Fonds Add. MSS. 50 - CKOV fonds

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CKOV fonds

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CA KEL Add. MSS. 50

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  • 1930-1980 (Creation)
    CKOV (Radio station : Kelowna, B.C.)

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50 cm of textual records
345 photographs

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CKOV was a radio station broadcasting from Kelowna, B.C.

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Originally from England, James William Bromley-Browne spent some time touring British Columbia and Washington by car before moving to Kelowna with his new bride in 1914. J.W.B. Browne was an entrepreneur by nature and through his life accomplished many “firsts.” Along with fellow enthusiasts, he drew the first road maps of B.C. for motorists and started Canada’s first motoring magazine. It was his interest in automobiles that led him to open Kelowna’s first service station, The Oil Shop. Yet radio stations rather than service stations would prove to be his passion. In 1928, the Kelowna Amateur Radio Club was founded and the government granted the club a license under the call letters 10-AY. Church services and performances of the Ogopogo Concert Club were among the first broadcasts.

In 1931, Browne received his commercial broadcasting license on the condition that 10-AY disband and thus CKOV, the Okanagan’s first commercial radio station, was formed. The original studio featured heavy carpet which hung from the ceiling as sound-proofing. It had two chairs and a microphone. In order to keep CKOV afloat during the Depression, Kelowna residents donated their time and resources by loaning records, operating equipment, or performing on the air. Known around town as “Big Jim” and throughout the Okanagan as “The White Haired Philosopher,” Browne aired a fifteen minute program each morning and afternoon. CKOV’s programming initially included music, news, sports and entertainment but later expanded to include programs like, “Hi Neighbor,” which featured recipes, household hints, poetry and other items of interest to the 1940s homemaker.

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Fonds consists of records, published material, radio agreements and licensing, and other papers pertaining to Okanagan Broadcasters and CKOV radio station in Kelowna in particular. Includes: Okanagan Country magazine with feature stories on CKOV, J.W.B. Browne, and Jim Browne Jr.; CKOV publications, lexicon, and newspaper articles; CKOV history; radio rates and news broadcast; listener correspondence; Prospectus, Letter of Operation Details, Financial Records; lease and agreement papers; application for FM license; framed papers and certificates; "Imagine Please: Early Radio Broadcasting in B.C."; "Birth of Radio in Canada; Signed On"; "The C.A.B. Story"; "Canadian Radio Yearbook 1946"; minute books; corporation record book. Fonds also includes 7 photo albums and scrapbooks. See complete listing and description of the Jamie Browne file on document included in the file. Fonds has been arranged into 10 series. They include 1) CKOV history; 2) Legal documents 1931-1965; 3) Financial statements 1934, 1937, 1938, 1955, 1965; 4) Correspondence 1935-1941; 5) Minutes of staff meetings 1947-1949; 6) Radio scripts 1933, 1934, 1950; 7) Letters and poems from CKOV listeners 1956-1959; 8) March of Dimes and Rivers of Milk programs 1942; 9) Ephemera: 10) Audio Cassettes.

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  • English

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Kelowna Public Archives

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Created February 1, 2011.
Revised by BCANS Coordinator February 1, 2011.

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  • English

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