the source of his amusement: One of his rubberband contraptions connected to a paperclip and bottlecap gizmo had finally broken - again!

I never saw Orfeo again. But, the next day the brand new RCA cart deck arrived and was quickly installed! The only "new" piece of equipment I ever saw at CFOM. I think now that Orfeo should have been doing rocket science! His genius for innovation was never truly appreciated by the people who employed him The moral of the story is that when your rubberbands, paperclips and bottlecaps can't hold it together anymore - smile, laugh, say goodbye and move on! It's really not worth fighting about!

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Re: History of CFOM:

Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:16

Texte écrit par Marc Denis.

Al McKay et son "final sign-off" avec un bref témoignage provenant de Rock Radio Scrapbook: http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/goodbye.html


It was the little Québec City English-language Top 40 station that could and did ... for a while anyway.

First on air as CJNT in 1949 and then as CJQC in the '50s and finally, as CFOM in the early '60s, it wasn't until the early '70s that the 250-watt AM mini-torch located in suburban Vanier attracted a sizeable audience and the attention and ultimate wrath of the CRTC.

1340 CFOM's mandate was to broadcast the CBC's English-language programs to Québec City, with a few hours of local programming thrown in. By 1971, management was starting to fill in the blanks with a Top 40 hit music format and progressively dropping the CBC programs. By the following year, 1340 had all but morphed into a 24-hour Top 40 hit station which had Québec City's teen audience on its ear ... and the CRTC seeing red.

Reprimands by the commission were repeatedly ignored for the better part of three years leading to an unequivocal off-the-air order in 1975. In its final ratings survey which came out after the outlet had gone off the air for good, little anglo CFOM had concluded with a respectable 110,000 listeners in a radio market which is 97% French-speaking. GM Dave Atkinson and PD Gary Parr led a team of on-air personalities that included, in this short but memorable history, the likes of Al MacKay, Michael Godin, Ron Able, Stirling Faux, Isaac Shane, Bill Kaye, Rick Shannon and Chris Brown, to name but a few.

The C-F-O-M call-letters eventually returned to Québec City's airwaves in September of 1995, this time on the FM band ... as a French-language oldies station. CFOM can still be found today in "La Vieille Capitale" on 102.9 as a personality-driven francophone outlet.

Relive the final sign-off of 1340 CFOM Québec City with Al MacKay in 1975 here

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Re: History of CFOM:

Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:17

Voici deux photos de la station anglophone de Québec à travers le temps:
www.phonoteque.org




Autres audios disponibles sur Rock Radioscrapbook:
http://rockradioscrapbook.ca

Subject: CFOM composite
Station: CFOM Québec City
Date: 1967-71
Time: 1:49

(Description by Michel Gignac)

Prior to becoming a full-time top 40 station CFOM carried a few popular
music shows especially on weekend. Top Tune Time and The Million
Dollar Weekend were its most listened to programs in the late 60’s and
early 70’s.

As explained elsewhere on Rock Radio Scrapbook, CFOM stopped carrying the CBC
programs for which it was licensed in the Québec City market turned its
variety format to a top 40 format and later lost its license.

On this short composite aircheck from the 1967-1971 era you will hear
the following disc jockeys: John Mariasini, Jay Silver, Ron Habel and
Bill Kaye.

Hear the CFOM composite here. http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/cfomcomposite1967-71.ram

(The Pierre Tremblay and Michel Gignac Collections)

Special thanks to Marc Denis for his fine audio editing on this aircheck!

Talent: MICHAEL GODIN
Station: CFOM Quebec City
Date: Summer 1974
Time: 3:10

The story of CFOM is well-documented by Marc Denis on our Rock Radio Goodbyes section. As Marc says there, it was "the little Québec City English-language Top 40 station that could and did ... for a while anyway."

Few airchecks of CFOM have surfaced, but we do have this one for you. Enjoy Michael Godin on CFOM in 1974 here.
http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/michaelgodin.ram

(The Pierre Tremblay Collection)

Ici figure une version différente du montage de la dernière heure de CFOM-AM. En bonus, on y retrouve le message de Gary Parr qui constitue les dernières secondes de diffusion de CFOM-AM avant son silence définitif:
http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/goodbye.html

Talent: AL MacKAY
Station: CFOM Québec City
Date: August 8, 1975 (final sign-off)
Time: 3:55

(Description by Marc Denis)

It was the little Québec City English-language Top 40 station that could and did ... for a while anyway.

First on air as CJNT in 1949 and then as CJQC in the '50s and finally, as CFOM in the early '60s, it wasn't until the early '70s that the 250-watt AM mini-torch located in suburban Vanier attracted a sizeable audience and the attention and ultimate wrath of the CRTC.

