Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Canada AM Radio

Philips Radio Model 436-AN dial.

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kcCallLocationProvince
 
540CBKWatrousSK
550CKPGPrince GeorgeBC
 CFNBFrederictonNB
 CHLNThree RiversPQ
560CJKLKirkland LakeON
 CFRAOttawaON
570CJEMEdmunstonNB
580CKCHEdmontonAB
 CKYWinnipegMB
 CJFXAntigonishNS
 CKPRFort WilliamsON
 CFCLTimminsON
 CKEYTorontoON
590CFARFlin FlonMB
 VOCMSt JohnsNF
 CKRSJonquierePQ
600CJORVancouverBC
 CFCHNorth BayON
 CFCFMontrealPQ
 CFQCSaskatoonSK
610CJATTrailBC
 CHNCNew CarlislePQ
620CKTBSt CatherinesON
 CKCKReginaSK
630CKOVKelownaBC
 CKRCWinnipegMB
 CFCOChathamON
 CFCYCharlottetownPE
640CBNSt John’sNF
680CHFAEdmontonAB
 CHLOSt ThomasON
 CKGBTimminsON
690CBFMontrealPQ
710CKVMVille MariePQ
730CKACMontrealPQ
740CBLTorontoON
790CBYCorner BrookNF
 CKSOSudburyON
800CKOKPentictonBC
 VOWRSt JohnsNF
 CKLWWindsorON
 CKFIFort FrancisPQ
 CJADMontrealPQ
 CHRCQuebec CityPQ
 CHABMoose JawSK
850CKRDRed DeerAB
860CJBCTorontoON
900CJVIVictoriaBC
 CHMLHamiltonON
 CHNOSudburyON
 CJBRRimouskiPQ
 CHLTSherbrookePQ
 CKBIPrince AlbertSK
910CFJCKamloopsBC
 CBOOttawaON
 CHRLRobervalPQ
930CJCAEdmontonAB
 CFBCSt JohnNB
 CJONSt JohnsNF
940CJIBVernonBC
 CBMMontrealPQ
 CJGXYorktownSK
950CKNBCampbelltownNB
 CHBDSaskatoonSK
960CFACCalgaryAB
 CHNSHalifaxNS
 CKWSKingstonON
970CKCHHullON
980CKWXVancouverBC
 CFPLLondonON
 CBVQuebec CityPQ
 CKVLVerdunPQ
 CKRMReginaSK
990CBWWinnipegMB
1000CKBWBridgewaterNS
1010CBXEdmontonAB
 CFRBTorontoON
1050CFGPGrande PrairieAB
 CHUMTorontoON
1060CFCNCalgaryAB
1070CHOKSarniaON
 CBASackvilleNB
1080CHEDEdmontonAB
1090CFJBBramptonON
1130CBUVancouverBC
1140CKXLCalgaryAB
1150CKXBrandonMB
 CHSJSt JohnNF
 CKOCHamiltonON
1220CJOCLethbridgeAB
 CKCWMonctonNB
 CJRLKenoraON
 CKSMShawinigan FallsPQ
1230CHWKChilliwackBC
 CKDMDauphinMB
 VOARSt JohnNF
 CKECNew GlasgowNS
 CFHRHay RiverNT
 CKBBBarrieON
 CJBQBellevilleON
 CKSFCornwallON
 CFPAPort ArthurON
 CKLDThetford MinesPQ
 CKVDVal d’OrPQ
 CFRGGravelbourgSK
1240CKLNNelsonBC
 CJAVPort AlberniBC
 CFPRPrince RupertBC
 CKGOEastviewON
 CKLBOshawaON
 CJRWSummersidePE
 CKLSLa SarrePQ
 CKTSSherbrookePQ
 CJCSStratfordPQ
1250CKSBSt BonifaceMB
 CKBLMatanePQ
1260CFRNEdmontonAB
1270CHATMedicine HatAB
 CJCBSydneyNS
 CFGTSt Joseph d’AlmaPQ
1280CJMSMontrealPQ
 CKCVQuebec CityPQ
1310CKOYOttawaON
1320CKNWNew WestminsterBC
 CJSOSorelPQ
1330CBHHalifaxNS
1340CKDAVictoriaBC
 CJOBWinnipegMB
 CKMRNewcastleNB
 CJLSYarmouthNS
 CFYKYellowknifeNT
 CKOXWoodstockON
 CHADAmosPQ
 CJNTQuebec CityPQ
1350CJDCDawson CreekBC
 CBTGrand FallsNF
 CHOVPembrokeON
 CHGBSt.Anne de la PocatierePQ
 CKTRThree RiversPQ
1380CKPCBrantfordON
 CKLCLondonON
 CFDAVictoriavillePQ
1400CKCLTruroNS
 CKFHTorontoON
 CJFPRiviere du LoupPQ
 CKRNRouynPQ
1410CKMOVancouverBC
 CHLPMontrealPQ
1420CKOMSaskatoonSK
1430CHEXPeterboroughON
1450CFBMBrochetMB
 CBGGanderNF
 CHEFWindsorNS
 CFJRBrockvilleON
 CJOYGuelphON
 CFOROrillaON
1460CJNBNorth BattlefordSK
1470CFOSOwen SoundON
1490CKENKentvilleNS
 CHAKAklavikNT
 CKCRKitchenerON
 CFRCKingstonON
 CJICSault St MarieON
1550CBEWindsorON
1570CHUBNanaimoBC
 CBISydneyNS
1580CBJChicoutimiPQ
1600CHVCNiagara FallsON

