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The History of Edmonton Radio

The transfer of information is an important aspect of human existence. The first transfer mechanism was invented in ancient Greece when young men transmitted information about the potential danger to the country’s leadership. For more information, please visit the website edmonton-future.

Historical review

Everybody knows the legends about carrier pigeons that were used by ancient Persians.

However, the first technological method of information dissemination was the radio, the invention of which is still subject to debate. 

The end of the 19th century is considered the founding date of the first radio in human history, at least hints of it. Most experts agree that the godfathers of radio are Nikola Tesla and Alexander Popov, but this is far from a complete list of those who worked on creating technologies and many other components. As the years passed, technology changed, and more and more people could receive information through the speakers of their radios. However, the first of them received a signal exclusively through a wired system. Closer to the middle of the 20th century, wireless receivers began to be used progressively around the globe.

History of Edmonton’s radio station of the 21st Century

First of all, we would like to inform you that all radio stations in Edmonton, and likely in most cities in Canada, belong to a trade association that represents their interests. We are talking about the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB).

By the beginning of the 21st century, there were over two dozen radio stations in Edmonton, and this number continued to grow annually. Our story will focus on one of those stations, which was among the first to emerge in the new millennium.

CHDI FM Sonic 102.9

It started broadcasting on April 5, 2005. The main focuses were “Modern Rock” music format and targeting people aged 18 to 34.

In 2006, many documentary transformations took place in the form of affiliations with studios, but this did not affect the work of the young radio station.

The year 2008 was a sad one for the radio station due to the loss of its leader, Ted Rogers, who passed away on December 2.

In 2009, Al Ford was appointed as the Operations Manager and later became the Program Director. In 2011, he also began managing the Rogers Edmonton operating cluster.

Also that year, the radio station’s announcer Graham Scott, who had been the host since 2006, passed away.

Soon, a former employee who had already been a part of the Sonic staff in 2000, Brent Shelton, returned to the radio station.

In 2012, Sherri Drewe was appointed as the Promotion Director.

The first ten years of the radio station’s existence were marked by a cascade of changes and self-discovery, which often led to new names in the station’s team.

It was only confirmed later, in 2012, when the station’s book was updated with the new name of Jim Blundell as General Manager, who had already managed 13 Rogers Edmonton stations in Alberta. Blundell brought with him a tremendous and valuable experience in the station’s development.

In 2016, Rogers Edmonton merged with the TV channels City TV and Omni TV, and the radio station is now located at 5915 Gateway Blvd.

According to statistics and surveys among citizens, the radio station confidently ranks among the top 10 stations in Edmonton, indicating the popularity and loyalty of the processes taking place within the team.

Of course, the radio station’s theme is modern rock, which should narrow the circle of listeners to only those who enjoy this genre. Nevertheless, the well-known phrase “There is a buyer for every product” is a testament to that. In the first years of the new millennium, this radio station made it clear that it was committed to high-quality rock music, which helped it to build a loyal audience of listeners and, of course, will continue to do so unless something extraordinary happens.

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