1340 CFOM's mandate was to broadcast the CBC's English-language programs to Québec City, with a few hours of local programming thrown in. By 1971, management was starting to fill in the blanks with a Top 40 hit music format and progressively dropping the CBC programs. By the following year, 1340 had all but morphed into a 24-hour Top 40 hit station which had Québec City's teen audience on its ear ... and the CRTC seeing red.

Reprimands by the commission were repeatedly ignored for the better part of three years leading to an unequivocal off-the-air order in 1975. In its final ratings survey which came out after the outlet had gone off the air for good, little anglo CFOM had concluded with a respectable 110,000 listeners in a radio market which is 97% French-speaking. GM Dave Atkinson and PD Gary Parr led a team of on-air personalities that included, in this short but memorable history, the likes of Al MacKay, Michael Godin, Ron Able, Stirling Faux, Isaac Shane, Bill Kaye, Rick Shannon and Chris Brown, to name but a few.

The C-F-O-M call-letters eventually returned to Québec City's airwaves in September of 1995, this time on the FM band ... as a French-language oldies station. CFOM can still be found today in "La Vieille Capitale" on 102.9 as a personality-driven francophone outlet.

Relive the final sign-off of 1340 CFOM Québec City with Al MacKay in 1975 here. http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/cfomend.ram

(The Pierre Tremblay Collection)

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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:20

Selon le site www.phonotheque.org , CJNT naît en 1949 qui devient CJQC en 1953, qui devient ensuite CFOM en 1964.

Encore du nouveau stock à ajouter. Voici un extrait du CV d'un des artisans de CFOM (1972-1973), Mike Perras:
http://www.extremelistening.com/mikeperrasresume.htm

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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Teacher, CTS Career College, North Bay & Sudbury, Ontario 2005 –
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Vice President, Voctel Communications, North Bay, Ontario 2005 –
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President, Mike Perras Marketing, North Bay, Ontario 1996 –
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General Manager, CJTT, New Liskeard, Ontario 1984 – 2002
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General Manager, CJKL, Kirkland Lake, Ontario 1981 - 1983
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General Manager, Q92, Timmins, Ontario 1979 - 1981
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Program Director, CKDK, Woodstock, Ontario 1977 – 1978
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Operations Manager, CHSJ, St John, New Brunswick 1976
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Broadcaster, CFRA, Ottawa, Ontario 1975
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Broadcaster, CFGO, Ottawa, Ontario 1974
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Broadcaster, CFOM, Quebec City, Quebec 1972 - 1973

EDUCATION



Broadcast Journalism Graduate – Standard Broadcasting / Ryerson University 1972

ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECOGNITIONS

FUNDRAISING

Created Christmas Wish Radio Fundraiser = $500,000.00 (1987 - 2002)
Created Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction = $120,000.00 (1992 - 2002)
President of Cancer Society = $500,000.00 (1990 - 1998)
Organized largest McDonalds Terry Fox Run, Timmins, = $43,000.00 (1981)



achievements


Received the Community Builder Award (2002) Click Here

Voted Person of the Year (Kirkland Lake newspaper) (1987)

Hosted Christmas Wish radio marathon over 75 continuous hours (1987)

Hosted Chamber of Commerce Citizen of The Year Awards (1992 - 2002)



freelance


Produced & narrated syndicated radio show on 8 radio stations (1996 - 2001)

Produced and narrated a tourism CD for the Chamber of Commerce (1997)

Funded & produced a 50th anniversary hard cover book for a hockey team (2003)

Funded & produced anniversary soft cover book for a high school reunion (2003)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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Canadian Red Cross - Disaster Services Coordinator (2005 - 2006)
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Chamber of Commerce – Economic Development Committee (1999 - 2002)
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Chamber of Commerce – Director of Communications (1999 - 2001)
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Canadian Cancer Society - Regional Committee - Resource Think Tank (1998 - 2000)
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Power Squadron – Member & Communications Chair (1996)
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Canadian Cancer Society - President (1990 - 1998)

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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:21

J'ai découvert un artisan de CJQC qui a "sévi" en 1958, Dick Drew. Quelqu'un connaît cet individu par hasard? Voici sa bio telle que vue sur le site http://www.abcbookworld.com/?state=view_author&author_id=1423

Born in Edmonton on October 2, 1934, Drew was the creator, host and executive producer of 'The Canadian Achievers', a nationally syndicated radio program launched in February of 1985. He culled some of his 4,000 interviews for a celebration of 'Canadian-ness' in The Canadian Achievers (Vancouver: Drew Publications, 1991). It is subtitled 'How THEY Did It. How YOU Can Do It. Why YOU Should Do It. Drew was raised on a small farm near Morinville, Alberta. He attended a one-room school until the eighth grade. At age 14, in 1949, after his family had moved to Vancouver, Drew dropped out of school, lied about his age, and managed to get a job on an oil tanker as a merchant sailor. Five years, in Buenos Aires, he decided to return to Canada. He first worked in radio at CJQC in Quebec City in 1958. He soon moved to a job at CJAV in Port Alberni, B.C.--only to arrive and find there's wasn't a job after all. He convinced the station manager to let him work as a commission salesman. He eventually was hired by CHML in Hamilton. In 1979 he bought CKAY radio station in Duncan, B.C. He retired to Port Coquitlam.

