For week of May 7, 2017
Edition #936

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Station: CHUM Toronto
Date: May 8, 1981
Time: 28:01 (unscoped)
18:18 (scoped)

Tom Rivers had rather large shows to fill when he took over for Jay Nelson in mornings at CHUM in January 1981.

Nelson was a Toronto institution, having done AM drive at CHUM for 17 years following his debut in December 1963. Rivers was no stranger to the CHUM air chair, having jocked at the Toronto station first in early evening then in afternoon drive since his arrival in 1970. But morning drive was a whole new ball of wax, and he would be only the station's fourth morning man in the rock era following Phil Ladd, Al Boliska and Nelson. Rivers would surrender the CHUM morning mike to Roger Ashby in 1982 on his way to the morning show at rival CFTR.

Rivers had four stints of duty at CHUM, the most of any jock there. The first was from 1970 to 1971, when he left CHUM for CKLW. Big Tom returned to CHUM in 1972 but left later in the decade, only to return to CHUM from 1981 to 1982 for mornings. His fourth and final stint of duty came in 2003 when Rivers did afternoon drive (voicetracked) and filled in for Brian Henderson on the morning show not long before Rivers's death in 2004.

Enjoy Tom Rivers here.

Enjoy Tom Rivers here.

Enjoy Tom Rivers here.

Enjoy Tom Rivers here.

(The CHUM Archives/Doug Thompson)

More from the CHUM Archives here!

Station: CJBK London, Ont.
Date: March 11, 1974
Time: 58:27 (unscoped) (Upgraded 5-1-17)
18:57 (scoped) (Upgraded 5-3-17)

Ever wonder how radio stations get their call letters?

The story behind CJBK's calls is an interesting one indeed. It starts in 1967, when CJOE went on the air at 1290kc. They took over the frequency vacated by CKSL, which moved to 1410 in 1964. CJOE began airing rock music from 7 p.m.-midnight in 1970, and by 1971 was rock all day and night. Rick Richardson purchased CJOE in 1972 and decided to change the call letters. Bill Dulmage of the Canadian Communications Foundation tells Rock Radio Scrapbook the story behind that.

"On September 6 at 12:00 a.m., "The Big Switch" took place in conjunction with the opening of the Western Fair ... CJOE became CJBK. Why CJBK? Richardson wanted call letters that began with "CJ" to differentiate the station as much as possible from competitors CFPL and CKSL. Otherwise, the call letters did not have any specific meaning. Some however believe that Mr. Richardson was a fan of WJBK-AM Detroit when he was working at a Windsor radio station. As a result, he chose the "JBK" from WJBK for CJBK."

And that's how CJBK came to be!

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (scoped) here.

Enjoy Wayne McAteer on CJBK (scoped) here.

(The Don Shuttleworth Collection)

RESTORATION by Charlie Ritenburg

More 1974 airchecks here!


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