CFAC Radio fonds
1921-1984, predominant 1934-1983
3.75 m of textual records. -- 143 audio reels. -- 28 audio cassettes. -- 65 audio discs. -- ca. 3000 photographs. -- 30 film reels
CFAC Radio of Calgary, Alberta received its broadcast licence in April 1922 and began operations in May as a commercial broadcasting station. The call letters changed from CQCA to CHCQ before becoming CFAC in August 1922. Its power gradually increased to 50,000 watts by 1970. Since commencing operations the station has been located in the Greyhound Building and two locations on 17th Avenue SW. Between 1922 and 1964 CFAC changed from a basic network station to a CBC supplementary station to an independent. It now operates as a country music station with a high community profile. It has departments responsible for sales, on-air broadcasting and technical engineering. The general managers have included F. Carlton, F.H. Elphicke, F.G. Herbert, G.S. Henry, V.F. Nielsen, A.M. Cairns, Don Hartford, Dave Penn, John Ansell, John McColl, Walter Machny and Kevin McKanna. The station has been owned by the Calgary Herald (1922-1934); Taylor, Pearson and Carson (1934-1947); Taylor, Pearson and Carson in partnership with the Southam Company (1948-1959); Selkirk Holdings Ltd. (1959-?); and Rogers (1990s). It became more automated when it was purchased by Ted Rogers, who created a Vancouver-based satellite radio network to which CFAC now subscribes. As a result CFAC has undergone a reduction in both staff and local production.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of the textual, visual and audio records of CFAC. Textual records consist of station reports, blueprints, correspondence and financial records; radio licences, contracts, agreements, coverage documentation and scripts; staff files; and promotional material including advertisements, handouts, newsletters and newsclippings. Includes scrapbooks, visitors books and awards. Audio recordings consist of sports coverage, commercials, promotional jingles and regular, current interest and special broadcast shows. Includes recorded speeches including one of William Aberhart. The photographs and slides depict CFAC promotional events, billboards, radio stations and equipment, employees and special events in which the station participated including the Calgary Stampede. The films consist of television commercials, footage of the demise of old station buildings and equipment, and the introduction of new transmitters. Also includes a film regarding animated advertising signs (telesign).
Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of CFAC, Jim Kunkel, Esther Brown, M. Barraclough, and Micky Gulless, 1980-2011.
The material is in English.
Originals and Reproductions:
Reference prints from the original negatives are available.
No restrictions on access.
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
View finding aid / scanned documents:
Other CFAC broadcasts are in the Jenkins Groceteria Ltd. fonds, Foothills Christian College fonds, P.H. Godsell fonds, and United Grain Growers Ltd. fonds at Glenbow.
Further additions expected.
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8210, M-9464, PA-3325, PD-284, NA-5466, S-199, RAT-49-2, RAT-51, RAT-52, RAD-48-2, RAD-49, RAD-51, F-159