Autre extrait de sa bio où il raconte son passage à CJQC qui a duré une année:

Finally in 1959, I got a job at CJQC, Quebec City, where I worked for one exciting year. Shortly after I left CJQC it ceased broadcasting. I've often wondered whether it was because of me or in spite of me.

I left CJQC for a job way out on the west coast at CJAV, Port Alberni. It was a chance to return to Vancouver and show off Aline to my family. Aline encouraged our move to British Columbia even though she, an Acadian from New Brunswick, did not at the time speak English.

Une photo récente de lui accompagné de sa femme:



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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:24

Gary Parr:

http://www.garyontheair.com/

La carte de membre de Michel Gignac du club Toptune CFOM 1340 de 1968:

www.phonotheque.org



Au sujet du propriétaire de CJQC et CFOM avant 1971, Peter Nesbitt Thomson:

http://www.nuinsco.ca/?page=team

Peter Nesbitt Thomson
After receiving his Doctorate of Laws degree Peter N. Thomson began his professional career with investment dealer Nesbitt Thomson. He was later Chairman, President and CEO of Power Corporation of Canada. He is currently Vice-Chairman of West Indies Power Corporation and has served as a Director of numerous Canadian companies, including Petrofina Canada Ltd. and Norcen Energy Resources Ltd.


Son allocution au Empire Club of Canada de Toronto, le 6 février 1964:

http://www.empireclubfoundation.com/details.asp?FT=yes&SpeechID=290

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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:25

Mise à jour:
http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/index3.html
Québec, Québec/Chaudière-Apalaches Quebec/Chaudiere-Apalaches

CFOM-AM, Québec City, Licence revoked.

1949
CJNT 1340 signed on the air with a power of 250 watts.

Undated
CJNT became CJQC.

1957
CJQC 1340 and was owned by The Goodwill Broadcasters of Quebec Inc. (Peter Nesbitt Thomson 95.80%, Jean-Paul St. Laurent 2.00%, Hon. H. Bouffard 2.00%, W. Hoart Wert 0.10%, Jean Rivard 0.05% and Bryan T. Kerr 0.05%). CJQC was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate.

1962
The Trans-Canada and Dominion networks of the CBC were merged in to a single service. (CFOM) had been the Trans-Canada station while CKCV was a Supplementary B affiliate of the Dominion network. With the network merger, (CFOM) remained the CBC (English) station in the Quebec City area.

Undated
The station became CFOM.

1965
CFOM 1340 still had a full-time power of 250 watts. H. Lepage was President of The Goodwill Broadcasters of Quebec Inc. and Mary F. Bush was General Manager of CFOM.

1971
On March 29, Dynamic Metals Inc. (33.33%), Norman M. Wright (30%), C.N. Lucas (13.33%), Owen Carter (13.33%) and Gerard Fortin (10%) were given approval to acquire The Goodwill Broadcasters of Quebec Inc., owner of CFOM.

1972
On May 19, CFOM was authorized to change its studio location from 405 Pere Lelievre in Ville Vanier to 3780 Hamel Blvd. in Quebec City. A change of antenna site was also approved.

1976
CFOM had its licence revoked and it left the air. In the end, CFOM was still operating on 1340 kHz with 250 watts.

Undated
The station returned to the air under CFOM calls and operated as a rebroadcaster of the CBM 940 Montreal (English AM network). CFOM 1340 was later replaced by CBVE-FM 104.7.


Updated by Bill Dulmage – January, 2008

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Post by Guylaine on Wed 7 May - 4:26

Article sur CFOM-AM:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFOM_%28defunct%29

CJQC (1953-1963) and formerly CJNT for Joseph-Narcisse Thivierge (1949-1952) were the call letters used by Quebec City's only English radio station between 1953 and 1964. The call letters "CFOM" were used by the station from 1964 until its shutdown on August 8, 1975 at 5 PM. It broadcast at 1340 kHz on the dial with 250 watts of power. They were the creator of Quebec City's Music Radio Format. After CFOM, all the French radio stations followed the same radio format today. They've been creating voices, music mix, promotion things and everything else found in the radio of today! They were pionnieers of Music Radio Quebec.

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