* Stations in bold are the dominant broadcasters in Canada in 1953. They had antenna systems and transmitter powers authorized for wide coverage of their programs.

It Happened in 1953

Population: 14.845m
 
Governor-General Vincent Massey
Prime Minister Louis St Laurent
Premier: Alberta Ernest Manning
  British Columbia WAC Bennett
  Manitoba Douglas Campbell
  New Brunswick Hugh John Flemming
  Newfoundland Joey Smallwood
  Nova Scotia Angus Macdonald
  Ontario Leslie Frost
  Prince Edward Isl J Walter Jones/Alex Matheson
  Quebec Maurice Duplessis
  Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas
 
Queen Elizabeth II coronation
Korean War ends
Frederick Allan ‘Rick’ Moranis [actor/DJ] born
Arrivals:
 
Playboy magazine
Pat Benetar
Pierce Brosnan
Alex Van Halen
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Bassinger
 
Departures:
 
Hank Williams
Joseph Stalin
Alice Prin ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’
Django Reinhardt
Rene Fonck
Dylan Thomas
Registered Broadcasting Receivers: 2.33m

Favorite Movies of 1953: Your Personal Collection

Top 20 Singles

  Artist Song
 
1 Percy Faith The Song from Moulin Rouge
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios
3 Patti Page [How Much is] That Doggie in the Window
4 Eddie Fisher I’m Walking Behind You
5 Ames Brothers You, You, You
6 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again with You
7 Les Baxter April in Portugal
8 Perry Como No Other Love
9 Perry Como Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
10 Frankie Lane I Believe
11 Pee Wee Hunt Oh
12 Frank Chacksfield Ebb Tide
13 Nat King Cole Pretend
14 Richard Hayman Ruby
15 Stan Freberg St George and the Dragonet
16 The Hilltoppers PS I Love You
17 The Gaylords Tell Me You’re Mine
18 Julias La Rosa Eh Cumpari!
19 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches
20 Doris Day Anna

Top 5 Music Albums: Your Personal Collection

Reflecting on Canada

Top 10 Recommended Reading available right now:

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  1. On January 2nd, 2022, Jim Birtch emailed us:

    I was the last DJ on 1490 91.9 CFRC in 1990 . Sad day.