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Time Traveller: CKLG radio hits the airwaves from North Vancouver

The radio station, started by four brothers in 1955, broadcast from the former BC Telephone Exchange building in Central Lonsdale

This 1911 building (formerly BC Telephone Exchange), at 143 East 11th St. in North Vancouver, once housed the CKLG radio station in the late 1950s. CKLG was owned by Lions Gate Broadcasting Ltd. (hence “LG”), a North Van company founded by four brothers, Gordon, Earson, Clarke, and Jack Gibson.

CKLG went on the air on Feb. 2, 1955, at 1070 on the AM dial. A couple of years later the station upgraded to a 10,000-watt transmitter and moved to 730 on the AM dial. (Remember LG73?) In 1961, the Gibsons sold CKLG and the new owner eventually moved operations to Richards Street in Vancouver.

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