CKPG radio signed on the air in Prince George at 5:00 pm, February 8, 1946. I wasn’t around back then, but I did show up a few years later – 1986 (with Doug Jones).
Mike Benny and Doug Jones – CKPG Radio circa 1987
From the history books…
… from radiowest.ca
“In 1946, CKPG Prince George signed on at 5:00 p.m., with 250 watts on graveyard frequency 1230 KHz. A license had been issued to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke in November 1944. Tiny had been General Manager of CKWX Vancouver since 1942, previously managing CFAC Calgary, CJCA Edmonton and CKRC Winnipeg. CKPG moved to its long time home of 550 KHz about a year after sign-on…”
Cecil Elphicke with station PD Jack Carbutt – CKPG
… from the UNBC archives…
“In November 1944, the Canadian Department of Transport granted a license to operate a radio station to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke of CKPG Radio Limited. Land was purchased in May 1945 for the transmitter site near the Hudson Bay Slough in Prince George. Construction of the transmitter began in August, and Radio Station CKPG Limited was incorporated and capitalized at $25,000 (2500 shares at 10.00 per share). CKPG signed on the air on at 5:00 p.m. on 8 February 1946, operating on 1230 kHz.”
… from BCRadioHistory
“CKPG studios were in Ritz-Kiefer Hall on George Street and the 250-watt transmitter was at South Fort George. Radio Station CKPG Ltd. was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate.”
… from BroadcastingHistory.ca
“The PG in the call letters represented Prince George. CKPG was owned by Radio Station CKPG Ltd. The original staff of three consisted of Cecil Elphicke (Managing Director), Ray Tate (Engineer) and Jack Carbutt (announcer). Mayor Jack Nicholson said at the time, “CKPG will make us better and closer neighbours”.”
I spent 13 years on the air with 550 CKPG before moving to 101.3 HITS FM (CKKN-FM) in 1999. CKPG Radio eventually morphed into 99.3 The Drive (CKDV-FM), but the call letters are still alive with our TV station, websites, business name and all of our email addresses – @ckpg.com.
On March 1, 1981 Radio Station CKPG Ltd. opened Prince George’s first FM radio station, CIOI-FM “Country 101”. In 1995 the calls were changed to CKKN-FM “Kickin Country”, in 1999 CKKN-FM became HITS-FM and then in 2006 it became 101.3 The River.
Hits-FM becomes The River – January 2006
By: Mike Benny