JANUARY 20, 1971

RADIO TUKOYAKTUK SIGNS ON THE AIR–FIRST ABORIGINAL RADIO STATION

At 6:45 p.m., CFCT Tuktoyaktuk signed on for the first time, broadcasting in English and Inuktutuk to about 650 residents of the Mackenzie River Delta, Northwest Territories–Canada’s first aboriginal broadcaster.  CHUM Toronto got the station on the air, assisting with the purchase and installation of the transmitter, tower and equipment, providing technical help, news and program material, and committing to subsidize CFCT on an annual basis.  In 2005, Tuktoyaktuk Broadcasting Society’s licence expired.  In order to maintain CBC’s Radio One service to Tuktoyaktuk, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. applied to operate a transmitter at Tuktoyaktuk to rebroadcast CHAK Inuvik. The call sign changed to CBAC.

Source:  “CBAC-AM,” History of Canadian Broadcasting, Canadian Communications Foundation.  Retrieved 6/5/2019,  http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listing_and_histories/radio/cbac-am
Design:  Courtesy of Clip Art Library: http://clipart-library.com/radio-station-cliparts.html Item 1610726.

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